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Culinary Paradigm Shifts in Windsor, California Bistro

Windsor, CA. ~ Chinos Asian Bistro, 186 Windsor River Road, debuted October 2008, as a contemporary Pacific Rim dining concept, by owner and restaurateur Debbie Shu. Chi- nois (pronounced as “Shin- wah,” French for Chinese) fo- cused on traditional Chinese and South East Asian cuisine;

namely from Singapore, Ma- laysia, Taiwan, and Tailand. Debbie’s culinary background: she graduated from San Fran- cisco State University, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She went on to attend the California Culinary Acad- emy (CCA), an affiliate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culi-

nary Arts in San Francisco. On June 24, 2018, Debbie Shu’s Chinos Asian

experienced a catastrophic flood. Tis unexpected hap- pening, while waiting for re- monstration to begin,


un-thought-of opportunities for not one, but

two famed

chefs, including Debbie’s own story: During down

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and 10 similar Zagat ratings,” Debbie began to reflect on her true passion of cooking with a more varied menu. As her catering side continued to ex- pand, she also found herself

by Jo Diaz

really enjoying being more free to travel, cooking her own creations (versus traditional family recipes), loving the in- dependence, and thriving on a more personal level with new groups of peo- ple. Because Debbie is well- known, word of mouth traveled regarding the flood and re- construction. Important to

note: Debbie Shu has ad-

mired Sunee Sopant’s culinary successes, since Sunee has op- erated Tai restaurants in the Sonoma Valley, beginning in 1989. It’s both the flavors of Sunee’s Tai cuisine and her

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