Pear opens in Napa
Dec11

Pear opens in Napa

Pear opens Dec. 11, 2012 in Napa, a Southern-inspired restaurant that replaces Tyler Florence’s short-lived riverfront bistro at 720 Main Street. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the restaurant will feature a single menu with classics like macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits, rotisserie chicken, collard greens, chicken and dumplings and chicken and waffles with pear-bourbon maple syrup. Chef-owner Rodney Worth owns several...

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Sweet T’s Restaurant opening in Santa Rosa
Nov16

Sweet T’s Restaurant opening in Santa Rosa

Gladys is the Southern fried heart of Doug Richey’s new kitchen. Quietly burbling and steaming away she’s a gleaming new Henny Penny pressure fryer that’s seen some heavy R&D over the last several months as Sweet T’s Restaurant and Barin Santa Rosa preps for opening day. But some whoops and hollers from mingling staff in the pre-opening days as Richey puts out another basket of “test” fried...

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Con*Fusion Pop Up Dinners

When Maria Vieages’ world turned upside down in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans resident headed westward with little more than her recipes and a her infectiously sunny disposition. The two have served her well, leading to scores culinary ventures for her company, Maria’s Multi Regional Cuisine, including stints at wineries, cooking schools and on her own food broadcast, Maria’s Non-Pompous Food Talk on...

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Sonoma Coast Fish Bank
Jul26

Sonoma Coast Fish Bank

Just a stone’s throw from the coast, the once-sleepy town of Valley Ford is waking up to its potential as a charming whistlestop on the way to Bodega Bay and beyond. The newest kid on the restaurant block: Sonoma Coast Fish Bank which opened in February 2010. Housed in a historic bank that stood empty for years, the renovated space is a bonanza for fresh, locally-caught seafood including oysters, salmon, smelt, scallops and...

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Louisiana Legacy Cajun Catering: Gator Done!

Missing the flavors of New Orleans after a cross-country move (and several not-quite-right-jobs), Rob Lippincott decided to bring the flavors of the bayou to Wine Country. Each Thursday he and wife Karla (the daughter of Costeaux Bakery owner Karl Seppi) whip up jambalaya, gumbo and boudin at the Windsor Farmer’s Market. “It’s not a glamorous food,” Lippincott says of his southern rice sausage, or boudin, made...

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Rocker Oysterfeller’s | Valley Ford
Apr08

Rocker Oysterfeller’s | Valley Ford

Eight oysters. One quail. Two slices of polenta and pea shoot salad: Lunch accomplished. Check, please. “You did save room for some homemade raspberry pie?” asks Rocker Oysterfeller’s Shona Campbell as I head out the door. Except it sounds more like “paahh” when she says it. And she’s not really asking. I’m leaving with that last piece of pie she made from a neighbor’s...

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