From April through October, DaVero–producer of one of California’s finest olive oils, along with excellent wines, vinegars and more–hosts a family-style supper on the last Thursday of each month. The supper takes place in the gorgeous garden of their new tasting room, located at 766 Westside Rd. in Healdsburg.
In June, Jim Reichart and his daughter Jennifer are the featured guests, with Reichart’s fabulous Liberty Duck taking center stage, or plate. In July, chef Mateo Silverman will present a four-course vegan dinner. In August, proprietors Ridgely Evers and Colleen McGlynn feature the bounty of their summer garden.
Guests are seated at one long table, which encourages conviviality.
Cost is $85 per person and $75 for members of the wine club and attendance is limited to about 28 guests. The price includes everything, including a bottomless glass of wine.
These suppers sell out well in advance but sometimes there are last-minute cancellations, which has happened with May’s fete. On Thursday, I’ll be at the helm, alongside Colleen, one of my favorite chefs in the world, to present a meal based on my book California Home Cooking, recently re-released by the publisher as part of a five-book “America Cooks” series. Colleen and I will share cooking duties and feature dishes from the book. Some–carrot fritters, for example–will be exactly as written, others will be adapted to take advantage of ever-changing ingredients and seasonal availability. The main course, whole roasted lamb, will be presented in the style of a favorite leg of lamb dish from the book. We’ll also be serving French Breakfast radishes with local organic butter and Maldon sea salt, roasted artichokes, Armenian pilaf with fresh favas, Little Gem lettuces with olive oil, lemon and blue cheese and, for dessert, ripe cherries and apricots, with walnut-black pepper biscotti alongside. Rumor has it there may be foie gras, too, if the stars align.
If you’d like to snag one of the seats left vacant by the last minute cancellations, call the tasting room–431-8000–right away. All guests receive a signed copy of the book. It should be a fun and delicious evening, under a beautiful sky.
To see a full schedule of Sunday Suppers and other special events at the tasting room , visit davero.com.