Christopher Fohner brings a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for food and wine to his current role as Farmhouse Restaurant’s general manager. His extensive culinary and wine knowledge and innate ability to create a seamless and extraordinary guest dining experience have provided him with both the skills and the vision to bring a unique level of service to the acclaimed Michelin-starred Farmhouse Restaurant.
Fohner’s passion for all things food and wine stems from his childhood years growing up in Washington, D.C. Inspired by his mothers’ elegant French cuisine and wine paired dinners, he developed a palate for exceptional food and great wine at an early age. At age 15, Fohner started his restaurant career, working virtually every position in the restaurant industry, before finally finding his calling in the front-of-the-house. While working his way through college in Baltimore earning a business degree from University of Baltimore, Fohner nurtured his skills as an expert in restaurant operations. His impeccable guest interaction and ability to provide every guest with a magical evening of food and wine further fueled his love of the restaurant industry and enabled him to work alongside some of the most talented food and wine professionals.
In 1993, Fohner relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, lured by the region’s premium wine making areas and the bounty of sustainable and local ingredients, allowing him to take his hospitality and wine dreams to the next level. While in San Francisco, he worked alongside Barbara Tropp of San Francisco’s China Moon Café and Philippe Gardelle of Chapeau and Clementine restaurants, where he further honed his hospitality expertise and gained valuable experience in hand selecting wine lists. An avid environmentalist, Fohner received inspiration from Chef Charles Phan of the famed Slanted Door restaurant, and realized that his dream of combining “green” business practices with successful restaurant management was absolutely a possibility.