Quince on the menu?
Someone on another SF list I read asks this question which I think is better suited for this crowd:
"I love quinces and the season is short. They are so unusual that I find it hard to find any restaurants serving this great fruit. Anyway, apart from the obvious restaurant Quince, do you know of any restaurants in the Bay area that have quince on the menu these days?"
Etoile at Domaine Chandon in Yountville seems big on quince right now. Their online menu isn't updated, but in addition to the brunch/lunch dishes I mentioned ... quince and carmelized tart ... quince tatin ... a few other lunch dishes had quince. I imagine dinner would have some quince dishes as well.
I haven't been getting out enough to find quince on menus, but Coke Farms has had quince the past couple of weeks at the Palo Alto Saturday famer's market. They also sell at Menlo on Sundays. Nice big yellow fruit, not fuzzy. I cooked one batch of quince paste and am going to try another this afternoon. If you follow in my footsteps and use the Chez Panisse Fruit cookbook, know that it takes a long long time to reduce them to a proper thickness. It's not mentioned in the recipe. Delicious enough to be worth trying though.
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