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It’s Soup Season at C CASA!

A warm bowl of soup just hits the spot on a chilly day, especially when it is raining, and with the winter El Niño predictions, there could be quite a few of those days ahead. C CASA has created a sumptuous lineup of savory soups that will rotate daily that are guaranteed to take the chill off. Here are just a few to whet your appetite: Red posole with chicken, vegetable lentil, salmon chowder, chicken tortilla, shiitake mushroom Consommé, butternut squash, cauliflower with lemongrass, wild mushroom and celery root purée. We are looking forward to trying all of them!

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Olio Nuovo EVOO

Olio Nuovo or “new oil” in Italian, is the first pressing of extra virgin olive oil. An olive oil aficionados dream—unfiltered, vibrantly green, highly herbaceous and lusciously viscous! Savor the health benefits of this fresh oil as it contains the highest levels of polyphenols and antioxidants. Now available in the Daphne 350ml bottle, or bulk, at The Olive Press.

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No Shave November

The hairiest month of the year is here! Watch Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) go from Baby Face Nelson to full on sideshow worth bearded Dandies in 30 days or less!

That’s right, on November 1, Napa Valley Distillery’s manly-man spirit guides arrived at work clean shaven for the first time in NVD history. What’s the occasion? No-Shave November of course!

Every year brave men all over the world participate in No-Shave November by shaving off all facial hair the morning of November 1st, and then spend 30 shave-free days growing out lumberjack worthy beards to raise awareness for a variety of men’s health issues. NVD’s booze slingers will be collecting donations all month for prostate cancer research. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the US, and when caught early, is highly treatable. However, even when successfully treated, prostate cancer takes a toll on both physical and mental health. Growing primo facial hair might not directly cure prostate cancer, but it will raise money and awareness. At the end of the month NVD will have before and after pictures to share, and all collected donations will be matched by Proprietor Arthur Hartunian. So stop by the Bar Shop and Tasting Room to check their progress, make a donation, and celebrate.

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Thanksgiving To-Go

Chef Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door Thanksgiving To-Go has all the Thanksgiving fixin’s you need. Pre-order by email or phone (707-226-1560) only by 5 pm on Friday, November 20. Pick up on Wednesday, November 25.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Four
$140 including tax
½ Turkey Breast and Leg (brined and ready to cook with instructions)
Peppercorn Gravy (pt)
Sourdough Stuffing (qt)
Fresh Cranberry Sauce (pt)
Mashed Potatoes (qt)
Roasted Root Vegetables (qt)
Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup (qt)
4ea Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Build your own Thanksgiving
Chef Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup/$20 qt
Sourdough Stuffing/$8 qt
Peppercorn Gravy/$6 pt
Fresh Cranberry Sauce/$6 pt
Mashed Potatoes/$7 qt
Roasted Root Vegetables/$6 qt
Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes/$8 ea

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November Enchilada Plate Special

It’s a new month and that means a new enchilada plate special at C CASA! Their mouthwatering rotisserie chicken is featured in the November enchilada with four cheeses, and topped with a green sauce, mixed greens, pico de gallo and poblano crema, accompanied by a chop salad and a cranberry snack muffin with maple glaze. This colorful plate special is just $13, and available for the entire month.

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Vanilla Ice Cream(s)

Just a reminder from Three Twins Ice Cream when purchasing their vanilla ice cream for your holiday parties that you have two choices. The Madagascar vanilla contains vanilla extract made from vanilla beans that come from Madagascar AKA the land of lemurs. The vanilla bean ice cream contains vanilla extract made from vanilla beans that come from India and has actual specks of the bean in the ice cream making this a flavor we ‘speck you’ll love. You can’t go wrong here as either vanilla flavor will make a nice addition to your holiday meal.

