A Fresh Take on the Farm
Culinary sophistication meets country charm at the Carneros Inn’s new restaurant Sitting outdoors at Farm, you might think you’re at a lounge at a stylish Hawaiian resort—the kind with a roof but no walls and comfy chairs where you can relax in your flip-flops with a mai tai while taking a break from the sun.
That ambience was the intent when conceiving the new restaurant at the Carneros Inn in Napa. “You see restaurants where people feel like they have to change to go into them,” says Dan Worden of Shopworks, which also designed the rest of the inn. “We want everyone to feel comfortable going into Farm.” Worden and partner Kimberly Nunn created the 120-seat restaurant as an extension of the inn’s “agri-chic” design—with some variations. “Farm is intended to be the little jewel in this complex,” says Worden. While the rest of Carneros is white, Farm’s spacious interior is painted a purple-gray, giving it a moodier, more romantic feel. On the patio, brightly colored fabrics adorn long banquettes, and low tables and chairs encourage lounging. At Farm’s culinary helm is Kimball Jones, longtime executive chef of Wente Estates, who was brought on as the inn’s executive chef two years ago. Jones draws on a select pool of mostly local producers to create seasonal menus, crafting many dishes around ingredients grown at the inn: apples, figs, herbs, even persimmons and pomegranates. “It starts with the ingredients and the technique,” Jones says, “keeping the food simple in concept, but really trying to make all the flavors shine. It’s kind of like making wine.”
A bar menu is available all day, and the wine list includes some 300 regional, esoteric, and international vintages, including affordable selections. It just might be time for a mai tai.
Farm is located at 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa, (707) 299-4882, www.farmatthecarnerosinn.com.