Valette was born from two brothers’ lifelong dream of creating a unique dining experience in our hometown of Healdsburg. Our goal is to provide a canvas for local farmers, winemakers and artisans to showcase their crafts.
344 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA
Open daily at 5:30 pm
The dream of Valette Healdsburg began some 15 years ago amongst two brothers. Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini were sitting at their father’s house overlooking the Alexander Valley, Aaron by this time was establishing himself at John Ash in Santa Rosa as a dynamic server; Dustin was in New York learning the Culinary Craft that would be his life long passion. Over a glass of wine the two dreamt of opening a restaurant that showcased all Sonoma County has to offer. This imaginary Restaurant would serve honest food, have impeccable service and house a collection of boutique, small production wines. Now, with over 47 years of combined experience, Valette Healdsburg opens for the public to come and share the passion and dedication of these two brothers.
CHEF DUSTIN VALETTE
Chef Dustin Valette began his culinary career at thirteen washing dishes at Catelli’s in his home town of Geyserville, California. Two years later he took an apprenticeship at Chateau Souverain, a Francis Ford Coppola Estate where he worked under Executive Chef, Martin Courtman. Now, more than twenty years later, Chef Valette finds himself back in Northern California’s wine country continuing the dream that started some twenty two years ago.
Aaron Garzini began his restaurant career at just fourteen years of age. His career began in the kitchen of Catelli’s, a beloved restaurant in his hometown of Geyserville, California. A few years later, Aaron’s brother, Dustin, would start his own culinary career in the kitchen of Catelli’s too. Those early years began a trajectory leading the two brothers back to their hometown with extensive experience and honed talents. While the experience sparked Dustin’s passion to become a chef, Aaron turned his hands to the Front of the House.
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The wines that we make in California and the wines that inspire us to make wine.
"Our wine list represents the quality and diversity of California - with a special emphasis on Sonoma County - as well as wines from around the world that inspire us, pair with our food and are simply delicious! The wine list is designed with the ingredients and flavors of the menu in mind. This is a dynamic, evolving wine program built by our winemaking community."
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