Barndiva grew out of our family's desire to celebrate the exquisite food sheds of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties from Healdsburg to the ocean, with special attention paid to following the breadcrumbs up Hwy 128 through the Anderson Valley to Philo, where we have dry farmed apples, figs and chestnuts on a ridge above the pacific for the past three decades.
While the family farm is still the heartbeat of our enterprise, Barndiva has grown into a unique destination for both elegant and casual fine dining in side by side properties. Along the way to perfecting a full on sensory experience at Barndiva we added an art gallery, dining and event space with gardens in the studio next door, with a second kitchen to serve the new bistro as well as our unforgettable weddings and parties.
Geoff Hales is our numbers guy. Lukka Feldman is the driving force behind our full range of hospitality programs (and manager of Healdsburg Modern Cottages). Jil Hales is Barndiva’s creative director. She also oversees the cocktail program for both our artisan and classic bar programs, and curates the Studio Barndiva Gallery. She produces eat the view, our blog.
The fourth member of the Barndiva family is Ryan Fancher, our extraordinary chef.
Following a remarkable culinary journey that included working with Richard Reddington at Auberge de Soleil, he cooked alongside Thomas Keller at The French Laundry and then at Per Se for four incredibly rewarding years.
Ryan moved to Healdsburg seven years ago with the goal of taking Barndiva's unique dining concept to the next level, which he most certainly has done. In the summer of 2015, he and sous chef Andrew Wycoff helped us launch a classic French bistro in The Gallery Bar in Studio Barndiva. He works directly with our small farm and ranch purveyors, many of whom raise animals and contract plant for our menus. He is instrumental in directing what we grow for the restaurant on the Greenwood Ridge.
Married here in the gardens at Barndiva, Ryan and his beautiful wife Rebekah have a daughter, Rylee, and a new baby, Reese.