Hudson Greens & Goods is now offering delicious noshes from Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco. Available in limited quantities beginning on Wednesday afternoons, they will offer bagels, assorted babka, rugelach, and schmears. Wise Sons is dedicated to building community through traditional Jewish comfort food. Founded in San Francisco’s Mission District, they pair classic Jewish recipes with the best Californian ingredients to make delicious deli fare that would make your bubbie proud. Now, there is no need to travel to San Francisco for awesome deli goods!

Cinco (five) is the key word for celebrating Cinco de Mayo at C CASA. Start with their “Nachos Not!” — as in, not your typical nachos — at a special price of $5 for the small order. C CASA house-made tortilla chips are topped with black beans, white beans, or half and half, pico de gallo, goat cheese and chipotle aioli for a meal in itself.

Also featured at the special price of $5 per glass, Pavo Real, a white wine blend from Baja, Mexico. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are masterfully blended by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble for enjoying with lighter Mexican foods. For those who love beer with their nachos, a bottle of Corona will be available for the Cinco de Mayo price of $3.50 (there is a 5 in that one too.)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Ritual Coffee Roasters is proud to announce the opening of its concept coffee bar, The Cup & Star, adjacent to the existing Ritual Coffee location inside Oxbow Public Market. The space was designed by architect Lizzie Wallack, of Envelope A + D, and beautifully built out by contractor Gary Taylor. The café is proud to feature a custom Synesso Hydra MVP espresso machine, a pair of Marco SP9 Pourover machines, a beautiful hardwood bar, a dedicated seating era meant to evoke a classic European bar/cafe amidst a bustling market environment, and stunning custom tile work and lighting.

The menu features a curated and often exclusive menu of pour-over coffees utilizing
multiple brew methods, tasting flights, select espresso drinks, and signature beverages. It is unlike any other Ritual location, and unlike most other coffee shops in general, for a few key reasons:

  • Prioritizing experience and connection over speed. As more specialty coffee shops open and compete with each other, the goal is to remain ahead of the curve by experimenting with service style and by showcasing Ritual’s uber-talented baristas. Robots are making coffee now, and ready-to-drink specialty coffee is available at your local grocer. But people don’t go out of their way to visit Ritual just for the coffee. It’s also the incredible staff and the wealth of information they can offer.
  • Encouraging customers to choose the experience they’re in the mood for: leisurely and interactive, or the quickest great coffee possible. Depending on the day, anyone has the capacity to be either kind of customer. The goal is to make way for authentic customer interaction without sacrificing quality. Ritual feels confident in the ability to consistently deliver amazing coffee for every customer. But with the addition of new technology available in brew methods (an American made Synesso Hydra MVP espresso machine with volumetric settings, and a pair of Marco SP9 automated pour-over brewers), Ritual is taking the next step in its mad-scientist pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee, and customers get to be closer to the action than ever before.

Eileen Rinaldi, the founder of Ritual, explains: “Every time I visit our shop in Napa and meet a customer who finds out I’m the owner, I hear the same thing: “Your staff are AMAZING!” But, in the hustle and bustle of the market, it’s also a constant struggle to accommodate the customer who wants to sit and talk with us about our new Sweet Tooth Espresso offering, as we simultaneously pump out drinks for caffeine-deprived vacationers who just want to get their coffee and hit the road. The Cup & Star is a unique way to help facilitate conversations about our coffees and the stories behind them, while decreasing pressure and increasing efficiency at our main bar.”

The 279-square-foot existing location had been doing almost as much volume as the company’s flagship cafe on Valencia Street, so last spring, whenthe space next to Ritual’s kiosk became available, the company jumped at the chance to expand a bit, knowing they wanted to add a second espresso machine and serve more specialty drinks, with the vision to create a kind of “tasting room” experience, now the standard in the wine industry, but for specialty coffee.

Rather than just making the existing coffee bar bigger to accommodate this, Ritual created an entirely new bar and business model. There’s no booze, but it looks and feels like a bar, and instead of waiting in line you can “belly up” and talk to the barista. The lighting is cozy. The music sounds good. And of course, you’re warmly welcomed by a seasoned barista.

