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

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

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

What’s better with your favorite frosty beverage than a sausage hot off the grill? The Fatted Calf has many beer-friendly meaty eats on its menu but a favorite is the Craft Beer Link made this week with the rich and malty Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro.  This smoky, snappy sausage is a beer’s best friend.  Eat, drink and enjoy!

 

Be sure to stop by The Olive Press to grab some artisanal mustard to complement your 4th of July Menu! While you’re at it, pick up some dipping oil for an easy marinade, tapenade for a quick appetizer, and almonds for the perfect snack! –

Everything that you find in Cate & Co.’s bakeshop is created in their kitchen except for a couple of items that they discovered, fell in love with, and just had to share with their customers. They call these items “Cate’s Fantastic Finds!” The most recent “find’ is a line of nitrite-free salamis in a variety of distinctive flavors created by Bay Area producer Zoe’s Meats. Ideal for picnics and snacking, the salamis also make a savory accompaniment to a cheese board along with a sliced Cate & Co. sourdough baguette.

The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is now offering cheese plates in an easy ready to-go, picnic-style pack. Currently they are available only on Saturdays and Sundays (all food on the menu can be prepared to go as well). There are two varieties of cheese plates with three different cheeses, dried fruit and almonds. You can purchase them in the large container for $15 or grab the smaller size for $10. There is also have a meat plate to go, which comes with Prosciutto, Salami, Pork Rillettes, olives and cornichons. These ready-to-go plates are perfect for those going out wine tasting for the day, taking a tour on the Wine Train, or just want some delicious snacks for a nice picnic. – See more at: http://oxbowpublicmarket.com/cheese-plates-to-go/#sthash.FcPKGlCf.dpuf

Pre-order grad cupcakes and cakes in custom colors, decorations and themes. Give Kara’s Cupcakes a call to cater your graduation party and sweet celebration. Stop by the bakery, order online, or call the cupcake hotline to pre-order: 1-866-554-CAKE (2253).

Some days it just takes too much effort to cook a delicious dinner at home, and takeout sounds like a good option. “Fresh, healthy and scrumptious” is Cate & Co.‘s description of takeout! Each afternoon they feature a new “Dinner on the Run” menu which includes a tempting main dish with several fresh, seasonal side dishes. Available by “the plate” or by the pound, “Dinner on the Run” is the tasteful answer to takeout.

Delicious Riverdog Farm chickens are back at The Fatted Calf. Riverdog’s freedom ranger flock is organically raised outside in the beautiful Capay Valley using a cleverly devised mobile coop system which allows them access to fresh alfalfa pasture daily. And the results are in the sweet, nutty flavor of these beautiful birds. Fresh whole and half chickens are available for $8.50 per pound every week. Fatted Calf is happy to cut and season your bird at no additional charge so you can simply fry, stew, grill or roast and enjoy!

The Model Bakery knows how to celebrate Easter! From breakfast pastries (hot cross buns, cinnamon rolls, espresso bundt cake and more) to organic, artisan breads (bunny bread, bacon batard, ciabatta and more) to cookies, tarts and pies (iced Easter sugar cookies, strawberry mascarpone tart, strawberry rhubarb pie and more). And the cakes…carrot egg cake, berries and cream egg cake, chocolate egg cake, coconut bunny cake, tres leeches cake, plus coconut bunnies, red velvet eggs, cupcakes a more. All orders must be placed by Friday, April 3 as they’re baked fresh, just for you! Email or call 707-259-1128 to place your order.

You’ve come to know C CASA for its tacos and enchilada plates, but did you know that C CASA also features rotisserie Mary’s chickens and ducks? Their $30 dinner special features a whole rotisserie chicken, accompanied by some favorite sides: six made-to-order corn tortillas, two orders of beans (white or black) and shaved cabbage fuji apple salad. Treat yourself and let C CASA do the cooking for you tonight!

Love is in the air, and what better way to show your Valentine how you feel than with a heart-shaped, iced cookie from The Model Bakery? Stop by and pick up a couple, or how about a dozen, to show your love for family, friends and co-workers…they’ll be sure to love you back!

If you smelled truffles in the air, it wasn’t your imagination. Last week’s Truffle Festival put Napastak in the mood to keep the truffle theme going for another week. Napastäk is extending its 10 percent discount on Urbani truffle sauces until next Tuesday, January 27. As quoted, “There are two types of people who eat truffles: “Those who think truffles are good because they are dear and those who know they are dear because they are good.” Bon Appétit!

 

Kara’s Cupcakes brings back a classic cupcake flavor – neapolitan – available all month. And introduces a special NEW flavor – chocolaty chocolate vanilla chocolate chip in support of the Napa Valley Vine Trail.  Stop by the bakery or call the cupcake hotline to pre-order:  1.866.554.CAKE (2253).  Order online at karascupcakes.com.

The holidays are here again. Don’t have time to bake? Visit Ca’ Momi’s pastry case. Bonus: Ca’ Momi pastries are made with fresh and natural ingredients. Order some crowd-pleasing bignè (optionally gluten free!) or plenty more delicious Italian cakes, cookies, and treats. To place your special holiday order, phone 707-257-4992 or visit the kiosk. Remember to call with at least 24 hours notice!

