Glen Ellen, California
Inn & Event Chef and Organic Garden Manager
Prepare and serve dynamic full breakfasts for 4-16 guests 5 days a week, multi-course dinners, food & wine pairings and tasting events for 12 – 150 guests 25+ evenings a year, pack seasonal picnics and prepare meals for special projects. Chef works in an open kitchen and holds multiple additional responsibilities. As Organic Garden Manager, Chef works directly with Garden & Produce Foreman to grow produce and herbs for all meals served.
Candidate should demonstrate an interest in and appreciation for creative wine country cuisine, wine-pairing, agritourism, sustainability and the ability to converse comfortably with guests and clients. Ideal candidate enjoys preparing inspired food with fresh ingredients and creatively using seasonal harvests on the fly. Knowledge of and interest in seasonal agriculture is important, as well as the desire to be hands-on in the garden. Working with a close team at a small business in a historic building, candidate should be a quick-thinking team player and creative problem-solver, who works calmly and effectively with multiple distractions.
Responsibilities include: Designing custom menus, planning, cooking, baking, plating, serving, clearing, washing dishes, kitchen clean-up; Hiring and managing additional kitchen help for larger events; Working with Produce Foreman to grow as many ingredients as possible, sourcing and ordering others and being accountable for maximizing this opportunity while minimizing waste; Reporting food cost and event expenses; Communicating directly with special event clients; Preserving seasonal foods in useful and creative ways for future use (canning, dehydrating, pickling, curing, freezing); Taking and modifying reservations and processing sales on occasion.
Skills and Charateristics Desired:
- Cooking & baking
- Food Preservation
- Ability to accommodate dietary restrictions when necessary
- Excellent intrapersonal communication skills
- Creativity, Flexibility, Ability to take and give direction well.
Breakfast 5 days a week 7am-11am plus additional hours planning & executing day and evening events and projects. Event Season requires long hours and many weekends. While breakfast is served year round, the slower season offers more flexibility and fewer hours overall with time focused on garden & menu planning.
Compensation: Salary, Commensurate with experience. Benefits available after trial period include employer-paid health insurance and paid vacation. On site housing is available for the right candidate and can be included.
International applicants and those looking for a short term Chef-in-Residence program are encouraged to apply.
Six generation family-owned and operated Beltane Ranch prides itself in offering a fun and supportive work environment. Our culinary offerings have grown extensively in the last few years and we would like to find the right candidate to grow with us.
Our team is dedicated, talented and friendly, and many have been with us for over 20 years.
Cover letter and resume should be sent to
Beltane Ranch Attn: Lauren Krause, firstname.lastname@example.org (mailing address is P.O. Box 415, Glen Ellen, CA 95442)