Chef Stephen Barber Joins Farmstead as Executive Chef

Sheamus Feeley to return to Hillstone Group

 

June 22, 2011,  St. Helena, CA

Long Meadow Ranch announced today that award-winning Chef Stephen Barber will assume the duties of executive chef at Farmstead restaurant on August 1st.  Barber will replace Executive Chef Sheamus Feeley.  Adam Kim, Farmstead's opening general manager, will be promoted to executive general manager.

Barber was most recently chef of Fish Story restaurant in Napa, which is owned by Chef Bradley Ogden's Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Previously, he was executive chef of MECCA in San Francisco where he received three stars from Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle and was named a 2004 “Rising Star Chef.” In 2007, Barber opened BarbersQ in Napa, which also received three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, was featured on the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants 2007” and “Top 100 Restaurants” lists by Mr. Bauer, and was named a Michelin Guide “Bib Gourmand.”

Chef Sheamus Feeley will rejoin the Hillstone Restaurant Group as Vice President of Culinary Development, where he worked from 2003 until joining the Hall family's Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in 2009.  Hillstone operates upscale/casual dining establishments, with brands including Rutherford Grill, Hillstone (formerly known as Houston's), Bandera, R+D and Gulfstream restaurants.  Feeley and his family will relocate to Colorado, where he previously was chef/owner of Mateo Restaurant in Boulder.

A Kentucky native, Chef Barber began his culinary career at one of the best restaurants in Mississippi, City Grocery, working with Chef John Currence. Barber next moved to Miami, where he spent four years honing his craft under Chef Norman Van Aken at his eponymous restaurant, Norman’s. Van Aken subsequently brought on Barber as the opening chef de cuisine for Bambu restaurant, where he was discovered by MECCA's owner.

"We are delighted to have a chef of Stephen's stature join our team," said Ted Hall, President & General Manager of Hall family-owned Long Meadow Ranch, which owns and operates the restaurant. "Stephen will continue Farmstead’s authentic farm-to-table menu and he brings great experience to our new outdoor live-fire space where he can showcase primal grilling for large and small groups."

Building on his Southern roots, Barber will bring his own ingredient-driven approach to Farmstead's American farmhouse cooking and he will continue to utilize the organic produce, grass-fed beef, eggs, and olive oils from Long Meadow Ranch and other local artisanal producers.

"Stephen has been a regular customer of our products for his own table since he moved to the Napa Valley," said Laddie Hall, who operates Long Meadow Ranch's farmstand.  "And, he featured our grass-fed beef and hot dogs while he was at BarbersQ.  So, his joining Farmstead is just a return to the family."

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to create an exciting dining experience at moderate prices that brings fresh, healthy food to the table.” said Barber. “My cooking style has always been driven by the seasons and I now have the opportunity to take local ingredients at their peak freshness and prepare them with all of the right tools -- including the wood-fired oven, wood-burning grill, plancha, and outdoor live fire."

"We are very excited for Sheamus," said Ted Hall. "He is taking on company-wide responsibility at Hillstone Restaurant Group, which operates more than 50 top-quality restaurants across the country.  And, he is returning to family roots in Colorado. It is a great career opportunity for Sheamus. We are very grateful for his contribution to the successful launch of Farmstead."

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About Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead
Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is a sustainable food, wine and agricultural center located in St. Helena, the heart of the Napa Valley. A local gathering place and Napa Valley destination, the multi-use location is anchored by the historic Logan-Ives House at Long Meadow Ranch Winery, as well as Farmstead restaurant, wine flavor and vegetable gardens, a seasonal farm stand, a floral design shop, and a variety of unique event spaces.

This exciting destination offers an array of experiences for lovers of local food and wines, including distinctive full-circle farming tours, wine and estate olive oil tastings, and paired lunch offerings; fresh farm-to-table dining; private ranch excursions; customized event venues and services; and engaging educational experiences that underscore Long Meadow Ranch’s time-honored motto of “Excellence through Responsible Farming.”

Bolstered by the belief and dedicated practices that world-class products can be produced using sustainable, organic farming methods, Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides, and its products are organically grown and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers.

Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead is located at 738 Main Street in St. Helena. The historic Logan-Ives House at is open from 11 AM to 6 PM daily. Farmstead restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

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