Hog Island Oyster Co.

 

When it comes to sandwiches in New Orleans, there is one that rules them all – the po’boy. But when you find yourself in Napa Valley hankering for a flavor of The Crescent City get satiated at Hog Island’s Oyster Bar and their new take on the classic oyster po’boy. Featuring crispy, crunchy beer batter fried oysters and a zesty Old Bay aioli slaw piled high on a soft torpedo roll. Grab a nice cold beer, this stack of delicious, and enjoy on the riverside patio!

The Olive Press

 

Have you tried Herb-Infused Olive Oils? At The Olive Press, they hand-harvest locally-grown herbs, dry them in the sun, then infuse them in pure extra virgin olive oil. These beauties pack a fast, fresh, and incredibly flavorful punch and are the perfect way to freshen up any springtime recipe! Try them all, from Fresh Basil to Rosemary and everything in between!

 

Oxbow Cheese & Wine

When it comes to sandwiches you aren’t really making one, you’re building one. It’s all about good bones to guarantee ultimate tastiness, when in doubt, rely on the experts. Oxbow Cheese & Wine’s take of the Italian Sub, dubbed “the Italian Job”, comes packed with flavor and of course, deliciousness! Sandwiched between two slices of a Model Bakery baguette are thinly sliced soppressata, provolone cheese, red onion, pepperoncinis, tomato, crispy lettuce, aioli, then doused with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Be a wise guy (or gal) and get this Italian Job done, order yours today! (707) 257-5200

 

The Model Bakery

You might have your sights set on savoring an English Muffin or two when you arrive at Model Bakery but don’t order so fast. The perennially cute endlessly giftable, meringue-based confection that is the macaron just landed in the bakery case! They’ve whipped up two versions for you to lust after; raspberry with white chocolate ganache and chocolate with chocolate ganache. Scoop up a second order  (because we know you’re still getting those muffins)!

Gott’s Roadside

Ranging from silken and creamy to firm and chewy, tofu comes in many forms and is prized around the world for its versatility. Get ready for it to be known for its delectability. Introducing Gott’s Roadside’s new Crispy Tofu Sandwich: Hodo Foods organic tofu, a Cuesa farmers market fave, fried crisp and served with green cabbage & cilantro slaw, red onion, dill pickle and charred jalapeño mayo on a toasted egg bun. Give it a try and let us know what you think. It’s going to change the way you think about tofu.

 

Fieldwork Oxbow

Two favorites are back and ready for Spring sippin’!

Deepest Greenest Double IPA features Citra, Vic Secret, and Idaho7 hops and checks in at 8.2% ABV.

Destructive Devices Westcoast IPA is 6.3% ABV and made with Citra, Enigma, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops.

Both beers are now available for taster pours and by the glass at their Taproom. They are also available for Pickup and Home Delivery. Head over to FieldworkBrewing.com to get started.

 

Anette’s Chocolates

Brent Madsen, Master Chocolatier at Anette’s Chocolates has been having fun with BARS!

Two new deliciously decadent extra-large chocolate crispy bars:

Whatchamacallit Crisp and Milk Chocolate Crunch Bite Bars.
If you like The best  Indonesian Marshmallow combined with 60% dark chocolate and crunch — these are a must-order.

Napa Bookmine

March is Women’s History Month and Napa Bookmine is celebrating with these great kid’s books about inspiring women from the U.S. and beyond! Celebrate the arrival of spring and get inspired by women who have paved the way for future generations. All books available at Napa Bookmine at Oxbow or online at napabookmine.com.

Live Fire Oxbow

Whether it’s generous slices of pizza, refreshing spring salads or delightful small plates they always call for a libation to wash it all down. Live Fire is answering the call for their weekend diners with Mimosas!
Grab your pod, head to the market and keep the good times pouring.

Hog Island Oyster Company

You might not be able to smell the salty sea from where you are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring some super fresh brine to your table courtesy of Hog Island Oyster Co! Order oysters, local finfish, chowder kits, bloody mary mix, and more and the Hog Island delivery team will drop it at your door. Flat rate $15 delivery to San Francisco, Marin + Sonoma, prices will vary throughout the country.

The Model Bakery

Beautiful baked goods from the heart of Napa Valley, right to your door, wherever that door maybe be? Yes! Take a cue from Oprah, who has Model’s puffy and perfect English Muffins delivered on the regular – these are a can’t miss! Don’t forget to add their cookie stacks and housemade granola to your cart!

Kara’s Cupcakes

Celebrate the sweet with Kara’s Cupcakes! From Valentine’s Day – plan your order now – to merely making it to the weekend, Kara’s offers oven to door delivery on their cookies and assorted sweet treats. Now shipping anywhere in the US!

The Olive Press

Grown, harvested and pressed in Sonoma County, The Olive Press is our go-to for the best in olive oils and vinegars. But they don’t stop there; peruse their selection of tasty tapenades, savory spice blends, artisan olive oil-roasted almonds, and more! They’re currently offering 50% off shipping on orders over $85.

Ritual Coffee Roasters

Still, thinking about that perfect cup of coffee you had at Ritual the last time you visited Oxbow? Make it happen at home with the delivery of your favorites (and new discoveries) from Ritual Coffee Roasters. Offering their whole line-up; choose from new releases, 5 lb “Shelter in Place” bags, loose leaf teas, and subscription options. All available for delivery throughout the US.

Whole Spice Napa Valley 

Whole Spice has become an essential destination for food-loving locals and visitors alike in search of the freshest spices. Looking for that hard to find spice for your latest cooking adventure or simply want to stock up on the essentials from a fresh and reliable resource? Regardless of the reason, rely on Whole Spice to deliver only the best, straight to you. If you sign up for their newsletter, receive 20% off your first order!

Napa Distillery

 

Stay in good spirits with a delivery from Napa Valley Distillery. Even better, consider joining their Bar Club to receive regular shipments of all the best in cocktails! Keep it on a bottle to bottle basis or dive into their newly crafted kits to shake up the perfect beverage (or two)!

El Porteño 

While it’s not nationwide yet, we wanted to make sure to include El Porteño’s delivery options for their West Coast fans. IYKYK (if you know you know) about these ridiculously flavorful, “I’ve never tasted dough like this before” empanadas – we don’t need to tell you more. But for you newbies, these need to be well-stocked in your freezer for the best breakfast, a lovely lunch or any time a crazy craving hits. They nail it every time. Next day delivery service available for San Francisco, Oakland and the Peninsula for orders over $45. One to three business days delivery service to Greater Bay Area and West Coast on orders over $45.

Five Dot Ranch

 

Now shipping anywhere in the US, Five Dot Ranch is ready to pack up the best prime cuts ready for your grill. This seventh-generation cattle ranch and beef purveyor only produces locally grown, 100% all-natural, non-GMO verified, pasture-raised beef. Taste the difference with your next order; steak and beef boxes now available!

Gott’s Roadside

Enjoy Gott’s Roadside ‘Tray Gourmet” wherever you are! While few things beat noshing heavy on a burger and shake under the Napa Valley sun, we think you’ll very much enjoy receiving Gott’s ‘Complete Cheeseburger’ kit via GoodBelly. Year after year, its classic burgers are ranked at the top of countless “Best of” lists, including The Daily Meal, Eater, Thrillist, and SFist.

Anette’s Chocolates

You don’t think Anette would entice you with all of her chocolate creations only when you’re in Napa Valley? Certainly not. Enjoy nationwide shipping on all products including chocolate boxes, sauces, brittles, barks, kits and more. Order now for timely delivery for Valentine’s Day!

With all of us hunkered down and riding out the latest shelter in place, our market merchants are making it easier than ever to support local! Tuck into your favorites, straight to your door from the follow Oxbow shops offering local, same-day delivery – with safe and contactless options.  A friendly reminder now, more than ever, it’s important to tip the restaurant and your driver well — we’re grateful to these essential works who continue to make and bring us the best from Napa Valley!

Hudson Greens & Goods

 

Forget busy supermarkets, and hoping your Instacart order is correct. Let Hudson Greens & Goods complete your shopping list and deliver it to your door Tuesday & Thursday from 12-4:00 – $10 delivery in Napa/ $20 outside the city. Email your grocery order to: order@hudsonranch.com. The Juice Bar is making fresh, organic & delicious juices every Tuesday, but you must pre-order by Monday. Limited menu: Green Jeans, Fiber Pants, Wowie Zowie, and Ginger-Tumeric-Lemon shots. They can also include orders placed with The Fatted Calf, Whole Spice, Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant, FiveDot Ranch and Fieldwork Brewing Co!

Gott’s Roadside

 

Find Gott’s most craveable menu items; classic burgers piled high with quality ingredients, vibrant salads with thoughtful toppings, hearty chicken sandwiches packed with flavor, inventive tacos, seasonal specials AND the best shakes in town all made to order and delivered straight to your door via Doordash.

Live Fire Oxbow

 

Live Fire Oxbow is open noon -7pm, Thursday – Sunday for take-out and delivery. Check out their current promotions and full menu here. Available for delivery through Doordash, Grubhub and Ubereats. While delivery is the easiest option, for those of us who need an excuse to get out of the house, Live Fire is offering a complimentary pint of Lappert’s ice cream with any pick-up order over $50!

Fieldwork Brewing

 

For beer lovers, it’s more important than ever to support your hometown favorites. Fieldwork continues to crank out the best and most delicious seasonal beer list, rotating on a regular basis. Peruse their current menu here, and pre-order your Crowlers and Cans now. They offer same-day delivery and pickup at the Napa Taproom. Select your beers and choose a pickup time or local delivery. It’s that easy!

C CASA

 

What are your plans for dinner? When you order C CASA you could be tucking into an evening at home with their rotisserie chicken or duck, a big glorious salad, fresh-made white corn tortillas, guac and chips, and of course margaritas. Good luck not over-ordering – their fresh menu begs to be enjoyed! Local delivery is available via Doordash.

