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Rancho Gordo New World Specialty Foods store?

rworange Mar 2, 2012 12:28 PM

I clicked on the wrong thing and accidently stumbled on this. It sounds cool In addition to the beans there are other specialty foods plus They often have cooking classes, with people such as Deborah Madison and Diana Kennedy. There are also clay cooking pots.

Anyone been?

It is a little difficult to determine if it is still there as most people are only talking about the beans in general and the only post about the actual store was in 2010.

Address

http://www.yelp.com/biz/rancho-gordo-...

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    dkenworthy Feb 14, 2013 08:00 AM

    We live in Sonoma, but go to the Rancho Gordo store a few times a year to stock up on beans. They often do "release" parties with cookbook authors that are really fun, and once we went to a Cinco de Mayo open house there. It is a fun place to visit.

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    1. re: dkenworthy
      pagesinthesun Feb 14, 2013 08:17 AM

      For those that don't live in the Bay area, their mail order program is awesome! I just joined the bean club, quarterly deliveries. I'll never use any other brand of beans. I love their philosophy and the beans have never let me down. I've tried most of them.

      I'm visiting SF later this spring. I can't wait to see the new store!

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        joanberry Sep 29, 2013 11:22 PM

        Can you tell me a bit more about the bean club? Are the beans pretty common or more unique?

        1. re: joanberry
          CarrieWas218 Sep 30, 2013 01:55 AM

          Not common at all - RG cultivates "old world" beans that are indigenous to the Americas but most of what is sold in regular grocery stores are European varieties.

          These are unique and gorgeously tasty beans. I made soup this weekend with Sangre de Toro beans and my new family loves the fact that these are different beans than what they are used to from canned beans.

          1. re: joanberry
            Robert Lauriston Sep 30, 2013 02:10 AM

            I see new bean varieties I've never heard of every time I go to their store.

      2. Robert Lauriston Feb 14, 2013 01:54 AM

        Inside Scoop reports they're opening a second store in Ferry Plaza, where the Hershey's ("Scharffen Berger") store is now.

        http://www.sfgate.com/food/insidescoo...

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          Tobias Mar 3, 2012 02:47 PM

          Are these nice folks ever going to bring back those amazing tortilla chips they used to make? For years they said they were waiting for a new machine of some sort, but I've stopped asking. I love their beans and popcorn, but the chips were incredible.

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            Piperdown Mar 3, 2012 03:04 PM

            There were Rancho Gordo Tortillas for sale at the Napa Fatted Calf store last week which were incredible. I guess you could try frying them yourself if they don't have chips at the RG store.

          2. CarrieWas218 Mar 2, 2012 08:02 AM

            I go often because it is in my 'hood and there is a much larger selection of everything being produced. The classes and events are well-attended and occasionally, there are samples of cooked beans on pots in the back kitchen area...

            1. Robert Lauriston Mar 2, 2012 06:42 AM

              It's a great store. I thought I posted about it but can't find it. I can't remember what they had besides beans but I think that's all we bought.

              Their Web site is kind of disorganized, here's the info about the store (Yelp has the hours and phone number wrong and has a second entry with the wrong address):

              http://ranchogordo.com/html/rg_market_schedule.htm

              1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559
              (707) 259-1935
              Mon.-Fri., 11-5:30
              Sat. 11-5

              General topic about what they sell that's good:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/529093

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                rworange Mar 2, 2012 06:50 AM

                Thanks. i tried calling because the hours of being open monday only seemed strange and when I tried to call, as mentioned, it was wrong. I'll make the updates so no one else is led astray. Will have to check out the store next time i'm in Napa and see if there's anything special scheduled.

                1. re: rworange
                  Robert Lauriston Mar 2, 2012 07:11 AM

                  For events and so on, check out the blog and sign up for the newsletter.

                  http://ranchogordo.typepad.com

                  I gave up making corrections in Yelp since most never showed up.

                  1. re: rworange
                    little big al Sep 30, 2013 02:40 AM

                    I love RG. I also miss rworange a lot.

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