New Chef, New Name, New Flair for Bonny Doon Vineyard Cafe

Ryan Shelton comes from Palo Alto's 2-Michelin star Baume. Photo by Chip Scheuer.

With the transfiguration of the Cellar Door bistro into Le Cigare Volant, proprietor/winemaker Randall Grahm plays to his strengths, as well as to his sense of play. Named for Bonny Doon Vineyards’ flagship wine, the restaurant simultaneously debuts chef Ryan Shelton, who brings to the cafe’s exhibition kitchen deep experience in the alchemical ways of tres contemporary French cuisine—molecular cookery replete with scented and spiced foams.

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