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, designed and built as a unique destination for elegant farm to table fine dining, has grown in ways we never imagined. We took over the charming property next door and named it Studio Barndiva, incorporating an art gallery, event spaces, and another large garden. A second kitchen a few years later allowed us to better serve our unforgettable weddings and parties and to open The Gallery Bar + bistro and The Somm's Table.
Geoff Hales is our numbers guy. Lukka Feldman is the driving force behind our full range of hospitality programs. Jil Hales is Barndiva’s creative director. She 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 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, with trusted sous chef Andrew Wycoff he 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 now have two daughters, Rylee, and Reese.