Time to Indulge Your Inner Foodie – Restaurant Week 2016

The Napa Valley offers a wealth of farm-to-table restaurants for indulging your inner foodie with sustainable deliciousness and Restaurant Week (January 24th – 31st) is a great time to try something new! There are so many great restaurants here that we can’t begin to list them all, so we’ve given you a few options to consider, no matter where and when you find yourself in need of a Napa Valley nosh!

In Napa, you can check out Grace’s Table, where Chef Mauro Pando shares his passion for the global kitchen, using locally sourced products to create delicious and nutritious dishes to please your palate. Offering everything from cornbread to fish tacos, Kobe beef to tamales, you’re sure to find something everyone will love at this popular spot on Second Street. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Heritage Eats is the place to go for unique combinations of global comfort fast food with an emphasis on heritage breeds and small farms. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite before shopping or a casual lunch on the patio, you’ll find it here. Located in the Bel Air Plaza and open daily from 11am to 8pm, you can choose from a healthy selection of salads, wraps and sandwiches or create your own combinations to eat in or take out.

Another Napa restaurant serving great food from local and sustainable sources is Kitchen Door, located just outside the Oxbow Public Market. Chef Todd Humphries works his culinary magic on a variety of simple but ingenious ingredients (think multi-ethnic comfort food) and you get to enjoy the enchanting results! Open daily for lunch and dinner, with a great weekend brunch.

La Taberna on Main Street in Napa offers a wide array of Latin-infused flavors. Inspired by classic Spanish taverns, they embrace the natural bounty of northern California in true tapas style and their chalkboard menu always starts with Jamon Iberico de Bellota, a delicious ham arranged on a cutting board with toasted bread. Enjoy a delicious Basque seafood stew, lamb chops with a Moroccan barbecue glaze or a braised oxtail empanada. They’re open daily for lunch and dinner.

If you’re looking for southern Italian recipes made with the freshest local ingredients, look no farther than Oenotri in downtown Napa. Serving dinner and desserts daily, with a weekend brunch, their self-described “seed to table” cuisine reflects a deep connection with the seasonal abundance of the Napa Valley. Using what they harvest from their own garden and as a founding member of the Napa Chefs Co-Op Garden, the restaurant is able to source up to 80% of the produce featured on their menu.

Zuzu in downtown Napa is a Main Street staple for small plates with exotic flavors to tempt your taste buds and wake up your palette. Enjoy your seasonal tapas alone or share amongst your group, they offer both hot and cold selections of unique dishes featuring seafood, beef and lamb. If you’ve still got room for dessert, you can try the Pastel de Tres Leches with Carmelized Bananas or an apple empanada.

Farmstead in St. Helena offers delightful and sustainable Napa Valley cuisine using the very best ingredients; organic produce, grass-fed beef and lamb, extra virgin olive oil, Cabernet Sauvignon red wine vinegar, grappa, honey, and more are proudly incorporated into the seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking of Executive Chef Stephen Barber. Open daily for lunch and dinner, with a delicious Sunday brunch. If you go Friday thru Sunday, you can check out the mini Farmers Market after your meal and take home some delicious fruits and veggies.

The Harvest Table in St. Helena is Chef Charlie Palmer’s Wine Country kitchen featuring the best locally sourced ingredients. With five culinary gardens growing hundreds of seasonally rotating crops, (not to mention the two bee colonies assisting with propagation that will eventually provide honey for the restaurant) they’re proud supporters of Napa Valley’s legendary agricultural heritage. They consider relationships with each artisanal producer to be part of their culinary identity and strive to create dishes that pay homage to all that is local. Open daily for lunch and dinner, with a hearty weekend brunch.

In Yountville, a visit to Bottega will surely make you a fan of Chef Michael Chiarello’s scrumptious artisanal and house made ingredients, as well as the local produce. Part of the historic Vintage Estates in one of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley, they’re open for lunch, dinner, and after dinner. Enjoy your meal in one of the fine dining rooms or outside on the covered Terrazzo with two wood-burning stone fireplaces. There are five community tables and a well-stocked bar, so even if dining alone, you’re sure to be in good company!

When you’re in Yountville, a stop at Hurley’s Restaurant is always a good idea. Chef Bob Hurley is a Napa Valley legend, known as much for his fresh sustainable cooking style as his charming hospitality, he serves up the flavors of the Mediterranean, using regional and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy dining inside near the fireplace or outside on the covered patio (if weather permits), either way, there’s always a festive community vibe in the air. Open daily for lunch and dinner, they offer a special Gluten-Free menu, in addition to their fabulous food, cocktails and dessert.

Rutherford Grill is a favorite destination among locals, known for the finest seasonal ingredients and dishes. Whether you dine indoors in casual elegance or outside on the patio by the fireplace, you’ll enjoy their take on modern American comfort food, classic burgers and delicious salads. Favorites include their house smoked salmon appetizer and Bangers and Mash made with locally made sausages. Open daily for lunch and dinner, they’re conveniently located at the intersection of Rutherford Crossroad and Highway 29.

In Calistoga, Solbar at the Solage Hotel & Spa offers seasonal, sustainable menus using farm-fresh ingredients to create a synergy between indulgence and wellness. Specializing in unique, flavorful and surprising dishes reflecting the best Napa Valley has to offer; you can enjoy the woodsy-chic vibe inside, or dine in relaxing comfort on the terrace, with drinks by the fire while taking in the stunning mountain views. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they also offer dessert and cocktail menus and a sumptuous Sunday brunch.

Evangeline on Washington Street in Calistoga serves up casual French food with a Creole flair. Offering fresh versions of old classics and bistro favorites, alongside daily specials featuring big, bold flavors, they’re open nightly for dinner and weekends for brunch. If you’re a seafood lover, take comfort in a spectacular seafood tower made of oysters, crab, shrimp and lobster or some local caviar, courtesy of the California white sturgeon. Enjoy a charcuterie or cheese Board or indulge in a sustainably delicious Niman-Ranch burger.

FARMERS MARKET GRANT AWARD – OCTOBER 2015

We are very happy to announce success on our grant request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start a Farmers Market in American Canyon.  Final operating details are being considered now and more information will be posted as it becomes available.  Please email the City Manager’s Office with questions.

Based on survey results, a feasibility study and the grant application, here is what we know so far:

DURATION: May – October

LOCATION:  Parking lot in front of Philip West Aquatics Center

DAY/TIME: Sunday mornings, 10AM – 2PM

OTHER:

  • Total Grant Request – $78,074 funding market operation for 2 seasons
  • NO amplified music or amplification system will be utilized
  • EBT cards will be accepted
  • A Community Farmers Market Board will be established
  • These details/decisions can be changed but must be approved by USDA (assuming the grant is successful)
  • A Farmers Market Association will be hired for day to day operation of the market
  • City staff will be used for marketing and administration for the first 2 years with the recommendation going to City Council on 1/19/16 of approval
  • Complete COMMUNITY SURVEY
  • Complete BUSINESS SURVEY