San Francisco Chronicle

How sleepy Healdsburg became a dining destination

Cindy Daniel also felt some apprehension from the community 3½ years ago when she opened Shed, a restaurant and gourmet mercantile. A 20-year resident who moved from San Francisco to start a 16-acre farm here, she felt that the town had grown too wine-centric. She wanted to focus on its agriculture.

Shed’s concept seems to be paying off, with weekends crowded with tourists and weekdays bustling with locals, who come to sip kombucha at the fermentation bar, buy house-milled flour, peruse French cheese knives or dig into a dish of halibut in smoked tomato broth. The upstairs event space has hosted 91 community groups. Shed just added 16 dining seats and increased hours to seven days a week. It also started a new take-away service. Each day after 4 p.m., Chef Perry Hoffman brings out just-cooked porchetta or roast chicken that can be purchased to bring home.

Hoffman, former chef of Etoile at Domain Chandon in Yountville, is excited to be cooking at such a different venue. “I came from fine dining and cooking for destination diners,” he says. “I will never forget my first day here in this beautiful modern building, when a farmer in filthy jeans with shears in his pocket sat down with his wife and baby for coffee. Their bill was $12. You would never see that in Napa because the farms don’t exist there. It was important for me to see that and to keep that going.”

Economist 1843 Magazine

Shrubs are the new soda pops: Sybil Kapoor drains her glass

Sipping the rose-pink iced strawberry and tarragon shrub at the Fermentation Bar at SHED in Healdsburg, California, I wonder what America’s pioneer farmers would have made of this modern interpretation of their thirst-quenching soft drink. The seltzer bubbles prickle my mouth, releasing pleasantly vinegary strawberry notes with a peppery hint of tarragon. It tastes of summer without the sweet sickliness of a soda pop.

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Edible Marin Wine Country

Foraging with Chef Perry Hoffman

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SHED’s executive chef Perry Hoffman made you want to lace up your boots and head out into the sunshine to forage for some wild foods, check out this VIDEO shot of Chef Hoffman and Edible Marin & Wine Country’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Gibson Thomas on the trail of nature’s bounty in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley.

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Edible Marin Wine Country

The Escoffier Questionnaire: Perry Hoffman

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When you are learning how to forage for wild foodstuffs, you are learning to learn. That is, you are learning (or remembering) to be curious and observant. Every day is different, every piece of land holds its own ecology, every season follows its own pace…

San Francisco Chronicle

SHED Cafe Named to Top 100 Restaurants List

No other restaurant in Sonoma so gloriously embraces the agrarian history of the county as the Shed in Healdsburg… Chef Perry Hoffman…creates combinations that define the season.  In winter, his onion soup, glazed with cheese and crunchy croutons, looks like a rock formation strewn with tiny yellow and white flowers. He roasts poussin and serves it with the head and feet attached, graphically telescoping his farm-to-table approach… Michael Bauer, chief restaurant critic

San Francisco Chronicle

SHED Cafe Best Restaurant in Sonoma Now. Michael Bauer of San Francisco Chronicle’s Review.

Michael Bauer, the restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle bestowed SHED’s Cafe with three-stars and noted it is the best restaurant in Sonoma. “I’ve never seen combinations that visually depict the bounty in such a vibrant, respectful way….The Shed celebrates its location in a way that no other place duplicates. It feels like the most authentic and beautifully conceived restaurant in Sonoma County right now.”

Food: ★ ★ ★½
Service: ★ ★
Atmosphere: ★ ★ ★

San Francisco Chronicle

Healdsburg SHED Makes Its Mark

Shed holds immense appeal for the out-of-towners who flock to Healdsburg on weekends for wine tasting, charming bed and breakfasts, and farm-to-table dining. What better way to immerse oneself in agrarian life than within Shed’s manicured, denim-stuffed walls?  Serving as a hub for Sonoma County’s many-spoked agrarian community — manifests in Shed’s retail outlet, its event programming and its ingredient sourcing for the restaurant….Healdsburg Shed is, for a certain type of person, a wonderland of aesthetic and gastronomic pleasures — one that simultaneously gives a visitor the feeling that she is becoming a more responsible citizen…Roll your eyes all you want. Here’s the thing: Everything at Shed is really, really good.

San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Bauer’s 10 Favorite Healdsburg Restaurants

No place in Sonoma — or the Bay Area for that matter — uses such beautiful produce as Perry Hoffman, who took over the kitchen of this impressive business last fall. He may serve whole sand dabs on a cutting board with a colorful array of baby vegetables, and whole roasted poussin with its feet and head still attached, splayed on a bed of sauteed greens and surrounded by edible flowers. The food has a fresh yet rustic sensibility you won’t find elsewhere.

San Francisco Magazine

Get in My Belly: Pecan Spice Cake

One of the (many) high notes of my dinner at SHED last weekend was a sturdy slice of pecan spice cake, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s one of those wallflower cakes that won’t win any beauty pageants, and that’s part of its appeal. When a cake appears with zero frills, it’s a good sign that its greatest attributes lie within. Such was the case with this cake, which was generously stocked with pecans and all sorts of warming spices.

The Culture Trip

Healdsburg’s 10 Best Restaurants: Dining In Sonoma County

The folks at SHED are passionate about the connection between food and farming…SHED has become more than just a restaurant: it is a community center for education, sharing and celebrating fresh, wholesome food.

