Feeling a little empty without the tree and lights? Fill the void with fresh, locally grown flowers fromThe Monkey Flower Group! As usual, materials will be selected based on whatever is looking freshest and most beautiful from California’s growers, but likely candidates include parrot tulips, ranuculus, acacia buds, ferns, freesia and orchids. There’s no better way to banish a post-holiday slump!
Whole Spice has many curry powder blends to choose form, including Vindaloo. Warm up your family during the holiday season with this delicious and easy recipe. Take two skinned and boned chicken breasts cut in one-inch cubes. Toss the chicken in a Ziploc bag with one oz. of the curry blend to cover the chicken. Slice two small carrots, two stalks of celery, a half an onion and a half of a bell pepper. Sauté the chicken in olive oil on both sides until browned, then add the vegetables to the pan. Stir until onion becomes translucent, then add one small can of crushed tomatoes, a half cup of broth of your choice and one tablespoon mango chutney. Put a lid on the pan and let simmer for a half hour. Serve with Basmati rice or naan, an Indian flat bread available in most grocery stores.
Planning a New Year’s Eve party? Stop by Poor House in the market hall for the perfect party accessories. Pick up a cocktail book to brush-up on your mixology skills. Keep your party classy with glassware and bar accessories from Simon Pearce. And don’t forget to ring in the New Year with sparklers!
The holidays are in full swing with parties, gift swaps, dinners and more. The Fatted Calf has more than just amazing meat. Stock up on pantry basics as you cook you way through the holidays with Katz olive oil, Straus butter and Claravale raw milk. And you’ve got to have Fatted Calf bacon and apple cider syrup for the brussels sprouts. But what will your guests snack on while dinner is in the oven? Pop a bottle of wine and let Fatted Calf build a charcuterie platter with incredible cures, pickles, rillettes and olives. Customizable to any size or preference, a platter is the perfect addition to any pre-meal party.
This holiday season, be the hit of the party! Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is your first choice for local, handmade cheeses and exceptional boutique wines. Oxbow Cheese & Wine offers an outstanding selection of jams and preserves, crackers and crisps, nuts and dried fruits, caviar and champagne, everything you need to wow your friends and family! Chat with the knowledgeable team about a cheese-board crafted specifically for your party and let them help select great wines to go with your feast! New and going fast: Fondue from Rolf Beeler, gorgeous Swiss cheeses by Willi Schmid & Ueli Moser and much more!
Start the holidays with a twist on your table! Try Pica Pica‘s hallacas as a dish to start your meal. A Venezuelan delicacy served only during the holidays, it is a corn flour dough, stuffed with a three meat stew, profiling a mix of sweet, sour and spicy flavors, wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed before serving. This year, Pica Pica is hosting a Hallacazo on Saturday, December 14, from 12-4 pm with hallacas to get in the holiday mood!
Enjoy 50% off the 100 gram size on a wide range of Tillerman Tea‘s selection of fine teas from now through Christmas. This is the perfect opportunity to get a wonderful Christmas gift, hostess gift, or perhaps a treat for yourself. This sale is limited to supplies on hand, so hurry while they last!
Looking for a great hostess gift or two? In addition to wines and sweet treats, Ca’ Momi is now selling a variety of gift baskets ranging from $70-$120 at its kiosk. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle of their brand new 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve — the ultimate turkey wine. After the party, don’t stress if you’ve dirtied all the pots and pans in your kitchen. Ignore the mess a little longer and dine with Ca’ Momi. Try a bowl of their new pasta and fagioli, a Rancho Gordo cranberry bean soup complete with pancetta and ditalini pasta.
It’s not too late to feature The Model Bakery‘s professionally crafted breads and rolls at your holiday feast. Their pain au levain boule, apricot-pecan levain and walnut sage levain batards as well as pain de mie, French, sourdough, ciabatta, focaccia and walnut sage rolls can be purchased in the store up until Wednesday afternoon as long as supplies last. Choose favorite desserts including traditional pumpkin, apple, apple cranberry and pecan bourbon pies, pumpkin roulade, plus gingerbread spice cake with maple cream cheese frosting, and more. The Model Bakery Cookbook makes a great host/hostess gift along with a basket of turkey iced sugar cookies.
Take Chef Todd Humphries home with you this Thanksgiving. Let Kitchen Door prepare your Thanksgiving dinner for you — with all the fixin’s — simply email or call Tim at 707-226-1560 to pre-order by 5 pm on Friday November 22. Your Thanksgiving dinner for four will be ready for pick-up on Wednesday, November 27. Dinner includes:
- 1/2 turkey, breast and leg (brined and ready to cook with instructions)
- Peppercorn gravy, sourdough stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce
- Mashed Yukon potatoes and roasted root vegetables
- Todd’s famous mushroom soup
- Four individual pumpkin cheesecakes
Need a quick bite? Enjoy sustainable seafood that is fast and delicious at Kanaloa Seafood Market, Napa. Choose from a rotating selection of individually prepared, ready-to-eat items, such as Ahi poke, bay scallop ceviche, Alaskan halibut ceviche, shrimp quinoa salad and more.