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Wine and food for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here and everyone at Hudson Greens and Goods is thrilled to service you for all your holiday needs. The new location has made more space to stock specialty grocery items. Stop in to browse the selection of the latest items hand-selected to show off on your holiday table. Plus, Hudson Greens and Goods is owned by one of the best grape-growing families in the region, Hudson Vineyards, and their wine is sold exclusively in the store. So remember to stop in and grab a bottle to share with family and friends while giving thanks this year. The staff at Hudson would like to take this moment to thank all of its wonderful Oxbow supporters! You have helped them to grow and enable them to continue to give the community fine, locally grown organic produce and specialty foods. They are of the philosophy that they are in business to keep farmers in business. None of that is possible without your continued support. Thank you and happy holidays.

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Holiday Roasts from Five Dot Ranch

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas quickly on its way, there is no better time than now to get your holiday roasts ordered at Five Dot Ranch! Orders are limited so stop by the store and fill out a form to ensure that you will be enjoying delicious Five Dot beef for the holidays. No one else offers three different roasts to choose from and a customized dry aging time, so if you’re hoping to get over 42 days of age, we recommend to stop into the store as soon as possible.

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What’s So Special About a Heritage Turkey?

Prized for their rich flavor and beautiful plumage, heritage turkeys are the descendants of wild turkeys. The Fatted Calf only sources heritage turkeys from Good Shepherd Ranch in Lindsborg, Kansas, the first turkey farm to be certified by the prestigious Animal Welfare Institute, where farmer Frank Reese has been improving his heritage flock since the 1950s. All of Frank’s Standard Bronze, Bourbon Red, White Holland, Black, Narragansett and Slate turkeys live a long and slow growing outdoor life that results in healthy and delicious turkey for your Thanksgiving table. To place your order for one of the most traditional and best tasting turkeys in America email or call (707) 256-3684 today.

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Mulled Wine

Whole Spice would like to help bring you into Autumn with this warming mulled wine recipe! You can pick up a jar or a bag of mulling spice blend at the shop and check out the apple cider spice while you’re at it! Also, keep in mind, Whole Spice will be offering a 20 percent discount at the end of the month, November 28-30!

Mulled Wine

Ingredients:
Bottle (750-ml) red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp mulling spice blend
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy
dash of ground black pepper
Orange juice (squeezed from at least half of an orange)
1 pear, sliced
Orange peel from a half of an orange (peel the skin and add to the wine mixture)

Directions:
In a large saucepan, combine the wine, mulling spice, sugar, brandy, black pepper, and orange juice. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add pear slices and orange peel. Simmer for additional few minutes and then serve.

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Holiday Charms Accent Your Gift

Want to add that special touch to your gift? A chocolate box from Anette’s Chocolates will a sweet gift — whether it be Anette’s 15 pc, 24 pc or 30 pc chocolate box. Add a holiday charm for just $2.95. A lovely reminder when the chocolates are gone, Anette’s has grapes, Christmas trees, wreaths…the perfect charm for every gift.

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Pumpkin Spice Tea

Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse for friends and family to gather and enjoy the flavors of the season. Napastak has a great selection of products, made locally and across the globe, and the staff at Napastak has lots of ideas and recommendations to enhance your Thanksgiving dinner. For example, pumpkin spice tea from Napastak is the ideal complement to any meal, including Thanksgiving. Simply the best!

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Smoked Burrata from Bari

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is receiving limited quantities every two weeks of a delicious, delicately smoked Burrata straight from Bari, the city on the Adriatic where Burrata was invented. If you think regular Burrata is irresistible, just wait until you try this! Each package has two 100 gram cheeses, a perfect size for one. Drizzle with fine olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper, and you will be transported.”

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Nightmare on Ginn Street

Local Mixologist, Aaron Lahey, watched Nightmare on Elm Street and decided the goofy, yet terrifying, Freddy Krueger deserved a signature cocktail. The green and red color palette and float of bitters on top of the mottled foam, are reminiscent of Freddy’s grubby sweater and screen scream visage. The spine-chilling inspiration for this drink resulted in a wonderfully refreshing Halloween libation. With spices from the Old Hollywood Ginn, a raspberry note, and a touch of cocoa, this is a perfect cocktail for a warm fall night. Stop by Napa Valley Distillery, or click here for the Nightmare on Ginn Street recipe.

