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John Ash & Co. Restaurant Hires New Beverage Director and Sous Chef


The Beloved Wine Country Fine Dining Establishment Introduces New Talents to Their Accomplished Staff

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (April 18, 2017)—Sonoma County’s beloved John Ash & Co. Restaurant announces two talented new hires this spring: Sous Chef Danny Girolomo and Beverage Director Sean Brosnihan. Both gentlemen are thrilled to add their expertise and ideas to the restaurant, whose 37-year tenure and legacy as the birthplace of California Wine Country cuisine make it one of the most popular restaurants in the region.

Girolomo is delighted to work closely with Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt in creating the restaurant’s seasonal menus, using exotic ingredients grown in the restaurant’s on-site culinary garden. No stranger to wine country cuisine, Girolomo comes to John Ash & Co. after working as sous chef for Santa Rosa’s Mayacamas Golf Club and, prior to that, as junior sous chef of FARM at the Carneros Inn. He says, “What makes wine country dining unique here is how everyone gives back to the community.”

Brosnihan, who spent the last nine years working at Jordan Winery, is as much a fan of Sonoma County wines as he is an expert on them. He says he is excited to apply to John Ash & Co.’s beverage menu the restaurant’s own precedent for using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Of the wine list, Brosnihan says, “I love its depth and its Sonoma County-centric wines and spirits. It’s a neat opportunity for us to showcase everything our county has to offer.”

The Front Room Bar & Lounge, adjacent to the restaurant, is one of Sonoma County’s most popular happy hour destinations. Brosnihan plans to add a Prohibition Era-focus to the cocktail menu, to address an ever-growing interest in historic drinks. Brosnihan plans to design cocktails that will be a completely new experience for guests of The Front Room.

About John Ash & Co. Restaurant

Helmed by veteran chef, Tom Schmidt, John Ash & Co. restaurant is one of Sonoma County’s premier dining venues, featuring a seasonal menu built around local, sustainable ingredients, many of which are grown in the on-site culinary garden. With a lively bar scene, welcoming sun porch, and the region’s only “all season” terrace nestled amidst the estate’s vineyards and gardens, John Ash & Co. is classic wine country dining at its best. The restaurant is located on the Vintners Inn estate at 4330 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; for information and reservations, visit http://www.vintnersinn.com/johnash.asp or call (707) 527-7687.

About The Front Room Bar & Lounge

Adjacent to John Ash & Co., The Front Room Bar & Lounge is a popular gathering place where locals and guests of Vintners Inn can unwind together. The Front Room offers small plates in a warm and inviting setting, a perfect venue to enjoy conversation, relaxation and fun while exploring new wines and a seasonal cocktail list. A curved bar, handcrafted from fir and accented with an iridescent cobalt blue mosaic tile top, winds its way along the wall. A massive stone-cut fireplace and glass-enclosed wine cellar add dramatic flair. Plush furnishings in mohair, chenille, and soft-rubbed leather make a sumptuous setting.

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