About Us

It’s primal. It’s nourishing, creative, fulfilling, loving and timeless. When we Come Home to Cooking, we are literally feeding the need to come home to ourselves.

Kay and Don.
Kay and Don

Whether that means actually doing the cooking or walking in the door to inhale its aromas, this vital process offers us the opportunity to take time out from the rest of each day. It gives us time together, time to provide, share, delight in and feel grateful for the abundance. No matter how simply done, good cooking engages all our senses to generously serve the possibility and purpose of being alive. So welcome home. You are loved and this is your safe house. That’s what it’s all about.

And that’s also why I’m here to help you discover for yourself what it can mean to Come Home to Cooking – no matter what or where you call “home”.

Á la Joie!
Kay Baumhefner

Kay Baumhefner

Kay Baumhefner is the chef-owner of Come Home to Cooking, where for eight years she taught small, hands-on classes in her professional home kitchen, and now still continues to write her regular blog posts in addition to periodically working as a consulting chef for Della Fattoria Café and Bakery in Petaluma. Before opening her cooking school in 2007, Kay was the executive chef at Della Fattoria, which was awarded a rating of 27 (“extraordinary to perfection”) for its food by the 2007 Zagat Survey. She continues to feel honored and delighted to be a part of the ongoing menu and recipe development that includes their recent expansion into the now completely remodeled state-of-the-art kitchen and then much larger dining space for the grand cafe right next door.

Kay is an experienced teacher who has been instrumental in creating and shaping a number of Sonoma County restaurants, while also working as a consultant on recipe and menu development. When her career first turned to cooking over forty years ago, the only way she could get truly fresh, flavor-rich ingredients was to grow them herself. Now she also remains grateful to be able to continue to take advantage of the abundance in our local farmers’ markets as the inspiration for her seasonal, country cuisine.

Don Baumhefner

Don Baumhefner is a consulting winemaker, wine educator and champagne producer in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma wine country. His experience and expertise encompass all aspects of the wine industry. Over forty years ago Don first started working with the legendary Joseph Swan, and then moved on to also establish specialty wine shops and restaurants. Don is currently marketing his recently released 2010 En Tirage Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs freshly disgorged sparkling wines.

More info about Don’s wines: entirage.com

Opening the Door Wider

Cartoon of Kay & Don by the gifted and generous Chuck Pyle.
Cartoon of Kay & Don by the gifted and generous Chuck Pyle.

Several years ago, while on a long-overdue holiday in the deep southwest of France, Don & Kay unexpectedly discovered the plus beau village of Lagrasse and a riverside medieval balcony gîte they immediately recognized as home. It was like stepping into a dream they were compelled to turn into their reality. And that’s just what they did! So now Don and Kay are the new owners of this French holiday home, but since their extended family and work life still keep them happily at home in California for most of the year, they are able to make the Balcony Gite available for you to rent and revel in also. To find out more about your own possibilities there, please visit the Holiday Home page.

Don at gite balcony.
Kay at market.
Petit Dejeuner.