The Hobnob was conceived from Mike and Amy’s love of spending time playing Scrabble and other games with family and friends, while also enjoying Amy’s good eats and Mike’s specialty cocktails. They bring this “game night” concept to the hobnob for all to enjoy. Get to know Amy and Mike a little better.
Amy Voisenat is from El Paso, Texas. She worked in her father’s steakhouses since the young age of 9. Amy worked her way through every position from dishwashing to accounting, while attending the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1996, she moved to San Francisco to attend the nationally acclaimed California Culinary Academy, where she graduated in 1998.
Since then she has learned from the best chefs in the world in such well know San Francisco restaurants as: Val 21, Farallon, MC2 and Cafe Kati. Amy was the Executive Chef of Curve Bar and Restaurant in 2001-2002, where Best of San Francisco Magazine named her food Best American Bistro.
Amy worked as an opening consultant for the Kimpton Groups, Sky Hotel/39 Degrees in Aspen Colorado, where she was the hosting Chef for the world famous “Aspen Food and Wine Festival”.
Upon her return to San Francisco she worked as opening consultant for her friend and colleague Justine Miner’s RMN restaurant in the Haight. She then went on to be the Executive Chef at Catch Restaurant & Thirsty Bear Restaurant, both in San Francisco. Each of these experiences has contributed to her unique ability to create and develop international and fusion cuisine with an eye toward great local and seasonal ingredients.
She also participated in many charity events including: Project Open Hand, Share Our Strength, and Maitri, a benefit for a hospice for people living with Aids.
Amy had designed a menu of small plates American food. The idea is that you can come with friends and family, play board games and share food that is easily eaten. Some of the staples include a Wedge Salad, Cuban Sandwich, Mini Burgers, Fried Calamari.
The Hobnob will be a destination place for foodies, and for those desiring a relaxing evening of delicious food, games and specialty drinks.
Michael Voisenat is from the Bay Area and a longtime Alameda resident. He graduated from Piedmont High School and went to the University of California at Berkeley. He is well known in both the East Bay and San Francisco and affectionately known as “Mikey V.” He has been in the restaurant business since age 16. He got his first taste of the restaurant business in Hawaii where he worked in the kitchen mopping, scrubbing and assisting with food preparation.
He returned to California and worked as a pantry chef then bartending at the Rusty Pelican in Alameda. In 1989 he was the bar/restaurant manager at the Waterfront Café. He worked at Harry Dentons, South Side, Babylon, Fillmore Grill, Martini Lounge, Bimbos, and the Blue Light. In the summer of 2002 he was recruited by the Kimpton Group Hotel to open its newly acquired Sky Hotel/39 Degrees in Aspen, CO. When he returned to the Bay Area, he opened Curve Bar and Restaurant with some friends, which is where he met his wife Amy Voisenat.
Since then, they both shared the dream of opening a bar and restaurant with their own unique concepts, which is a perfect marriage of skills, Amy’s exquisite cuisine with Mike’s specialty cocktails.