about

Goodness Gracious! Private Chef and Catering provides the California North Bay Wine Country with a number of catering services to make any event or celebration extra special. Whether you’re a visitor looking for a private chef for a dinner party, a private group cooking class, or an intimate food and wine pairing; or a local needing a from-scratch chef to cater a birthday party or company party, Goodness Gracious! is here to exceed your expectations with delicious and unique creations.

Now cooking in Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Russian River, Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga, and Marin County.

our chefs

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chef/owner

lauren kershner, cta

Goodness Gracious! Catering was founded by Chef Lauren Kershner in 2016. She was formally trained in classical French technique at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Portland, OR after which she endured 10 years of line and management work at talented and competitive fine dining restaurants in both Napa Valley and Sonoma. She is overly passionate about exploring different cultures and bringing people together over our shared language of food. First and foremost she is in the business of selling happiness and memories; great food and service are her means for doing so. Lauren is the go-to chef for true, internationally-inspired wine country cuisine. She specializes in Mediterranean and French fare and is currently fascinated with Middle Eastern cuisine. Her Persian mezah, kookoo, and dill salmon dinner are a must-try!

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Associate chef

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Chef Brandy has over 15 years experience in the food service industry. Formally trained at UC Berkeley in Dietetics, she used the experience to get to know food at a molecular level. Rather than pursuing a medical career, she enjoyed expressing her intimate food and beverage knowledge creatively by cooking and educating others. She began in college, teaching young children gardening and cooking techniques, and continued her career working under several talented chefs in the Sacramento and Napa Valley. As a native Northern Californian, Brandy’s food style was heavily influenced by the diverse Latin and Asian populations and the availability of local organic produce. As a result, you won’t want to miss her fresh, healthy approach to luscious Asian noodle dishes, and light, complexly spiced version of huevos rancheros. Book a fun cooking lesson, catered meal, or even a more in depth healthy lifestyle consultation with Brandy today.

 
 
Proud Member since 2017  Volunteer Ambassador since 2018

Proud Member since 2017

Volunteer Ambassador since 2018

We love to support Sonoma’s local small businesses especially Bee-Well Farms, The Garden Keeper Microgreens, Greenstring Farms, Paul’s Produce, Relax and Eat Bread, Sign of the Bear, Vella Cheese Co., and Sonoma Market.