WHAT’S MORE IMPRESSIVE THAN A MICHELIN STAR? Having the team of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants take notice of your restaurant after just 18 months.

SingleThread restaurant and farm has received the Miele One to Watch award for 2018, usually a precursor to a spot in the top 50 in subsequent years. According to organizers, the award “celebrates emerging global talent and recognizes a restaurant that is outside the main 50 Best list, with strong potential to rise up the ranking in the near future.”  The fledgling restaurant received two Michelin stars in 2018.

Husband and wife team Kyle and Katina Connaughton (he’s the chef, she’s the farmer) opened in late 2016 and is a bespoke dining experience (emphasis on “experience”) located just off the Healdsburg Square.

Focused on micro-seasonal ingredients with strong Japanese influences, the restaurant’s attention to detail, precision cooking techniques and commitment to using products from their small farm at just the moment of peak perfection has attracted the attention of both critics and serious gastronomes. The 52-seat dining room has an open kitchen that’s nearly silent during service, with at least 11 courses that are both culinary and artistic masterpieces.

Other recent winners of the One to Watch Award include restaurants in Barcelona, Sydney and Cape Town, along with San Francisco’s Saison in 2014.

“We are so proud to bring this recognition to Sonoma Wine Country and to continue to share what we love about this beautiful place with our guests,” said Kyle, who is a strong advocate for the county and recently raised more than $500,000 for Sonoma County fire survivors.