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Pork Napa Valley

The Charter Oak Roasted Pork Shoulder

“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...
Artichoke Napa Valley

Farmstead Castroville Artichoke

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...
Chef Napa Valley

Interview: chef Hiro Sone (Ame + Terra)

30 years ago, Japan native Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani met while working in the kitchen at Wolfgang Puck’s original Spago on the Sunset Strip. In 1988, the couple opened Terra near the train...
Distiller California

Interview: Charbay master distiller Marko Karakasevic

St. Helena rests right in the center of Napa wine country, so it almost seems counterintuitive to start a distillery there, but that’s exactly what Yugoslavia natives Susan and Milorad (Miles) Karakasevic did when...
Restaurant Sign Napa Valley

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen: Eclectic Cafe by Railroad Tracks [CLOSED]

Cindy is chef-owner Cindy Pawlcyn, of Mustards Grill fame. The Backstreet is St. Helena’s Railroad Avenue, a quiet one-block lane that runs parallel to – you guessed it – railroad tracks. Railroad imagery is...