I’m still catching up on our July 4th trip to Napa! For dinner on the 4th, we headed to Farmstead in St. Helena for good food, good wine, and good fireworks.
Good Food - Farmstead is part of Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead - a tasting-room, restaurant, seasonal farm stand, and nursery in St. Helena. The restaurant, actually a restored barn, features a farm-to-table menu where almost every ingredient comes from the LMR farm and the dishes are meant to showcase the ingredients at their seasonal peak – and as a result, the food tastes…like food, really delicious food. Everything produced at LMR is either sustainable or organic.
Good Wine - Farmstead has the best corkage fee I’ve come across – it’s $2 per bottle and gets donated to a non-profit…and you get proper glasses. Thanks again to my dad’s cellar, we enjoyed a great selection of reds:
2002 Gralyn Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Rudd Oakville Estate Red
2004 Shafer One Point Five
2005 Vineyard 29 CRU
Good Fireworks - Last year we attended Louis Martini’s July 4th celebration – the fireworks were great, but the wine was….not good. Farmstead is only about a mile north of Louis Martini and from our outdoor table, we were able to enjoy all the same fireworks – but with better food and wine!
Caramelized Beets with Goat Cheese and Greens
~This salad was amazing! So flavorful! I would definitely order this again next time.~
Grass-fed beef cut of the day - 14 oz. New York Strip Steak
with corn and asparagus
~This steak was full of flavor…delicious.~
Creamy Macaroni and Broccoli with Garlic and Grana
~The broccoli had a bit too much garlic for me. But the Mac and Cheese was delicious – not sure about what cheeses were used for the sauce, but the combination had just the right hint of tanginess.~
“Brick Cooked” Chicken with Flageolet Beans, Bloomsdale Spinach and Pistou
~Moist and flavorful – this is some of the best roast chicken we’ve had.~
Strawberries, Blueberries, Mascarpone, and some kind of Crumble
~This unassuming dessert was incredible – honestly, one of the best desserts I’ve had in a while.~
And fireworks courtesy of Louis M Martini.