When Ken Frank learned there was an opportunity to open a restaurant in The Westin Verasa, Napa, in the fall of 2008 he considered it a good omen.
La Toque is a showcase for Chef Frank's modern French cuisine and his passion for fine wine. Frank first achieved national acclaim when he was Chef of La Guillotine Restaurant at age 21 in 1977. He was the original Chef at Michael's in Santa Monica, considered the Los Angeles birthplace of “California Cuisine,” which he left in 1979 to open the first La Toque on the Sunset Strip at age 23. After a 14-year run, Frank sold the original La Toque in 1994 and opened the award-winning Fenix at the Argyle before moving north to open the new La Toque in Rutherford in 1998.
Frank, one of the pioneers of using the freshest, seasonal, quality ingredients, continues this tradition at La Toque, where many of the ingredients are organic or sustainable, and where diners will find a number of other special touches including an annual truffle menu.