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Mar 15, 2008 07:23 PM

Help with planning self catered St. Helena 40th birthday party


Around a dozen or so friends are joining me in the wine country for my 40th birthday later this year. We're staying in St. Helena. I am planning a casual, self-catered dinner party at my B & B for my birthday night. I could use some help with leads on several things:

1. Best place to order a cake? I am thinking about something like a carrot cake, red velvet cake or German chocolate cake.

2. Best place to buy the wine? I want to spend around $17-20 a bottle. I'll be buying red, white and sparkling. I want to buy CA wines. What wine stores are my best bets for good values?

3. Best places to purchase prepared foods? I am thinking about a medley of room temp/cold foods like couscous salad with grilled chicken, salmon, bean salad, etc. I've looked at Dean & Dulca, of course, and Oakville Grocery. Are there other places you would recommend?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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  1. Happy B Day!

    When it comes to wine, the world is your oyster in St. Helena. Depending on your B and B, they might be able to sell you wine that they might use for their tasting time.

    Dean and Deluca has a great selection of prepared foods, and cake. I saw on the Food Network, that just outside of St. HElena, there is a drive up looking resteraunt that serves gourmet fare, they might have some things that they can prepare for you.