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A few minutes before the last service of 2018 began our entire staff gathered in the Barndiva garden to celebrate having reached the end of another crazy year of hospitality in Healdsburg. We are a lucky bunch, and we know it. Surrounded by an indelible landscape where we are able to source extraordinary food and wine, in a beautiful part of a state that will continue to protect the environment, we feel blessed indeed. But that is only part of it. Our ‘little’ quarter acre in the heart of Healdsburg is an oasis, and we savor it. Early in the mornings, long before guests arrive, when the air is clear and crisp and a lingering scent of chicory from Flying Goat Roastery co-mingles with whatever is baking here in the ovens, the town feels like it did when we first arrived 15 years ago, small and familiar.

Great restaurant teams have this in common, they rise or fall together, constantly juggling the challenges of a balancing act of so many visceral elements.

This year was an especially momentous one as Mark Hopper joined us as executive chef, along with a new director for all our many wine programs, Chappy Cottrell. If the last service of the year was bittersweet, as beloved Drew Wycoff took his leave after nine great years and the dining room’s Paula Morais headed out of Healdsburg with husband Samuele, sadness was tempered by the knowledge that what has kept the Barndiva experience relevant, an ability to take what the family is passionate about and channel it from the farm back into food, wine, cocktails, art and design, is alive and kicking.

Here then is a short album of the last day of the year. When we re-open on the 9th (12th in The Gallery) with Randy Dodge leading The Gallery kitchen, there will be an evolving menu with new dishes. We are taking it one step at a time; Mark is a chef who does nothing in half measures. Sunday Suppers will resume in Feb and showcase more of the Mediterranean classics he loves. Everything we’ve tasted so far is fresh and exciting with much more to come as new farmers and purveyors Mark has worked with in the past join us.

As for those first few hours of 2019, Tory Teasley and his incredible band did not disappoint. They rocked the house with a great set starting a few minutes before midnight - the perfect end to a tumultuous year in Northern California, and let’s face it, around the world. Tory is a beautiful force of nature - at this crossroads we need all the positive energy we can harness if we are going to do more than survive. Our goal is to thrive. And to bring you along with us.

So yeah, It Takes A Village. We love ours.

Come visit in 2019.
Happy New Year

The beautiful Kendall, who along with Fern greeted guests at the Barndiva host stand. All florals throughout the Barn and The Gallery by Barndiva Farm Manager Daniel Carlson.

The beautiful Kendall, who along with Fern greeted guests at the Barndiva host stand. All florals throughout the Barn and The Gallery by Barndiva Farm Manager Daniel Carlson.

Isabel ran a special NYE video in The Gallery where gold wrapped menus featured 74+ champagnes.

Isabel ran a special NYE video in The Gallery where gold wrapped menus featured 74+ champagnes.

In The Gallery kitchen, L to R: Abel, Andrew, Poncho, Tommy, Manuel, CJ, and Randy. Tommy was getting married the next day (but not to Manny…)

In The Gallery kitchen, L to R: Abel, Andrew, Poncho, Tommy, Manuel, CJ, and Randy. Tommy was getting married the next day (but not to Manny…)

Very much in command, Mark in The Barn kitchen, with Jasmin

Very much in command, Mark in The Barn kitchen, with Jasmin

Crab Louis had a Poached Egg Vinaigrette and Golden Russian Osetra from The California Caviar Co. It was served with Pizza Fritta Stuffed with Truffle, Ricotta and BD Farm Chestnut

Crab Louis had a Poached Egg Vinaigrette and Golden Russian Osetra from The California Caviar Co. It was served with Pizza Fritta Stuffed with Truffle, Ricotta and BD Farm Chestnut

Scott and Shae pumped out close to 200 Valrhona Chocolate Mousse w/ Toasted Coconut-Orange Truffles, Chocolate ‘Caviar’ & Brownies

Scott and Shae pumped out close to 200 Valrhona Chocolate Mousse w/ Toasted Coconut-Orange Truffles, Chocolate ‘Caviar’ & Brownies

Paula was everywhere in the Barn

Paula was everywhere in the Barn

The Bar Team: Shane, Isabel, Rojo, Andrew, Terra. Our winter cocktail list will appear when we re-open on Jan 9.

The Bar Team: Shane, Isabel, Rojo, Andrew, Terra. Our winter cocktail list will appear when we re-open on Jan 9.

Wine Director Chappy Cottrell

Wine Director Chappy Cottrell

Andrew

Andrew

Rojo

Rojo

Terra

Terra

Tory singing and dancing . J’adore.

Tory singing and dancing . J’adore.

Teasley is a force of nature with an incredible back up band

Teasley is a force of nature with an incredible back up band

Most of Dan’s forced amaryllis were in full bloom on NYE but these babies are set to open when we do, on Jan. 9

Most of Dan’s forced amaryllis were in full bloom on NYE but these babies are set to open when we do, on Jan. 9

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