Anette’s Chocolates

 

 

Whether you’re jonesing for some of her famous chocolate brittle, salted caramels or can’t stop thinking about a pint of housemade ice cream. Anette’s is your place. Delivery is now available via Doordash for all of your favorites plus some sweet extras including sundae kits, caramel corn and 16oz lattes all straight to your doorstep.

Kitchen Door

 

Skip your kitchen today, and let Kitchen Door Napa do the cooking. What’s your favorite way to indulge? How about a burger and beer? Or pizza and pinot? Or maybe you’re planning ahead and want your meal ready to heat. Check out their ‘Take and Bake” Pizza Kit, Soup Kits (Pho, Mushroom or Tomato) and more at their menu via Doordash.

Five Dot Ranch


Five Dot Ranch is making their Cookhouse delights available for you with quick delivery throughout Napa via Doordash. Their menu has all the bases covered with breakfast (biscuits and gravy, a breakfast tartine, chicken fried steak, and eggs) along with lunch and dinner options including pastrami Reuben, Cali Cheesesteak, beef ribs, wedge salad, and corn on the cob.

Bookmine Napa

 

Forget Amazon, buy those books LOCAL and for $4 get them delivered. Often by the smiling eyes of masked owner Naomi! From the newest bestsellers and a slew of classic collections and used books to children’s books, coffee table tomes and so much more – Bookmine is here to curate you’re at home library without you ever leaving….home!

 

While not all of our Oxbow merchants offer same-day delivery as listed above,  all these above as well as Hog Island Oyster Company, Oxbow Cheese and Wine, Ritual Coffee and The Model Bakery offer curbside pick-up as a safe and efficient option. Pre-order for pick-up here!

There’s still time to give your favorite foodie and/or Napa Valley lover the most delicious gift – a curated gift from Oxbow Public Market! Let’s unwrap some of the sweet (and savory) selections we’ve found from our shops:

 

Ritual Coffee Roasters

“Three’s A Charm” Holiday Gift Boxes 

Their most popular gift set year after year, this gift set is the perfect thing for coffee lovers, and that includes you. A superb way to try a few of Ritual’s current favorites, impress a fellow coffee drinker, or just say Happy Holidays!

This year they teamed up with local illustrator Alexandra Bowman to create a uniquely 2020 holiday gift package, and decked it out with three small-lot coffees they’re particularly excited about!

Including:
Demetrio Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico
-Gachatha, Nyeri County, Kenya
-Bensa Kokosa, Sidamo, Ethiopia

 

The Tiny Bag Trio – give ’em this set of three certified humdingers, festively boxed and at a great price. Don’t sleep on it though; quantities are limited!

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Hog Card Gift Cards for the Holidays! Support your favorite oyster bar and stuff your stockings with Hog Cards. The perfect salty gift for every shellfish lover in your life, redeemable at all Hog Island locations. Order online or pick one up in person. And while you’re at it, grab a bushel of oysters to-go for your holiday feasting!

Fieldwork Brewing Company

Some of you might not know that Fieldwork makes more than just IPA. In fact, for the past couple of years, they’ve put a lot of time and energy into brewing classic styles of beer with restrained improvisation. In the hopes of sharing this love for styles beyond the hops, they are putting together their “More Than Just IPA*” mixed 12 pack. For this inaugural launch, you’ll be getting 4 IPA’s, 2 Double IPA’s, 2 European Lagers, 3 Belgians, and 1 Plain Ol’ Stout.

“More Than Just IPA*” 12-Packs are available now for Curbside Pickup and Home Delivery. Head over to Fieldworkbrewing.com/order to get started!

Includes one 16oz can of each:

Solsbury Pils – German Pilsner

Owl Theory – Dark Lager

Chloe – Belgian Pale Ale

Lilith – Belgian Golden Strong

Madalynn – Belgian Dubbel

Shtickless – Plain ol’ Stout

Chronnikah – IPA

Dreaming in Neon – IPA

Hi-Keeba – IPA

Gleaming Cubes – Westcoast IPA

Lonely Orbit – Double IPA

Dream Star – Westcoast DIPA

Whole Spice

Give the gift of spice, and make the world a more flavorful place. Each of these sets features a thoughtful selection of complementary spices packaged in airtight glass jars. They make the perfect gift for anyone- whether a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen. Receive a 10% discount for the 6 jars Gift Set of spices and you can also choose your own selections!

It is currently taking 5-7 business days to process orders. If you are ordering for the holidays, be sure to ship via UPS 2 Day or UPS 1 Day to get your package in time or of course, visit them at Oxbow Public Market.

Anette’s Chocolates

Treat your favorite people to something sweet with these delicious confectionery offerings from Anette’s! Anette’s Chocolates has creative gift sets, boxed chocolates, brittles,  peppermint barks, toffee caramel popcorn and so much more. There’s nothing like finding that perfect sweet and salty balance in a truffle or smooth bar of chocolate. Whether you’re looking for an array of rare flavors or a classic collection, there is a perfect gift for every craving!

Napa Bookmine

 

 

Napa Bookmine gift cards are the gift that keeps on giving…and now you can order them online! Bookmine gift cards come in two formats: online-only gift cards can be used on their website and are great for those who live far away, but still want to support Napa’s local, independent bookstore. Physical gift cards can be used in-store at any Bookmine location AND online. Both options make great last-minute gifts! Buy gift cards on Bookmine’s website here: https://www.napabookmine.com/gift-cards

Bar Lucia & Kara’s Cupcakes

There’s still time to snag a Bubbles and Sweets holiday gift box! Trust us; you need Kara’s artisan sweets + bubbly from Domaine Carneros and Schramsberg.  Order for pickup from Bar Lucia and Kara’s Cupcakes, or get shipped straight to your doorstep!

 

Toast to the Holidays with the sweetest sparkle!  Indulge in Bar Lucia’s Domain Carneros, NV Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut and 2019 Carboniste Sparkling Alberino. Pickup from Bar Lucia, or get shipped straight to your doorstep!


Got a rosé lover on your list? Enjoy 2019 JAX: Rose of Pinot Noir and 2019 Red Car Rose of Pinot Noir paired with an assorted pack of your favorite Kara’s Cupcakes freshly baked cookies. Order for pickup from Bar Lucia and Kara’s Cupcakes, or get shipped straight to your doorstep!

The Olive Press

‘Tis the season to treat yourself and the ones you love to local, heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil from The Olive Press. Their carefully curated sampler sets make for unique gifts that are sure to impress! Check out all the decadent gift options at $75 and under: here.

Napa Valley Distillery 

 

A specially curated box from Napa Valley Distillery with three unique cocktails is the perfect Holiday Gift. 

Box includes:

  • 1 – Bourbon Mint Julep Cocktail
  • 1 – Rye Manhattan Cocktail
  • 1 – Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

On the hunt for other options?  Whether you’re looking for a small stocking stuffer, a versatile liqueur, or a splurge purchase to impress someone close to you – they’ve got you covered.

 

Cover image by Sarah Anne Risk

Our market merchants are ready to make next week as delicious as it can be. Oxbow is open during Napa County’s shelter in place. Call ahead to place your order for curbside pick-up or shop efficiently and safely during regular market hours.

To ensure a safe and healthy shopping environment, please read about our updated safety protocols here.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

The Model Bakery 

The Model Bakery, Napa Valley’s artisan bakery, will be preparing traditional favorites and special treats to take the pressure off holiday chef, (it’s still a lot to prepare a spread even if it’s for a smaller table this year)! Start the day with a pan of cinnamon rolls or sticky buns hot out of the oven, pumpkin gingerbread or cranberry orange nut loaf, Model Bakery’s famous morning pastries, and, of course, Oprah’s favorite English Muffins.
Roast and potatoes will taste even better with Model Bakery’s professionally crafted breads and rolls. Their signature Pain au Levain Boule and Walnut Sage Levain Batard are available, along with Pain de Mie Dinner Rolls. And, of course, desserts round out the meal with traditional pumpkin and pecan pies, plus apple pie with streusel topping. Kids and adults alike will be sneaking a pre-dinner Iced Sugar Cookies in festive holiday shapes.
For a complete menu, please visit their Oxbow location located at 644 First Street, or online at http://www.themodelbakery.com. All holiday orders must be placed and pre-paid by 4:00pm on Saturday, December 19, with pickup on Thursday, December 24 between 9:00am – 3:00pm at both locations. The Model Bakery is closed on Christmas day.
Orders may be placed by email at orders@themodelbakery.com, by phone or fax to the Napa store at 707.259.1128 (p) or 707.259.1169 (f) or the St. Helena store at 707.963.8192 (p) or 707.963.8037 (f).


The Fatted Calf 

At The Fatted Calf the kitchen is in full swing preparing all of your favorite seasonal delights. Their sales staff is ready to help you choose a succulent roast for your holiday table, prepare a perfect charcuterie platter for your celebration, or find just the right gift for all of the curious cooks and meat aficionados on your list. Click here to view the special holiday menu.

Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant

No holiday should be without an epic cheeseboard; unsurprisingly the gang at Oxbow Cheese and Wine agrees. Skip the work and let the master mongers put together a board that is perfect for your bubble. From local must-haves to foreign favorites, they’ve curated a spread that might just make you forget about any other course.
Choose from these pre-chosen cheeses or curate your own (prices may vary):
  1. “Home for the Holidays” (plaid ribbon) – $45 platter shown serves 3-4. Larger platters available $14 per person
  2. “Season’s Eatings” (red snowflake ribbon) – $45 platter shown serves 3-4. Larger platters available $14 per person
  3. “Winter Wonderland”  Platter shown serves 7-8.
    This platter is their custom option and is only an example of what they can do. Price starts at $15 per person minimum, then is priced accordingly to what ingredients are selected.

Please allow 24 hours notice for ordering, In-store pickup, curbside pick up and delivery are all options.  Delivery fee $25 in Napa. Fee waived with the purchase of $100 or more.

