Carrie Brown
Carrie Brown
Carrie Brown
Carrie Brown is the owner of the acclaimed Jimtown Store in Sonoma County’s beautiful Alexander Valley.
Carrie and her late husband, John Werner, resurrected the 115-year -old landmark store surrounded by vineyards 18 years ago. With the help of her talented staff, including Chef Peter Brown (serendipitously named, but no relation) and her father, Charlie, Jimtown continues to flourish today as a vibrant family business serving rural residents and travelers as an authentic destination for good food and friendly conversation—an oasis in the vines.

Carrie is the co-author of The Jimtown Store Cookbook, published by Harper Collins in 2002. Favorably reviewed by The New York Times, where it was described as “ …a lively and extremely uncomplicated cookbook that, almost overnight, became one of our favorites,” the book includes 150 of Jimtown’s earthy, full-flavored recipes and special emphasis on stylish, casual entertaining.

Carrie and Jimtown were featured on Martha Stewart Living Television (Sonoma Episode), which won an Emmy for excellence in 2003. She has graced the cover of Wine Country Living–Appellation Magazine. Feature articles and Jimtown recipes have appeared in Good Housekeeping, San Francisco Magazine, House Beautiful, American Homestyle, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, and Martha Stewart Living. Carrie’s kitchen and the Jimtown Store were featured on Food TV‘s Ultimate Kitchens, HGTV’s Country at Home and Treasure Makers. She served as the catering expert in the book Real Weddings (Clarkson Potter) and Emily Post’s A Wedding Like No Other—Inspiration for Creating a Unique, Personal, and Unforgettable Celebration (Harper Collins).
The Jimtown Catering Company produces stylish events throughout the Bay Area. Carrie’s Jimtown kitchen has developed a line of fresh condiments based on its signature sandwich spreads and hors d’oeuvres, which are sold throughout the country under the Jimtown brand.