Chef prepares food for hungry fair-goers in another year at the Sonoma County fair!
Another great mention of Josef's at Hotel La Rose:
"He earned a loyal following of patrons who still yearn for the rich sauces of French and Austrian cuisine. They were back, filling the tables near the fireplace and listening to the pleasant melodies on the player piano in the bar while they savored Josef's return to the local gourmet scene."
One of the most interesting personal facts about Chef Josef is that he comes from a BIG family! Here is the chef (fifth in from the right) standing among his brothers and sisters!
Where was the chef when not running his kitchen? At home reading to the Keller children! The family gathers around for juice and story time.
Another great piece from the Keller family history: Chef Josef and his lovely mother!
A fun, informative biography that was published in the Press Democrat during his days as chef and owner of La Province. What was Josef's second choice to being a chef? Why, being carpenter of course!
A day at the beach with Chef Josef's son: a great piece of family history from the Keller's!
An excellent piece from the archives: Chef Josef's holiday invitation to join him for his open house at Hotel La Rose.
"We greet you with joy and a cocktail, with Victorian Carolers and a warm friendly place adorned for festive frolicking."
Family has always meant the world to Chef Josef having come from a family of 14 himself! Here is Chef with his children enjoying a ride at Disneyland.
A review of Chef Josef's restaurant at Hotel La Rose from the Press Democrat. This piece from 1994 recalls the "cozy, dark wood little bar" and the "soft raspberry" color scheme that provided a warm and welcoming ambiance for guests. One could cozy up to the faux fire and enjoy a continental meal with "European flair."
A great piece of local Sonoma County history below with an original menu from Chef Josef's restaurant La Province. Originally located at 525 College Avenue, La Province served traditional French dishes which was one of Chef's celebrated specialties.
Amidst Chef's extensive repertoire are a collection of delicious sauces. Here is a look back to his indoor county fair booth where he prepared and sold the sauces that are still sought after to this day!
If you've been living in Sonoma County for awhile you might recognize these awnings: Chef Josef's restaurant at Hotel La Rose. Always a great go-to for local foodies and an exceptional treat for out-of-towners.
Chef Josef has been feeding Sonoma County for quite some time. Here he is preparing a meal for hungry onlookers.
Chef Josef and his lovely wife Jill at the Sonoma County Fair. Their booth had been a staple of the county fair where you could order lamb burgers, barbecue oysters, or an iced cappuccino. This delicious menu is certainly missed among the summer's fair food options.
Chef Josef is recognized for his talent cooking across cuisines. The Philadelphia Inquirer interview's the Chef who shares that, "We cook in all styles. That is why Switzerland so many hotelmen and chefs for the rest of the world."
Octopus, French Onion Soup, fresh spinach salad, and steak au poivre were just a few delicious dishes you could find at Chef Josef and Steven George's restaurant The Embassy. Among some of the menu favorites was the "meltingly tender" veal sweetbreads which made the headline of this Inquirer review.
A print ad for La Province. The combination of live music, fine food and great company made La Province a must-experience for local diners.
An interview with the Press Democrat some years ago about Chef Josef's experience as a restaurant owner and chef in Santa Rosa, California. He discusses the challenges and rewards with his restaurant La Province and the little known facts of day-to-day restaurant management.