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New Eats in Napa and Sonoma

Some fresh food for thought.

Acme Burger

Chef Todd Kniess studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and owned two French restaurants in Berkeley before moving to Sonoma County. His new spot celebrates grass-fed Sonoma Mountain Beef Company meat, grilled to a caramelized exterior with a touch of extra-juicy pink in the middle. 550 East Cotati Ave., Cotati, (707) 665-5620, acmeburgerco.com.



The historic Fagiani/Thomas building has been reborn as a posh California-cuisine restaurant serving food and drinks on all three floors. Standout dishes include fancy toast topped with tangy blue cheese mousse, roasted grapes, and pomegranate reduction; plus braised rabbit with seared gnocchi and brown-buttered mushrooms. 813 Main St., Napa, (707) 203-8900, avownapa.com.


The Dutch Door

Private chef Brent Pennington of Napa’s Pennington Provisions has added a Dutch-door take-out window to his kitchen. Swoop by for gourmet grab ’n’ go delights such as a five-spice pork tenderloin banh mi sandwich with avocado mayo and herb-cashew pesto, or chilled black bean noodles tossed with tomatoes, grilled summer squash, greens, pistachios, hemp pesto dressing, and optional grilled chicken. 1245 First St. (window on Randolph St.), Napa, (707) 880-8301, thedutch​doornapa.com.


House of Flowers: Indulge in an educational culinary pairing experience in the chic new tasting room on Flowers Vineyards and Winery’s 15.5-acre estate. Photo by Douglas Friedman.

House of Flowers

Here’s a secret: Flowers Vineyards and Winery’s new tasting room has its own top chef, Jamil Peden, and offers complimentary luxury bites paired with its $55 tasting flight of five wines. You might have chilled corn soup with sea beans, yuzu, toasted quinoa, and brown butter, and nibble on savory maitake-​thyme crostini. 4035 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, (707) 723-4800, flowerswinery.com.




Lucy at Bardessono: Smoked scallops, crispy leeks, pimenton, oil, and basil mingle in the restaurant’s chilled corn soup. Photo courtesy of Bardessono.

Lucy at Bardessono

Bardessono recently welcomed executive chef Jim Leiken (Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen) and his newly launched field-to-fork menu. Signatures include herb-roasted local pastured chicken breast with kale and morel chicken sausage, shoestring potatoes, and chicken jus; and handmade linguine mixed with squash blossom pesto, roasted heirloom tomatoes, and broccoli di cicco. 6526 Yount St., Yountville, (707) 204-6030, bardessono.com.








William Tell House

Closed for more than a year through a renovation and various pop-ups, the beloved 1877-built Tomales inn and eatery is now serving a full, casual-coastal menu. Delight in buttermilk fried oysters and chips, Bolinas rock cod seafood chowder, and succulent roasted Petaluma chicken. 26955 Hwy. 1, Tomales, (707) 879-2002, williamtellhouse.com.


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A Sophisticate Palate

In this day and age of Iron Chef and Rachael Ray, everyone thinks they're a chef - or wants to learn to be one. Evolving with this culinary trend, the prestigious California Institute of America at Greystone is expanding its nonprofessional programs, offering a wide range of ways to introduce the amateur chef to the bounty of Wine Country.

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