Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel has been at the helm of the Oliveto kitchen since November 2010. Â It is amazing to us how much has changed at Oliveto over Â these last six months. Â First off, Chef Rhodehamel (and all of his crew) has been working like crazy. Â Basically, the level of energy and focus has been turned up to eleven.
But most important, we are extremely proud of the food we are serving. Â Our salumi has never been better. Â Same goes for our pizza. Â The whole-animal program is expanding into new relationships with ranchers raising goat and sheep. Â We’ve been introduced to farmers Jonah has relationships with, including our new BFF Fred Hempel who is growing some amazing things on his farm in Sunol, CA.
There is a seriousness, and a precision that Chef Jonah brings to Oliveto but there is also a sly sense of humor, a wry wit, and the skills of a true leader. Â Anyway, that’s a long way of saying we’re happy to see that all of this was apparent to Michael Bauer on his most recent visit. Â It was so very nice for our kitchen to be acknowledge for all the hard work that they do.