It’s so different from the rest of Ritual Napa that the company gave the space its own
name and identity: The Cup & Star (a cheeky reference to the welcoming British pub vibe that’s being channeled.) Everything is served in beautiful ceramic wares, and there’s no “order here” or “pick-up” area. Like a craft cocktail bar, the featured items are on the menu, but the old standards are also available.

Eileen beams when she says, “The last 9 years up in Napa have been incredibly rewarding. We get to hear lots of visitors tell us that the coffee we made them is the best they’ve ever had, “except for in Italy,” but we also have winemakers and sommeliers and chefs from the French Laundry and bussers and servers who really appreciate our coffee, our commitment to quality, and the incredible posse of weird, cool, diverse co-workers that we’ve managed to collect in spite of Napa being a pretty small town.”

This expansion builds on the fifth brick-and-mortar location for Ritual Coffee, a coffee roasting company that strives for transparency and precision at every level of its business. Ritual boasts nearly 100% direct trade coffees, and roasts everything on a vintage German roaster at its headquarters in the SoMa district of San Francisco.

Whole Spice has all the spices you need to change up your cuisine for the spring season! Whether you like sweet, spicy, herbaceous, citrus flavor or a combination of all the above, Whole Spice has all the spices for your life!

Try this Whole Spice recipe for Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad, a delicious warm side dish spiced with Harissa and Toasted Cumin! Enjoy!

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad
(Serves 2-4)

Ingredients:
5 medium-sized carrots, peeled
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbs. Whole Spice Harissa Coarse
1/4 tsp. Whole Spice Cumin Powder Toasted
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 Tbs. olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. water
1 tsp. chopped parsley

Directions:
Place water in a 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Add carrots and simmer until they are tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes. Cool. Cut carrots into bite-size pieces and place in a serving bowl. In a small bowl, combine garlic, harissa, toasted cumin, salt, pepper, lemon juice and water. Heat up a nonstick pan and add olive oil. Add the seasoning mixture to the pan, then gently fold the cooked carrots into the mixture. Simmer on medium heat, stirring until the carrots are coated with spice. Place in a salad bowl and add parsley.

Fieldwork brewery would not survive without the support of its friends, family, and the significant others of its employees. For nearly every employee’s birthday, Sarah The Baker delivers the most extravagant baked goods; so Fieldwork Brewing Company has decided it is its turn to pay it back. The result, The Baker Double Brownie Stout.

The Baker is brewed with extremely high grade dark cocoa powder from Belgium and delicious cocoa nibs from Africa that hit your palate with velvety rich chocolate notes. Served on nitro, The Baker is true liquid brownie decadence. Fieldwork rarely dedicates a beer to anyone, so that should tell you just how much they love Sarah… or brownies. Either way, stop by the taproom to celebrate.

Spring is finally in the air at the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant! With this beautiful weather and sunshine comes some fantastic seasonal cheeses from our own backyard.

Here are some of the newer seasonal favorites:
St. Pat, from the Cowgirl Creamery in Petaluma, CA. This luscious, soft-ripened brie style cheese, is made with the rich buttery milk from a herd of Jersey cows, tended by John Taverna, a local dairy farmer. The small wheels are then wrapped with the leaves of the Stinging Nettle plant. Once the leaves have been flash frozen, to relieve the “stinging” from the Nettles, they are wrapped around the cheeses during their brief aging period. Imbuing the rich creamy cheese with a light vegetal flavor and a subtle hint of artichokes.

Andante Dairy, also out of Petaluma’s fertile dairy lands, is finally back in stock! Tomme Dolce, an all time favorite of the staff at the Cheese & Wine Merchant, is one of the only aged goat milk cheeses produced by Soyung Scanlan, the head cheesemaker at Andante Dairy. Tomme Dolce is coated and rubbed with a blackberry or plum preserve on the rind, lending subtle notes of sweet fruit to the salty, tangy and caramel notes of the goat cheese. Tomme Dolce will only be available for a little while longer, so stop by to grab a chunk while you still can. Also, try some of their softer more delicate French influenced goat and cow’s milk cheeses that are a must try for cheese lovers of all types.