Five Dot Ranch

Five Dot has everything you need for the perfect grass-fed, free-range holiday. Their case is filled with show-stopping beef-centric centerpieces and all the trimmings including your Christmas Rib orders. They have limited availability of certain cuts, so please call them directly at 707-224-5550 or shop efficiently in person to reserve one ahead of time.

SHOP HOURS:
Monday-Tuesday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday-Sunday: 9am-7pm

Hog  Island Oyster Co.

We’re so happy this holiday season we can still grab oysters, hogwash fixins, and canned cocktails to-go from Hog Island Oyster Co. and have our own oyster pop up in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, you name it! They’ve even got shucking tools, so you can shuck like a pro, no matter where you are. Order all the goods online via the ORDER FOOD button here.

Kara’s Cupcakes

Who says you have to have a party to have cake?  Kara’s Cakes are the perfect addition to any celebration, including virtual festivities. Order today for pick-up or local delivery! Not local? Get your mittens on Kara’s Cupcakes Christmas sugar cookies! Grab yourself a treat to-go or order for pick-up, local delivery and nationwide shipping!⁠ www.karascupcakes.com

Eiko’s Hawaiian Fish Market

It’s a team effort when it comes to this bagel boxed set from Eiko’s Hawaiian Fish Market! Indulge in  1/3 lb Ōra King salmon Cold Smoked Salmon, Cowgirl Creamery Fromage Blanc sourced from Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant, capers from Hudson Greens and Goods, housemade bagel seasoning from Whole Spice, red onion & cucumber and all you need to do is add a bagel from The Model Bakery!
We’re thinking this is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast, you’re only a few taps away from to-go goodness.
They’ll never outgrow this St. Nick. Share the magic of the season with Anette’s sweet Santas. Made of solid milk or dark chocolate, they’re perfect party favors or stocking stuffers. Individually wrapped. If your sweet tooth is saying ‘more!’ peruse their online shop for all the treats from sundae kits, caramels, marshmallows and more!
Safety for both our visitors and our merchants has and continues to be a top priority. Next time you join us, you will find newly installed Ionizing Fans throughout the main building, which studies show are 99.99% effective against Covid-19.
You can read more about the scientific evidence, white pages and testimonials about our newest clean air system here.
This potent addition adds to our already rigorous health and safety protocols and upgrades, which include:
• HVAC filters that are the highest level possible for our system.
• Increased Sanitation in common areas and tenant spaces
• Limiting Number of People in the building to promote social distancing
• Monitoring Social Distancing in the building and requiring facial coverings for all employees, vendors, and customers.
• Daily Door Monitoring and Temperature Checks

• The building is back to limited operations to better control the capacity of shoppers in the building.

•The Northeast Door (by Hog Island/C Casa) and the Southeast Door (by Fieldwork/Live Fire) are the only two primary guest entrances into the main building. All other doors are exit only.

•Expanding online ordering, phone orders, and installing three exclusive Curbside Pickup locations.

 

We’re dedicated to creating the safest and most comfortable shopping experience possible during this time. Thank you for your continued support of #OxbowPublicMarket!
‘Tis the season to get cooking! Whether you’re gathering for holiday dinner over Zoom or celebrating 6 ft. apart outside, these cookbooks are packed with delicious meals and spirited cocktails that are just perfect for the holidays! We’ve rounded up five of our current favorites available at Napa Bookmine’s Oxbow shop below:

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten – Ina Garten needs no introduction! Her latest cookbook, Modern Comfort Foods contains a mix of old-fashioned crowd pleasers, comfort foods, delicious desserts, and childhood favorites with the volume turned way up! We love it for it’s easy-to-follow instructions that make you feel as if Ina were cooking right there beside you.

Baking at the 20th Century Cafe: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake by Michelle Polzine – This book is an absolute joy for bakers. Michelle Polzine, of San Francisco’s celebrated 20th Cen­tury Cafe, shares her passion for famous delicacies like tortes, strudels, pierogi, and her infamous honey cake. With over 75 no-fail recipes, a surprising number of which are gluten free, you’re sure to find something to please everyone at your holiday gatherings this year.

Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter by Nigel Slater – Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter is perfect for people who want to eat less meat, but don’t want to compromise on flavor and ease of cooking. It’s packed with 110 simple vegetarian autumn and winter recipes that make use of ingredients you already have on hand. This is a go-to book for those who want to eat with the seasons!

The French Laundry, Per Se by Thomas Keller – We’d be remiss to leave out world-renowned local chef Thomas Keller from this list! This book is as beautiful as the recipes inside its pages are delicious. With meticulously detailed recipes for 70 beloved dishes from both The French Laundry (Yountville) and Per Se (New York) this cookbook is ideal for the culinary aficionado ready to elevate their home cooking for the holidays.

Spirited: Cocktails from Around the World by Adrienne Stillman – What’s a holiday party without a few cocktails? Local author Adrienne Stillman has created a definitive cocktail recipe book for the ages, including 610 cocktail recipes from 6 continents and 60 countries! With most cocktails only including three or four ingredients, there’s something for novice drink-makers and expert bartenders alike. Buy it for yourself or as a gift for the home bartender in your life!
All of these books can be found at Napa Bookmine’s Oxbow shop. Staying at home? Shop online! You can find all of these cookbooks and more right on their homepage at napabookmine.com. Bookmine offers free gift wrapping and in-store pickup, $4 local delivery and shipping everywhere in the continental US.

The Model Bakery Pecan Pie
Makes 8 servings

The Model Bakery make plenty of pecan pies for their restaurant clientele as well as the bakery display case.

This recipe has a touch of bourbon, which seems to bring out the other flavors without tasting boozy.
Anyone who loves pecan pie will tell you to always serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped
cream to balance the pie’s sweetness.

1 recipe Pie Dough
Pie Dough
Makes one 9-in/23-cm piecrust

Every bakery has a proprietary recipe for pie dough. Their recipe includes butter and vegetable
shortening. Since butter tastes so good, why do many recipes use shortening or lard? Unlike
butter, these last two fats contain very little water. Since liquid toughens the gluten in flour, the
less water in the dough ingredients, the flakier the dough. Ours uses butter and shortening for a
light and tender crust, which will improve any pie. For a double crust pie, just double the recipe.

1 1/2 cups/220 g unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
5 Tbsp/75 g unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-in/12-mm cubes, chilled
1/4 cup/55 g vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-in/12-mm chunks, chilled

1/4 cup/60 ml ice-cold water, as needed

1. Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the butter and toss to coat with
flour. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the pieces are about half
their original size. Add the shortening and toss to coat. Continue cutting in the butter and
shortening until the mixture looks like coarse bread crumbs with some pea-size pieces of the fats.
Do not overmix. While stirring the mixture with a fork, gradually add enough of the water so
dough begins to clump together. Gather up the dough into a thick disk and wrap in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. If the dough is well chilled and hard, let stand at
room temperature for about 15 minutes before rolling out.

Filling
1 cup/200 g packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup/180 ml light corn syrup
4 large eggs
4 Tbsp/55 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 Tbsp bourbon
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup/85 g chocolate chips (optional)
2 cups/230 g coarsely chopped pecans

1. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a round about 13 in/33 cm in
diameter and 1/8 in/3 mm thick. You will see flakes of flattened butter and shortening in the
dough—perfect. Fit the dough into a 9-in/23-cm pie pan. Trim the overhanging dough so it only
extends 1/2 in/12 mm beyond the rim; discard the trimmings. Working around the perimeter of
the pan, fold the dough under so the fold is flush with the rim of the pan, and flute the dough.
Freeze for 15 to 30 minutes.

2. Position a rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 400ºF/200ºC/gas 6.

3. Place the pie shell on a large rimmed baking sheet. Line the pie shell with aluminum foil and
fill with pastry weights or dried beans. Bake until the exposed dough looks set and is just
beginning to color, about 15 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven on the baking sheet.
Remove the foil and pastry weights. Continue baking, pressing down the dough with the back of
a fork if it puffs, until barely browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.

4. To make the filling: Whisk the brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs, melted butter, bourbon, and
vanilla in a medium bowl until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, if using. Pour into the
pie shell. Sprinkle the pecans over the syrup mixture.

5. Return the pie, on the baking sheet, to the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to
350ºF/180ºC/gas 4. Bake until the pie filling is puffed all over, about 50 minutes. Transfer the
pie to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely. Cut into wedges and serve.

Turkey Q & A

At The Fatted Calf we field many turkey queries as we approach Thanksgiving.

Here are the official answers!

What is a heritage turkey?
Prized for their rich flavor and beautiful plumage, Heritage Turkeys are the descendants of wild turkeys. Heritage turkeys are allowed to mate naturally, are slower growing and live a more natural life which makes for a more flavorful and juicier bird.

Where do the turkeys come from?
At The Fatted Calf we source all of our turkeys from Good Shepherd in Lindsborg, Kansas where they receive the best possible care from esteemed poultry farmer Frank Reese. Frank fell in love with turkeys on a visit to a nearby farm at the age of five. He began raising birds in the 1950′s, has maintained and improved his flock over the years and now has the oldest continuous strain of standard bred heritage turkeys in North America.

What makes Good Shepherd Ranch turkeys better than those other so-called “heritage” turkeys?
Frank Reese and his turkeys truly are one of a kind — no one breeds poultry better than Frank who stays true to 19th century Poultry Standards of Perfection. His rare Standard Bronze, Bourbon Red, White Holland, Black, Narragansett and Slate are renowned for their flavor. According to the USDA, Frank Reese remains the only farmer allowed to use the name “Heritage” on his USDA label thanks to certification by the oldest agricultural organization in North America, the American Poultry Association. Some other producers that claim to have a “heritage” flock actually cross breed the turkeys with more commercial breeds. Good Shepherd Ranch was also the first turkey farm to be certified by the prestigious Animal Welfare Institute. All of Frank’s birds live a long and slow-growing outdoor life that results in healthy and delicious turkey for your Thanksgiving table.

