Annie, a graduate of the Art Institute of Houston, Texas moved to California in the summer of 2000 in the pursuit of new experiences and higher Culinary knowledge.
She has worked for many prestigious hotels, resorts, and restaurants throughout California including The Montage Laguna Beach, the Ritz Carlton Dana Point, St. Regis Monarch Beach, Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, and Park Tavern. She has also had the privilege to work with many great chefs like Gregory Short, James Boyce, Jennifer Puccio, and Tyson Cole.
Over the past few years Annie has focused on working in a farm to table setting to provide an intimate relationship between local ingredients and her guests. “I don’t ever want to lose focus of what I love to do and why I love to do it. Sometimes in a bigger setting, you’re not able to be as hands on as you like. I love gardening, watching all the herbs and stuff I grew becomes something on a plate.”
Annie’s menu is seasonal and driven by the belief that each ingredient from our garden and local farms should be respected and utilized at the peak of their perfection.
Cellar curator and Service leader 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.
Applewood Restaurant Sonoma Wine Country Fine Dining
A Promising Young Chef With a Michelin Star In Her Cross Hairs and a Connoisseur of the Art of Fine Service