There is also a new creamery in Sonoma County, Moonside Creamery, from Sebastopol, CA. Their newest cheese, Lunetta, is another wonderful addition to all the fantastic cheeses produced in the area. Lunetta is a natural rind cow’s milk Tomme with a firm texture that may sometimes develop crunchy tyrosine crystals. The cheese offers bright flavors of citrus and cultured butter with a savory, long finish.

During the month of March Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is pairing this cheese with a locally produced Tannat wine that is part of their March wine club selection. The high-toned, salty notes in this cheese bring the ripe cherry fruit in this hearty California Tannat-based blend to the forefront while pleasantly softening its tannins.

Stop in at the Cheese & Wine Merchant and ask about their wines and taste some of these amazing cheeses!

Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) makes its oak-infused cocktails using its own premium, award-winning craft spirits and all-natural ingredients.

This libation is a variation of the 1830s East India cocktail delightfully crafted from California Brandy, Orange Curacao, Real Blackberry Syrup and Blood Orange Bitters. Prior to bottling it is oak infused to achieve a vintage flavor reminiscent of an era long since passed.

NVD’s oak-infused cocktails are meant to be easy to enjoy! Just shake on ice and serve up or on the rocks. Though they’ve added all the bitters needed to create a balanced cocktail, you are encouraged to try adding your favorite bitters for a unique mix.

Bitters suggestions: Bob’s Bitters Chocolate Bitters, Scrappy’s Orange Bitters or Napa Valley Bitters Coffee Pecan.

Hog Island Oyster Co. welcomes the Olympia oyster, the oyster lover’s oyster. Olympias (Ostrea lurida) are the native oyster of the west coast. Once found in wild abundance from Baja to AK, archeologists have documented the love of these oysters dating back over 3,000 years. Highly sensitive and slow growing, today, Olympias are commercially cultivated by just a few painstakingly dedicated farmers (read more about one of these farmers here). Although small in size, these cherished gems pack a powerful flavor punch. Characterized by a rich, earthy sweetness followed by a bright coppery finish ‘Olys’ are indeed the oyster lover’s oyster. This month Hog Island features Olympia oysters from the beautiful Pacific Northwest’s Totten and Little Skookum Inlets in Washington state.

Be sure to stop by Napa Valley Distillery’s tasting room and bar shop the next time you swing by Oxbow! Taste a variety of their quality craft spirits, and take a look through hundreds of syrups, cocktail mixers, shrubs and bitters!

Each day the crafty mixologists create a wonderful non-alcoholic “Mocktail” for visitors to try. Get the full effect of how bitters and shrubs can transform the simplest of ingredients. The passionate and helpful team members at NVD are more than willing to share their knowledge, and work with you to create a cocktail that is completely customized to your palate!

Gather and take home the ingredients to your favorite mocktail! Never fear, each cocktail comes complete with a recommendation for which spirits to add to turn it into a cocktail that will please any guest!

At Fieldwork Brewing Company they are all about experimenting and pushing boundaries. With their Petit Verdot Grand Gose they’re doing just that.

Traditionally the Gose is a low ABV wheat beer with a subtle tartness. What separates the Gose from other beers of this flavor profile was its birthplace along the Gose River which had a high saline content. As much as Fieldwork Brewing would love to be alongside a river, these days they add French sea salt to their Goses to give them their traditional burst of flavor and lactobacillus for that balanced tartness. Along with the sea salt, they added Petit Verdot grapes to utilize a fruit often only used in small percentages of wine blends. The grapes give the Grand Gose a beautiful violet hue and jammy notes of raspberries and boysenberries, delicate tannins, and a cranberry like finish.

Finally, this oversized Gose gets its grand name from its higher than usual ABV at 6.7%. Fieldwork Brewing Company excited to back its Petit Verdot Grand Gose to the Oxbow taproom. Whether you enjoy beer or wine, you’ll easily find a new love for the Petit Verdot Grand Gose.

