Healdsburg SHED Appoints General Manager and Culinary Director; Owners and Key Staff Prepare for Opening February 2013

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Healdsburg SHED announces the appointments of Kenneth (Kenny) Rochford, General Manager, and Niki Ford, Culinary Arts Director. Owners Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton describe Kenny and Niki as “a lively, creative dream team that will realize our vision of SHED, a place where people eat, gather, stock up and learn.” SHED will open in February, 2013.

SHED is our vision of a modern grange, a community resource where locals and visitors gather to eat and learn,” says Cindy Daniel.

Healdsburg SHED announces the appointments of Kenneth (Kenny) Rochford, General Manager, and Niki Ford, Culinary Arts Director. Owners Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton describe Kenny and Niki as “a lively, creative dream team that will realize our vision of SHED, a place where people eat, gather, stock up and learn.” SHED will open in February, 2013 (http://healdsburgshed.com/).

A native of Scotland, Kenny Rochford has worked in the wine business since he was 18, most recently as General Manager of Medlock Ames. In 2010 he opened the winery’s Alexander Valley Bar and Tasting Room, a popular wine country destination. Kenny says about SHED: “It is incredible to be part of something beautiful and well-considered that will deliver a range of amazing products (food, wine, coffee, preserves and produce!) with community at its heart.”

Originally from Methuen, Massachusetts, Niki Ford considers herself a Californian. She worked 6 years in the café and restaurant at Chez Panisse and deepened her experience at the American Academy in Rome, part of the Rome Sustainable Food Project. Niki, who has degrees in both culinary arts and fine arts, sees cooking as an expression of place, imagination and tradition.

“SHED is our vision of a modern grange, a community resource where locals and visitors gather to eat and learn,” says Cindy Daniel. “We will be sourcing and selling quality food of regional provenance as well as beautiful, enduring tools for the kitchen and garden. SHED’s cooking will be simple, soulful and full of flavor.”

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