Category

Napa/Sonoma

Pork Napa Valley

The Charter Oak Roasted Pork Shoulder (Dose of Vitamin P)

“The greatest oak was once a tiny nut that held its ground.” That saying lines the stairway wall inside The Charter Oak, a terrific seasonal wood-fired restaurant from Meadowood executive chef Christopher Kostow and...
Coffee Napa Valley

The Cup & Star Irish-ish Coffee (Drink of the Week)

Ritual Coffee Roasters founder Eileen Rinaldi, a Bay Area coffee leader, built upon the success of her bustling Oxbow Public Market stall by opening The Cup & Star last summer, featuring a beautiful hardwood...
Artichoke Napa Valley

Farmstead Castroville Artichoke (Food of the Week)

If you want to learn what spring tastes like, head to Farmstead, a restaurant from Long Meadow Ranch Winery in the heart of Napa Valley. That’s where chef Stephen Barber and crew draw from...
Dessert Napa Valley

Torc Milk Chocolate Caramel Bar (Food of the Week)

The City of Napa, which doubles as the county seat, often gets second billing to Yountville, a smaller city that’s ground zero for The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, along with talented chefs like Richard...
Market Napa

Ritual Coffee Roasters (Oxbow Public Market): Providing New Caffeinated Context in Napa Valley

So often, a company’s initial surroundings help frame perception. For instance, Ritual Coffee Roasters initially got branded as a hipster hangout because the company debuted in San Francisco’s Mission District. However, when owner Eileen...
Restaurant Napa Valley

The French Laundry: Napa Valley’s Culinary Crown Jewel

A flag flies in a spacious garden across the street from a building with ivy-lined stone walls on Yountville’s north side. This is The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s legendary restaurant that debuted in 1994...