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Early bloom Late rain.

The plants and trees are so very confused right now. Our Peach tree at home which can supply both Taste and the Union with peaches for about 3 or 4 weeks in July and August is in bloom!! I’ll take the rain but please no snow lower than 3,000 ft elevation. This storm is quenching…

Sweet Rain

In Northern California we have been waiting for rain all year long, much of that time in vain. Now the rain has arrived it just doesn’t seem like enough. The Culinary Staff has a work board in the kitchen where they write down ideas for menu items.  Currently, that board is bring used for a…

LittleBounty

Passmore Ranch Provisions and Taste

Our local sustainable fishery, Passmore Ranch, has a new reach for their business called Provisions.  This is allowing access to the general public to the delicious provisions they are producing on the ranch.  This is much more than just Sturgeon, Catfish and Trout!  Goods from their gardens and eggs from their chickens are included too!…

Swordfish Special

Tonight’s swordfish special inspired by heirloom radish and kumquats from Chef Marks Dad. There is a prawn hash with peppers from Abondanza Farm under the fish. A bit of a whole grain mustard vinaigrette on the plate. The dish hits the tart, sweet, spicy and acid components that bring it all in balance. Paired with…

Oyster Stew

Oyster Stew for New Years Eve menu 2013

Working on the Oyster Stew dish for New Years Eve tonight! The pairing with the King Estate Pinot Gris was very nice.  The oysters were poached in butter.  Bacon was included but when tasting the dish it overpowered the rest of the ingredients.  We enjoy the science, discovery and deliciousness of food and wine pairing.