What do the turkeys eat?
The turkeys are fed an all-vegetarian diet free of antibiotics and growth hormones. The grain is milled just down the road from Good Shepherd Ranch at Custom Mills, an Amish grain mill.
The turkeys are pastured, meaning they are raised outdoors on the Kansas prairie. No pesticides or herbicides are ever used in the pasture or on the farm. Additionally, their outdoor lifestyle means that they eat more grass resulting in higher levels of the good omega-3 fatty acids.

When do I need to place my turkey order?
There is no cut-off date for ordering a turkey however, every year we sell out of turkey. We need to place our order with Good Shepherd Ranch in the next few weeks and while we are pretty good at predicting how many of each type of turkey we might sell it really helps us if you place your order as early as possible. Some sizes sell out faster than others. Should you need to change your order at a later date we can almost always accommodate you.

How big of a turkey will I need?
We recommend between 1 and 1 ½ pounds of turkey for every person at your Thanksgiving table. For example, if you are cooking for 8 adults, we would recommend a 10 to 11.99-pound turkey. That might seem like a lot but keep in mind that the yield on a turkey, once it is cooked and carved off of the bone, is only about half of its original weight before cooking.

Fieldwork Brewing Company

We will begin by saying drink whatever you want this Thanksgiving. Honestly, the best beverage to pair with that plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, and veggies is your favorite beverage. Enjoy what you enjoy. BUT, that being said, if you’re looking to elevate the dining experience with food-friendly beers that can hang pre and post-dinner as well, Fieldwork is your place.

Check out their ever-changing line-up of beers and pre-order your Crowlers and Cans now. They offer same-day delivery and pickup. Select your beers and choose a pickup time or delivery location. It’s that easy!

Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant

Pairing wine with food can be tricky even when a meal is simple. On a holiday like Thanksgiving—when plates are packed with a cornucopia of mains and sides—selecting an appropriate wine can feel downright befuddling.

Rather than trying to match wines to individual flavors or dishes, go for bottles that complement a wide variety of foods. Let the experts at Oxbow Cheese and Wine guide you through their extensive local, national, and international wine selection. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to sourcing the best, most interesting, and must discover.

Napa Valley Distillery

Of course, you need a delicious spirited beverage (or two)  to complete your holiday meal. To help you find the perfect cocktail for your Thanksgiving celebration, we’re sharing the best of Napa Valley Distillery’s cocktail recipe list including drinks that can be served before, during and after the big meal. So before you get swept up in preparing for the holiday, check out these drinks now.

All spirits listed in each recipe can be found and purchased at NVD’s Oxbow location and available for delivery.

Bar Lucia

Clink pink this Thanksgiving! Explore Bar Lucia’s carefully curated bottle shop full of all the favorites when it comes to rosé and bubbles. Not sure what to order? Stop by the bar and order a few pours, taste through the selection and see what pops out. These are a must if you’re ordering Kara’s Cupcakes for dessert, the perfect pairing!

Ritual Coffee

Push that plate away after you polish off that third helping of stuffing and take a few deep breaths to prep before the pie—but don’t let the tryptophan put the sleepy kibosh on your enjoyment of dessert by dozing you face-down into your à la mode. Brew up an easy and delicious jolt of caffeine that’s not just an afterthought but a complement to the meal and a perfect pairing for the last sweet bites that you may want to serve.

Ritual has full-bodied roasts, full-flavored decaf, and a wide assortment of fresh, herbal teas to end your meal on a satisfying note.

Anette’s Chocolates

Be sure to save some room for Anette’s Chocolates gourmet chocolate treats this Thanksgiving! Make their selections the star of your dessert table and gobble down the delicious milk chocolate delights. They also carry an array of seasonal brittles, toffees and other treats to enjoy.

Kara’s Cupcakes

Cookies, cupcakes, whole cakes – whatever your pleasure Kara’s delivers them in their signature sweet frosting, locally sourced ingredients, and cheery sprinkled finish. You’ve spent enough time over the hot stove this Thanksgiving, put in your pre-order for freshly baked desserts that’ll be the perfect ending to a delicious holiday. Available for pick-up at their Oxbow location and nationwide delivery.

El Porteno SF

Don’t stop at the ‘untraditional’ with your savory items; expand your sweet tooth with the decadent South American alfajor. After all, who can resist two buttery cookies around a creamy dulce de leche center? Not us!⁠ Nestled between two airy butter cookies, the creamy center of a traditional alfajor is made of dulce de leche, which you achieve by slowly heating sweetened milk until a chemical reaction occurs, in turn, changing the liquid to a caramel-like consistency and shade.

A few of their flavorful offerings include dulce de leche (the creamiest), Limon (lemon), frambuesa (raspberry), membrillo (quince), and white + chocolate covered alfajores too.

Pick up a box at their Oxbow location OR have them delivered right to your doorstep!

The Model Bakery

Let The Model Bakery help with home-baked goodies for your Thanksgiving feast! Start the day off with pumpkin cinnamon rolls with maple cream cheese frosting, then treat your family and friends’ “bubble” gathering with organic, artisan breads, including Pain au Levain Boule, Walnut Sage Levain Batard, and their Pain de Mie Dinner Rolls (as mentioned in previous blogs). But most importantly, their dessert options will be hard to choose between, including the bakery’s pumpkin gingerbread spice cake and, of course, their famous pies, including pumpkin and pecan.

All orders must be placed and pre-paid by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 20, and pick up is on Wednesday, November 25, between 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving day. Many items are also available for nationwide shipping. Phone: (707) 259-1128    |   Email: orders@themodelbakery.com

Lappert’s Ice Cream at Live Fire Oxbow

Ice cream: It may not be the first thing you think of as November temperatures drop, but what good is pie if not a la mode? When you need more than a couple of scoops, enjoy Lappert’s 16 flavors by the pint! We can’t wait to join handmade pies and the creamiest ice creams so they can be united in a mess of gooey, half-melted, crusty deliciousness after Thanksgiving dinner. Who’s in?

Shop at their Oxbow location or order six or more pints for nationwide delivery. 

Hudson Greens and Goods

Forget long (and overly crowded) chain store supermarkets. Fresh is the name of the game at Hudson Greens and Goods, stocking only the best and most local vegetables and fruits. Of course, it doesn’t stop there. Check off all the items on your holiday ingredients list, including fresh produce, flour, sugar, milk, eggs, and so much more.

Shop safely, quickly, and stressfree with us at Oxbow Public Market.

Image by Bob McClenahan 

Whole Spice

The iconic holiday flavors of your grandmother’s pumpkin pie, your favorite stuffing, or mom’s prized green bean casserole are primarily due to a handful of popular winter spices. Here are the top Thanksgiving spices of the most notable turkey day dishes you need to stock up for the holiday season: Sage, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Thyme, and Rosemary.

These essentials, along with Salt-Free Turkey Brine, steak rubs, finishing sugars, and signature spice blends, can all be found and freshly ground at Whole Spice in the market.

Free shipping on orders over $75.

Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant

Holiday or not, we’re always happy for a reason to order a massive cheese board from Oxbow Cheese and Wine. In addition to picking up cheeses to grate and garnish with, don’t forgo a spread to kick off the festivities. A cheese course is a lovely way to start a Thanksgiving meal. It buys the cook extra time to finish the bird and sides or pour him/herself a well-deserved cocktail, and it gives everyone something to snack on. Choose your cheeses or let the experts curate something perfectly paired. Call 24 hours in advance for next-day pick-up at (707) 257 -5200.

The Model Bakery

Bread isn’t the flashiest part of Thanksgiving dinner—when you’re trying to fit meat, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and a thousand other dishes onto your plate, the slice bread and butter is always the proverbial cherry on top. Bread is a vital part of the meal—how else will you soak up every drop of gravy or make leftover sandwiches on Friday? The Model Bakery has epi-baguettes perfect for slathering fresh olive oil and make crostinis (pictured above) as well as sourdough, Pain de Mie, rolls, buns, and a litany of sweets (more on that here).

Open their regular hours on Wednesday, November 25th, stop in to get the freshest breads straight from the oven.

The Olive Press

For Thanksgiving, olive oil is flowing in the creative minds and kitchens of chefs and home cooks alike. EVOO elevates holiday flavors without changing the beloved classics. It takes the expected holiday fare and enhances them with a range of flavors and strengths. Where butter may disguise or dominate the natural accents of ingredients, olive oil accentuates and complements them in a pleasantly unexpected way. With that in mind, peruse the shelves of The Olive Press for the perfect bottle or two to add to your arsenal.

Their shelves are full of options but don’t miss their limited edition Olio Nuovo — their freshest olive oil of the season available while supplies last. All available for in-store pick-up and nationwide delivery.

The Kitchen Door

Making everything from scratch is all well and good, but maybe you just want to focus on the main and cut to the chase when it comes to the sides. But of course, you don’t want to compromise quality and taste. Don’t worry; The Kitchen Door will come through in the form of their Thanksgiving Fixin’s To Go Menu. It’s all there but the bird.

Build your own Thanksgiving

Chef Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup…………. $23 qt

Sourdough Stuffing…………….. $10 qt

Peppercorn Gravy…………….. $8.50 pt

Fresh Cranberry Sauce………………$8 pt

Mashed Potatoes……………. $9 qt

Roasted Root Vegetables……………… $8.75 qt

Pre-order only by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 23rd.

Contact: tim@kitchendoornapa.com or eddie@kitchendoornapa.com, 707-226-1560

Pick-up: Wednesday November 25th

The Fatted Calf

Each year at The Fatted Calf, they excitedly await the arrival of their truly heritage turkeys from Good Shepherd Ranch. Good Shepherd Ranch turkeys are pasture-raised on the Kansas prairie. They are naturally mated, slow-growing, vegetarian-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free, always fresh, never frozen, and richly flavorful. They are now accepting pre-orders for these amazing birds and all of their Thanksgiving specialties. To place your turkey pre-order for pick up at the Napa location, email napashop@fattedcalf.com or call (707) 256-3684.

