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Alfresco Heating History

The Alfresco Heating core team is made up of warm, knowledgeable, patio-heating professionals. From the moment we first answer the phone to the moment our customers first fire up their new patio heaters, we support them through the process of selecting patio heaters and installing them. After installation we remain available for customer service and, in the San Francisco bay area, repair service. If it’s outdoors we would love to help heat it.

Eric Kahn Eric Kahn is the Director of Alfresco Heating, which he founded in 2003. He’s been working with patio heaters since 1996. You will find Eric helping customers select patio heaters (both on the phone and in person) working closely with the installation, marketing, and office managers, as well as the bookkeeper and the webmaster. You will also find him taking out the trash after everyone else has gone home. After work Eric enjoys hiking in the hills of West Marin, ecstatic dancing, a rich Cabernet, and playing with his two cats.
Randy Field Randy Field is the Installation and Service Manager at Alfresco Heating. He’s been building things since he was a boy, and working in construction fields since he was a young man. He joined the Alfresco team in 2008. He has managed the installations of hundreds of patio heaters as well as many gas lines. After hours Randy helps his kids compete in Pinewood Derby, Baseball, etc. Randy kayaks, dives, and hunts rocks.
Jennifer Baretta Jennifer Baretta is our Office Manager. She answers your phone calls, takes your orders, and schedules your service calls. Jennifer has a background in education and is a former business owner. In her spare time she enjoys hiking around Marin County. She is a mother of two.
Amy Pfaffman Amy Pfaffman is our Marketing Manager. She manages our online presence, design, mailings, and advertising. She’s a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has been working in design since 1992. After work she lives in West Marin and volunteers as a wildlife rehabilitator.
David Barr David Barr is our Warehouse Manager and a Customer Service Representative. He's experienced in helping small businesses by wearing many hats including ecommerce and shipping and receiving. David grew up in Santa Cruz and designs and constructs custom LED lighting in his spare time.

 

 

 

Alfresco Heating History

Eric Kahn opened The Cooks' Line in 1996, offering repair and parts for commercial kitchen equipment. It was incorporated in 2000.

In the late 90s to early 21st century, AEI, the big southern California based distributor of patio heaters, wanted to replace their old Northern-California repairman because he was gaining infamy for his shenanigans.

At the time The Cooks' Line was primarily a one man show with the owner, Eric Kahn, doing a vast majority of the restaurant-repair work himself. Some of those restaurant repairs were on patio heaters. One day, after working outside on patio heaters all day, Eric discovered that he was in a good mood. He realized that he preferred working outside, in contrast to working in greasy restaurant kitchens. Another day while working on patio heaters at a Union Street Cafe he was approached by a man interested in purchasing 100 patio heaters. In 2003 Alfresco Heating did sell 100 patio heaters (mostly Infrared Dynamics SunPak) to the Carneros Inn in Napa. Eric Kahn’s company (The Cooks Line) installed them as well, and Alfresco Heating was born.

Continuing, since then, to work almost entirely in patio heating, has enabled Alfresco to become authorities in a field where there is much misinformation available on the web. And while there are other companies in the San Francisco Bay Area who sell patio heaters, others that install patio heaters, and others that repair patio heaters, there is not another company that can offer the same full service consultative sales-installation-repair service package that Alfresco Heating, because it is so uniquely specialized, can offer.

The trade name "Alfresco Heating" is trademarked with the USPTO. "Alfresco" is defined as "out of doors" by http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/alfresco, with similar definitions available in any English dictionary.

Alfresco Heating’s office, workshop, and warehouse is located in Novato, Marin County, California, about 25 miles north of San Francisco. At this time they have no show room or show yard, but many examples of their work and the patio heaters they carry can be found at restaurants bay-area wide.

Alfresco Heating has two full time and two part time employees (as of Fall 2011). Randy Field is the Installation and Service Manager and Eric Kahn is the Sales, Marketing, Administrative, and General Manager. Alfresco also has many contract associates from bookkeeping to electrical to sheet metal to web design.

Alfresco Heating holds a C-36 contractor’s license. Gas lines and installation and radiant gas heaters fall under that classification. There are many fine examples of Alfresco Heating’s clean gas piping and patio heater installations around the bay area.

Alfresco Heating provides repair service to commercial-quality patio heaters, bay-area wide. Many customers know that calling Alfresco means that a technician will show up who not only knows their products but also has the repair parts on hand to fix patio heaters on the spot. Alfresco Heating offers outdoor-heater repair service in San Francisco, Oakland-Berkeley, San Jose, Napa Valley, Santa Rosa, Sacramento downtown, and all points in between.

Alfresco Heating offers patio heating consultative services in the bay area. They know how to heat patios effectively and safely, and have a knack for balancing effectiveness with aesthetics. They do national phone and email outdoor heating consultations as well. Selecting the right heaters for a patio can be tricky. With the help of Alfresco Heating's expert advice your outdoor heating will look good and feel cozy warm.

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