Seven minutes from its restaurant in the small town of Healdsburg in California’s Sonoma Wine Country, SingleThread also operates its own organic farm whose greenhouse cultivates over 30 types of tomato and scores of vegetables. Combining this with an heirloom fruit orchard, chicken coop, olive trees, beehives, and cattle paddock, the farm supplies nearly 70% of the restaurant’s ingredients.
The dining experience is perfected in the Japanese philosophy of Omotenashi (selfless hospitality) which Kyle and Katina Connaughton sum up as making guests feel that they’ve been personally invited to a dinner party. SingleThread offers an eleven course, Kaiseki-style tasting menu based on 72 micro-seasons—an experience of the best in local produce at a unique moment in time. This purposeful diversity sees the restaurant and farm in continual dialogue about ingredients that work well and the menu’s needs. Supply from the business’s farm is balanced with support for local farmers, many of whom have decades of experience in producing specialty, artisan produce. Together, these help create what many consider the ultimate farm-to-table experience.