Applying some spin to his perennially avant garde branding instincts, Doon-meister Randall Grahm has brought in a new chef, and ushered in a new name for his tasting room restaurant.
Gone is the fairly tame “Cellar Door” and in comes the dashing “Le Cigare Volant” named for the winery’s celebrated flagship RhÃ´nesque creation. The culinary team at Le Cigare Volant will be headed up by chef Ryan Shelton, who joins Bonny Doon from the two star Michelin ranked BaumÃ© Restaurant in Palo Alto. The new name, according to Grahm, represents “a commitment to a more refined…level of cuisine and service.” It also reinforces “a deeper association between the restaurant and the winery itself,” the winemaker believes.
I love this – it is much more grown-up, non-generic name for an upmarket dining arena. And you can check out the new ever-changing menu at www.LeCigareVolant.com.