Ridge revisits vintage pairings from Chez Panisse for vineyard’s sixtieth anniversary

In researching a piece of writing on Alice Waters all the way through the pandemic, I leafed via one of the vital previous Chez Panisse cookbooks and used to be overjoyed to seek out entire menus from Ridge dinners held there on the recommendation of longtime Ridge winemaker and board member Paul Draper. Ridge is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary via making to be had recipes and wine pairings for dishes like Maine lobster poached in cabbage paired with Frediani Valdigiue. Their Vacation Pairing Pack contains the wines and published recipes in a Ridge present field.

The Tasting Area in Los Gatos, the place Curtis Cooke used to be simply promoted to director of hospitality, is on the in a position with cheese and charcuterie forums from their stacked-to-the-brim deli case that are ideal for pairing. Order customized present packing containers and trays, or give the present in their cheese membership. Name 408-348-1807 or electronic mail [email protected]

Pratik Mungre is the brand new govt chef at The Sea via Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto (within the Dinah’s Lawn Resort), bringing his private revel in to the seafood-centric menu. In the past, he used to be sous chef at Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino and maximum lately labored with Michelin-starred Chef Claude Le Tohic of San Francisco sister eating place One65. As govt sous chef there, he helped lead the workforce to a Michelin megastar in 2021. The Sea’s dinner menu options poached lobster tail with fennel, micro cilantro, avocado mousse and espelette, and Tajima F1 red meat tartare from Australia with beet root gazpacho, fantastic herbs and black rice puff.

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Saturday lunch is now served at Bistronomie via Baumé in Palo Alto, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Chef/proprietor Bruno Chemel serves up a six-course fashionable French pescatarian prix fixe menu for $168 in keeping with particular person, in addition to a four-course model for $128. Not obligatory pairings from the white wine-focused record get started at $80 in keeping with particular person.

BE.STEAK.A on the Pruneyard in Campbell gives an increased Sunday brunch buffet for $110 in keeping with particular person. Billed as the most efficient in Northern California, this isn’t your mother or father’s thought of a buffet. Brunch shall be bumped as much as Saturday for Christmas Eve, adopted via dinner provider. A New 12 months’s Eve Grand Gala buffet with are living jazz and Louis Roederer Champagne is $249 in keeping with particular person. For reservations, name 408-963-2092.

Within the Westfield Valley Truthful Mall, iChina’s newly introduced Dim Sum Afternoon Tea is served within the eating place’s sublime JiuBa cocktail living room, and lines candy and savory bites crafted via global pastry chef Graham Hornigold, accompanied via leafy brews from Purple Blossom Tea Corporate.

Dinner at iChina is a prix fixe affair, starting from $88 to $138 in keeping with particular person, and showcasing starters like steamed dim sum, highly spiced sea prawns and soft-shell crab salad, adopted via classics together with wok-fried lobster, Thai fried sea bass, stir-fried black pepper red meat tenderloin, stir-fried lotus roots with asparagus and wok-fried hand-pulled noodles.