- Marjorie Zeidner
I am going to the wine country in Aug and would like some restaurant advice. I would love some restaurants that are low key with great food featuring localroduce. Thanks
Your request is not uncommon of the SF Bay Area board, but that is not to say that it is unwelcome. Since I'm somewhat of a Chowhounds rookie, though well travelled and well fed, I will take this opportunity (especially since no one else has replied) to impart upon you a few pearls of wisdom that I've been able to collect whilst residing in Sonoma County the past 2 years (and the Bay Area for 26 prior to that).
You can scan through the archives (as I have done) to see many other fine restaurant recommendations in Sonoma, Napa, etc from Chowhounds certainly more eloquent and detail oriented than myself. Two recommdations I have in Sonoma are 1) the General's Daughter on Spain Street for brunch (I assume their other meals are equally as nice, though I've only tried the brunch there). A second recommdation would be to eat the dinner that you make in Sonoma at Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School - next to the General's Daughter (I'm not affiliated, just a fan). If you know how to prefix your www. and suffix your .com you be able to find Ramekins and the schedule of classes offered in August (FYI they also offer a B&B). For the price of a nice dinner out, you get to learn how to make what is served, meet some nice people with similar interests and enjoy a couple of glasses of local wine. Ramekins offers a nice variety of cooking classes at a reasonable price. I prefer the hands on cooking classes, though I see that John Ash is demonstrating "The Tomato Class" on August 16th. John Ash is a local celebrity with an excellent namesake restaurant that he consults for (now owned by the Ferrari-Carano Winery) in Santa Rosa; his class would be an excellent choice.
re: Andy Jacob
Andy, welcome to the board and thanks for jumping in! Nice to have another Sonoma resident on line with us.
Since you mentioned Ferrari-Carano winery, let me repeat the offer from Laura Petersen (firstname.lastname@example.org)who manages VIP customer relations there. She's offering a special tour and tasting for chowhounds who make an appointment with her.