“I’m not a beer drinker” is a common phrase heard at the bar in the Fieldwork taproom. It can be heard uttered by those new to the beer world as well as folks who have tried a few beers in their lifetime and have yet to find something to tickle their palate.

As the bartenders help direct those people to something that would suite their tastes, a common direction is towards Fieldwork’s series of “whimsical” beers, or beers that are meant to imitate other drinks or desserts. For head brewer/owner Alex Tweet, and his team, pushing boundaries and changing people’s perception of what beers can be, are all in a day’s work. They are constantly producing innovative beers in new styles and and imaginative flavor combinations.

Currently featured at the taproom is the Churro Cream Ale, a light-bodied classic American style that is turned on its head with a toasty grain bill, cinnamon, and slowly baked cane sugar, that with each sip represent a drink that could easily be confused with a slice of golden dough fresh from the fryer. Alex recommends pairing this beer with C CASA‘s currently featured truffle and goat cheese enchilada. The sweetness of the beer is able to cut through any heat present in the enchilada, while the warm spice notes will create a lovely compliment to the flavors of traditional Mexican spices.

Five Dot Ranch has braising kits* available that include winter vegetables and cubed stew meat that is slow cooker ready. In addition, here’s a recipe and cooking instructions:

Ingredients
2 lbs. cubed Five Dot Ranch top round*
2 oz. diced celery*
2 oz. diced onion*
2 oz. diced carrot*
3 cloves garlic*
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 Tbs grapeseed oil (Salute Sante recommended)
3 pints Five Dot Ranch beef stock (available at Five Dot)
¼ C. red wine
salt and pepper

*included in braising kit

Directions
In a soup pot heat the oil over medium high heat until the oil blooms.Season meat with salt and pepper. Add the meat to the soup pot and cook until the meat is browned on all sides. Add carrot, onion, garlic, and celery to pot. Mix the meat and veggies thoroughly and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until veggies start to soften. Add all three pints of beef broth and he wine, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 1 hour or until vegetables and meat are tender.

Happy New Year! If eating healthy was one of your New Year resolutions (after the holidays it’s at the top of ours!) Hog Island oysters have you covered, naturally. Loaded with minerals, vitamins and organic compounds, oysters are an extremely healthy food that can boost your body’s overall function and health. They are one of the highest natural forms of zinc (immune booster!) and are loaded with vitamins D, B-12 and C, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium and calcium. And they are a huge source of beneficial cholesterol, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. A single serving of raw oysters (6 oysters) has only 43 calories, 5 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbohydrates. So enjoy a dozen – to your health!

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has in stock a fine and rare collection of fine Tokaji dessert wines from the historic region of Tokaj, Hungary. Many Americans reflexively dismiss dessert wines out of hand, in the mistaken notion that admitting they enjoy them somehow brands them as unsophisticated. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as some of the world’s most collectible, age-worthy and treasured wines are sweet. Tokaj has centuries of fame and was a favorite of the 18th Century French kings, the Hapsburg Court, and the Russian Tsars – so much so that it has come to be known as “the wine of kings and the king of wines.” These delicious wines can be served with simple fruit-based desserts such as poached pears or an elegant tart. Oxbow Cheese & Wine also suggests a lovely blue cheese with some fresh fruit and roasted nuts — a particularly nice way to end a winter meal.

Visitors to Oxbow Public Market know well that tasty food abounds. There are so many options that pair well with all of the fantastic wine produced in Napa, although the folks at Fieldwork are biased and know how well delicious food pairs with a variety of beers.

Nowhere is this more apparent than with the aptly named “Sushi Beer,” which is an perfect accompaniment to the fresh, innovative, and delicious seafood offered at Eiko’s. Guests can peruse the fresh seafood, choose their favorite preparation and then order it to bring back with them to the taproom just down the aisle to try the pairing for themselves.

