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Mar 22, 2011 02:39 PM

Where to pick up our picnic food in Napa (heading up from SF to Calistoga)

We'll be getting an early start on a Saturday morning, driving up to Calistoga and heading out on bicycles to go on a picnic.

Where to pick up tasty items?
Up to 2 or 3 stops acceptable.

Open to any suggestions, though it seems we'll want:
-- sandwiches or bread/cheese/salami/etc
-- tasty salads of some sort
-- dessert
-- drinkables

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  1. Oakville Grocery
    Dean and Deluca
    Sunshine Market
    Vallarta Market

    8 Replies
    1. re: wolfe

      BTW, Oakville Grocery and Dean & Deluca are owned by the same guy so much of the food offerings are remarkably the same.

      Oakville Grocery
      124 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      1. re: CarrieWas218

        Are they the same as Dean and Deluca in SoHo NYC?

        If so I'd prefer something more unique and local in feel.

        1. re: pauliface

          They *were* the same - Leslie Rudd bought the entire franchise years ago and neither Georgio (DeLuca) nor Joel (Dean) have been involved since 1995.

          You want a local feel? Go to Rainbow Grocery in St. Helena.

          Rainbow Grocery
          1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. re: CarrieWas218

            Carrie- I think you mean Sunshine in St Helena, not Rainbow? Unless you mean Rainbow in SF as they start out?

            1. re: souvenir

              Yes, thank you, Souvenir. Similar nouns and all that...

              1. re: CarrieWas218

                Exactly. I also have this memory that their logo is (was?) a sun with a rainbow.

                1. re: souvenir

                  I think you are right - and while I said similar nouns, it is also similar platitudes...

      2. re: wolfe

        Along with being arranged south to north those places are all on the same road with no detours, zero, none or in the case of Vallarta, nada.

      3. v. sattui

        or maybe sonoma cheese factory

        1. I second the suggestion for Sunshine Market,

          I can't remember buying prepared salads there, perhaps others can comment on this.

          Their sandwiches and dessert selection are great!

          Depending on what all you want and whether you want to make a second stop, the Model Bakery a few blocks away is also worth a stop,

          Model Bakery
          1357 Main St St, Helena, CA

          1. Stop in Napa at the Oxbow Public Market for one-stop shopping at The Oxbow Cheese Merchant, Model Bakery, and Fatted Calf. You can browse the market for your other items.

            ETA: And unlike the Ferry Building or Berkeley Bowl on Saturday morning, so easy to park.

            Oxbow Public Market
            610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

            Fatted Calf
            644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

            Model Bakery
            610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

            The Oxbow Cheese Merchant
            610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

            1 Reply
            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Second on Fatted Calf.

              Parking is easy at Berkeley Bowl West, which is just a couple of minutes off the freeway.

              Between having to park a few blocks away and dealing with the crowds, the Ferry Plaza market can take quite a while.

              Fatted Calf
              644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

              Berkeley Bowl West
              920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

            2. No one has mentioned that, if you're going over the bay bridge, stopping at the Ferry Building is a good one-stop shop. It's not *in* napa or calistoga, but it is *on the way*. Another good choice is Berkeley Bowl West, which is very close to the freeway and is a lot of fun - like an improved whole foods.