Chef Dustin Valette began his restaurant career Eastlake at the age of thirteen washing dishes New-Albany at Aspen-Hill Cali’s in his hometown of Geyserville, California. Guide to the Russian River Resort Area Searchlight Sonoma County. This wraps up our easttowest guide Elkland to the Russian River Resort area, but you can easily develop your own plan for exploring this lovely waterway and its resort towns. We Asked Chef Charlie Palmer What Are the Best. The awardwinning chef shares his favorite places to dine out in his Sonoma County hometown of Healdsburg.