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Caterer/restaurant in Sebastopol area?

carolineinthecity Feb 14, 2013 04:12 PM

Looking for a caterer or a restaurant that will provide good and family-friendly food for a small party (20 grown-ups & kids). Delivery is ideal but not required. Your ideas or recommendations please. Thanks!

  1. Melanie Wong Apr 6, 2013 01:45 AM

    Friday I attended the new release tasting at Scherrer Winery in Sebastopol (continues this weekend and next).

    Chef Mark Malicki catered the small bites, as he has for many previous doings here, and the food is always great. Fred Scherrer had bagged three wild turkeys last week. Malicki made turkey confit and combined the shredded confit on a crostini with sangre de toro beans and dressed arugula. Other canapes were even better: warm oxtail+whipped lardo+root vegetables+crumpet, pork jowl+cherry, merguez, brandade, and a "potted" Amsterdam smoked gouda with pears that was a fluffy, whipped up dream.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      tom246 Apr 6, 2013 07:53 AM

      How were the wines. Fred is a pioneer is many ways, getting to meet him, taste and purchase some wine sounds like a good afternoon!

      1. re: tom246
        Melanie Wong Apr 11, 2013 01:45 AM

        Chef Malicki posted this on his FB page:
        "cooking out at fred's again this weekend in graton. here are some of the dishes

        lamb bacon, dried black figs
        duck hash, glazed turnips, duck fat sabayon
        black chanterelle & leek tart, brie de meaux
        celery root "pot roast" buttermilk ricotta, brown butter vinaigrette
        maldon smoked salt & castor sugar cured beef tongue, spring onion mayo
        snails and chorizo
        venison stuffed shiitake mushrooms, togarashi
        pork head & brain fritters
        charred mixed onions & blackened okra with onion butter
        english muffin, salted homemade butter, short rib gravy"

        Always fun and interesting to taste Fred Scherrer's wines. I've bought his zin since the 1993 vintage before he struck out on his own. He was asst. winemaker and still making his own label at Dehlinger then.

        He was pouring a chardonnay, 2012 dry rose', Sonoma County Pinot Noir, three zinfandels, and two cabs. I bought the dry rose' ($20). The NV zin is a great bargain at $20. I was really taken by the 2009 Scherrer Vineyard Cabernet ($50) from vines with St George rootstock. Very interesting to taste it side-by-side with 2009 Cab from another section of the vineyard on different rootstock that is dramatically different.

        The open house continues this weekend, friday-sunday.

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          tom246 Apr 11, 2013 11:48 AM

          Thanks! Sounds like a plan for this weekend.

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      Steveberkeley Feb 15, 2013 01:32 PM

      A La Heart in Santa Rosa catered our wedding 7 years ago. They did a great job with food, service and just general competence making everything work. It's been a few years but if they're still as good as they were, I'd recommend them highly.

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        Pammel Feb 15, 2013 12:13 PM

        I own Bistro Des Copains in Occidental which is not too far from Sebastopol. We have a kid friendly menu, at least we have lots of young foodies who come to eat with their parents. But we don't really do catering. I can suggest you contact Rocker Oysterfeller's in Valley Ford. http://www.rockeroysterfellers.com/ They will do a very nice job for you.

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          foodeye Feb 14, 2013 04:56 PM

          These options look good to me, but I have not tried them:



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          1. re: foodeye
            miss louella Feb 16, 2013 01:53 PM

            I've tried hole in the wall and loved it. I got biscuits and gravy (split of mushroom and sausage and for me I think all of one would have been too one-note but loved the combo). Eggs perfectly over medium, and service was friendly without feeling like I needed to pull out a chair.

            Saw what others had for lunch and everything looked attentively prepared and delicious.

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