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Napa Valley Farmer’s Markets

Farmers’ Market season is upon us! Please visit a Certified Farmers’ Market near you!

Photo credit: Destination 360

 

 

American Canyon Farmers’ Market opening day: Sunday, May 1st!
Sunday (May-Oct) 10:00am to 2:00pm
100 Benton Way, American Canyon, CA
http://www.pcfma.org/

Farmers’ Market at Long Meadow Ranch
Friday 9 am to 1 pm • Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 4 pm (year round)
738 Main Street, St. Helena, CA

Napa Farmers’ Market opening day: Tuesday, May 3rd!
Tuesdays & Saturdays (May-Oct) from 8 am to 12:30pm
South Napa Century Center, 195 Gasser Dr.
https://napafarmersmarket.org/

St. Helena Farmers’ Market opening day: Friday, May 6th!
Every Friday (May-Oct) from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Crane Park, St. Helena
http://www.sthelenafarmersmkt.org/

CATEGORIES: Events, General, Planet Auberge

Wedding Q&A with Borrowed & Blue

Photo Courtesy of Danny Dong

Auberge du Soleil recently teamed up with Borrowed and Blue, the online resource for Napa weddings, to give couples everything they need to know about our catering services. Here is Borrowed & Blue’s Q&A with Emily Coyne, the Director of Catering at Auberge du Soleil.

  1. What is unique about the catering at Auberge du Soleil?
    Our catering comes straight from our Michelin starred restaurant. Our Executive Chef designs the weddings menus and oversees everything in the kitchen. This means that instead of the typical wedding banquet experience, guests here will enjoy an upscale restaurant dining experience. Our servers ask each wedding guest the temperature they would like their filet mignon cooked, as well as if they have any dietary preferences. Should a guest mention at the wedding that they need a gluten free meal, or prefer no shellfish, our catering team will immediately make the necessary adjustments regardless of the “set” wedding menu that is being served. We also strive to include those little “extra touches.” For instance, if we learn that a wedding guest is celebrating their own anniversary that weekend, we would bring them a special dessert plate with “Happy Anniversary” written in chocolate. The catering at Auberge du Soleil is thoughtful, refined, and sets the scene to create the perfectly quintessential wine country wedding.
  2. What services are included in the catering you provide?
    We work with many clients who plan their weddings from a distance and are overwhelmed by the thought of the hundreds of details they must address. For the couple that wishes to avoid the minutia of renting table settings and picking a napkin fold, we provide a simple solution. Our services include linens, votive candles, table numbers, flatware, china, Riedel crystal stemware, setup, breakdown, and day of coordination for everything at Auberge du Soleil. Our service is very hands on, and clients will be guided through the process from the moment they first tour the property until their last dance. We have an experienced team that works to seamlessly orchestrate everything and clients will never feel that they are shuffled from one person to the next. Very often the person that a couple first tours with is the same person sending them down the aisle on the wedding day and showing them how to cut the cake.
  3. Where do you source your ingredients from?
    Our Executive Chef visits the farmer’s market each week and sources many ingredients from there. We work with a multitude of boutique, organic farms. We strive to source everything that we can locally, and our Chef works within the parameters of the growing season to plan his menus. There is such an abundance of wonderful produce in the area, and we want to showcase those items at the moments they are in their prime.
  4. What is the first question you ask when you sit down with a couple?
    I don’t have a specific question that I always ask, but I do always start by trying to learn a bit more about the couple and what their personal tastes and priorities are. In order to exceed a client’s expectations, it’s important that we first understand what those expectations are. In the initial process, I know that many couples are overwhelmed and may not have a firm grasp on their wedding vision yet. In this case, I seek to offer some insights and help educate them – if they are open to it of course!
  5. What’s the biggest mistake that engaged couples can make when choosing their caterer?
    I often find that in the initial stage the budget is a large factor. Unfortunately, many couples don’t want to talk about what their budget is and this is a huge mistake when selecting a venue and catering.  I want to make it easy for clients to understand their total expected catering costs. I don’t want to hide this information or provide them with an unrealistic estimate. It’s uncomfortable for some couples to provide a number that they are prepared to spend on the venue and food, but without knowledge of this it’s challenging to guide them in the right direction. The final estimate we send should never be a surprise to clients, and yet sometimes it is. If couples are forthcoming with their caterer early on about what their budget is then it’s much easier on everyone. Not only can this help guide the client towards what menu related decisions are best for them, but it also allows everyone to make sure that the fit is good and that the couple and their guests will be happy with the end result

It’s clear that Auberge du Soleil is the best choice for catering when it comes to Napa weddings. A huge thank you to Borrowed & Blue for partnering with us for this Q&A!

