Chloe’s French Catering closes in Windsor

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After 15 years, Chloe’s French Catering, known for its extraordinary pastries, ham sandwiches and old Citroën delivery truck, bids farewell to Sonoma County.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to make, but we felt that at this point in our career, it was time,” said Renée Pisan, who, along with her husband, Alain Pisan, and brother-in-law, Marc Pisan , co-owner of the now closed business in Windsor.

“We have decided to move on to projects that will give us the opportunity to spend more family time in France and in the Midwest,” said Renee Pisan. “Our home base will remain here in Sonoma County,” she added.

The Pisans, who have spent more than three decades in the hotel business, were planning to sell their restaurant business later this year, but a chance encounter with Maud and Marc-Henri Jean-Baptiste of Maison Porcella hastened their exit, when the Jean-Baptistes decided to buy the company.

The Jean-Baptistes already own a French charcuterie business that produces pâtés, savory pastries, sausages and charcuterie, including ham, poultry liver mousse and pork rillettes. They mainly sell their produce at farmers markets, but plan to create a permanent outlet in the former Chloé catering kitchen with take-out sandwiches (like their signature croque-monsieur), salads and charcuterie and a bar wine and delicatessen on Friday. and Saturdays.

The Jean-Baptistes used a communal kitchen in Santa Rosa but wanted a larger space to expand their business, Maud Jean-Baptiste said.

“We want to bring a different offering, but stay true to French cuisine,” she said, referring to Chloe’s penchant for French classics. After some renovations, the couple hope to reopen the Windsor kitchen in September.

For nearly 10 years, Renee and the French-born Pisan brothers have operated Chloe’s French Cafe near Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood, offering comforting soups, dreamy pastries and specialties like the beef bourguignon that has attracted guests from all over the county. During the 2017 forest fires, the restaurant was heavily damaged and was forced to close. Several months later, Chloe’s was reborn in Windsor as a catering business offering many of the same sandwiches, salads and desserts, but without a coffee component.

The Pisans have not yet thrown down their aprons. Alain and Marc plan to do a seasonal series of pop-up lunches, dinners and culinary tours. Now a nutrition consultant, Renee Pisan said she plans to build a business focused on culinary medicine and nutrition consulting.

“We have created such a wonderful bond with our clients over the years and appreciate their generosity and confidence in our services. We will be forever grateful to you,” said Renee Pisan.

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