CRISTINA TOPHAM

Meet The Owner and Chef

My professional culinary journey began in 1999 when I graduated The French Culinary Institute in New York City, quit my Wall Street tech job, and cut my teeth behind the line with stints at Les Olivades in Paris, The Savoy in New York City, and Julia’s Kitchen in Napa.

Along the way, I started a boutique catering company in Brooklyn, NY, where I quickly became the premier caterer for Morrell Wines. Catering for Morrell allowed me to nurture my interest in wine, crafting customized wine-pairing dinners and tasting events. But, after nearly a decade and a half in New York, I longed for warmer weather and new adventures.

In 2006, I left New York City to become a chef to the superyacht industry. I thrived on the challenges of cooking in new and unfamiliar places on a near weekly basis, navigating foreign markets, and haggling with locals over fresh ingredients as I cooked and sailed my way throughout the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and Mexico. It was a wonderful adventure where I had many opportunities to cook alongside seasoned professionals and locals alike as I explored the new flavors and cuisines of the countries I visited. However, as a Bay Area native, home was calling and in 2014, I returned to Northern California to make Sonoma my new home.

Upon moving to Sonoma, I found myself cooking regularly for wine-pairing events at Miner Family Winery, where the owner and staff have become, and still are, like family to me. From there, word spread and I began catering for Cornerstone Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Luna Vineyards, and many others. In 2016, with rave reviews and repeat clients, Spread Catering was born. Since then, I’ve maintained a reputation for seamless events, exceptional work ethic, and of course, remarkable food. 

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