Recipe featured in Food Fanatics Magazine
Executive Chef Jeffrey Jake
Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, Calif.

Scallops are a hit among Napa Valley vacationers dining at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. "The thing about scallops is they are both salty and sweet," says Executive Chef Jeffrey Jake, who often serves scallops at the Royal Oak, the property's steak and seafood restaurant. "Those are two things that attract it to a large base of people."

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RECIPES: Cool Summertime Cocktails

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Celebrate summer with a something new and refreshing in your glass! Whether relaxing by the pool, noshing on some bbq or enjoying a quiet (or not-so-quiet!) get-together with your besties, finding the right refreshment is, in our opinion, very important! 

Looking for something fruity or sparkly? Try the White Peach Sangria with Markham Muscato or perhaps you prefer sipping something with a little more kick.  Then you may want to try the Burning Shrub Cocktail; Shrub cocktails are all the rage these days!

Whatever your mood, craving or occasion, just click below to find the drink that fits!


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4th of July at Spoonbar Restaurant in Healdsburg, CA

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Spoonbar Restaurant ~ 219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448 ~ 
707.433.7222 ~ spoonbar.com

Stop by Spoonbar in Healdsburg this 4th of July to celebrate life, liberty and the American picnic! Enjoy the day with family, friends and community while grooving to the sounds of the Easy Leaves Duo. Chef Louis Maldonado, recent 2014 Top Chef Finalist and Last Chance Kitchen Winner, is bringing you a family-style menu fit for the 4th festivities. We've got cocktails to match, too!  (Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot - call us or see more details online; $47pp)

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The menu offering will be served family-style. Guests will start off with a generous First course consisting of Scallion biscuits + honey, Iceberg chop salad, with avocado, goddess dressing, hen egg, bacon, tomatoes, pickled onions + cucumber, as well as a side of Charred corn with aioli, lime, chili + popcorn.

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Bar Manager, Tara Heffernon, has put together a cocktail offering that is reminiscent of days with grass stained jeans and campfires. The House Fireball will warm your belly with Weller 7 Year Bourbon, cinnamon syrup + red jalapeño shrub (learn how to make your own jalapeno shrub here) Looking for something more mellow? Try The Field of Dreams - we built it so you'd come - with New Amsterdam Vodka, midori, honeydew melon, lime + genepy. If you'd really like to take a trip, go for The PB and J. For those of you who preferred Mom to cut the crust, we're sure this will take the edge off. This adult version consists of Mixed Nut Infused Brandy, frangelico, raspberry liqueur + bitters

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We'll be opening up ALL of our doors so you can enjoy the summer breeze while you listen to the sounds of The Easy Leaves Duo. They'll be supplying country folk tunes to set the tone. Their Americana sound will be vibrating from guitar and upright bass--trap kit and pedal steel, "the whipped cream  and cherry". Feel free to get up and get down! 


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The Second Course will be classic picnic fare with Beef sliders, white bread rolls + flavor marmalade. And what is a picnic without some ribs and chicken? Chef Louis will be sending out Smoked Pork Riblets with BBQ sauce and Fried Chicken Legs, with Aleppo chili. Luckily, you won't have to worry about bringing potato salad, because we're serving it up Spoonbar style with grain mustard, shallots + herbs. To round out the mid-course, there will be Shelling beans cooked in smoked tomato + onion with corn meal crumbs.

Cool things down for the Third Course with fresh chilled berries, assorted popsicles + stone fruit cobbler! Then sit back, relax and we'll take care of the clean-up. Raise a glass in honor of life, liberty and the pursuit of savory fare + specialty cocktail! 

July 4, 2014. 5-10pm. $47pp Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot! For more info on Spoonbar, visit our site http://spoonbar.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram!

RECIPE: White Peach Sangria with Markham Muscato

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It's summertime! Cool down with a refreshing wine cocktail! The Markham Vineyards Muscato transforms fresh, ripe peaches into a delicious and refreshing white peach sangria - perfect for poolside sipping or taking the bite out of spicy Asian food. Look like a professional mixologist in front of your friends with this easy cocktail recipe.

recipe_MarkhamVineyards_whitePeachSangria.jpgDeal Alert! - Enjoy a 20% discount (30% for our Heritage Club members) on their Muscato through June 30th. At $14-$16 per bottle, go ahead and buy a case to last you through the summer!

White Peach Sangria - adapted from Chow.com
  • 1 (750-millliter) bottle Muscato
  • 1 cup peach nectar
  • 3/4 cup peach liqueur
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 white peaches, pitted and sliced, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 lemon, cut into half wheels, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • Ice, for serving
Combine all of the ingredients in a 2-quart pitcher or punch bowl and stir gently. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh peach and lemon slices, if desired.

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Good BBQ Eats in Napa Valley

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Some days you just don't want to slave over the barbecue pit or grill for hours perfecting those, succulent, smoky, fall off the bone, perfectly marinated and spiced barbecue ribs. And let's not forget the almighty sauce that makes you want to lick your fingers and the plate! Mmmmm mmmm good! 

So, now that your mouth is watering for some ribs, where are you going to get them in Napa Valley? See a few of the restaurants we've identified as having good barbecue in Napa. (in no particular order)

bountyHunterWineBar_barbecueRibs.jpgBounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ, 975 First Street Napa, CA 94559

While they are known for their famous beer can chicken, but it's the ribs and briskets that keep locals and visitors alike visiting this downtown Napa restaurant on a regular basis. (Okay, and the chicken too....) Order a slab of ribs, or share the Smokin' BBQ Platter with friends. Doing double duty as a wine bar, each menu selection also suggests the perfect pairing. We recommend you indulge in both!

Mustard's Grill, 7399 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 944-2424
If you're looking for some down home comfort food with a twist of Napa sophistication, look no further than chef Cindy Pawlcyn's restaurant "Mustard's Grill" also affectionately known as a "fancy rib joint with way too many wines". Order the Niman Ranch Barbecued Baby Back Ribs - perfectly cooked and tender rack of ribs with a sweet tangy barbecue sauce (ask for extra!) Not to go unnoticed are the sides - apple-golden raisin slaw and cheddar-jalapeno corn stix. Priced at $26.50, indulge to heart's content or take some home!

Tip: Don't forget about Fido. Ask to take the bones home and they'll doggie bag for you! Also, we hear the Mongolian Pork Chop is amazing!!!

Q Restaurant & Bar, 3900 D Bel Aire Plaza. Napa California 94558. 707 224 6600
Whether it's the ribs, pulled pork sandwich or brisket, take your pick and you'll be thanking us we pointed you in the right direction. It's located in a strip mall of sorts, but don't let the front facade fool you. Between the barbecue (if you're in the mood, fried chicken too) and a host of delicious sides (try the mac n cheese and collard greens) you'll wonder why you didn't know about this place before! View menu here.

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1755 Industrial Way, Suite 28 Napa, California 94559

This small outfit located off the main drag in Napa's Industrial Park specializes in classic Southern BBQ. We've got a special place in our heart, as do many others, for their St. Louis ribs and the out of this world "bacon chop" - a huge pork chop with the pork belly still attached.  Only open Wednesday - Saturday (11:30am - 8pm), it's best to get your orders in early before popular items sell out for the day. While they recently started a lunch menu, it is extremely limited, best bets would be their take-out, groups and catering menus. Recent article on them here.

Tip: Sign up up to be on their email list too, they send a newsletter announcing weekly specials!


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