With the cold and rainy nights of fall upon us, nothing says comfort like an order of Ca’ Momi‘s Spätzle allo Speck. This dish, found throughout regions of Germany, Austria and Alto Adige, consists of small flour dumplings prepared with speck and cream. Pair a bowl with the 2011 Ca’ Momi Napa Valley Pinot Noir, which carries the depth to match the Spätzle’s creamy sauce while cutting through its richness with ample acidity. This wine’s round fruit flavors perfectly match the rich pork flavors of the speck that shine in this preparation!
Congratulations to C CASA, selected for the fourth year in a row as a Michelin Guide “Bib Gourmand” Restaurant for 2014. Also known as the Michelin “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value,” Bib Gourmand restaurants offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). C CASA, along with Bistro Jeanty, Cook, Oenotri and Redd Wood were the Napa Valley restaurants selected for this distinction. The Zagat 2014 book is out and several Oxbow Public Market favorites made the grade. Hog Island Oyster Co. and The Fatted Calf received top ratings for seafood and sandwiches, respectively. Hog Island was also called out as one of the best in the seafood category, and both were selected as spots for a quick bite. Gott’s Roadside was acknowledged for being child-friendly and Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant for its wine bar. Best buys (top-rated food $25 and under) went to Fatted Calf for sandwiches, C CASA for Mexican, Model Bakery for bakery and Gott’s Roadside for diner. Fatted Calf, C CASA and Model Bakery were also selected as best buys by neighborhood.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Join Kara’s Cupcakes as they partner with 99.7NOW to support the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Twenty percent from the sale of their chocolate raspberry cheesecake, a chocolate cupcake on a graham cracker crust, filled with raspberry cream and topped with silky cream cheese frosting adorned with a custom 99.7 NOW logo will go to the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
Congratulations to The Olive Press for winning three out of seven medals awarded to the United States at Argentina’s International Olive Oil Competition, OLIVINUS. Blood orange took home a Gran Prestige Gold Medal, and two more golds were awarded to Picual and Koroneiki. Stop by The Olive Press for a taste of these award-winning olive oils!
The chefs at Ca’ Momi have continued to expand their menu with two more exciting pasta dishes. Linguini al Pesto Genovese is linguine with organic basil pesto, potatoes and green beans and is the first delicious addition to the menu. The second Ca’ Momi Bottarga pasta item is a bit more exotic — it is Spaghetti alla Bottarga with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and cured fish roe. This dish is complex and lightly flavored with seafood. Ca’ Momi is proud to offer these delightful, authentic pasta recipes. Stay tuned as the menu continues to evolve at Ca’ Momi.
Did you know that the Sidecar cocktail was created in 1920 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris? Actually, the exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. Some credit the invention of the drink to an American Army captain in Paris — the drink was named after the motorcycle sidecar in which the captain was driven to and from the little bistro where the drink was supposedly born. This classic cocktail is a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Napa Valley Distillery makes its sidecar with California grape brandy, California curacao (orange-flavored brandy liqueur), lemon juice and bitters, aged in new American oak. Seasonal, and available now for $30 per bottle (which serves six).
Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant recently installed a new beer cooler behind the bar, which has enabled them to expand their offering to eight taps. The focus is on craft beers brewed in the western states, with a special preference for Bay Area and west coast specialty brewers. All draft beers are available by the half pint, pint or pitcher, and the selection changes frequently. In addition, did you know that Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant also offers between eight and 12 large format craft beers in bottle? Stop in to check out the selection in the cold box tucked in the back corner of the wine shop. There’s even a little bit of Pliny the Elder in bottle, although it usually runs out a few days before the next shipment. Stop in for a beer — and a sandwich — at the wine bar.
A little known fact about Leonardo (the masterful farmer in charge) at Hudson Ranch (which supplies much of the produce at Oxbow Produce & Grocery) is his passion for growing giant pumpkins. Each spring he seeds an incubator with “Atlantic Giant” pumpkin seeds, and when the sprouts are just right he hardens them off and plants them outdoors in cold frames. Once the plants are established he tents each sleeping giant and waits until the Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa to enter a friendly competition of who’s got the biggest pumpkin. Leo’s efforts were rewarded with a 1,080 lb. specimen for the show but was bested by the biggest pumpkin weighing 1,392 lbs! Visit Oxbow Produce to check out Leo’s magnificent pumpkin for yourself.
Gott’s farm is yielding a bounty of plump and sweet heirloom tomatoes. Relax on the patio and enjoy these last days of sunshine with a summer tomato and mozzarella sandwich, with Gott’s vine-ripened tomatoes, slices of creamy mozzarella, pesto oil, balsamic reduction and basil served on a toasted Acme torpedo roll and a bowl of award-winning, farm-fresh Gottspacho.
Ritual Coffee Roasters introduces Michael Recchuiti chocolate to the menu! Stop by and savor the rich and dynamic flavor combinations of Ritual espresso, perfectly steamed organic milk, and a chocolate created with the same passionate attention to detail. You don’t have to wait for hot chocolate season to indulge in this delightful pairing…treat yourself today!
The Napa Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 3 and runs every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am to 12:30 pm through the end of October. Located in Oxbow’s northeast parking lot, the Farmers Market offers locally-grown, farm-direct produce, gourmet food and handmade crafts. The Napa Farmers Market features chef demos each week on everything from making cheese or kraut to pickling and home tomato canning. Click here for more information, including a list of vendors, workshops and special events. See you at the Market!