Cellar curator and Service manager Jesse Abend worked his way up from breakfast server over a dozen years at Applewood. Along the way, he developed a personal pride, not only for the fine food and wine we offer but for all the special touches that make for exceptional service. He is at home welcoming Russian River locals on Sunday nights or providing wine paring advise to the most demanding and sophisticated guests. He has become the very definition of a knowledgeable host yet maintains a warm and down to earth personality. “We are truly community-based in everything we do. Guests can tell the difference. And they come back because we are not pretentious about it.” Abend feels his job is really very simple - provide the most attentive service and make everyone feel welcomed, at every table, every time.
For Applewood Chef Shelley Cerneant, what matters most about making guests happy is: everything. Her path to the kitchen began as an anthropology student, where she developed a passion for ethno-botany - the use of plants by humans - including edibles. Which might explain why she tends an herb garden just steps from the kitchen and uses only just-picked garnishes and fruit zests in her wonderful deserts. One of only ten woman chefs in the country to earn a Michelin star in 2012, she wants every guest to experience meals made with the finest locally-sourced ingredients, including eggs from Applewood’s own hen house.
Chef Ty Taube is a man connected to the land. As a chef and farmer, he grows much of the produce used at Applewood’s award-winning restaurant. He cultivates precisely what he needs, and picks it at the peak of flavor. Extensive relationships with other Wine Country farmers allow him to cook with the best ingredients grown in Sonoma County. A gifted second-generation forager, he has a passion for mushrooms grown only by nature. An avid fisherman, he often kayaks the Sonoma coast in search for cod or salmon.
Chef Ty was in Bruce Friseke's team when Applewood received its first Michelin star for 2011 and co-chef with Chef Shelley when Applewood received its second star for 2012.
Sonoma Wine Country
A team of Michelin Honored Chefs and a Connoisseur of the Art of Fine Service