The husband-and-wife team of owners James Hahn and Mila Chanamé launched the Sunflower Caffé Family in 2007 when they established their popular Sunflower Caffé right on the historic Sonoma Plaza. Today, that eatery is joined by a family of businesses that include the Honey & the Moon bakery, Chanamé Wines, and in late 2018, Mint and Liberty.
Mila Chanamé’s family background as renowned San Francisco restaurateurs makes establishing a Sonoma diner a perfect choice. James’ family have grown winegrapes in the renowned Anderson Valley for decades. In 2011, the couple founded Chanamé Wines to celebrate this bounty.
Managing partners Melissa Cameron and Aaron Mills both worked at the Sunflower Caffé before becoming integral players in the Sunflower Caffé Familie’s operations. Melissa began at the Sunflower when she was just 15, earned a business degree from Sonoma State, and today is the in-house pastry chef for the company. Having honed his chops as a manager and visionary in the film industry, Aaron is now the operations and project manager for the entire Sunflower Caffé Group family.
Executive chef Michael Siegel has cooked at the Grand Café, Bix, and Betelnut. In 2013, Michael opened Shorty Goldstein’s, a farm-to-table Jewish deli in San Francisco’s Financial District. Shorty’s offered guests traditional Jewish deli options, Michael’s family recipes, and innovative creations of his own. Michael, now residing in Sonoma with his wife Katelin, is excited to bring this wonderful food to our community at Mint and Liberty.
General Manager Thomas Painter, who has enjoyed a career as managing partner and beverage director of several Bay Area bars and restaurants, brings a love of good food and lively cocktails to the Mint and Liberty. His focus is to create a place where everyone feels welcomed and guests can’t wait to return.