Rowan Lehrman and Nanci Courtney started as co-chefs in 2013, meshing their eclectic cooking histories and styles.
Rowan is best known as one of the founding owners of Panini Bakery, and was also chef at Café Mundo for six years. Born in Neskowin, Oregon, she learned cooking from her parents. Her father cooked at the Bay House when she was growing up, and both parents cooked for the Transcendental Meditation Center in Majorca, Spain in the 1970s. Rowan says she inherited a classical French approach to food with a “Bohemian vegetarian twist.”
Nanci grew up in Clackamas County, Oregon and lived in Boston, MA and Providence, RI for 27 years. She attended Chef Madeleine Kamman’s Modern Gourmet School. Kamman called her cooking “Cuisine de Grand-Mere.” “It is sophisticated farmhouse cooking,” says Nanci, who worked at April’s of Nye Beach for six years.
“You’re doing something different every night,” Rowan says. Rowan’s and Nanci’s new menus emphasize seasonal seafood, vegetables, and fruits.