San Francisco Chronicle | Inside Scoop

Japanese soba master comes to Healdsburg

A video story on October’s Japan Month and Toshiya Kotorii, a Tokyo soba master who collaborated with Sonoko Sakai, a Los Angeles Japanese cooking teacher and author who studied under him for a soba bar pop-up series in SHED.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Buying local made easier

If you live in Sonoma County, you are no stranger to the concept of “buy local,” but…what does it take for Sonoma County’s small farmers to get their products into these stores? And what does “local” actually mean?

GOOP

GO. Wine Country Guide.

Shed occupies what is possibly the most elegant pre-engineered metal garage we’ve ever seen: It’s equipped with all kinds of innovations for efficiency and sustainability, like photovoltaic panels, elegant exposed wood, and wide garage doors that can be opened up for ventilation on hot days.

San Jose Mercury News

Want modern grange? Try Shed in Healdsburg

It’s hard to know where to start, because I want to start with everything and be sure I miss nothing.Do I pause at the coffee/juice bar for an immersion-drip, or maybe a fresh beet/carrot/ginger/lemon juice? Or do I go nose first into the tin buckets of roses and bluebells? Oh, but here’s the deli counter. Hmm, smoked trout mousse. Pickled smelt. Apricot chutney. Honey hazelnut pate. Perhaps I can swing by the milling room for a bag of just now (like-five-minutes-ago) stone-milled heirloom grains.

Travel + Leisure

Best Farmers Market Experience

In Sonoma…pioneering it all is SHED, a grange hall, fermentation bar, and marketplace housed in an airy, two-story steel and glass flex space that won a James Beard Award in 2014 for its architecture. Next month, as a tribute to the region’s bounty of organic and heirloom produce, SHED will launch a monthly farmers market tour, coupled with lunch in their garden.

Fresh Cup Magazine

“A Culture of Drinks”

I stepped into Shed with coffee on the brain. The enormous, creekside building in Healdsburg, California, is something of a culinary bazaar, an ever-changing marketplace of Sonoma County’s many gustatory offerings.

Trek Travel

Industry Insider: Cindy Daniel

Our vision was to create a place where the beauty and aliveness of the complete food cycle—the growing, preparing, and eating —would become visible, revealing and reinforcing the path from farm to table, and back to farm.

Bon Traveler

The Local’s Weekend: A Healdsburg Guide

I walked in for breakfast, and somehow managed to stay through until lunch — this place will do that to you. Coffee bar, pastry shop, to-go counter, fresh produce grocery store, kitchen & home store, and a cafe all under one creative roof.

Bon Appetit, February 2015

Inside Shed, Sonoma County’s Charming General Store and Restaurant

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When Cindy Daniel opened Shed nearly two years ago, her aim was for it to be more than a restaurant. “We wanted to make a true expression of the whole food cycle,” she explained of her 21st-century barn in Sonoma County. Part store, part café, part events center, the nearly 10,000-square-foot space is all that—plus a fermentation bar (of course) for wine, kombucha, and more. (Get some of our favorite recipes from Shed.) …Daniel has stocked Shed with beautiful and functional items she deems essential to being a better cook, gardener, and, yes, eater, whether it’s the little black dress of cast-iron skillets, the handiest gardening shovel, or just-milled rye flour from a nearby farm.

(The story was a group collaboration with recipes written by our culinary director Miles Thompson and Gillian Helquist in the fermentation bar, with beautiful images by our friends Taylor Peden and Jen Munkvold (Peden+Munk) and food styling by our own SHED-ite, Lora Zarubin.)

Food & Wine

The New Food Multiplexes

Retail and restaurant complexes come to the fore. Food & Wine was kind enough to shine a light on SHED’s innovative concept in this thoughtful roundup of mixed-use establishments.

San Francisco Chronicle

Healdsburg restaurant Shed a rustic, ‘modern grange’

In this insightful interview, the Chronicle‘s Inside Scoop writer Carey Sweet checks in with SHED co-owner Cindy Daniel on the completion of SHED’s first year and the thrill of the James Beard Award nomination.

Conde Nast Traveler

The Best American Cities for Foodies

We’re proud to be mentioned with our neighbor, Chalkboard, in Condé Nast Traveler‘s foodie roundup, and yes: Healdsburg is undoubtedly a foodie paradise!

Eater National

Here Are the Stunning JBFA Restaurant Design Finalists

We are proud to have won a 2014 James Beard Award for our restaurant design. Before the final decisions were announced, Eater National gave a sneak peek at all the nominees. We were certainly in great company!

Sunset Magazine

Insider Guide to Healdsburg

The 10,000-square-foot Healdsburg Shed brings farming, gardening, cooking, and eating together in one glass-walled building. It distills Northern California’s food and wine scenes–with everything from a wood-oven cafe to a fermentation bar with kombucha on tap; from a spot selling local grains (milled on-site) and hand-forged garden tools to workshops, talks, and film screenings. Shed also does Sunday Suppers, a monthly dinner series with local winemakers, farmers, and chefs.

7x7

SHED’s Mezze Platter

Learn to make the components of our popular mezze plate! 7X7 gets the lowdown on how we compose each part of it, from the sweet potato hummus to our proprietary dukkah to our quinoa and tzakziki.