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Single Thread Farms Restaurant moving into Healdsburg Meat Company space

Super star chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife Katina will be opening a Michelin-worthy restaurant called Single Thread Farms in Healdsburg in fall 2015

Chef Kyle Connaughton will open Single Thread Farms and Inn in Healdsburg. Photo courtesy of Eric Wolfinger
Chef Kyle Connaughton will open Single Thread Farms and Inn in Healdsburg. Photo courtesy of Eric Wolfinger
Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina Connaughton, will open Single Thread Farms and Inn in Healdsburg. Photo courtesy of Sally Egan.
Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina Connaughton, will open Single Thread Farms and Inn in Healdsburg. Photo courtesy of Sally Egan.

Several months ago, Healdsburg began buzzing with rumors that a top-notch chef may be moving into winemaker Pete Seghesio’s newly-constructed Healdsburg Meat Company property at 131 North Street (the former post office).

Turns out the grapevine was surprisingly accurate. Today it was announced that world-renowned Chef Kyle Connaughton and wife Katina Connaughton will open Single Thread Farms Restaurant & Inn inside the space later this year. Seghesio’s butchery and a small tasting room for his Journeyman wines will occupy part of the first floor. They will also produce wine inside the Single Thread dining room in a glass-enclosed fermentation tank — making it the country’s smallest licensed winery.

“We really hoped to create a culinary showcase for the area with (this) building and we can’t think of a better pairing than the Connaughtons,” said Pete Seghesio. “They represent the essence of the modern food movement,” he added.

Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina Connaughton, will open Single Thread Farms and Inn in Healdsburg. Photo courtesy of Sally Egan.
Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina Connaughton, will open Single Thread Farms and Inn in Healdsburg. Photo courtesy of Sally Egan.

So here’s the skinny: The forthcoming 55-seat restaurant will offer an “experience” than includes personalized tours of the restaurant’s rooftop garden and greenhouse, an 11-course meal, California-centric wine pairings, lush decor, and the option to stay in one of the space’s five suites while being pampered and indulged throughout the evening.

Following a fine-dining trend that’s proved popular from Chicago to LA and New York, diners will purchase a ticket (running about $200 per person) for the meal in advance,

Connaughton, who spent many years cooking in Japan compares the luxe dining concept to “omotenashi”, translated as a heightened sense of hospitality and anticipation of a guest’s every need.

Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina Connaughton, will open Single Thread Farms and Inn in Healdsburg. Photo courtesy of Sally Egan.
Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina Connaughton, will open Single Thread Farms and Inn in Healdsburg. Photo courtesy of Sally Egan.

Connaughton’s wife Katina, who is an experienced culinary gardener, will manage a 5-acre farm near Healdsburg, driving the menu almost entirely. Also enamored with Japanese culinary techniques, she embraces an ancient Japanese farming technique that breaks seasons into 72 five-day farming cycles, also known in the expanding culinary farm-to-table cuisine as micro-seasons. That means a menu that could change daily according to what’s at the height of harvest.

Connaughton hasn’t given much detail on the types of dishes he’ll be serving on the three tasting menus (meat and seafood, seafood and vegetables, and vegetarian), but says they will be uniquely Sonoma County, with influences from his time in Japan, modernist cuisine inspired by his stint at the UK’s Fat Duck; the traditional French cooking of three Michelin-starred Michel Bras and local artisan foods of Sonoma County.

“We’re bringing together farm-driven cooking with innovation,” he said.

Reading between the lines: Sonoma County is about to have a new Michelin-star contender.

Speaking to his aspirations, Connaughton said, “I think we have a real opportunity. Sonoma County is a true food and wine destination, and that kind of (fine dining) experience is one that a destination location should have.”

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19 thoughts on “Single Thread Farms Restaurant moving into Healdsburg Meat Company space

  1. The price sounds steep, but I’m getting two tickets because *&$*&$ good food, and I mean really **#*#* good food, and great service where you are being taken care of like a guest, is not easy to find.

    Cyrus was good, good; and left my waddling around in the next morning with a food hangover and smile on my face.

  2. The price sounds steep, but I’m getting two tickets because *&$*&$ good food, and I mean really **#*#* good food, and great service where you are being taken care of like a guest, is not easy to find.

    Cyrus was good, good; and left my waddling around in the next morning with a food hangover and smile on my face.

  3. Welcome! As locals we are excited to have you invest your efforts and new ideas in our community. Innovative and the building is beautiful. Looking forward to your success.

  4. Welcome! As locals we are excited to have you invest your efforts and new ideas in our community. Innovative and the building is beautiful. Looking forward to your success.

  5. Can’t wait to travel up to visit this restaurant and inn. This restaurant and experience sounds amazing. I don’t see how anyone can comment on what the place looks like and the expense before the place is finished/ opens. I look forward to seeing the final works. Kyle and Katina seem like lovely people and I hope your business does extremely well.

  6. Can’t wait to travel up to visit this restaurant and inn. This restaurant and experience sounds amazing. I don’t see how anyone can comment on what the place looks like and the expense before the place is finished/ opens. I look forward to seeing the final works. Kyle and Katina seem like lovely people and I hope your business does extremely well.

  7. We already don’t like the building. I’m personally offended
    by the ridiculously expensive spectacle you are. Residents had no say and resent this development on the same property our small town post office sat on. Who the hell approved this monstrosity?

    1. I totally agree. So utterly pretentious. I live part of the year in
      France — silly Marin and silly Sonoma ……. cannot compare.
      Their outrageous prices will more than cover my air fare.

  8. We already don’t like the building. I’m personally offended
    by the ridiculously expensive spectacle you are. Residents had no say and resent this development on the same property our small town post office sat on. Who the hell approved this monstrosity?

  9. Unfortunately it is one of the ugliest buildings in town! An absolute eye sore! Looks like storage containers were dropped on the roof!.

  10. Unfortunately it is one of the ugliest buildings in town! An absolute eye sore! Looks like storage containers were dropped on the roof!.

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