Our Story

Photos by Erik Wolfinger

ASTER is a Michelin star restaurant serving up creative Californian cuisine in a lively, casual setting. Our menu consists of familiar favorites, elevated through carefully sourced and house-made ingredients and the impeccable technique of chef Brett Cooper and his team. We are pouring our hearts into sourcing the finest, responsibly raised and harvested ingredients available and the local farmers, ranchers and purveyors that we work with are helping us take the menu beyond the expected through their distinctive products.




Brett began his culinary career at 17 as a prep cook in Colorado. After working in kitchens throughout Western Colorado and Aspen, he arrived in San Francisco for culinary school and spent two years at Rubicon with chef Stuart Brioza (now chef and owner of State Bird Provisions), working up to sous chef. From there, he found his first opportunity to work with chef Daniel Patterson as sous chef at Coi.

After three years at Coi, Brett became chef de cuisine at Saison and helped develop their live fire cooking program. In 2011, Brett moved to a yet unknown Outerlands and undertook the new challenge of adapting his fine-dining techniques to a casual setting. By incorporating a deep appreciation for authentic products with classic and modern cooking techniques and fresh perspective, Brett transformed an out-of-the-way cafe into a dining destination.





Photo by Aaron Paul

Photo by Aaron Paul




Kim Stone is the Manager and Beverage Director of Aster. Her experience living and working all over the world cultivated a passion for food, wine, and experiences that took her from her career in higher education into the ever-changing and constantly stimulating world of hospitality. Kim graduated from Vanderbilt University and completed her Masters at the University of Melbourne, but has continued pursuing her studies in wine. She is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and recently completed her Diploma of Wine and Spirits through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.