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David Kinch, Chef-Proprietor 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, California 95030, 408-354-4330

Updated: 2018-04-14T04:23:52.981-07:00


Maaemo Collaborative Dinners in April Welcome Oslo’s Chef Esben Holmboe Bang as Manresa Enjoys Critical Acclaim from James Beard Foundation, AAA, and Forbes


We invite you, our guests and friends, to join us on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, as we host three-Michelin-star Chef Esben Holmboe Bang of Maaemo in Oslo, Norway, for a culinary collaboration with Chef David Kinch. Using biodynamic, organic, and wild ingredients, Chef Holmboe Bang introduces his locally and seasonally driven Norwegian cuisine with a special tasting menu.

Maaemo; Photo credit: Bandar Abdul-Jauwad

Chef Holmboe Bang is the youngest current chef to earn three Michelin stars; his other numerous awards include a place among TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential Chefs in the World” in 2013.

This special dinner provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate Manresa and Chef Kinch’s recent critical recognition, which we are eager and excited to share with you.

The James Beard Foundation announced Chef David Kinch as one of its nominees for 2018’s “Outstanding Chef” award. Chef Kinch was also a nominee in 2014 and 2017, and achieved semi-finalist honor in 2012, 2013, and 2016.

Manresa also earned the prestigious Five Diamond rating from AAA, an accolade that only 0.2 percent of the more than 31,000 restaurants approved by AAA receive. In addition, Forbes Travel Guide has bestowed Manresa with its highest honor, the Five-Star Rating, recognizing the restaurant as one of the most exquisite properties in the world, raising international standards of luxury, service, and culture.

In addition to these exciting events and accolades, Chef Kinch has been selected to serve as Vice Delegate for the Western United States & Mexico for the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, of which Manresa has been a proud member since 2016.

We look forward to sharing our acclaimed cuisine with you at these upcoming events. For the latest details and announcements, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. For reservations, please call Manresa at 408.354.4330 or visit us online at

Manresa Special Events


Manresa Announces Chocolate Pop-Up, 12th Annual Citrus Celebration, and the Latest Culinary Collaboration with Oslo’s MaaemoWe welcome you, our guests and friends, to join us as we kick off a new year of special events and culinary collaborations!• Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we are hosting our first ever Manresa Chocolate Pop-Up in front of Manresa Bread Los Gatos (276 N Santa Cruz Ave) on Saturday and Sunday, February 10 & 11 from 9:00am–1:00pm. Pastry Chef Renata Ameni leads the charge, offering boxes of chocolates created by her team with six pieces for $15 and a dozen for $28. You can follow us on Instagram for updates on this event and more—@davidkinch @ManresaCA • On Sunday, March 4, we will host our 12th annual Citrus Modernista Dinner. During this exclusive event, you will experience a variety of citrus both familiar and exotic from Gene Lester’s farm in Watsonville, CA. Chef Kinch and his team will personally pick the citrus from the orchard and create a tasting menu featuring the bounty of Gene’s farm. This event is one of the only ways to taste the fruits from Gene’s prized and renowned orchard. We hope to share the evening with you!• Lastly, on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, we will host three-Michelin star Chef Esben Holmboe Bang of Maaemo in Oslo, Norway as we continue our guest chef collaborations. Chef Bang will join us in the Manresa kitchen to cook a special tasting menu, introducing his locally and seasonally driven Norwegian cuisine. Maaemo opened in Oslo in 2010 and is the only restaurant in Norway to hold three Michelin stars. Chef Bang himself is the youngest chef to earn three Michelin stars, and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential Chefs in the World” in 2013. He is known for capturing the vibrant, essential flavors of Norway, and uses entirely organic, biodynamic, and wild ingredients. We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events. For the latest details and announcements, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. For reservations, please call Manresa at 408.354.4330 or visit us online at[...]

Happy New Year from Manresa


As we kick off 2018, we’d like to take this moment to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you—our guests, family, friends, and partners—for your continued support and patronage over the past sixteen years.

2017 was a year of evolution and reflection as we commemorated our 15th Anniversary.

We were honored to partner with Relais & Châteaux to host “The Residency,” a collaboration between the Manresa team and some of the most legendary culinary houses in France. We worked with some of the country’s finest chefs to pay tribute to the people, culture, and ingredients that inspired Chef David Kinch from the beginnings of his culinary journey and shaped his vision to what it is today. We thank Chefs Alain Solivérès, Jean-André Charial, and Gérald Passédat for their generosity and hospitality.

