In The Kitchen
Chef + Staff
Established in 2012, Glen Ellen Star is a rising culinary establishment in Sonoma County that strives to provide a personable yet refined dining experience for those who love food. Led by Chef Ari Weiswasser and his wife Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser, and their talented team, Glen Ellen Star specializes in a wood-fire cooking technique that brings out the best flavors of their California inspired dishes.
Weiswasser, a Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef 2015, spent his formidable culinary years in numerous fine-dining establishments in New York City and Philadelphia, mastering the fundamentals of elevated cuisine and service before moving to California and deciding to do things differently at Glen Ellen Star. He then spent two years at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville before opening Glen Ellen Star across the street from his wife’s family’s Benziger Family Winery, planting gardens in the vineyard to provide much of the kitchen’s produce. Weiswasser also works on expanding the restaurant’s private party operations, under the name Stellar Catering.
Centered on an open kitchen, Glen Ellen Star encourages both culinary and social conversation while serving a seasonally inspired dishes. The culinary team sources ingredients from amazing gardens and local producers in order to craft daily menus that showcase the best of the region. A majority of the produce found on the menu comes from The Glentucky Family Farm. Located high on a bench on Sonoma Mountain, (an old volcano) about 4 minutes from the restaurant. It is a chosen spot for growing plants because it is protected from the wind, has excellent Volcanic soils, and plenty of sunshine and warmth. This farm has been certified biodynamic since 2001 and farmed by Mike Benziger.