The Dungeness crab and lobster at Eiko’s at Oxbow is fresh and sustainable from California and Maine, respectively. The crab comes whole for $20.95/lb. or fresh meat is $55.95/lb. Lobster is market price. Add crab or lobster to your menu this holiday season. Pre-order (48 hours needed for special orders) at Eiko’s at Oxbow or by calling 707-501-4444.

Served raw on the half shell, baked in a classic Thanksgiving oyster stuffing, or served as a warming appetizer in Chef Ron Stainer’s Hog Island Oysters Fungi. Hog Island Oysters are a perfect way to welcome the holidays. Pre-order at Hog Island Oyster Bar. 707.251.8113. All orders must be placed by 3 pm Tuesday, November 25th. Pick-up by 3pm on Wednesday, November 26th.

Say “Boo!” in the sweetest way with Model Bakery’s yummy iced Halloween cookies. The Model Bakery also creates delicious Halloween themed cupcakes…they put the treat in trick or treat! Bring home a dozen or two cookies & cupcakes to share with family and friends this spooky season.

As the evenings get cooler, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant (OCWM) is stocking up on those famous fall and winter cheeses to go with your Belgian ales, hearty Chardonnays and luscious Cabs! Stop in to try a sample of new local cheese and  imported favorites, and make sure to ask about the new wines in stock — everything from Albariño to Zinfandel! OCWM’s knowledgeable staff can help put together anything from a picnic or party platter. Join us!

Nana Mae’s apple sauce is the perfect side for pork or tucked into school lunches. The naturally sweet and juicy, organically-grown Gravenstein apples used are farmed by the family of Nana Mae, whose roots go deep into Northern California. The distinctive flavor of this sauce is a perfect harmony of sweet and tart, juicy and refreshing, and it’s available at Oxbow Produce & Grocery.

Before you know it, short, sweet summer will be slipping through your fingers, apples will be ripening on the tree and the class bell will be ringing once again. At The Fatted Calf, they are sharpening their knives and preparing their lessons for their autumn class series. Learn the basics of curing in the salumi class or learn how to grind and case your own sausage in the sausage 101 class. Head back to school this fall at The Fatted Calf to bone up on your meaty skills.

It tastes great and is good for you! Sheep’s milk is naturally homogenized, easily digestible and is the perfect alternative for people with lactose intolerance. Containing three times more protein than cow’s milk, sheep’s milk is high in calcium, low in saturated fat, and contains substantial amounts of vitamins A, D, E, B12, Folic acid and minerals like zinc, magnesium and phosphorous. All this plus a mild, creamy flavor make Haverton Hill 100% sheep’s milk the healthy choice. Available at Oxbow Produce & Grocery, pick some up to make home-made ice cream — the texture  and flavor is amazing!

You’ve been asking for it. Begging for it. And now they’re back — Hog Island‘s smoky, spicy, slightly sweet tribute to summer: BBQ’d Bourbon Chipotle Butter oysters. Part 1: Hog Island’s signature Sweetwater Oyster. Part 2: House-made garlic-bourbon-chipotle butter. Part 3: a flaming grill. Now add you plus a cold beer. Picture complete. Summertime’s good ‘round here.

Pucker up for this seasonal favorite from Kara’s Cupcakes — key lime pie, vanilla cupcake and graham cracker crust filled with key lime curd and topped with a silky cream cheese frosting. Available now through September!

The wait for that reuben is over! Five Dot Ranch had a soft opening for Five Dot Ranch Cookhouse in the Market last week. The official opening is this Friday, July 11, but many of your favorites, like the reuben, hot dog and roast beef sandwich are available now. On July 11, the full menu will be available: breakfast, lunch and dinner! Start off with pancakes with a whipped cream, noble maple syrup with all beef breakfast sausage then come back for a “You pick it, we grill it” 35-day, dry-aged ribeye! The Five Dot Ranch Smokehouse will opening on the deck later this summer.

Nothing says 4th of July like some patriotic cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes! Whether you’re hosting a gathering or attending a party elsewhere, get ready for the 4th by pre-ording your cupcakes today! Call the Kara’s Cupcake hotline (866-554-CAKE) or order online! 

With the arrival of summer, The Model Bakery knows there will be plenty of BBQs, picnics and parties with family and friends to take advantage of the glorious Wine Country weather. For your next gathering, bring along a taste of summer with the bakery’s watermelon and hot dog shaped iced cookies…tasty treats that always bring plenty of smiles! Stop by the Model Bakery and pick up a dozen for your next event!

The newest addition at Oxbow Public Market. Finally, a food geek’s dream-come-true! Napastäk (Armenian for “The Rabbit”) is a unique chef’s shop and epicurean boutique. A place where both professional chefs and home chefs can visit and find high-end ingredients and delights. You’ll find epicurean delights from Napa to the far reaches of the globe and beyond, many of which are not readily available and unique in their own special way. Revel in the selection of mustard, teas, jams, shrubs, drinking chocolates, maple syrups and more. Napastäk also has several different choices for the “perfect gift,” such as children’s enamelware, dough rollers, vintage cheese markers, aprons, top quality chef’s knives, and more.

Whole Spice has added a few new seasonings to the list. The hummus seasoning is full of garlic and spices that will jazz up your hummus. Also on the list are two really delicious seasonings for green olives. Both the fennel and the rosemary have lemon peel, blood orange, bay, garlic and chili flakes. Sprinkle on your olives with some olive oil and impress your friends. Stop in and get ten percent off when you mention this post.