The Santa Rosa, Calif. property’s new restaurant venue, The Sunset Grill, is located near the club’s golf practice facility and will showcase culinary offerings from new Executive Chef Patrick Tafoya. Groundbreaking for a new clubhouse is scheduled to take place soon, and while it is being built, the club’s Athletic Center will remain the hub for club and community activities.
The Fountaingrove Club in Santa Rosa, Calif., will open its new restaurant venue, The Sunset Grill, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 12th, to mark the latest step in the club’s recovery after suffering severe damage from the Tubbs wildfire in 2017. Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm will take part in the event.
The Sunset Grill will initially be open to club members and their guests from Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and happy hour, with breakfast and dinner service planned to begin in the near future. The new dining venue is located just off the club’s golf practice facility and, as the name suggests, features sunset and golf course views.
The new restaurant will feature culinary offerings directed by the club’s new Executive Chef, Patrick Tafoya, who recently joined the club after serving as Executive Chef of The Duck Club Restaurant at the Bodega Bay (Calif.) Lodge and Spa and the operating his own establishment, Restaurant P/30, in Sebastopol, Calif.
Originally from Albuquerque, N.M., Chef Tafoya holds a degree in Culinary Arts and Chef Training from the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore. and was part of that school’s first Le Cordon Bleu graduating class. While attending Western Culinary Institute, Tafoya worked under Certified French Master Chef Phillipe Boulot at Portland’s Heathman Hotel.
In addition to his restaurant and resort experience, Chef Tafoya founded Maven Restaurant Consulting and teaches at The Culinary of Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in Napa Valley, Calif.
“This is an exciting time at The Fountaingrove Club,” said Ronald Banaszak, Chief Operating Officer of The Fountaingrove Club “Chef Patrick is an outstanding addition to the club, and The Sunset Grill is already a hit with members.”
As upcoming steps in its continued recovery, The Fountaingrove Club is also scheduled to soon break ground on a state-of-the-art new clubhouse. While the clubhouse is being built, the club’s 10,000 sq. ft. Athletic Center will remain the hub for club and community activities, with wood-fire pizza ovens and portable culinary facilities providing members with fresh, local cuisine in a variety of locations, including on the practice range, next to the pool or in the Athletic Center.
The Fountaingrove Club is managed by Troon Privé and features a Ted Robinson Sr.-designed golf course that was spared from the Tubbs Fire and has remained fully operational.
Full details on The Fountaingrove Club’s upcoming projects as part of the master plan for its full recovery from the wildfires can be viewed at https://www.thefountaingrove.club/Default.aspx?p=dynamicmodule&pageid=133&ssid=100154&vnf=1