Chef's Blog

Solage Calistoga's Executive Chef Brandon Sharp shares his passion for cooking, life and all things Napa Valley.

May 9, 2013

So we had a photoshoot with Lily Berlin of El Molino winery and her chickens the other day, which I hear jacqi has already uploaded to the Solbar f’book page.  Coupla things:

 

Lily runs a very tight operation.  I would swear under oath that the chickens were actually taking orders from her.

What a stunning setting.  The pictures don’t even do justice to the wildflowers, grass, and vineyards surrounding us, not to mention the Napa River about fifty yards away.

They’re got a very ergonomic chicken coop set up.  It does not resemble the foghorn-leghorn contraptions of the cartoons of my youth.

Those eggs are delicious.

 

The solbar kitchen is throwing haymakers . . . . for lunch, the lamb gyro is back and we have a KILLER duck confit banh-mi-ish sandwich served with a green papaya and ripe mango salad.  Don’t ask me to share.  Oh yeah and we have black truffles on the breakfast menu.

 

Dinner–we have salmon with creamed super sweet white corn, peanut-molasses relish, and sauteed collards; halibut with black and fresh chickpeas, pickled kumquats, and artichoke persillade; pastrami-spiced ahi tuna with gnocchi, mustard, caraway, and corned beef shortrib; and tomorrow, pork belly with bacon-fat baked shallot, white verjus glaze, and these spicy little radish pods that Nick Zetts is bringing in.

 

Let’s see if i can get a picture uploaded here

The view from the Judges' Table at the Hall Winery Cab Cookoff two Saturdays ago.  Good times.  WInners were Oenotri and Napa Valley Biscuits.  My fellow judges Hiro Sone, Lissa Doumani, and Ken Frank were much more distinguished and well-behaved than me, but I ate more.

The view from the Judges’ Table at the Hall Winery Cab Cookoff two Saturdays ago. Good times. WInners were Oenotri and Napa Valley Biscuits. My fellow judges Hiro Sone, Lissa Doumani, and Ken Frank were much more distinguished and well-behaved than me, but I ate more.

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