LIZA HINMAN, SANTA ROSA
When I was in NYC to shoot for the German Travel guidebook from Smart Travelling I was introduced to Eric Anderson, who is one of the co-founders of Prune (I can highly recommend it!). When my colleague Nancy Bachmann was done with her interview I used the situation and asked Eric about Bread. Eric comes from Sonoma County, an area north of San Francisco, which is known for celebrating food and Wine. Eric did not only suggest me to visit his other restaurant, Spinsters Sister, but he also gave me and the graphic designer Katrin Weber a place to stay during our trading road trip through California as we were making the book.
Sonoma County went straight into our hearts. And so did the restaurant Spinsters Sister in Santa Rosa. Erics co-owners, Liza Hinman, agreed to share her Kale salad for my book. It works perfectly with my apricot and bier bread!
Q/A WITH LIZA
M: Where are you from and what do you love most about this place?
L: I am currently living in Northern California- in Sonoma County to be exact. As a chef- I love that everything grows here in abundance – and that the ocean with amazing beaches- is only a 30 minute drive.
M: What 3 places should I not miss to go to when you go on a road trip through Sonoma County?
L: Dry Creek Valley, Salmon Creek Beach, Armstrong Woods (and The Spinster Sisters of course!)
M: What are your favorite wines/vineyards in the region?
L: Unti, Peterson, Arnot-Roberts
M: What does quality mean to you?
L: A perfect balance of thought and love.
M: If you could teach a group of people one thing about quality attitude in food, what would it be?
L: To really care about what you are producing.
M: What made you contribute to the Bread Exchange book?
L: Malin was staying upstairs from the restaurant- and she reached out to us.
M: What has inspired you recently?
L: Summer! Cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, squash.
M: Where can I find Spinsters Sisters?
L: We are located at 401 South A Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95448. The website: www.thespinstersisters.com and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thespinstersisters/info has the most up to date info.