Chef Arnon Oren


“In cooking, as in all arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection”

       – Richard Olney Simple French Food

 


Anaviv Catering & Events is led by Chef Arnon Oren, who was classically trained in France. Chef Arnon has many years of experience in San Francisco Bay Area restaurants, including the iconic Chez Panisse and Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant in Oakland.

I was fortunate to grow up in remarkable—and simple—surroundings. In the small village where I was a boy I was surrounded by an abundance of fruit trees, a goat for milk and cheese, honey bees, and olive trees for cured olives and olive oil. My first tastes were of pure foods and fresh flavors. My romantic side still tries to get back to those wondrous experiences with every dish I make.

I was the Executive Chef at Café Cacao for Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. I worked alongside great talent, like the many chefs at Alice Water’s Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Oliveto Café & Restaurant in Oakland. I established and sold my specialty nut business to Nuthouse! Granola Co. With each experience, I gained wisdom about cooking and the honor of bringing food to someone’s table.