The tasting notes written by Fieldwork’s Head Brewer/Owner, Alex Tweet, really express the inspiration behind this beer and why it pairs so well with it’s namesake: “Few beer styles are more perfectly paired with food than Japanese rice lagers and sushi. Unfortunately for us pescaphiles, rice lagers have less variation and innovation than notebook paper; hence Sushi Beer Citra Rice Lager. A rice heavy grain-bill makes this Lager appear lighter and less malty on the palate combines with a pinch of specialty grain providing that trademark Rice Lager profile. Uncommon in the style traditionally, we dry hopped with a heap of Citra hops; providing a bombardment of orange zest, tangerine juice, mango, and slight ganja notes. A light bitterness keeps this beer respectful of your palate’s needs, not beating it up or shredding tastebuds; resulting in a beer that can complement the most delicate Ahi in the world without detracting from it like most any other craft beer would. We dream of one day putting back a pint of Sushi Beer Citra Rice Lager in Tsukiji with some fresh sashimi, but in the meantime we’ll gladly drink pint after pint at our favorite sushi joints in our great home of Northern California.”

Looking for something delicious and easy to bring to that holiday party or dinner, or perhaps you are in need of a last-minute gift? Look no further, because the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has got you covered. Have the folks at the cheese counter whip you up an amazing cheese and charcuterie platter for your holiday party hors d’oeuvres. Call 707-257-5000 to place an order with a staff member, or stop by the shop in person and pick out what exactly you would like with one of the knowledgeable and helpful cheesemongers. It’s a perfect way to impress guests, family and friends, without adding to the stress and hecticness of a busy holiday season. Just make sure you place your order with staff at least 24 hours in advance!

If you are still searching for a nice gift for a loved one, pop in the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant and grab a bottle of bubbles or a load up a gift card for whatever amount you like. This is one simple and easy way to complete your holiday shopping list. Stop by the wine retail shop and have a staff member help you pick out some quality wines, sign up for the monthly wine club or just grab a gift card and let them decide for themselves! Whatever your holiday needs may be, don’t forget the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant can help you out during this busy season.

Ritual Coffee Roasters is thrilled to present a holiday gift pop-up at Oxbow Public Market during the month of December! Grab a coffee at the main cafe and then come around the corner to check out the curated collection of coffee related merchandise. For example, Ritual has just published a new book, The Brew Book, written by the company’s expert baristas, which aims to demystify all things coffee brewing. It’s called The Brew Book. It’s beautiful, portable, and highly giftable at only $14.95! There are also other exclusive holiday items for guests to peruse, such as nifty enamel pins, sweatshirts, limited edition klean kanteens, gift sets (complete with gift packaging so they’re ready to give!), and much more! Stop by and let one of Ritual’s friendly elves provide a knowledgeable and personalized experience, and come away with something perfect for that coffee lover in your life (even if that’s you!)

Looking for great gift or stocking stuffer ideas? Let Five Dot Ranch help! Have you tried the Five Dot Ranch beef jerky? These nitrite-free steak strips are 100 percent Five Dot Ranch beef and come in three flavors: traditional, Cajun and cracked pepper, and come in 1 oz. and 2 oz. packages. Jerky will fit nicely in any stocking and would look great amongst other local Napa products in a gift basket. Additionally, Five Dot Ranch gift cards are excellent for the meat-lovers in your life. Gift card funds can be used for any retail items, a meal at the Cookhouse or beef cuts out of the case. This versatile gift allows your loved ones to treat themselves in more ways than one.

According to the ship logs from The Mayflower, the Pilgrims chose to land early because they were running out of beer. Fortunately for modern day folk, the situation is not as dire, and good beer abounds. This coming Thanksgiving holiday, don’t forget that beer and food go beautifully together and be sure to stop by the Fieldwork Brewing Company taproom to stock up on fresh, delicious beer to pair with all of your Thanksgiving favorites! Below is our guide to some suggested pairings with traditional dishes.

