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Castaneda's Market Windsor, AKA "The Paella Guy"

tom246 Jun 27, 2012 09:08 AM

Wanted to give some huge kudos to Jose Castaneda, owner of Castaneda’s Market on Old Redwood Highway in Windsor and he is also known as “The Paella Guy”.

Our son’s wedding took place over the Fathers Day weekend at The Anvil Ranch and Vineyard way out in Annapolis. There were 100 people attending, give or take a few and one of the featured dishes was the Paella from Jose. All I can say is that you need to sample some for yourself! Two huge Paella pans were filled with rice, peas, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, sausage, chicken, edible flowers and a HUGE salmon placed on top, simmering in the broth. That is what I could remember, I’m sure there was more. Served with bread and green salad. On Friday’s at his market the paella is served from 4:30 pm (I think) till its sold out.
There was plenty for everyone with many having second and third helpings. Just delicious. In addition to the pans of paella, Jose also had some great tasting appetizers to start. House cured Serrano ham, Spanish cheeses, marinated peppers and very yummy tortillas Espanolas (omelet with potatoes and chorizo).

His market on Old Redwood Highway in Windsor has a large assortment of fresh vegetables, fruits as well as prepared foods. There is a small dining area and yesterday we had a breakfast burrito which was packed with eggs, sausage, potatoes and green salsa. Before 9:00 am it is $1.99 which is like stealing. On Friday’s at his market that delicious paella is served from 4:30 pm (I think) till it is sold out.
Jose is the consummate professional and a pleasure to deal with. If you are having an affair, wedding or outing, consider getting that wonderful paella. Or just visit his market and snatch up some goodies there!


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    hyperbowler RE: tom246 Jun 27, 2012 09:33 AM

    Do you know if this was the guy who made Paella at Guest Chef a few months ago?

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    1. re: hyperbowler
      Melanie Wong RE: hyperbowler Jun 27, 2012 10:12 AM

      In december, this post says paella was by Paul Skrentny.

    2. Melanie Wong RE: tom246 Jun 27, 2012 10:08 AM

      Congratulations to the parents of the groom!!!

      Thanks for posting about Castaneda's. It is a good spot to pick up veggies and more obscure Mexican types such as sweet cebollitas for the grill. And I've bought Fulton chickens and various Mexican cheeses and cremas, as well as tacos from the deli section. But two purchases of the paella there left me flat. Overcooked rice, dried out rubbery seafood, poor quality chorizo . . . I suspect that the product sold at the store on fridays is a stepped down version of what he makes for catering gigs. So I'd say, yes to his paella at parties per your post, but proceed with caution at the store.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        tom246 RE: Melanie Wong Jun 27, 2012 10:43 AM

        Thanks Melanie, here is a picture (I hope) of the paella at the wedding, it was even better tasting if that is possible!

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          Melanie Wong RE: tom246 Jun 27, 2012 11:16 AM

          Beautiful! IIRC, Gloria Ferrer uses Castaneda for its paella parties.

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