Kyle Connaughton began his culinary career in L.A. with an apprenticeship at one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in the city and continued training in both pastry and savory at Spago Beverly Hills, The Dining Room at Ritz Carlton, Lucques, Hama Sushi, and A.O.C. This was followed by several years cooking in Japan for the famed chef Michel Bras and in numerous traditional Japanese cuisine restaurants. In 2006, Kyle joined Heston Blumenthal to become the Head Chef of Research and Development for the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen. He is a contributor to the "Modernist Cuisine" series, a co-developer of the Culinary Science Bachelors Degree program for the CIA, and co-author of the book Donabe - Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking. In 2014 Kyle co-founded the culinary development firm Pilot R+D with Dan Felder, Dr. Ali Bouzari, & Dana Peck.
California native Katina Connaughton and husband Kyle have been together since they met at 15. Katina began her first foray into farming while living in a rural agricultural community in Hokkaido, Japan. She continued culinary gardening on a Victorian estate property in England before moving to Sonoma to complete her coursework in Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture. Katina was greenhouse manager for the Ag Program and Santa Rosa Junior College and has farmed at Davis Family Winery and The Barlow. Katina heads SingleThread Farm's five acre property, greenhouses, heirloom orchards, bee hives, and livestock as well as the foraging program and floral department.
Tony Greenberg is the founder of UPVentures LLC, a real estate development firm based in NYC and Brooklyn. Tony partnered with Kyle and Katina to develop SingleThread and manage the large cast of designers, artisans, and unique collaborators who have brought the Connaughtons' vision of SingleThread to life.
General Manager David Sisler runs service and hospitality operations at SingleThread. He began his career at The Manor in New Jersey before moving to Philadelphia to join the team at the famed Le Bec Fin. David later moved to San Francisco where he became General Manager at Saison.
Chef de Cuisine Aaron Koseba has worked around the world including Alex Atala's famed D.O.M. in Brazil, Charlie Trotter's, and Aubergine. Aaron runs the culinary operations as well as the coastal foraging and kayak diving at SingleThread.
Evan started his career at the Native American owned and inspired Kai Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. Through Evan’s 5 years at Kai, he helped the restaurant achieve the Forbes 5 Star Award and rose from back server to wine director. Continuing his wine studies in Las Vegas and the Bay Area, Evan has served as sommelier at several Michelin starred restaurants and helped develop multiple Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine lists, including the Joël Robuchon restaurants in Las Vegas, and later serving as Head Sommelier and Restaurant Director at Saison in San Francisco. Evan is an Advanced Sommelier, French Wine Scholar, and California Wine Appellation Specialist.
As Hospitality Director, Zach manages many aspects of the guest experience on and off property. From curating and developing each and every moment for our inn stays to creating a very special one-of-a-kind weekend in Sonoma County, he and his team are here for you every step of the way. Prior to joining SingleThread, Zach was the General Manager at Henry’s Fork Lodge, a luxury fly-fishing lodge in Idaho. Additionally his background includes producing incredible events for Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and dreaming up and managing guided expeditions throughout the world for adventure travel company Adventures Cross-Country.
A Southern California native wanting to explore the world of wine, Spencer was drawn to Northern California. Starting in wine production, he developed a deeper appreciation of the agricultural world, eventually transitioning into sales and restaurants where he found a commitment to the world of hospitality.
At SingleThread, Spencer works closely with Evan Hufford focused on sculpting a fluid beverage program that weaves in complementing nuance to the delicate, yet vibrant cuisine.
Candice Koseba spends her days foraging wild vegetables, seaweed, herbs, and flowers for the restaurant and inn.
Johnny got his start in agriculture WWOOFing and surfing throughout Latin America after graduating college. Inspiration to continue his agricultural education came from working on a few small farms in Costa Rica, so he enrolled in the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UCSC in 2005. After the program, he continued to apprentice at the Stone Barns Center in New York and subsequently returned to Santa Cruz to begin his farm. Throughout his farming and gardening career, Johnny has always tried to farm a way that models nature’s inherent resilience, beauty, and abundance. He loves the intersection of food, ecology, community, and beauty that the farming lifestyle provides, and is delighted to be farming with such a talented, engaged and passionate team at Single Thread. Johnny joined The Single Thread team in 2017 as Farm Manager.
Hezekiah is a Sonoma County native from birth. He acquired a love and respect for farming while growing up amidst orchards, coastal foraging areas, and most recently working for organic grocers in the Bay Area. Hez has dedicated his energy over the past few years to build the farm from the ground up. He oversees the daily harvest with focus on quality control for all culinary crops and cut flowers that he thoughtfully delivers from the farm to the restaurant and inn.
Becky oversees office operations, human resources, and dining reservations. She began her hospitality career in Chicago and was a member of the opening team of Grace. Her extensive food knowledge allows her to be a liaison between each guest and the SingleThread team for a tailored experience.