While back in my hometown of St. Helena, I had to try out Howard Backen’s (semi-)newly reopened restaurant, Archetype.
Newly named from its former life as French Blue — and including a little design facelift from Backen, as well a new chef, Ryder Zetts (of Solbar fame) — Achetype is a total home run. Not only is the food above and beyond delicious (and farm-to-table fresh,) the interior is one of the most beautifully designed in the valley.
Exterior (photo credit: archetypenapa.com)
Patio (photo credit: archetypenapa.com)
Euro-meets-Nantucket interior (photo credit: hesitantlyhealthy.com)
I still dream of this hearts of peach palm, beet and hazelnut salad.
And the three layer chocolate mousse with matcha and orange gelee was the perfect way to end the meal.
I highly recommend making a stop here for an extraordinary Napa Valley culinary experience.
NYC, are you looking for your next caterer? Look no further than Amoraco.
I worked with Chef Tamara Shenkle on an event I recently produced, and not only was she a dream to work with, but her cuisine went above and beyond: the perfect combination of superb flavors, fresh ingredients and artful design.
Crudite cones with basil hummus
Chicken mini tacos with tomatillo salsa, gucamole crema and cilantro
(Photo credit: Deidre Schoo)
Wolvesmouth’s “Throwback to Hollywood”: coconut cake, black sesame meringue, cocoa and gold sorbet, rosewater and lime “implants,” topped with silver.
When I first started reading about Soylent, I found the concept a little disturbing— if not dystopian. A world where we live day-by-day drinking the same chemical potion? No thanks.
But as I read more about it, the concept of further separating “our meals for utility and function, and our meals for experience and socialization” is intriguing to me. Particularly an opportunity to distinctly separate and focus on the latter — increasing an audience appreciation of cuisine as experience — is an interesting idea to ponder…
See what The New Yorker had to say here.
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By @erinnsmealsinheels - Chile De Arbol & Dark Chocolate Grilled Octopus Over Charred Meyer Lemons, Chorizo & Salsa Verde.
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Wolvesmouth’s Chef Craig Thornton on the art of underground dining:
“The opening dish is venison, ripped apart and strewn onto the plate to look like a bloody and decayed piece of meat,” says Craig Thornton of the visceral food he will be serving up at Cut Your Teeth, the collaborative installation made with artist Matthew Bone that opens today at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. “You are eating something that looks eerily similar to a deer carcass, but the dish itself includes moss, blackberry beet gastrique, coffee cocoa crumble and purple cabbage.”
Wolvesmouth’s Blueberry Cobbler: preserved blueberry, cornbread honey ice cream, cornbread buttermilk vanilla shortbread crumble, buttermilk cremeux, blueberry meringue, white chocolate lime crunch.