The Fatted Calf – other options

While turkey orders take center stage for Thanksgiving, Fatted Calf also has a host of other holiday offerings beyond the big bird. Our turkey brine kits make easy work of seasoning. Rich, golden turkey broth is essential for making gravy or braising turkey legs. Bulk sage and onion sausage make excellent stuffing. Bourbon and chestnut honey glazed ham is ready to heat, slice, and serve. Stuffed quail and duck are delicious and simple turkey alternatives for a smaller gathering. From platters of pâté and salami to tubs of leaf lard for perfectly flaky piecrust, Fatted Calf has all of your meaty Thanksgiving needs covered!

Five Dot Ranch

Beef might seem an unorthodox Thanksgiving main, but don’t discount it just yet. Beef cuts are delicious and varied; some cook in no-time and can be served in an elegant and beautiful way to be carved or cut at the table. We’re so lucky to have family-owned and operated Five Dot Ranch call Oxbow Public Market home. If you’re craving the red meat, good luck choosing from options like Dry Aged Bone-In New York, Porterhouse, and Tri-tip roast to Filet Mignon and T-Bone Steak. For Thanksgiving, they will be offering a New York Roast Special that feeds 4-6 people and comes with a seasonal recipe with purchase. They are available to order in the shop now until November 25th.

Inspired this holiday but don’t live local? Visit their website to shop for some of the most popular beef cuts and beef boxes! If you are indeed a local, they are also doing curbside pick up and deliveries within the Napa city limits.

Eiko’s Hawaiian Fish Market

Here’s something you might not know. Originally, seafood was a big part of Thanksgiving. Settlers of America first came to New England, where to this day, shrimp, oysters, and seafood, in general, is a main staple. In fact, we wouldn’t even recognize a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from back then. Forget rolls and biscuits. You had hush puppies and porridge with your fish and oysters!

Meaning, if you deck your holiday table with the freshest seafood, you wouldn’t really be that untraditional. Eiko’s Hawaiian Fish Market is always stocked with the freshest Ora King Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, and Scallops, available daily. Looking for a specialty fish, they’ll need 24-48 hours’ notice and sushi platters for the holidays are 24 hours in advance as well. They offer delivery on orders over $250.00.

 

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Oysters made a showing at the first Thanksgiving and by the turn of the century, oysters were still a Thanksgiving standard. They were on Thanksgiving menus everywhere from New York City’s Plaza Hotel to train dining cars, in the form of soup, cocktails, and stuffing.

Here in Napa Valley in 2020, we like them raw, on ice, and from Hog Island Oyster Company. Have these babies shipped directly to your door. The last day to order on time for Thanksgiving is November 23rd for overnight for delivery on November 25th via FedEx.

If you’re local, pick-up is available with 24 hour lead time. They’re also offering oyster + shellfish for direct pick up from the Hog Island Oyster Bar in Napa on Wednesday 11/25, pre-orders can be made here. Browse their selection of Hog Island Oysters, Manila Clams, and Tomales Bay Mussels – ready to take home and shuck. 

 

C CASA 

Give your menu a new twist with the help of C CASA! Holiday pre-orders include Rotisserie Chicken or Duck PlattersEnchilada traysSalad traysCranberry salsa by the pint, Heirloom Roasted Potatoes by the quartCarnitas by the pound, and their infamous housemade White Corn Tortillas, plus Salsa Bars and chips, and margaritas. Look for more details coming soon to the C CASA website!

 

 

Grab your favorite eats and meet us outside under the twinkly lights in the Oxbow Garden!

We are thrilled to have added more outdoor, socially-distanced, eating spaces to the market.

So, rally your loved ones and gather round for some quality time on these moonlit summer evenings located between the Main Building and  Gott’s Roadside.

 

 

El Porteno has now officially arrived at Oxbow Public Market offering its sweet and savory Argentinian empanadas to the Napa Valley community. Flavors and fillings include veggie faves humita (corn) and champiñones (mushroom), along with chicken and beef empanadas. Their famous chimichurri sauce and sugary, sweet alfajores will also be available.

Stop by soon to taste through their delicious offerings!

 

 

Early bird gets the… oysters! Join Hog Island Oyster Co. for their NEW Local’s Lunch, featuring a soup or sandwich and salad combo plate and half off oysters, sides, beer and wine!

Local’s Lunch offered Monday, Tuesday + Thursday from 11-1. Enjoy on or off the island (anywhere in the Oxbow)!

 

 

Napa Bookmine at Oxbow got a makeover! Come check out their new layout featuring all your old favorites: cookbooks, greeting cards, cooking accessories, kids’ books + more, as well as a new Penguin Classic’s book tower and fun plush toy display! Their new fall hours are Monday-Thursday: 10 AM – 3:45 PM and Friday-Sunday: 9 AM – 7 PM.

 

As the weather gets colder, our palettes turn to darks and more malt-driven beers. Fieldwork Brewing just released a brand new Stout called Kaffe Latte!

It’s no secret that they LOVE brewing classic Stouts and Porters, but they dabble with the occasional adjunct once in a while. With Kaffe Latte, they brewed a base Milk Stout that is pumping huge notes of cocoa and almond brittle on its own; then, they hit it with their favorite espresso beans from Catahoula Coffee roasters in Richmond. The flavors meld perfectly with a massive coffee nose that smells like fresh grounds alongside dark chocolate with additional complementary flavors of oak, fire-scorched marshmallow, and roasted barley. Occasionally a Great British Bake Off Stout can be fun, but more often than not, if they’re drinking by the pint, the team will pick the one that tastes like a well-made iced latte.

Available now at the Napa location!

Yes, Eiko’s Hawaiian Fish Market is a go-to for fresh fish and sushi but did you know they also have satisfying prepared food-to-go?  A new addition to the cold case is their local Albacore Tuna salad – poached in local grape seed oil and mixed with Japanese Mayo, red onions, capers, micro greens & Siracha.

Now available for pic-up and delivery.

Cru Tasting Lounge is now offering expanded outdoor seating for their tasting experience.

Stop by to sip on some refreshing wines in the sunshine.

They are still offering tastings by appointment only so be sure to book online or call 707-927-2409 to reserve.

 

Kitchen Door’s $1 wings are back for Wing Wednesday! Mix it up with Classic Buffalo Wings and their Wood Fired Chicken Wings with teriyaki glaze.

Did we mention it was happy hour? Draft beers are $5 and wines on tap are $8. Wednesdays can’t get any better! Stop in for outdoor dining or order to-go.

Keep up to date on THE freshest ingredients from Oxbow merchants with our weekly Fresh Sheets emailer.
Learn about new Fatted Calf Charcuterie sausages, Five Dot Ranch all-natural ground beef, or the beautiful new Halibut Meal Kit for two from Hog Island Oyster Co and more! Sign up here!

Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant

Kickstart the season with Oxbow Cheese and Wine’s Halloween Special Board: “Trick or Cheese” available all month. Their ghoulish offering is packed with delights to scare anyone into eating!

Cheeses include Midnight Moon, Mimolette, & Red Witch along with Prosciutto, soppressata, apricots, figs, pepitas, chocolate covered raisins, olives, cornichons, honey mustard, and @modelbakery baguette. All for $40, pumpkin included.

Orders yours today @ (707) 257-5200 for curbside or delivery.

 

El Porteno Oxbow

Nothing like the warm and fuzzy feeling you get from biting into our mouth-watering pumpkin empanada. It’s here just in time for Fall and available for a limited time at El Porteño Empanadas at Oxbow Market!

 

Kara’s Cupcakes

It’s finally pumpkin spice everything season! Kara’s Cupcakes long-awaited Pumpkin Spice cupcake is now available. While you’re picking up a dozen (or two), make sure to check out their festive fall sugar cookies and treats.

Order cupcakes and fall sweets for local delivery and nationwide shipping!

Bar Lucia

Bar Lucia is serving up everyone’s favorite frozen treat to keep cool as we transition into fall. Sip on a frozé at the bar, or order one to go! Whether you enjoy on the patio or from the comfort of your couch, you don’t want to miss a glass of the good stuff.

Click here to order your frozé to enjoy in-house or to-go!

Fieldwork Brewing Co. Napa

Nothing says Fall to Fieldwork Brewing Co more than drinking some fresh craft beer and watching a full slate of football games on a Sunday. 32oz Crowlers and select 4-Packs of 16oz cans available for Curbside Pickup throughout the pigskin season!

The Model Bakery

In Pumpkin Spice you trust?  Dig into a treat from those who have been at it well before the trend. The Model Bakery has been making wine country’s pumpkin pies for generations, but don’t take their word for it order your pies and other home-baked, harvest goodies from their 2020 fall menu!

Anette’s Chocolates

Summer is still here, but Fall is near. Anette’s perfectly balanced fruit puree, raw sugar, and a splash of wine Pate de Fruit pieces are freshly stocked. While you might think Anette and her team have only mastered the art of chocolate. These gorgeously flavored bites of flavor are a welcomed addition to the sweet stash and the perfect post-dinner treat.

Napa Bookmine

Things are getting spooky at Napa Bookmine at the Oxbow! Autumn is upon us and the Halloween vibes are strong. Stop by to shop fall essentials like adorable plush pumpkins, cute Halloween kids books, and classic scary stories!

Open Monday-Thursday: 10AM-3:45PM and Friday-Sunday: 9AM – 7PM.

