Fresh Starts Chef Events
1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949
415-382-3363 x213

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Thu, Jun. 6, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Simple Scandinavian Elegance from Chef Roberth Sundell

Chef Roberth Sundell, chef/owner at Plaj in San Francisco and Stockhome in Petaluma, presents a menu of simple Scandinavian elegance drawn from his Swedish roots.

Raised in Sweden, Chef Roberth arrived in San Francisco in 2012 with his wife and partner, Andrea. Plaj opened soon afterward in a cozy, European-style space at Inn at the Opera.

The restaurant has received accolades from the San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine, and 7x7 Magazine, with Zagat naming him one of "10 Under-the-Radar Chefs to Know in the Bay Area." His menu:

  • Raraka Potato Hash with Whitefish Caviar, Sour Cream, Horseradish & Spring Onions
  • Pitman's Farm Chicken Breast & Confit with Barley Porridge, Artichoke, Pea Tendrils, Wrangeback Cheese & Tarragon
  • Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble with Lavender Granola Crust & Whipped Yogurt Cream
The couple opened a more casual restaurant, Stockhome, last August in Petaluma to feature family fare along with the Turkish street food popular in Sweden. 

13 openings available


Roberth Sundell

The Key Room

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Thu, Jul. 18, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Enjoy a Summer Splash with Chef Mark Stark

Chef Mark Stark, whose inspiration leads six favorite Sonoma County restaurants, puts a bounce in our summer steps with a fresh menu from Sonoma County.

Chosen "Best Local Chef" by readers of both the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the North Bay Bohemian, Chef Mark now shares his kitchen time between the Stark Reality Restaurants, which include Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg and Bird & the Bottle in Santa Rosa. They're working to reopen the founding restaurant, Willi’s Wine Bar, which was lost in the Tubbs fire.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Mark honed his skills in Washington, D.C., and Seattle. The ventures of Stark Reality Restaurants, operated with wife Terri Stark, have earned Michelin Bib Gourmand honors. Bravas Bar de Tapas has been named in the Top 20 U.S. Tapas Restaurants by Travel & Leisure magazine and the pair were semi-finalists for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur.

Reservations are $60, including dinner; wine will be offered by glass or bottle. Menu details coming soon!

18 openings available


Mark Stark

The Key Room

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Tue, Aug. 20, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Cocktails, Stories & Fresh Bites with Jeff Burkhart

Jeff Burkhart, an award-winning bartender and author of “Twenty Years Behind Bars," joins us for an evening of cocktails and stories with a housemade menu to match from The Key Room's talented team of professional chefs.

A longtime Marin resident, Jeff writes the "Barfly" column appearing weekly in the Marin Independent Journal, which was named "Best Column" in 2014 by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. His selections from the bar:

  • Classic Vesper: Gin, Vodka and Tempus Fugit Kina L’Aero d'Or 
  • Cucumber Gimlet: Fresh Lime, Cucumber Vodka, St. Germaine or Cucumber Gimlet Mocktail also available: Lime, Cucumber, Seedlip Spice
  • Old Favorite Old-Fashioned: King Floyd's Orange Bitters, Simple Syrup, Bourbon
More details coming soon about fresh bites from our chefs!

We'll have copies of "Twenty Years Behind Bars" available for purchase at the event - get a personal autograph!

** This event originally was advertised for July 18 - we apologize for any confusion.


17 openings available


Jeff Burkhart

The Key Room

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Thu, Sep. 12, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Save the Date for PBS-TV Chef Joanne Weir

Chef Joanne Weir, a PBS-TV culinary star and award-winning cookbook author, will join us amid the bounty of the harvest season. The co-owner of Copita restaurant in Sausalito has recently begun the second season of "Plates & Places," a cooking and travel series nominated for four Taste Awards. Stay tuned for menu details!

1 opening available


Chef Joanne Weir

The Key Room