Taillevent and Manresa teams in Paris

We were also pleased to play host for a couple of nights as we welcomed three Michelin star Chef Niko Romito of Reale for a collaborative dinner before hitting the road again to join Chef Lanshu Chen in Taiwan at the Relais & Châteaux, three Michelin star restaurant, Le Moût.

As we enter a new year, we are excited to continue collaborating with talented chefs from around the world, both at our home and abroad. Plans for Guest Chef dinners and special events are underway, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Manresa this year!

Please contact us at 408.354.4330 or visit us at for reservations. Chef’s Tasting Menu: $275 per person with optional Wine Pairing: $220 per person. In observation of the holidays, please note that Manresa will be closed from Monday, January 15 until Tuesday, January 23.

Manresa Celebrations


Manresa Celebrates Ongoing Three-Star Michelin Distinction for 2018

We are honored to announce that Manresa is maintaining three Michelin stars for 2018. This marks our third consecutive year with three Michelin stars, and eleventh consecutive year as a Michelin star restaurant. Manresa is humbled to announce this distinction alongside our incredible colleagues recognized by Michelin for 2018.

Chef Niko Romito, photo by Alberto Zanetti

Our 15-Year Anniversary Celebration Continues with Guest Chef Niko Romito

With the excitement of the Michelin announcement, we are thrilled to continue our 15th Anniversary celebrations with three-Michelin star Chef Niko Romito of Reale, who is joing us for a collaborative 10-course menu taking place on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 at Manresa. This unique opportunity will allow you, our guests and friends, to explore the unique styles of both Chef David Kinch and Chef Niko Romito in their collaborative creations for this special tasting.

Having been praised with distinctions such as the “Performance of the Year” award from the Espresso Guide in 2015, the 43rd position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List in 2017, and the “Dish of the Year” award from the Espresso Guide in 2017, Chef Romito’s three-Michelin star Reale in Castel di Sangro, Italy is also currently leading the prestigious Gamberorosso Guide to Italian Restaurants 2018 with an unprecedented 96/100 rating.

We hope that you will join us in our continued celebrations for 15 bountiful years. The 10-course menu ($425 per guest) can include an optional wine pairing ($275 per guest). To reserve a table on November 11 or 12, please call 408-354-4330. For more information on Manresa, please visit

Manresa Celebrates 15 Years with "The Residency" in France


In just one week, the Manresa team is relocating to France to celebrate our 15-year anniversary with “The Residency.” While we’re on the road, we are collaborating with Relais & Châteaux and three of France’s most iconic culinary houses, Le Taillevent in the city of Paris, L’Oustau de Baumanière in the countryside of Provence, and Le Petit Nice at the beaches of Marseille. Please join us for one of these special events from September 28 to October 6:Alain Solivérès, Le Taillevent and David Kinch• September 28 and 29 at Le Taillevent** in Paris, FranceFor dinner reservations please visit The menu (250€ per person) can include an optional wine pairing (350€ per person).Jean-André Charial, L’Oustau de Baumanière and David Kinch • October 4 at L’Oustau de Baumanière** in Les Baux-de-Provence, FranceFor dinner reservations (225€ per person, not including beverages) please visit Kinch and Gérald Passédat, Le Petit Nice • October 6 at Le Petit Nice*** in Marseille, FranceReservations for lunch (350€ per person) and dinner (590€ per person with wine pairing) can be made by emailing or calling +33 491 592 592.Follow our journey on Instagram @ManresaCAPhotos by David Morganti/Relais & Châteaux[...]

