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Healdsburg Shed Wins James Beard Best Restaurant Design

Congratulations to Healdsburg Shed co-owners/husband-and-wife Doug Lipton and Cindy Daniel for winning the James Beard Best Restaurant Design 2014 award, and putting Sonoma County in the national spotlight.

The honor brings yet another star to the burgeoning Sonoma County restaurant landscape, and one that’s very well deserved for the innovative project that just celebrated its one-year anniversary. It’s the first time a Healdsburg establishment has been ever named in this awards category.

At first glance, Shed might not even be seen as a restaurant. The 10,000 square-foot space is first and foremost a modern grange hall, combing a market, and home and gardening store with a café for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a fermentation and wine bar. You can get an idea of the scope here, with this nifty video

Even Daniel was a surprised by the chosen category, she admits. “We were planning our first year anniversary party when a friend called to congratulate us on the nomination,” she said. “We were incredulous at first, but soon after, the project architect confirmed the news, and we were all over the moon!”

But indeed, Shed hosts monthly Sunday Suppers showcase local artisan brewers, sausage makers, the farmers guild, winemakers and chefs. And two new programs were launched this spring: a Tour of Shed and the Healdsburg Farmers' Market, and a Grange Farm Lunch, with the ingredients sourced from the market.

The idea is to keep things as homespun as possible, to the point that Shed co-owners/husband-and-wife Doug Lipton and Cindy Daniel also own HomeFarm in the Dry Creek Valley, which provides Shed with much of its produce.

The striking steel and glass building with roll-up garage doors was designed by architect Mark Jensen (Jensen Architects of San Francisco), and the nomination was for “Best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2011, seats 76 and over.”

Details: Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St., Healdsburg.

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