CATEGORIES: General, Weddings

47-Mile Hike and Bike Trail in Napa, California

Auberge Bike to Work

The success of the Napa Valley Vine Trail is so important to us that we chose to actively participate in the project when it first came into fruition.

We feel that the Vine Trail will create a welcoming and environmentally responsible experience for visitors and locals alike, while restoring Napa Valley for generations to come.

The proposed Vine Trail links the five Napa Valley communities from the northern tip of Calistoga spanning 47 miles to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal and to the greater Bay Area in a non-motorized, environmentally sensitive way.

When complete, the Vine Trail will offer safe transportation, recreation, education and healthy lifestyle benefits to Napa Valley residents and visitors.

Auberge du Soleil adds a $4 donation to every hotel reservation which will be matched by the hotel (opt out available).  These funds are donated to the Napa Valley Vine Trail.

We hope to extend our mission to others; together we can preserve the Napa Valley for future generations.  We are thankful for your support of this cause.

CATEGORIES: General, Napa Valley Vine Trail, Planet Auberge

Spring Awakening Ritual at Auberge Spa

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Spring into summer with award winning Auberge Spa’s Spring Awakening Ritual… Our spa is known for its luxurious seasonal treatments and this is one of our favorites this year. We are offering this ritual to assist you in leaving the colder months behind and prepare for the warmer months ahead. Rejuvenate your skin with an apricot and spearmint body polish followed by a soothing milk bath in your own private garden. This will awaken your senses and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Then, uplifting aromatherapy and steamed towel compresses melt away tension just before you complete with a nourishing sesame oil full body massage by one of our seasoned therapists. Offered during the months of March, April and May.

SPRING AWAKENING RITUAL | 120 min

exfoliation | massage | optional bath

Rejuvenate your skin with an ESPA body polish infused with Apricot and Spearmint. Then uplifting aromatherapy and steamed towel compresses melt away tension, leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Complete with a nourishing sesame oil full body massage and optional restorative whey milk bath and elixir.

 

CATEGORIES: General, Spa

Judgment of Paris Dinner with Chateau Montelena at Auberge du Soleil

On Friday, March 11 Auberge du Soleil hosted a fabulous event with Chateau Montelena Winery, honoring the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris.  In attendance was Proprietor, Judy Barrett, President, Bo Barrett, along with his wife Heidi Barrett and Winemaker, Matt Crafton.  This exclusive, 70-seat, sold out dinner was the perfect way to toast the 1976 ‘Judgment of Paris’ that catapulted Napa Valley wines onto the worldwide stage.

Executive Chef Robert Curry created a signature five-course menu paired with a selection of the winery’s award-winning white and red varietals.  The rich cuisine included;  Maine Lobster Salad, Cilantro, Coconut, Mango, Curry;  Sautéed Day Boat Scallop, Roasted Cauliflower, Currants, Prosciutto;  Liberty Farms Duck, Potato Gnocchi, Grilled Radicchio, Pickled Kumquats and Whole Roasted Filet Mignon, Wild Mushrooms, Potato Croquettes, Béarnaise.

Auberge du Soleil’s Wine Director, Kris Margerum, was on hand to commence the evening and introduce Judy and Bo Barrett.  Guest of honor, Bo Barrett, brought everyone ‘back in time’ to 1976 showcasing the winery’s famed wines and stories surrounding this historic event.   Chateau Montelena brought magnums of  their 2008 & 2013 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay to taste the vintages side by side.   As well as 2007 & 2013 Chateau Montelena  Zinfandel and 2001 & 2010 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with the main course.

Auberge’s Executive Pastry Chef, Paul Lemieux, served a Agrumato Chiffon Cake for dessert.  This paired wonderfully with Chateau Montelena’s 2005 “Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc.   There were many birthdays, anniversaries and even a set of newlyweds celebrating with us.  This made the dessert course that evening extra sweet.

It was an honor to host Chateau Montelena and be a part of their anniversary.   A huge thank you to all of our guests in attendance that evening for joining us on this journey.

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Photo credit:  Adeline & Grace Photography 

CATEGORIES: Events, General, Restaurant, Wine



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