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Seasonal Must-Haves

Napastak introduces a variety of seasonal must-haves that will give your home the fall warmth we all love. Items include pumpkin placemats and matching place cards that will dress any table to perfection, delicious pumpkin pie biscotti, and for the baking lovers  an amazing pumpkin spice emulsion that will help you create your own own desserts and pastries to share with friends and family. Visit the shop for more recommendations and ideas to make this season even more wonderful.

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Fatted Calf Now Accepting Thanksgiving Turkey Orders

Fall is upon us and The Fatted Calf is starting to get excited about Thanksgiving. They are dreaming up a delicious foie gras terrine, putting up extra salami and preparing for the arrival of heritage turkeys from Good Shepherd Ranch. Good Shepherd Ranch heritage turkeys are available by pre-order in a variety of sizes between 8 and 22 pounds and are priced at $8.50 per pound. While Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, there are only a limited number of these exceptional turkeys available. To place your turkey pre-order email or call (707) 256-3684 today!

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Dark Horse Seasonal Espresso

Ritual Coffee Roasters is proud to present their latest seasonal espresso, Dark Horse, arriving just in time for Halloween! Inspired by the wild horses that have roamed the inhospitable lands of California’s Death Valley and Ethiopia’s Kundudo for centuries, Ritual’s new organically grown espresso combines aromatics of jasmine, lilac, and violet – stampeding into flavors of sweet berries, blackcurrant, and cantaloupe. Dark chocolate notes keep it all grounded, stable, and surefooted. Both wonderfully heavy and light at the same time, a shot of Dark Horse rushes off as soon as arrived, leaving a clean, bewildering, almost tea-like finish. Spooky and delicious!

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Pumpkin Snack Muffins

Sometimes you just want a little something that will satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth at the same time and with no regrets later. Cate & Co. has introduced their mini maple glazed pumpkin muffins to fulfill that quest, offering instant gratification in a mini format. Topped with pumpkin seeds, the little square pumpkin spice muffins are the ideal choice for breakfast, lunch, and snack time or after dinner dessert. Small in size, but big on flavor, we are a fan!

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Pumpkin Spice Olive Oil

The months of October, November and Pumpkins go hand-in-hand. The Olive Press presents pumpkin in a new way — pumpkin spice olive oil.  A great addition to fall meals, baked goods and always a great gift idea. Try raspberry balsamic vinegar with pumpkin spice olive oil for a unique fall salad flavor.

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Frightfully Spooky Dozen

Send spirits soaring with Kara’s Cupcakes‘ frightfully Spooky Dozen, a bewitching addition to any Halloween celebration. Available  at Kara’s Cupcakes throughout October. Stop by the bakery, order online or call the bakery at  707-258-2253 to place your order!

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Spooky Iced Cookies

Don’t scare your friends with dry, stale store-bought cookies…BOO! This Halloween, spoil your family and friends and “treat” them to The Model Bakery’s spooky iced cookies! These homemade treats are sure to make any Halloween gathering sweet and tasty. Happy Halloween from everyone at The Model Bakery!

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Harvest Brittle

The harvest brittle at Anette’s Chocolates is only available now through Christmas — with cranberries, pumpkin seeds, apples, a hint of brandy and fabulous fall spices. Stop by for a taste! Want something truly delicious to give as a hostess or holiday gift? Anette’s all-natural harvest brittle and chocolates can be wrapped together. Place your orders now for pick-up later.

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Tacos are for Breakfast Too!

When we think tacos, we think lunch, dinner or a late night snack, but breakfast? Oh yes! On top of their house made white corn tortillas C CASA layers fluffy scrambled eggs with complementary ingredients like roasted potatoes, pico de gallo, cojita cheese and avocado; or black beans and chorizo with garlic aioli and cilantro. Tacos for breakfast are a soul-satisfying way to start your day!