Manresa 15-Year Anniversary Events


Manresa and Relais & Châteaux Announce“The Residency” in FranceSince the beginning of my career, I’ve been inspired by the people, culture, ingredients, and cooking of France. It’s the place where I was first exposed to the “art of the table” and “joie de vivre” as a young cook, two philosophies that have since shaped my perspective in my chosen métier. For this reason, it makes sense to pay tribute to the country and its culture, which has influenced me in such positive ways, on the 15th anniversary of Manresa. I’m thrilled to announce we’ve decided to partner with Relais & Châteaux to host “The Residency,” a collaboration between the Manresa team and some of the most legendary culinary houses in France, which all mirror our commitment to quality, excellence, and a truly generous spirit of hospitality. For nearly two weeks, we’re closing the doors at Manresa to take our team on the road for a series of meals in the city of Paris at the two-Michelin star Le Taillevent, in the countryside of Provence at the two-Michelin star L’Oustau de Baumanière, and near the beaches of Marseille at the three-Michelin star Le Petit Nice.At each stop, our team at Manresa will collaborate with the host chef and his team for a “four hands” dinner. Menus are already being planned with inspiration taken from local products of the respective French regions and the thoughtful “sense of place” from the California Coast that Manresa is known for. We are honored to be working side-by-side with these talented teams to create a memorable event and we hope to see you in France for The Residency. Please visit the restaurant websites or call the numbers below to inquire about reservations.• September 28 and 29 at Le Taillevent in Paris, FranceFor dinner reservations please visit • October 4 at L’Oustau de Baumanière in Les Baux-de-Provence, FranceDinner reservations will be available soon. Please visit for details on booking. • October 6 at Le Petit Nice in Marseille, FranceReservations for lunch and dinner can be made by emailing or calling +33 491 592 592.Follow our journey on Instagram @ManresaCA#manresaresidency#manresa15anniversary#relaischateaux Welcoming Guest Chef Niko Romito to Manresa,November 11 & 12“Easily one of the best meals I had this year was at Chef Niko Romito’s three-Michelin star Reale in Castel di Sangro, Italy. His cooking is deceptively simple in the presentation and reveals thoughtful, emotional and provocative ideas under the surface, a style I greatly admire. I’m honored that he’s agreed to join us in our kitchen as part of our 15-year anniversary celebrations at Manresa. We’ll collaborate for two nights on a 10-course menu showcasing each of our culinary styles.” –Chef KinchA self-taught cook with deep roots in Italy, Chef Romito took the helm at Reale in 2000 turning a bakery into a restaurant that is now highly regarded throughout the world. Please call us to reserve your table on November 11 or 12. The 10-course menu ($425 per guest) can include an optional wine pairing ($275 per guest).Reservations are available now by phone only.We hope to see you then. [...]

Manresa Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary


15 years ago, we opened Manresa on this quiet side street in Los Gatos with the idea of creating something that the community could embrace and be a part of. The nature of what we do is dynamic and always changing. Over the years, Manresa has shapeshifted in many ways. We’ve transformed our menu countless times, flowing with the seasons, exploring new flavor combinations, and taking inspiration from our surroundings and our travels. The look of Manresa has also matured from our original rustic design to a more refined, tranquil environment that complements our cooking and our community. It seems appropriate that as these changes have slowly occurred, we would also take a closer look at how the restaurant is represented in all parts of its design. Today, we are proud to unveil our new logo and website, created with a simple, polished aesthetic that captures our philosophy. You’ll find this new logo on the path leading to the restaurant’s entrance and its corresponding emblem displayed in subtle ways throughout the restaurant. We’ll continue to celebrate Manresa’s 15-year anniversary with special events taking place here and abroad. We hope you—our guests and friends who have supported and inspired us all these years—can join us in celebrating the rest of the year with us. In the coming weeks, we’ll share an announcement about "The Residency," our collaboration with Relais & Chateaux and some of the most legendary houses in France. We’ll also share details about other events we are hosting at Manresa that will include a collaborative dinner weekend with one of our favorite Michelin three-star chefs in the world.These 15 years have been a journey and the restaurant seems to have taken a life of its own. We are humbled and honored that Manresa continues to grow as we continue to strive to be a little bit better every day. We look forward to welcoming you to Manresa, to create memories together for the years to come.— David KinchAugust 3, 2017[...]

David Kinch Nominated for Outstanding Chef!


Congratulations to David Kinch for his 2017 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef award nomination, recognizing American chefs whose career has set industry standards and who has inspired food professionals. Winners will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago on May 1. For more information on the 2017 awards, visit the James Beard Foundation website.

Jim Rollston, MS Named "Sommelier of the Year"


Food & Wine magazine names Manresa’s Wine Director Jim Rollston “Sommelier of the Year” in the April 2017 issue. Congratulations to Jim! We could not be more proud! Check out the story here.

Get more information on the Master Sommelier and how he picks wine for Manresa in another interview by Wine & Spirits magazine here.

Manresa Makes El Mundo 50 Best


Manresa is honored to be ranked the 9th restaurant in the annual top 50 restaurants in the world in El Mundo, Spain’s largest daily newspaper. Compiled by Cuaderno Matoses, the list is based on his visits to hundreds of establishments across the globe, featuring restaurants from Europe to Japan. The full list is available here.

2017 James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership


Manresa and Manresa Bread are excited to be participating in the James Beard Foundation’s 2017 Women in Culinary Leadership program. First launched in 2012, the educational program focuses on mentoring and training women seeking careers in the culinary arts. Both Manresa and Manresa Bread are offering eight-month mentoring programs. For details and to apply, click here. The deadline is March 27.

Manresa Bread Now Available in San Francisco


Manresa Bread is now available in San Francisco at the newly opened Verve Coffee Roasters in the city’s Castro neighborhood. Enjoy a selection of Manresa’s pastries and special San Francisco only items including biscuits, gluten-free trail mix bars, and more. For more information visit the Verve website.