Begin by warming up your palate with something light and flavorful, such as the Outdoor Hoppy Pilsner. This classic style is turned on its head with a bright and grassy hop aroma, while still leaving your taste buds in peak condition to enjoy the flavors to come. Perfect with appetizers and snacks.

Moving into your first courses, salads, vegetable dishes and the like, a light and flavorful saison, such as Farmhouse Wheat pairs quite well. Notes of white pepper and lemon compliment the bright flavors of Autumn produce. If roasted turkey, sage and pecan stuffing, and pan-dripping rich gravy are your style of main courses, try a medium-bodied Belgian ale. Hannah in the Wild, Brett Biere de Garde is a more malt forward style with hints of dark fruit, cinnamon, and banana chips. It was finished with the wild yeast strain brettanomyces, which exhibits dry, hay-like characteristics, making this a versatile and, of course, food friendly style to please many palates.

To finish the meal, a rich, dark ale is recommended to compliment a wide assortment of pies and desserts. Minoterie, Brett Belgian stout has all of the complex aromas of dark chocolate, charred oak, and raisins, while still being extremely smooth and drinkable.

Stop by the taproom soon, try a flight, and take some beer home in 64 ounce growlers, 32 ounce growlers, or 32 ounce Crowlers. The tap list is constantly changing so be sure to ask your bartenders for recommended pairings.

The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is delighted to offer all you fungi lovers out there the opportunity to order fresh truffles throughout this holiday season! Currently the extremely rare and sought after white Alba truffles (Tuber magnatum) are available, as well as the fall Burgundy truffles (Tuber Uncinatum). They will be sold by the ounce and are a pre-order item.

You can just drop by the Cheese & WIne Merchant and place your order with a staff member, or contact Justin at 707.257.5200. Your order will need to be placed by Tuesday, or no later than noon on Wednesday, to have it ready for pick up by the following Thursday. This way of pre-ordering will ensure you receive your truffles in the freshest and highest quality possible. Prices will vary, so inquire when ordering or anytime before.

Also, around mid-December, depending when they come into season, the Cheese & Wine Merchant will also have available the black winter Perigord truffles.Let the the Truffle parties begin!

Also, for the first time this year Beecher’s handmade cheese, located at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, has released its seasonal Flagsheep cheddar! This is a wonderfully delicious sheep’s milk version of their Flagship Reserve, a handmade cow’s milk clothbound cheddar made in the fashion of traditional English style cheddars.

You do NOT want to miss out on grabbing yourself a chunk of this amazing limited release cheddar.
Please stop by the Cheese & WIne Merchant and ask any cheesemonger behind the counter to help you to a taste of this rare gem. Once you try it we guarantee you won’t walk away empty-handed!

Stay indoors this Thanksgiving and snuggle in deeper to your slippers and enjoy these warm and cozy spirits! This Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) gift set includes their Ginn, brandy cordial, and cherry brandy.

Brandy Cordial

Their Brandy Cordial is a true California original. Made from premium baby bourbon barrel-aged brandy, it is bursting with aromas of butterscotch pudding, chamomile toffee and treacle pie which evolve into silky pecan pie, dried apricot and subtle sweet floral notes on the long and elegant finish.

Old Hollywood Ginn ~ A Scandalous Blend of Botanicals in Brandy.

A recipe that’s LA Confidential and so very “Hush Hush,” Old Hollywood Ginn is a speakeasy style spirit infused with 9 rare botanicals plus a touch of oak for a flavor that’s sure to take you back to late suppers at the Brown Derby!

It’s a Hollywood original worthy of the lead role in many classic cocktails or a “Close-Up” with a splash of tonic.

Cherry Brandy

Aged 2 years in used bourbon barrels, this brandy is deep, heady, and dapper. The smooth herbal qualities mature into deep oak and stewed cherry notes framed by a subtle yet firm floral character that are reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

Whole Spice has all the spices you need to warm up your house for these chilly nights! Make yourself this spiced apple cider recipe and cozy up to the fire or serve to friends and family. Whole Spice apple cider spice is sold in bulk or jars, and better check out the mulling spices while you’re there!

