"Most of our friends are chefs or in the wine business, so we wanted a big kitchen where everyone could cook together and hang out without getting in each other's way," says Kimball Jones, the chef at the Carneros Inn in Napa Valley. When he and his wife, Suzanne Groth Jones, the public relations manager of Groth Vineyards, built their new Arts and Craftsstyle house, they called on architect Robert Gianelli, the man behind the Groth winery, to create a kitchen with restaurant design elements. The result is a 400-square-foot U-shaped space with enough room for two islands—one built-in, with oak cabinets and bar seating, and the other a movable restaurant-style stainless steel work table with open shelves ($280 from East Bay Restaurant Supply; 800-743-2526). Kimball loves the table because he can put hot pans on it without worrying about scorching. During parties, he uses the built-in island as a buffet, leaving plenty of room on the work table for prepping.
Stove The 60-inch-wide Viking gas range has two full-size convection ovens. The stove sits on casters, and there's a simple way to disconnect the gas line, so the whole thing can be moved easily. Open shelving next to the stove provides ready access to seasonings and cooking oils (from $8,300; 888-VIKING1).
Flooring The quartersawn oak flooring and cabinetry is extra durable and fits in with the Arts and Crafts style of the house. A natural stain on the flooring contrasts with the cabinets' custom dark-honey stain.