Drip Line represents the combined vision of Bay Area architects and co-founders, Carrie Shores and Josh Larson, whose firm Larson Shores Architecture and Interiors is right upstairs. This restaurant, commercial and residential design team considers itself a “sharer,” drawing from sterling local talent to build out the striking, minimalist space in white and tan, natural wood paneling, chocolate brown tile and a pop of vibrant yellow. First introduced to Chef Nora Dunning while designing Monkey Forest Road in Oakland, Ms. Shores and Mr. Larson knew immediately that she had the talent, vision and natural warmth necessary to build a loyal, discerning and satisfied following. Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo or omnivore.
Dunning’s passion for fusion cooking ignited while helping her mom prep meals in their Singapore home and tasting her way through the enticing neighborhood ristorantes of Lucca, Italy. Upon returning to California, Dunning attended the San Francisco Baking Institute. Burnishing her skill set, most recently as Head Kitchen Manager and Culinary Operations Manager for Blue Bottle Coffee, and previously, Director of Food Operations for Farley’s, as well as Executive Chef at Monkey Forest Road and Crema. Advocating for super-local, sustainable, organic, and exotic ingredients, Dunning is a vanguard in the kitchen and revered baker of artisanal, house-made breads and pastries.