Also, Whole Spice will be offering a 20 percent discount the last three days of the month, November 28-29.

Spiced Apple Cider
A simple, spiked cider to warm you inside and out. (serves 4)

Ingredients:
4 cups apple cider or apple juice
4 Tbsp. brandy
2 tsp. Whole Spice Apple Cider Spice
Half of an apple, sliced thinly
Cinnamon sticks

Directions:
In a saucepan, combine cider or juice, brandy and apple cider spice. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add a slice of apple and cinnamon stick for garnish before serving. Enjoy!

These two cuties are helping to whip up something for Thanksgiving and it isn’t mashed potatoes! Wood Fiber Clay is having a 20 percent off sale from Friday, November 18 through Tuesday, November 22.

Shop the pop-up at Oxbow Public Market or their website with the code “Gratitude.” Pick up a great gift to take to the host or hostess on Thanksgiving, like a beautiful handcarved bowl from A Question of Eagles, a solid brass bottle opener from Ft. Standard, or a scented pillar candle from Le Feu d’Leau.

And, get your holiday shopping done early! Wood Fiber Clay has limited quantities of their unique collection of handcrafted items, so don’t wait. They will ship purchases over $100 free of charge and provide complimentary gift wrap.

“I love this time of year because I love to celebrate giving and receiving and I hope my favorite things will be some of yours, too!” Oprah   One item on her 2016 “Favorite Things” list: The Model Bakery’s English muffins. She  calls them “scrumptious all over” and suggests pairing them with preserves from Clif Family. The English muffins & preserve set is available on Amazon, but of course, you can get your English muffins at Oxbow Public Market. “I don’t have to tell you all how much I love bread. These English muffins are my current carb of choice: crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and scrumptious all over—especially when slathered with the amazing Clif Family preserves that are included. Full disclosure: I took a few bags home from the shoot!” – Oprah

Feeling stressed out by the upcoming election? Relax and settle down with a cocktail made with Napa Valley Distillery’s small batch, hand crafted spirits! Besides, what’s more American than something aged in a Bourbon barrel? Swing by their tasting bar at the Oxbow to enjoy a sample of their Brandy Cordial and their Cherry Brandy, both of which have spent time in Bourbon barrels soaking up flavor and color!

Napa Valley Distillery’s Brandy Cordial is a true California original. Made from premium baby Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brandy, it is bursting with aromas of butterscotch pudding, chamomile toffee and treacle pie which evolve into silky pecan pie, dried apricot and subtle sweet floral notes on the long and elegant finish. Sip after dinner or mix to create sophisticated Pre-Prohibition era cocktails. Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

Their Cherry Brandy is deep, heady, and dapper. The smooth herbal qualities mature into deep oak and stewed cherry notes framed by a subtle yet firm floral character that’s reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

For a cocktail that is sure to please any cocktail enthusiast, try the Cherry Manhattan!

The Cherry Manhattan
Makes one 4 oz cocktail served up in a chilled cocktail glass

Ingredients
2 oz Napa Valley Distillery Cherry Brandy
1 oz Carpano Antica
2 dashes (12 drops)
maraschino liqueur
2 dashes (12 drops) Abbott’s Bitters or other high quality aromatic bitters
1 Luxardo Cherry for garnish

Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add cherry brandy, Carpano Antica, maraschino liqueur, and one dash bitters. Stir, do not shake, for 20 seconds. Garnish cocktail glass with Luxardo cherry, and strain contents of shaker into glass. Float one more dash of bitters on top, and you’re done! Classic Manhattan flavor with a big cherry twist!

As the weather changes and the evenings get colder, there’s nothing better than a bowl of soup to warm you up! Try this Whole Spice recipe for Ethiopean red lentil stew spiced with Ethiopian Berbere spice mix. Stop into the spice shop and get all the spices you need for your next soup, stew, or chili recipe! Whole Spice always offers locals a 10% discount on all purchases over $20, and they also offer a 20% discount the last three days of the month!

Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Berbere

Ingredients
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 medium size onion, chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp Ethiopian berbere spice blend
5 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 cups Red lentils, dry
2 1/2 cups water
1 tsp sea salt

Cooks note: The traditional Ethiopian berbere spice blend is formed into a paste by mixing it with oil; it is not a must but this process can add more concentrated flavor to the dish.

Directions
In a deep stew-pot, heat up the oil. Add chopped onion and saute on a medium high heat for 10 minutes. Add chopped ginger and garlic and saute for about five minutes on medium heat. Add Ethiopian berbere spice mix and saute until fragrant. Add chopped tomatoes and saute on high heat for 12 minutes. Add dry lentils and saute for a few minutes than add water and salt. Reduce the heat and simmer on low for 20 minutes gently stirring to prevent burning. The stew should be thick; if you have extra liquid please uncover and cook for 10 minutes in order to reduce the water. Tastes great served over rice and eaten with flatbread as a substitute for the traditional injera bread.

Let Todd Humphries cook Thanksgiving dinner for you. Pre-order by 5 pm on Friday, November 18 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Four

$140 including tax

½ Turkey Breast and Leg (brined and ready to cook with instructions)
Peppercorn Gravy (pt)
Sourdough Stuffing (qt)
Fresh Cranberry Sauce (pt)
Mashed Potatoes (qt)
Roasted Root Vegetables (qt)
Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup (qt)
Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes (four)

Build your own Thanksgiving

Chef Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup…………. $20 qt
Sourdough Stuffing…………….. $8 qt
Peppercorn Gravy…………….. $6 pt
Fresh Cranberry Sauce………………$6 pt
Mashed Potatoes……………. $7 qt
Roasted Root Vegetables……………… $6 q
Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes…………………. $8 ea

Call or email Tim at 707-226-1560.

Spruce up your table with handcrafted goods in natural materials that reflect the colors of the season, including carved ceramic napkin rings, teak salt cellars, and Jenny Pennywood linen napkins.

Layering different textures adds visual interest whether on your table or elsewhere in your home. Wood Fiber Clay suggests topping a linen tablecloth with cotton fringe placemats and screen printed linen napkins in hand-carved ceramic napkin rings.  Your dishes don’t match? Not a problem! Mix and match complementary colors in fall tones for a seasonal look. Add teak salt cellars filled with specialty salts and mix in some vintage brass candle sticks to add some shine. Fresh herbs in small planters are a natural and inexpensive way to bring in greenery. Get more ideas from their tabletop shoot on For the Home.

Do you ever have a delicious fresh draft beer and wish to take some home to enjoy? Have you ever seen that fresh beer canned before your eyes? Stop by the new Fieldwork Brewing Company taproom and you can do both of these things. Fieldwork offers many of their fresh, innovative brews “to-go” in glass growlers, as well as 32oz “Crowlers.” A Crowler is a can filled with draft beer and sealed to take home with you. You can try a flight of different beers, choose your favorites, and order a Crowler to be filled as you watch. These one time use vessels are perfect to take in your bag on a hike, pack in your suitcase for travel, or just to bring home for the night to enjoy at your leisure. The taplist is constantly changing, so visit often and see what suits your fancy for that day!

Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant (OCWM) now has a sparkling wine club in addition to its other very popular monthly and quarterly wine clubs. They have always cherished bubbly for its elegant and captivating qualities, its celebratory nature and incredibly arduous production, and encourage everyone to explore the world of bubbly in and beyond Champagne. For approximately $75 each month, Sparkling Wine Club members will receive one bottle of champagne and one bottle of sparkling wine that the wine team considers of the highest quality, and worthy of being partnered with a true champagne. From pear-scented Proseccos from Italy to zesty Cavas from Spain and delicious, champagne-style sparklers from all over the globe, the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant looks forward to sharing some of their favorite bubbles with you! Just in time for the upcoming holidays, the Sparkling Wine Club would make an excellent gift for a loved one and can be gifted for a 6 month period, or any specified time frame. Cheers to drinking more bubbly, and don’t forget to sign up today! Inquire at the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant.