Chef Chris’ wife, Shandi Kobayashi, the Farm Director, grows sustainable and organic produce in Templeton, just 10 minutes from Paso Robles. This is ideal for a chef who cares about the quality of his meals.
Chef Chris buys from local farms that follow the principles of sustainable and organic food.
The Artisan has been recognized as a James Beard nominated restaurant. Paso Robles is a small-town with a population under 50,000 people; this was an honor to be named a culinary destination. They are an acclaimed leader in the farm-to-table dining movement.
When the guests look at the menu they realize the Artisan Bistro is different. Chef Chris creates original flavor combinations. Dining at the Artisan is a culinary experience. Guests enjoy healthy meals with the freshness of just-picked fruit and vegetables as well as newly laid eggs.
Julie Heins, the sous-chef, explained, “We take pride in what we do. Our selections are interesting and tasty."
The mushroom toast is topped with mushrooms, bacon and a poached egg. Guests can taste the richness of the cream Fraiche and the crispness of the bacon. Cream Fraiche, a France sauce, is thickened cream similar to sour cream.
You do not usually find Dungeness crab on a slider. The Dungeness slider is another example of the chef’s unique take on food. It is filled with onions, celery, prosciutto and a quail egg. The slider is pan seared then basted in butter and served on a hot English muffin with Bearnaise sauce.
Among the entries, the pork porterhouse is impressive. Their 12-ounce cut from almost covers the entire plate. The pork was served with a sweet potato casserole made with cream, shallots, garlic, and goat cheese. Besides these flavors, the casserole was finished with toasted pecans and bread crumbs.
Their rabbit Stroganoff raises comfort food to a new level. Known as one of Chef Chris’s curve-balls, Chef Chris puts a spin on familiar food.
The rabbit Stroganoff comes with pretzels, braised carrots and black trumpet-shaped mushrooms. They boil the pretzel dough in a perforated pan to make dough balls then blanch and saute them with butter.”
The Artisan is a family run business with Chris’ brother Mike Kobayashi as General Manager.
The Artisan Restaurant is in downtown Paso Robles, in central California’s wine country, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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There are direct flights from Las Vegas to Santa Maria and Santa Rosa airports.