Gingery Steak and Brie Sliders with Cranberry Balsamic Sauce from The Olive Press

prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 4 hours
total time: 4 hours 20 minutes
servings:  15 sliders

INGREDIENTS
SHORT RIBS (VEGETARIANS TRY USING MUSHROOMS)
 5 pounds bone in short ribs may use another cut of meat if desired
 2 tablespoons olive oil
 salt and pepper
 1/4 cup soy sauce
 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
 1/2 cup cranberry balsamic vinegar
 1/2 cup red wine or chicken broth
 4 cloves garlic minced or grated
 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
 8 ounces brie sliced
 arugula for topping
 15 -20 sliders buns toasted

BALSAMIC CRANBERRY SAUCE
 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
 1/3 cup The Olive Press Cranberry balsamic vinegar
 1/3 cup water
 1/4 cup brown sugar
 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated

INSTRUCTIONS

SHORT RIBS
1. The night before or the morning of, heat a large heavy bottom skillet over medium high-heat
and add the olive oil. Add the ribs to the skillet and sprinkle with salt + pepper. Sear the ribs on
all sides for about 1 minute per side. Remove the ribs and place them in the bowl of a crockpot
or a dutch oven.

TO MAKE THESE IN THE CROCKPOT
1. Add the ribs, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, red wine, garlic and ginger to
the bowl of a crockpot. Add water until the ribs are at least halfway submerged, there should

be around 1-2 cups. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours or until the
meat shreds easily. Shred the meat and keep on the warm setting until serving time.

TO MAKE THESE IN THE OVEN
1. Add the ribs, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, red wine, garlic and ginger to a
cast iron dutch oven or oven safe pot with a tight fighting lid. Add water until the ribs are at
least half way submerged, there should be about 1-2 cups. Cover and cook in a preheated the
oven to 325 degrees F. for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat shreds easily. Shred the meat and
keep covered on low heat (about 200-250 degrees F) until serving time.

BALSAMIC CRANBERRY SAUCE
1. Add the cranberries, balsamic vinegar, water, brown sugar, rosemary and ginger to medium size
pot and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

TO SERVE
1. Add the shredded warm meat to the bottom of a slider bun. Top with sliced brie. The brie
should melt over the warm meat, but if not, place under the broiler for 30 seconds. Top with
cranberry sauce and arugula. Sandwich with the top bun.

If you’ve ever been to Argentina (first off, lucky you), then you’re familiar with resisting the urge to stockpile one of their most famous desserts. Yes, alfajores. This Argentian delicacy pronounced “alpha jor” in its singular format is an embodiment of the perfect dessert. They are, according to the Huffington Post, “the best cookie you’ve never heard of,” and they are enormously popular around the world.

Is it a cake? A massive cookie? Does it matter? You’ll simply relish putting it in your mouth. An alfajor can combine chocolate, dulce de leche, meringue, icing, jam, and even mousse. In the deft hands of El Porteño, you can trust the fillings strike the right note of sweetness.

As any armchair linguist knows, Spanish words beginning with “al” have Arabic roots, and this favorite sweet Argentinian food is no exception. The name may be derived from an old Arabic word, al-fakhor, which means luxurious or excellent. Many sources believe it may have come from al-hasu, meaning “filled” or alfahua, meaning “honeycomb.”

No matter what the origin, the cookies came to be known as “alaju” by the time, the Moors made their way to Spain. The word got transliterated to “alfajor” there. By the time the Spanish began exploring South America, we had the treat “alfajores” that we know and love today. 

Alfajores, or the ancestors of them, started showing up in Spanish cuisine in the 1600s. This was at the height of the Spanish colonization, so it wasn’t long before the cookies made their way to the Americas. Historians believe a Spanish friar brought the dish with him to Peru in 1668.

As they spread throughout the Americas is really when alfajores began to change when bakers of different regions began experimenting with filling options that were made from regional abundances. Alfajores can still be found all over the world, from Spain, where they still resemble the flat pie-like pastries of the 17th century, to much of South America. But they found their home in Argentina, where El Porteño owner, Joseph, continues to visit to garner new ideas for his offerings.

As food writer, Julie R. Thomson describes in the Huffington Post, “Cornstarch isn’t an ingredient that many bakers get excited about, but it has a magical effect on the alfajor. With almost equal parts Cornstarch to butter, sugar, and flour, the easy-to-work dough creates a cookie that’s crumbly and tender. On its own, the cookie might not be much to write home about, but when filled with dulce de leche they are elevated to a whole new realm. “

The shortbread cookie – a desired accompaniment in so many situations- can have a hard time supporting dulce de leche. Whether it’s from crumbling underweight or just becoming too sweet as a pairing. But cornstarch-based shortbread cookies – known as Alfajores de Maizena — are light when the dulce is dense and flake beautifully with the stickiness of the dulce de leche. Truly the perfect dessert. 

The Argentinians eat alfajores at any time of the day, whether that be as a breakfast pastry, a snack with coffee, or an evening treat. With the opening of the El Porteño in early September do like the Argentinians do – order your alfajores for a treat any time of day. 

In the land of all things delicious, anticipating a new restaurant opening becomes par for the course. When the flavors of Argentina arrive in wine country, you quickly take inventory of your lunch and dinner go-to’s, knowing that you’ll soon be adding a new locale to the mix. When those flavors are coming from SF’s famous El Porteño, you’re now a ready and willing supplicant to all things empanadas.

Argentina and Napa have many shared qualities, the fertile land, the wine, the farming history, strong traditions in food, all of which are mouthwateringly represented in El Porteño’s empanadas. It was an easy decision for owner Joseph Ahearne to choose our slice of paradise to bring a second location of his successful business. But why Napa?

“It’s a beautiful town that’s aware of what it brings to the world and knows how it to deliver it. There are few places, if any, in the world that celebrates the union between agriculture, nature, and food better than the Napa Valley.”

 

According to Ahearne, in addition to Oxbow’s amazing vendors and fantastic reputation, he believes Napa residents and visitors will recognize and appreciate the unique connection and traditional taste of Argentina. It also helps that Joseph is intimately familiar with Napa Valley. Growing up in Napa as part of a family with a strong bond to the area’s food and restaurant scene, returning to his roots feels natural.

His mother, originally from Argentina, owned Maria’s Restaurant in St. Helena while they lived on a farm raising Black Angus cattle and Red Duroc Hogs to serve their customers. The love of sharing food and wine didn’t end with the Ahearne matriarch; all of Joseph’s brothers and sisters have worked in some capacity in Napa’s hospitality industry. This deep history creates an intimate understanding between the local desires and the visitor curiosity.

When asked what he is most excited about when opening El Porteño, Napa Ahearne was quick to answer, “Being surrounded by the amazingly talented vendors not just at Oxbow, but all over the Valley and looking to learn from them. We’re also hoping to establish key partnerships with other similar businesses to help each other get through this crisis that has nearly decimated our industry. We’re Napa Strong”

In addition to their famous empanadas and alfajores at the market, you can expect traditional salads and a Mate Bar, including a line of house-made terrere (a traditional Argentine cold tea made with Yerba Mate). They also plan to have delivery service and some picnic packages to enjoy Argentina amongst the beauty of Napa Valley.

El Porteño arrives at Oxbow Public Market, September 2020!

Gott’s Roadside

Gott’s Roadside never fails to knock our tastebuds off when it comes to their seasonal specials.

Their late summer line-up is begging to be ordered:

Heirloom Tomato “A” BLT
Thick slices of organic heirloom tomatoes topped with 6 pieces of crisp Zoe’s bacon, romaine lettuce, Haas avocado & house-made lemon mayo on toasted sourdough bread.

Strawberry Lemonade
House-made lemonade with strawberry puree.

Mexican Street Corn
Grilled sweet California grown corn with mayonnaise, Cotija cheese, Asado seasoning & lime.

Their Oxbow Market location is open 11a – 8p for outside dining, curbside pick-up and delivery at www.gotts.com!

Hog Island Oysters

New hours! Get your oyster fill 6 days a week at Hog Island Oyster Co.! Now open Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays) for outdoor dining and take-out. The bar is open Monday, Tuesday + Thursday 11 – 4 and Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11 – 5. Come for the oysters and local seafood specials and stay for the summer weather and patio dining!

Keep up to date with all of Hog Island’s happenings here!

Fieldwork Brewing

No outdoor adventure is complete without a 32oz Crowler of your favorite Fieldwork beer! Fieldwork Brewing Company is offering Curbside Pickup of all 32oz Crowlers as well as select 4-packs of 16oz cans from their Taproom in the Oxbow Market every day! From light to Belgian, to sour, hoppy, and dark, Fieldwork Brewing Co. offers a wide variety of constantly rotating brews for your adventures to-go…

Order freshly poured cans and crowlers for pick-up at www.fieldworkbrewing.com.

C Casa

NEW! Vegan Menu at C CASA

C CASA  is delighted to now be offering a dedicated Vegan Menu featuring Share Plates (including nachos!), Tacos and Salads (including the infamous Taco Salad!) all made from fresh ingredients in their Reimagined Mexican Food style. All of the salsas, vegan cremas and aioli are made in-house without preservatives–so simple yet so delicious. Non-GMO white corn tortillas are made-to-order for tacos, and the entire menu (both vegan and non-vegan) happens to be deliciously gluten-free!

 

Order online or enjoy at their outdoor cantina at www.myccasa.com.

The Model Bakery

The sweltering dog days of August deserve the ultimate icy treat – Stumptown cold brew here we come! Stop by The Model Bakery and sip some coffee-coolness on these warm summer mornings, or anytime you need a chilled, refreshing pick me up. Those who’ve had Stumptown coffee know just how good it is…discover it for yourself, you can thank us later!

Online ordering now available for quick pick-up at www.themodelbakery.com!

Bar Lucia

We’ve heard it described as summer in a glass, a grown-up slushie, and pure happiness. If you haven’t tried frozé yet, it’s time to head to Bar Lucia! Pair your favorite pink drink blended to perfection with an assortment of seasonal salads, sandwiches and small bites.

Take a peek at Bar Lucia’s NEW menu and join us for the ultimate summer sips on the patio or to-go!

Kara’s Cupcakes

A great day is just a cupcake away! Kara’s Cupcakes is serving up summer sweetness, including Strawberry Cream, Meyer Lemon, and Fleur de Sel alongside your year-round flavor favorites.

Order now for curbside, pick-up, or delivery!

