Chef Paul Arenstam
Massachusetts native, Paul Arenstam began his culinary career over 25 years ago with a journey to experience the California Dream. After working on Martha's Vineyard and training in New York, Chef Paul worked at amazing California restaurants such as Fennel, Patina, Pinot and Rubicon. Arenstam ventured out and opened Belon, one of the first high end restaurants in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Paul moved on to work with the JDV Hospitality Group at Hotel Vital and opened Americano Restaurant. In 2009 Paul and his wife, Charlene Reis opened Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop in the heart of Berkeley. Charlene also has a fantastic culinary background, working alongside Alice Waters first as pastry chef at Chez Panisse and then helping develop many school programs. They live in Piedmont, CA with their two boys Theo and Riley.
Summer Kitchen is a modern interpretation of the classic idea of the old outbuilding kitchens behind farmhouses that were the center of communal cooking, canning, baking and preserving took place, usually with a gathering of locals. Paul and Charlene strive to be their community's summer kitchen-a place filled with ingredients from local farms, delicious meals cooked fresh daily, and hand crafted foods provided by artisans they admire.
As chefs, owners, and parents they have a strong commitment to creating an environmentally responsible business. They source the best ingredients and have created their menu with a dedication to sustainability. Paul and Charlene cook what's in season and have developed relationships with local growers and producers. This is Paul and Charlene's first time representing California at Taste of Derby.