A Napa Valley dining experience by 2 Michelin star chef Matthew Lightner and
AvroKO featuring California-focused, market-forward cuisine.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Lightner first moved to the West Coast in 1999, where he graduated culinary school and began his cooking career working in kitchens from Oregon to California including chef de cuisine at L'Auberge in Del Mar, California.
From there, Lightner set path overseas where he worked in some of the world's greatest kitchens including a stage at Noma in Copenhagen and an exclusive 18-month program at Mugaritz in the Basque region of Spain where he developed and perfected the techniques and flavors he is incorporating into the NINEBARK repertoire.
Upon arrival back in the U.S., Lightner became the executive chef at Castagna in Portland, Oregon where he was named one of Food & Wine's “Best New Chefs in America" and was nominated “Rising Star Chef" by the James Beard Foundation two consecutive years in a row. In 2012, Lightner moved to New York City, where he opened Atera and received 2 stars from the Michelin Guide in the first six months of business. At Atera, he went on to receive 3 stars from The New York Times, 4 stars from New York Magazine and was included in Bon Appetit's “Best 50 New Restaurants" and Esquire's “Best New Restaurants" lists.
New York-headquartered design-and-concept firm AvroKO, is equally adept at the varied disciplines of architecture, furniture, graphics, and even fashion. Founded by 4 original partners - Adam Farmerie, William Harris, Greg Bradshaw, and Kristina O'Neal - each contributing a unique vision to the company's multifaceted design mission. AvroKO has established a new paradigm in the hospitality industry, encompassing a multitude of disciplines and creating thoughtful, provocative architecture, brands, products, and environments.
AvroKO's spirit of adventure and entrepreneurial curiosity has also inspired the Principals to pursue their own “self-propelled" projects, such as residential development, furniture lines, and several restaurants and bars which are wholly conceived, designed, owned, and operated by the company. These include PUBLIC, The Daily, Saxon + Parole, Madam Geneva, GENUINE Roadside, GENUINE Superette and GENUINE Liquorette in NYC; and Saxon + Parole, Moscow.
Dan oversees operations and finance for AvroKO Hospitality Group's 9 concepts including PUBLIC, The Daily, Saxon + Parole, Madam Geneva, GENUINE Roadside, GENUINE Superette and GENUINE Liquorette in New York; Saxon + Parole, Moscow; and NINEBARK in Napa.
Immersed in the culinary world from the beginning of his career when he received a “grand diplome" in culinary arts from the French Culinary Institute, Dan also holds a master of arts degree in food management from New York University and worked as the financial and business analyst for the Clark Wolf company - a New York-based food, restaurant and hospitality consulting firm.
Alongside Dan's passion for the hospitality industry is a commitment to guiding the next generation of professionals. He teaches Managerial Accounting as an adjunct professor at NYU's Nutrition and Food Studies Masters Program, and lectures on restaurant fiscal operations at The French Culinary Institute (ICC) and The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). He is also a frequent guest speaker on the topics of restaurant development and operations for the American Institute of Wine and Food, The French Culinary Institute, New York University, Tufts University, and Columbia University.
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