Peter Armellino began cooking professionally in New York when he was 17 years old. He opened the Park Avenue Cafe in 1992, followed by stints at New York City’s Gotham Bar & Grill and Gramercy Tavern.

In 1999, Armellino came to San Francisco, where his culinary skills soon landed him a position as Sous-Chef of Jardiniere, where he worked with Douglas Keane.

After his tenure at Jardiniere, Armellino was lured to rural Woodside and became the Chef de Cuisine at Village Pub. At the pub, Peter assisted rising star Chef Mark Sullivan, where he further refined his craft, and adopted a feeling of connection between food and farmer. In 2001 he joined longtime acquaintance and fellow New Yorker (via France) Laurent Manrique as Chef de Cuisine at Campton Place in San Francisco. Armellino continued this partnership when he moved to Aqua’s kitchen as Chef de Cuisine in 2003.

In 2005, Jardiniere Executive Chef Traci des Jardins chose Armellino from a pool of hundreds of former and current associates to be one of her two co-chefs as she faced Iron Chef Mario Batali in “Battle Shrimp” on the hit Food Network show “Iron Chef”, a battle des Jardins won.

Armellino has dedicated his time to charity work as well, working over the past several years to benefit such organizations as Share Our Strength, Meals on Wheels, Tibetan Aid Relief and Tsunami Aid Relief.

“Coming to the South Bay, which is wide-open territory, is an amazing opportunity for my team and me to blaze a fresh trail, comments Armellino, “Our aim is to redefine fine dining in Silicon Valley.”

Under Armellino’s leadership, Plumed Horse presents elegant, modern California Cuisine, emphasizing what is fresh, seasonal and sustainably produced.


The Plumed Horse has been awarded the Michelin Star continuously from 2009 to 2016



Plumed Horse Receives Wine Spectator’s 2016 Grand Award!


Plumed Horse will be closed January 1st through January5th. We will re-open Friday January 6th.

Moone Tsai Wine Dinner January 25th.

The Plumed Horse is delighted to announce our next winemaker dinner featuring Larry and MaryAnn Tsai of the award winning Moone-Tsai wines.  Larry and MaryAnn will mingle with the guests, regale the guests with stories of founding Moone-Tsai wines, and describe the wines served during the meal.

Spring boarding  from their highly successful decades in Napa, Larry and MaryAnn formed Moone-Tsai wines with co-founder Mike Moone in 2006.  The renowned Bordeaux-bred Philippe Melka, who has been named one of the world’s top nine consulting winemakers is their winemaker.  Of Moone-Tsai wines, Robert Parker wrote:
“Owners Larry and Mary Ann Tsai are long-time veterans of the Napa Valley wine scene and produce a bevy of noteworthy wines from vineyards as far-flung as the Sonoma Coast site of Charles Heintz to Cabernet Sauvignons from Howell Mountain, Oakville, Coombsville, and even Pritchard Hill.”

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase wines served at the dinner.  They will also be able to sign up for the Moone-Tsai wine club.

The evening will feature a collection of Moone-Tsai library and current wines.  Chef PeterArmellino will design the courses to be paired with the wines.

The winemaker dinner will be held on January 25 at 7pm.

Price is $175.  Space is limited.  For reservations, please call (408)867-4711