Annette’s Chocolates

SUNDAE,SUNDAE, SUNDAE! Whether it’s #SundaeSunday or any old day, Anette’s Chocolates sundae experience can now be enjoyed at home! Their curate kit is simply the best of the best from their menu — Anette’s Hazelnut brittle pieces, mini choco chips, crunchy marshmallows, Salted Caramel, and Belgian Chocolate Sauce. BYOIC (bring your own ice cream) and you’re ready to dig in.

Order now or pick-up at their Oxbow location:

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Friday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

 

If you’ve had El Porteño’s food – you’d remember. Whether it’s the melt in your mouth savoriness of their superstar empanadas or the decently sweet alfajores, guests have been lining up around the SF Ferry Building for years to dig into Joseph Ahearne’s traditionally modern take on this famous Argentinian fare. Now you don’t have to choose between catching your ferry and digging into your favorites as El Porteño arrives to Napa next month!

For Joseph, it was a foregone conclusion he’d get into food. He was born into it, growing up in his mom’s St. Helena restaurant. There was no escaping it. Argentina is abundant in beautiful food traditions, of all things the choices, how did a young man from Napa Valley decide to put his life’s work into empanadas?

My mom being from Buenos Aires, I grew up with them, they were part of our lives. It wasn’t until after my wife, Teresa, and I returned from a trip to Buenos Aires that we realized they were not represented in the bay area at all (in 2008 anyway). That and a desperate longing for Buenos Aires made Teresa and I, with two toddlers in tow, decide that giving up our financial security during a recession while so many other restaurants were closing around us, was a good idea.”

Starting a business in a recession environment surprisingly turned out to be a good thing. It opened the doors to a lot of innovation in the food industry. It gave rise to the street food movement that allowed micro-businesses to vend almost anywhere. The Burlingame Farmer’s Market was where El Porteño first debuted, giving the Bay Area a taste of what Ahearne had in store. 

“Simple and sophisticated at the same time.” is the best way Joseph describes his offerings. The empanadas are a flaky handheld pastry pie filled with savory and sweet fillings. They only partner with high-quality local producers (grass-fed certified humane beef from Keller’s Crafted Meats, Mushrooms from Far West Fungi, and local farms for the vegetables), which they believe sets their empanadas apart. Alfajores, a decadent crumbly cookie filled with house-made fruit pastes and dulce de leche, create the perfect (after your savory ‘pie’) dessert. 

Joseph and Teresa search out different fillings while in Buenos Aires that are deliciously memorable and recreate them in their kitchen while building on old family recipes. It’s as if flavor knows where to find them. On their last trip to Buenos Aires, they met a butcher in the Mercado Progresso, (a really old market in BA), where he kindly shared some of his secrets for the perfect empanada filling. Those innovations are paired with a special dough recipe developed by Joseph’s sister, who trained as a pastry chef in Biarritz and at La Varenn in France. 

Are you ready to order yet?

In addition to their traditional empanadas, they plan on introducing some new flavors through the new year. As well as alfajores, a traditional shortbread sandwich cookie with various fillings such as dulce de leche, mebrillo (quince paste), a Yerba Mate bar, and salads.

When wondering what the perfect El Porteno order would be, there is no better answer than from the creator:

• For traditionality, you have to try the Carne, we use Keller Crafted meats that do a great job of matching Argentine beef. It’s a simple and very traditional filling. It has a balance of spice from the cayenne pepper coupled with the sweetness of the raisins and cinnamon that can’t be beaten. 

• The Jamon y Queso is more than the name suggests, using prosciutto and Fontina cheese really highlights the European influence in Argentine food. 

• The Fugazzeta is a must. We don’t do pizza but felt we owed it to the US to try to bring this mouth-watering Argentine pizza here. Thinly sliced white onions drowned in melted aged white cheddar with a dash of oregano does a worthy representation. 

• For your sweet tooth, there’s the banana y dulce de leche, banana with dulce de leche, what more needs to be said. 

We didn’t get far when asked to share secret ingredients or a family recipe. But Joseph indulged us with his favorite drink recipe with a few caveats.

“My favorite recipe is a simple one, 1 part Fernet to 2 parts Coke, but it has to be served while watching 8 or 9 different types of meat grilling outdoors at my uncle’s house and watching soccer.”

We’ll stick with his housemade empanadas and a glass of wine on the north Oxbow deck. 

In our most recent newsletter, we shared some of The Olive Press‘ favorite ways to celebrate grilling season. From searing corn and adding some amazing Sriracha butter, (just mix up their Olive Press Sriracha spice), dousing Portabello mushrooms with their classic balsamic to marinading your best meats with their Italian blend, up your grill game with their line-up of spices, oils and vinegars.

But they’re not done sharing more delicious inspiration:

Basil-cally

 

 

Nothing says summer quite like basil does, whether that means you’re whipping up a Caprese salad, making bruschetta, pesto, or simply using some basil olive oil in your cooking, basil always adds a signature summer freshness to every dish. Try the infused basil olive oil on pasta dishes or the Arbequina EVOO for pesto and the heritage mission EVOO for bruschetta!

Need to perfect Caprese recipe? Here you go. 

Colorful Summer Tables

 

 

One of our favorite things about summer is that ALL the best produce is in season, and that means colorful tables! From cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, and peppers, to zucchinis, carrots, and beets. This rainbow of food helps us not only eat healthier, but tastes delicious, and makes for some pretty pictures too! Our favorite place to stock up on the freshest ingredients from the garden? Hudson Greens and Goods of course. Their produce aisle is looking resplendent right now!

Olive Oil, Not Just For Dinner

 

Napa summer is definitely here and that means it’s hot and dry! Give your skin some relief with The Olive Press spa products, all handcrafted and made with extra virgin olive oils to help lock in hydration and nourish your skin.

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Try our new favorite duo: ice cream and olive oil! You may think we’re crazy, but trust us, this is a showstopper. Drizzle any Extra virgin olive oil over plain vanilla ice cream, top with sea salt – and thank us later!

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Few foods can claim truer American roots than the beautiful, bountiful bean. The wild ancestor of the common bean was domesticated both in Mexico and in the Peruvian Andes many thousands of years ago. The species Phaseolus Vulgaris spread its creeping tendrils throughout the Americas where early cultures cultivated it into the varieties that comprise the bulk of the great canon of today’s heirloom beans. From mashable Mayacobas to Midnight Blacks, winking Yellow Eyes to creamy Cranberry Beans, all are variations of P. Vulgaris. What could be more American than this boisterous bunch of industrious beans traveling millennia, sustaining its civilizations? When hungry colonists arrived on American soil they, too, recognized what a nutrition packed boon the heirloom bean was and jumped on the bandwagon. The boats were going both ways so beans hopped aboard and became one of the first American foods to gain wide acceptance in other parts of the world. Today we think of Flageolet and Tarbais as uniquely French and can’t imagine Italian cuisine without the belissimo Borlotti, but those beans are just American ex-pats in disguise. This summer there will be burgers and barbecue aplenty but don’t forget to make room at your feast for the real American hero, the bean.

Cowboy Beans

These beans, simmered with sweet and hot peppers, are a perfect side for grilled and smoked meats. We love to make this dish with the tiny Pinquito beans available from our friends at Rancho Gordo but you can also substitute good quality Pinto Beans, Yellow Eye or other favorite heirloom beans if Pinquitos prove to be elusive.

Serves eight as a side

6-8 cups of cooked Santa Maria Pinquito or Other Favorite Heirloom Beans
1 cup small diced bacon
1 diced white onion
1 diced red bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1-2 dried chile de arbol
1 cup tomato puree
1 ½ cups pork broth
1 sprig of fresh oregano
1 sprig of fresh epazote (optional)

Slowly render the bacon in a Dutch oven or clay pot over medium heat. When it releases some of its fat and begins to brown, add the onion, pepper, garlic and cayenne. Season lightly and cook until tender. Add the tomato and cook for five minutes, then add the broth and the herbs.

Strain the cooked beans reserving the bean cooking liquid. Add the beans to the pot then add enough of the bean cooking liquid to cover the beans by about 1/2 inch. Bring the pot to a simmer and taste for seasoning. Reduce the heat to low and gently simmer the beans for about forty-five minutes. Alternatively, if the coals are aglow in your grill, the beans can be simmered over indirect heat or where their flavor will benefit from the perfume of the wood smoke.

Hog Island Oyster Co.

With Hog Island promising all things fresh and briny, a must eat when you’re at the market is the humble oyster. And why stop at just 6 or 12, when there are so many ways to enjoy these salty fruits of the sea? Grab a bushel and have them shucked immediately, or transport home for later enjoyment.But we’d love for you to stay awhile and enjoy our new and improved back patio! Now open Friday and Saturday from 11-8 and Sunday from 11-5 for full-service outdoor dining. Join Hog Island for freshly shucked oysters, local bay area seafood, and shellfish specials, like these beautiful steamed Tomales Bay grown mussels.

Kitchen Door Napa

Feast your eyes on this Classic Santa Maria BBQ spread Kitchen Door Napa is serving up for the Fourth of July! This celebratory meal includes 2 lbs of sliced Mesquite Smoked Prime Niman Ranch Tri-Tip with all the fixings – feeds up to four hungry people. Available for pick up on July 4 from 4-6 p.m. Online ordering only.

Go to their online ordering page, and select “Celebrate 4th of July with Kitchen Door” from the choose a menu drop-down.

Model Bakery

Make your 4th of July a star-spangled affair with some homemade goodies from The Model Bakery! They’ve got your BBQ covered, from fresh-baked hot dog and hamburger buns (their famous English Muffins make for great burgers too!), and all sorts of sweet desserts like pies, cakes and, of course, their popular holiday-themed iced cookies. Avoid store-bought, mass-made breads and pastries and celebrate America in style this year!

All orders must be placed and pre-paid by 4:00 pm today. Pickup times are Saturday, July 4 from, 6:30 am – 4:00 pm.

