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After a Decade, Barndiva Gets a New Chef. You Won’t Believe Who It Is

Sebastopol chef will be new exec for top Healdsburg restaurant.

Okay, I’m sorry for the clickbaity headline, but this one’s a bit of a heavy hitter we’re pretty excited about.

Remember Vignette in the Barlow? A while back, it seemed to disappear overnight along with its chef/owner Mark Hopper. The website went dark, the Facebook page wasn’t updated, and pretty much no one we asked knew exactly where Hopper had landed.

Surprise! News came out yesterday that Hopper will be the new executive chef for Barndiva in Healdsburg following the departure of Chef Ryan Fancher. Hopper has a stellar resume, working closely with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, the opening of Las Vegas’ Bouchon and executive chef for casual dining at the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. He was also instrumental in the opening of Farmshop in Marin, and the late Vignette, which opened in 2014, was a BiteClub favorite for his handmade pizzas and wood-fired veggies.

It’s a solid fit, as Hopper is dedicated to sustainable, local sourcing and should jive with the Barndiva aesthetic.

Stay tuned for more details on Hopper’s introduction to Barndiva.

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  1. I LOVED Vignette. I was devastated when I learned it closed. I really like Barndiva so I’m excited to see what Hopper does there – but will there be pizza? Oh how I miss that pizza!

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