Make a Date at The Bywater


No need to wait for a table—The Bywater is open for reservations! Visit the website or check out the Yelp reservations page.

In This Issue


• Hello 2017!
• Manresa Heads on Vacation and February Reservations
• Follow Our Family Meal
• Les 100 Chefs Honors
• Mardi Gras 2017!
• Celebrate Baking This January

Hello 2017!


As we kick off 2017 with our first Manresa Journal, we would like to thank you for your support and patronage. This year marks a huge milestone for the restaurant and team—our 15th anniversary. To celebrate, we are planning some events right here at our home in Los Gatos and will also be taking Manresa on the road. Please look out for details in the months ahead. We look forward to celebrating with you this year!

Follow Our Family Meal


Staff meal is that sacred time before opening where everyone comes together to eat and get ready for the night of service. If you’ve ever wondered about staff meal at Manresa, you can see what our very talented team puts together by following @ManresaFamilyMeal on Instagram. Discover everything from Wagyu tacos by Kristofer, our cook from Iceland, to Thai fermented pork by Chef de Cuisine Mitch Lienhard. It’s guaranteed to make you hungry and perhaps inspire your own family meal at home.

Manresa Heads on Vacation and February Reservations


A reminder that Manresa will be closed for vacation from January 17 through January 31, reopening for service on Wednesday, February 1.

During the month of February, we will be open on Super Bowl Sunday—February 5. Manresa will also be open for regular service on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14. Join us to celebrate! Please call 408.354.4330 or visit the website to make reservations.

Les 100 Chefs Honors


Congratulations to Chef Kinch on his inclusion in the annual Les 100 Chefs list compiled by France’s Le Chef magazine. Naming the top 100 chefs in the world, Chef Kinch is one of eight chefs included from the United States. For the complete list, check out the latest issue here.

Mardi Gras 2017!


The Bywater will be celebrating Mardi Gras all day on Tuesday, February 28. Raise a glass (or your hurricane or frozen daiquiri) and celebrate with the team over good food, drink, and music all day long (beads optional!). Check out The Bywater’s website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for details coming soon.

Celebrate Baking This January


While Manresa Bread celebrates baking every day, we’ve heard that January happens to be National Baking Month! Come in and check out what’s new for 2017, including the Ham and Cheese Danish, and keep in touch to see what’s in store for 2017 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

In This Issue


• Countdown to 2017!
• Jim Rollston Dishes on his Favorite Wine, Regions and More …
• Manresa Heads to Naples Winter Wine Festival
• Pre-Order Manresa Bread for the Holidays
• Save the Date for Mardi Gras

Countdown to 2017!


Ring in the New Year with a special dinner at Manresa! Join us on Saturday, December 31 for a multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Kinch and his team with optional beverage pairing by Jim Rollston, the restaurant’s Master Sommelier. Dinner is $295 per person; an additional $235 with beverage pairing. For reservations, contact the restaurant at 408.354.4330.

As we head into the holidays and 2017, please know that Manresa will be closed from December 25–27, January 1–3, and January 16–31, reopening on Wednesday, February 1.

Jim Rollston Dishes on his favorite Wine, Regions and More ...


Photo by Nick Vasilopoulos
“Whenever I visit vineyards in France, I just get the feeling that this country was put on the map to create characterful and interesting wine.” —Jim Rollston

Our Master Sommelier Jim Rollston was recently profiled in The World of Fine Wine, talking about the wine regions and wine professionals that inspire him. Check out the interview here.

Manresa Heads to Naples Winter Wine Festival


This January, Manresa is honored to participate in the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida to benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation. The festival is one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day festival that raises millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children. Chef Kinch and the Manresa team will be featured at one of the auction dinners, pairing each course with GAJA wines from Italy. For details on the festival, click here.

Pre-Order Manresa Bread for the Holidays


Manresa Bread announces new seasonal baked goods available for pre-order with the last day of pick up on Christmas Eve until noon. Holiday items available now in-store and for pre-order include Chocolate Cherry Bread, Chocolate Raspberry Granola, and Quince Polenta Cake in addition to a selection of breads, rolls and other pastries. New items for the season that are only available for pick up on December 22–December 24 include large Kouign Amann, Apple Tart Tatin, Chocolate Ganache Tart, Pecan Pie, and Brioche.  The last day to place an order for Christmas Eve pick up at the Los Gatos and Los Altos locations is Tuesday, December 20. For the list of available items, click here. Manresa Bread will be open until noon on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.