C Casa Oxbow

Keep the celebration outside when you visit the C CANTINA! at the Oxbow Public Market. Order cocktails, beer or wine plus new Bar Bites (Crab Cocktail, Shrimp Cocktail & Mexican Street Corn in a Cup!), and their entire menu at the outdoor bar. Open Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 7:30pm.

If you’re keeping the celebration at home, their Family Meals, plus quarts of Margaritas to go, will make for a fabulous July 4th Fiesta in your own backyard!

Gott’s Roadside

OK, folks. Grab your maps because you’re about to get lost in the sauce since Gott’s Roadside is now selling their homemade ranch and secret sauce by the jar. We’re not sure about what goes into those toppings (hence the name secret sauce), but we do know these condiments are pure magic, and we’ll be lathering them all over our foods at home with enthusiasm. Find the sauces under Fries & More online or order at the register: bit.ly/ordergotts

Looking to get more than sauced? Their July specials are made to order including, fresh Maine lobster (tossed with diced celery & lemon mayo, served in a split-top, butter-toasted bun with crisp romaine spears, green onion & lemon,) as well as their seasonal staple, Mexican Street Corn, hits all those sweet summer notes! Cotija cheese is salty and creamy, Asado seasoning is full of spice and lime finishes the job with a hint of zest. Don’t miss out!

Fieldwork Brewing Napa

 

One of the great unifiers in this country is craft beer — it has the ability to bring all people together. While we might not be drinking Fieldwork Brewing together this year, we’ll be sharing them at a distance. Check out one of the superstars of their tap list: Gleaming Cubes is a throwback Westcoast IPA blending some of the hypiest new school hops with one of the defining hops of the style. Melding new and old, you’ll find some of the orange and citrus you expect with Citra but also loaded with pine and resin from Vic Secret. Keeping things divergent there’s a mouthfeel and stickiness you would normally find in a super dank Westcoaster but this time with brighter notes of grapefruit peel, lemongrass, and pine needles, and with ABV sitting nice and crushable at 6.6% this is definitely the semi-retro Westcoastie we want to be crushing in the summer.

Gleaming Cubes (and their full list) is available in four-packs of 16 oz cans for Curbside Pickup from their Napa Taproom!

* Go to fieldworkbrewing.com

* Choose “Order Same Day Delivery Or Pickup

As you make your way into the heart of the holiday season, kick the festivities up a notch with unique cocktail ingredients from Napa Valley Distillery. From dirty martinis to hot toddies, the Distillery Bar Shop has you covered. One thing you’ll want to grab before it’s gone is the apricot old fashioned set for just $99 (regularly $110)!

Aged for two  years in sorghum whiskey barrels, this limited-release apricot brandy is rich and complex. To bring out more of the brandy’s apricot sweetness, pair it with a few dashes of Cecil & Merle Apricot Bitters. Then, to really give it that holiday character, add a splash of Petaluma-made Monarch smoked maple pecan syrup!

Whether for a holiday gathering, a cozy night in or a gift, it’s the perfect time of year for an old fashioned with a twist!

WHAT’S INCLUDED:
1 375 mL NVD Apricot Brandy
1 5 oz. Cecil & Merle Apricot Bitters
1 16 oz. Monarch Smoked Maple Pecan syrup

APRICOT OLD FASHIONED RECIPE:
Mix 1 oz. Smoked Maple Pecan Syrup, 2 oz. Apricot Brandy and 3 dashes Apricot Bitters into rocks glass.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Serve neat, on ice or warmed up!

Celebrate the season “Napa Style” with a 100% handmade Napa Mule Kit from Napa Valley Distillery. Regularly $67, now just $49 for a limited time only.

This is California after all, not Moscow. It’s still 80 degrees in mid-November. So be a good host and mix up a few rounds of the Distillery’s amazing Napa Mules for your friends — poolside or fireside. Either way, they’re a mouth-wateringly delicious crowd pleaser. They’ll have your friends coming back from more all season long.

What’s included:
1 375ml bottle of Napa Valley Distillery – Neutral Brandy (think Vodka: clean, crisp, smooth)
1 8oz bottle of Napa Valley Bitters – Island Ginger Syrup (rich, spicy, exotic)
1 1oz bottle of Napa Valley Bitters – Island Time Bitters (lime, lemon, island spices)

Napa Mule Recipe:
Mix 2oz NVD Neutral Brandy, 1oz (or to taste) NVB Ginger Syrup, 10 drops NVB Island Time Bitters in a copper mug (or rocks glass) filled with crushed ice.
Stir very well.
Add 4oz Sparkling Water.
Add 2 lime wheels as garnish.
Sip, enjoy, repeat responsibly.

In a world, where one Ginn just isn’t enough, we’re back, with Part 2!

One of Napa Valley Distillery’s most well-known products is the Old Hollywood Ginn, and it is a timeless classic. Inspired by the graceful and renowned Hollywood glamour of years gone by, their original Ginn should evoke the feeling of a stylish movie premiere, the theatre brimming with energy, the flash of cameras on the red carpet, men and women dressed to the nines, the faint smell of a cigarette or fine French perfume. Pure elegance.

After the premier, the stars of the motion picture need to get away from the lights and cameras, so they take a little time off and head to the desert oasis of Palm Springs. This is the inspiration for the Summer Sequel.

A very different, yet equally scandalous, blend of nine botanicals will transport you to a relaxing poolside on a summer dessert morning. The yellow mandarin and geranium hints in this bright and invigorating Ginn will keep you refreshed and cool all day in the summer sun and the sweet notes of peach and raspberry give just the right amount of fruity character to set this Ginn apart.

Make sure to take the Summer Sequel on location with you this summer, it is ready for its close-up in a Ginn & Tonic, Bees Knees or a Martini.

What do you give the bride and groom who have everything? Jerky, of course! This June Fatted Calf’s Jerky of The Month is a Korean style beef jerky, known as yukpo, typically given as a ceremonial wedding gift. The happy marriage of pear juice, soy, honey and Korean gochugaru chile give this beef jerky a perfect salty, tangy, sweet and mildly spicy balance. For the special occasion, they’ve dressed this June bride with a gorgeous veil of crunchy sesame seeds, making it as beautiful to behold as it is fun to eat. It will be available all month long at The Fatted Calf or you can learn to make this irresistible meaty treat using the recipe for The Wedding Present in Fatted Calf’s new book Jerky: The Fatted Calf’s Guide to Preserving and Cooking Dried Meaty Goods.

Fatted Calf corned beef is ready just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t need the luck of the Irish to nab one of these succulent beauties. Just reserve one for pick up by emailing napashop@fattedcalf.com or order by phone at (707) 256.3684.

Cooking Fatted Calf Corned Beef
Corned beef is the dish that keeps on giving. We always cook a corned beef twice as big as we think we might reasonably need in hopes that the next day there will be a hot corned beef sandwich heaped with sauerkraut and caramelized onions and possibly enough shredded end bits for a hearty red flannel hash.

Choose a pot that is wide and deeper than your hunk of beef is tall (or possibly a deep roasting pan). Into your cooking vessel toss a leek, roughly chopped, a couple of carrots peeled but left whole, a clove or three of garlic, a stalk of celery and sprigs of thyme and parsley. Situate the corned beef brisket atop this aromatic bed and cover with cold water and perhaps a generous splash of beer. Bring to a simmer then place all of this in a low oven, about 300°F (150°C) for three to four hours. Prod the brisket with a meat fork to be sure it is tender and yielding before calling it quits. Let the meat rest in its cooking liquor for twenty or thirty minutes then transfer it to a carving board and slice it against its grain.

Seldom sticklers for tradition we prefer to cook the requisite cabbage and potatoes on the side. Cabbage sautéed with a bit of Fatted Calf bacon until just tender and finished with a ladleful of the braising liquor is far tastier than the long boiled stuff. A steaming bowl of new potatoes with just a bit of butter and parsley will more than do or try a rustic root vegetable mash. A dollup of creamy horseradish sauce and a pot of strong mustard round out this fine Irish-American feast, a meal so good you may need to ration a bit for the next day’s sandwiches.

Do something special for your loved one and whip up the decadent, ultimate-chocolate-lovers extra virgin olive oil mousse. The delicate extra virgin olive oil used in this recipe adds a heavenly, silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Stop by The Olive Press today and knock your Valentine’s day dessert out of the park!

Taste tested and higly approved by The Olive Press employees, this decadent dessert is sure to be your new favorite! The delicate extra-virgin olive oil adds a wonderful, silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture to this heavenly chocolate mousse.

For this recipe, we used our Heritage Misson Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is harvested from Mission olive trees that are 125 years old! These trees can be found in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California. They have never seen a pesticide or an herbicide, nor a petroleum based fertilizer. These trees are majestic in their stature, as well as their representation of a pure heritage product, unadulterated by the petrochemical age we all live in.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse
Serves 4

Ingredients
1/4 cup The Olive Press Heritage Mission Olive Oil
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons warm water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar
Chocolate shavings for garnish

Directions
Put finely chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water, making sure not to let the bowl touch the water
Stir chocolate until melted and smooth
Remove from heat and whisk in egg yolks, olive oil, warm water and salt until well blended
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer until frothy
Add sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks form
Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Combine gently until no whites streaks are visible, then repeat with the remainder of the egg whites
Divide mousse into ramekins or glasses and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, then garnish with chocolate shavings before serving
Enjoy!

Winter is California citrus season and Hudson Greens & Goods currently has an abundant and delicious assortment of fruit: tangerine, pomelo, cara cara navel, ruby grapefruit, yuzu, pink variegated lemon and makrut lime to name a few.

The health benefits of citrus are extensive — they provide a good source of fiber, contain flavonoids which promote heart health, have a low glycemic index, deliver a healthy dose of vitamin c, pack a punch of potassium, are hydrating, and a weight loss staple. Besides being delicious, adding citrus to your diet is easy and good for you so start the new year off right and healthfully. New varieties arriving weekly.