Sonoma County is often referred to as the “Provence of the
US” because of its scenic vistas and coast, family farms, and outstanding wines.
But this “Provence” is a little closer to home and its bounty is waiting for you
to discover in a 4-day culinary tour featuring cooking workshops, wine tasting,
private tours, and dining experiences.
Your base for the tour is in the stylish and charming town
of Healdsburg located at the convergence of three distinguished wine
appellations—Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Russian River. Each of the
three cooking workshops will be held at a different wine country kitchen and be
lead by a different local chef, exposing you to a variety of local flavors and
culinary personalities. And the culinary tours provide unique behind-the-scenes
perspectives of artisan food production not usually available to the public.
Each 4-day tour is unique as we visit different cheesemakers, wineries and farms based
on availability and season.
Arrive on your own to Healdsburg, 67 miles north of San Francisco in Northern
Sonoma County. Welcome wine and cheese reception that evening.
To kick off our tour, we will visit a family-run organic
farm and learn about local and sustainable agriculture. We’ll pick some produce
and take it with us to our first cooking workshop at a beautiful wine country
The first cooking workshop provides an introduction to Sonoma County through seasonal Sonoma County flavors—cheese,
meat, fruits and vegetables, and wine. We will work together to create a
flavorful four-course lunch
paired with local wine.
● Grilled Sourdough Bruschetta
with Heirloom Tomato Jam and Goat Cheese
● Summer Green Salad with Terra
Sonoma VerJus and DaVero Olive Oil
● Cedar-Plank Grilled Halibut
with a Chardonnay Infusion
Toasted Couscous with Tierra Vegetables
● Ricotta and Goat Cheese Tart
with Fresh Strawberries and Saba
You'll have the evening on your own to try some of Healdsburg’s world-class
● Smoked Duck with Mango Relish
on Crispy Won Tons
● Mixed Green Salad with Roasted
Peaches, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette
● Brined and Grilled Pork
Loin with Roasted Summer Vegetables
● Crepes with Chardonnay-Poached
our way back to town, we’ll stop at an olive ranch whose harvest is used to make
artisan olive oil. The owners will lead a tour of the ranch, discuss
hand-pressed olive oil production, and lead an olive oil tasting.
You're on your own in the afternoon to explore Healdsburg’s antiquing,
shopping, spas, wine tasting, golf, tennis, and other relaxations.
In the evening, we will dine together at a local restaurant featuring
seasonal small plates, two glasses of wine or cocktails included.
Since we won't be able to leave empty-handed,
we’ll purchase some cheese to add to our picnic lunch at the Wild Flour Bakery,
a rustic and organic wood-oven bakery in Freestone. Then we will continue on to the scenic Bodega Bay Harbor to visit a fisherman,
learn about California North Coast fishing, and purchase seafood for the cooking
workshop this evening.
Upon our return to Healdsburg, you will have
the remainder of the afternoon free.
We end the tour with an evening cooking
workshop where we work with the seafood caught and purchased earlier in the
day. Guests will enjoy an exquisite four course dinner served with local wine.
● Chilled Summer Vegetables with
Green Goddess Dressing
● Heirloom Tomato Galette
with Bellwether Farms Pepato and Balsamic Reduction
● Lemon and Herb Grilled
Salmon with Cannellini Bean Ragout
● Dry Creek Peach Shortcake with
Available Dates in 2006: May 16-19, July 18-21 and September 12-15
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