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Autumn and Oktoberfest Specials at Gott’s

Gott’s Roadside is celebrating autumn and Oktoberfest with this month’s specials. Gordon Biersch’s Marzen (the style of beer served at the first Oktoberfest) is on tap—medium bodied with notes of caramel and spice, and a dry finish—alongside a Bavarian-style Bratwurst served with sauerkraut and house-pickled vegetables. The autumn salad on the specials menu has chopped kale, chicory, walnuts, dried plums and peaches, and Laura Chenel goat cheese tossed in a honey-apple cider vinaigrette. Plus, Gott’s crispy fried zucchini sticks will stay on the specials menu through October thanks to their popularity.

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Best Teas in the World

Autumn is here and tea is perfect for the season. Napastak offers a variety of tea collections such as Kusmi, Tea Forté, Terr d’oc, and more. Chef Napastäk is on a journey to find the most exquisite teas from fine tea-growing regions and bring them back to tea lovers here in the Napa Valley. The store will feature a much broader line of unique teas, which will be unquestionably the finest, most aromatic, most sought-after teas in the world.

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Whole Spice Seasoned Butter Recipes

Try making your own seasoned butter by following this Whole Spice recipe! Be sure to use grass-fed Irish butter for extra nutrition and higher butterfat content, or use avocados in place of butter if you’re vegan. Get creative and try your own flavored butter with other herbs and spices!

Sweet Smoked Paprika Butter
(About 5 tablespoons)

4 Tbs. Irish butter, at room temperature
1 Tbs. Whole Spice Sweet Smoked Paprika

Mix the spice and butter very well.
Place on a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a log.
Wrap well and refrigerate or freeze.

Bold Italian Butter
(About 5 tablespoons)

4 Tbs. Irish butter, at room temperature
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1/2 Tbs. Whole Spice Italian Seasoning
1/4 Tbs. Whole Spice Garlic & Parsley Sea Salt

Mix well, prepare and store as above.

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Toast the end of summer, beginning of fall

Nothing beats the end-of-summer heat quite like a cold glass of bubbly and a dozen freshly shucked oysters at Hog Island Oyster Bar in Napa. A farewell summer toast. On September 27, Hog Island is toasting its employees and will be closed for the day, reopening on Monday, September 28.

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Cold Brew Coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters

Ritual Coffee Roasters has unveiled a new nitrogen infused, kegge cold brew coffee service, made with Hacienda Carmona single origin coffee from Guatemala. Whereas the process of cooling hot brewed coffee to make iced coffee can change both flavor characteristics and dilute the coffee-to-water ratio, this special proprietary method ensures a velvety smooth extraction that responds well to nitrogen infusion and pressurized on-draft service. One of the friendly expert baristas will be glad to give you a taste, then serve you a glass of either the house-made cold brew (fresh and on tap), or 9 oz of the special Nitro brew, beautifully presented in unique glassware. Or better yet, stop by Three Twins Ice Cream first, get a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream, and Ritual will make you a Nitro cold brew float!

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English Muffin BLAT — what?

What better way to enjoy a cool breakfast or lunch, than with a delicious BLAT — bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato. But not just any BLAT, one made on The Model Bakery‘s famous English muffin!  Model now offers a toasted English muffin with basil aioli, heirloom tomatoes, bacon, avocado and lettuce…can you say yum!

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It’s National Sandwich Month

Bread, glorious bread is celebrated this month as August is National Sandwich MonthCate & Co. is delighted about this as they are all about breads, in all shapes, forms and flavors; and with bread come sandwiches. Thanks to the fourth Earl of Sandwich in England, we actually have a sandwich to celebrate (“Sandwich” is actually the name of a place in England). Whether you create your own sandwich from a boule, or a loaf or a baguette, Cate & Co. has what you’ll need, and of course it’s Gfree. Or, you could feast on one of Cate & Co.’s sandwiches made to order while you debate if “open-faced” is still a sandwich!