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Each meal, be it for a table of 2 or a tent-full, is a story of it's own. I co-write these stories, through bespoke menus, creating singular moments through plotlines that you can really sink your teeth into, that come to life in memories that stick with you".

cuisines

Californio

Classic and New American

Cuban

French

Italian

 Mediterranean

Mexican

                     Peruvian

                      Spanish

           

 

 

 

 

californio

Herb-crusted Baby Lambchops/Avocado Mashed Potatoes/Composed molcajete Caesar

 
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CALIFORNIO 

Californio Cuisine is my culinary crossroads, where the bounty of fresh local ingredients, great seafood and sustainable farming here in the Bay Area intersect with the rich heritage of Mexican cooking in California that began when the first settlers from Mexico brought their culinary tools and flavors north with them.

The old world techniques— the time taken to grind spices with a mortar and pestle, toast seeds and chiles on a comal, work masa to make tortillas by hand— all honor ingredients and coax out the flavors in a way is almost magical.  

This may mean making a Caesar salad dressing in a molcajete, as in the video at the top of this page, or making my signature Minestrone soup with roasted poblano chiles and house made chorizo, or the way Mexican chocolate is my go-to for Chocolate Pot au Creme.

  Tlayuda , a sort of Mexican pizza, is actually a huge corn tortilla with toppings, a Oaxacan specialty. 

Tlayuda, a sort of Mexican pizza, is actually a huge corn tortilla with toppings, a Oaxacan specialty. 

10-course californio chef's tasting menu

from $145*

BEFORE DINNER

Californio Cheesemonger's Platter

Tepache Spritzer: Pineapple-piloncillo Shrub/Sparkling Water/Basil

SMALL PLATES

Esquite Shooters/fresh corn kernels / sweet roasted red peppers/Cotjia

Seared Scallop/Parsnip-butternut Squash Purée/Blueberry-Poblano Salsa/Gooseberries

 Small Polenta Bowl: House-made Lamb Sausage/Broccoli Rabe

OR SELECT TLAYUDAS (see photo left, in place of the SMALL PLATES)

Tlayuda Toppings

Fresh mozzarella/hazelnuts/ricotta/local honey

Spicy-Sweet Baconer: Fresh mozzarella/Baconer Jalapeño Pork Lardons/Red Onion/Smoky Piloncillo Syrup

Tomato Sauce/burrata/garlic/arugula

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Californio Onion Soup/Queso Oaxaca/Tostada

OR

Grilled Romaine/ Chipotle Caesar Dressing

PLATO FUERTE

Mary’s Smoked Duck with Blackberry Mole / Sweet Plantain Mash/ Queso Fresco/Handmade Blue Corn Tortillas / Toasted Sesame Seeds/ Plantain Chip

OR

Pistachio-crusted Salmon/Pistachio Pipian (similar to moles, are thick sauces made with seeds, nuts, chiles and spices)

Rancho Gordo Black & White Bean Duo: stewed in clay pots for 24 hours, which adds a subtle but discernible flavor, with epazote (an herb which has gas-inhibiting properties). 

Arugula/Broiled Ruby Red Grapefruit/Sprouted Maple Roasted Walnuts/ Pomegranate/Pepitas/Chile-Lemon-Maple Vinaigrette

Mexican Chocolate Cannoli/Pistachio Dust

Cafe con Canela: Mexican Coffee brewed in a claypot (which adds a subtle but discernible flavor)/ Cinnamon Bark/ Brandy (optional) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*pricing includes event staffing

french

Moules Marinières (Sailor-Style Mussels)

 
 
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French Seafood Tasting

This menu is presented in the formal French order of service: the evening begins with hors d'oeuvres served during a cocktail hour or wine tasting. this is followed by a sit down dinner that starts with an "entrée" (to the French means a "starter"), then a fish course and then, the main course. In this case, the salad is a "digestif" and served just before dessert.

Baguette is always on the table, as the French view bread as a symbol of hospitality. I make all my pates and rillettes in house, and pickle my own cornichons. Our sommelier is available for pairing recommendations, as is our mixologist. 

5-course french dinner with appetizers

from $125*

BEFORE DINNER

Provençal Crudité & Anchoîde: Easter Egg Radish Coins / Broccoli Romanesque Floret

Duck Rillettes/ Housemade Cornichons

Chicken Liver Pâté with Calvados/ Sliced Baguette

DINNER

Coquilles St. Jacques

OR

Celeriac Soup / Horseradish Crème Fraiche

Moules Marinières (Sailor-Style Mussels)

Halibut en Papilotte: baked in banana leaf/ Shallot-tarragon butter

Arugula/ Shaved Fennel/ Ruby Red Grapefruit/Citrus Vinaigrette

Bouchon’s Apple Pie

 

*pricing includes event staffing

 

new american cuisine

Pistachio-crusted Wild Salmon/Wood Ear Mushrooms/Zucchini Noodles/Bonita Flakes

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8-course new american chef's tasting menu

from $135*

Jicama and Watermelon Puzzle

Steak Tartare/Salt-cured Egg Yolk/Pickled Beet/Fried Caperberry/Brown Rice Crackers

Little Gems/Shaved Fennel/Fennel-Pollen Goat Cheese/Fennel Pollen-Lemon Vinaigrette

Bone Marrow/Prawns/Avocado Purée/Gooseberries/Chile-Peanut Dust

Cucumber-Lime-Basil Sorbet

Pistachio-crusted Wild Salmon/Wood Ear Mushrooms/Zucchini Noodles/Bonita Flakes (see photo just above)

Grilled Stone Fruit/Fresh Burrata/Basil/Balsamic Cream/Toasted Pine Nuts

Chocolate Mousse/Rose-cardamon Whipped Cream/Pistachio Dust (below)

 

*pricing includes event staffing

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8-course Italian

from $125*

APPETIZER

Anitpasto/Breadsticks and Crostini

Salumeri / Black Olive-Fig Tapenade / Herb-roasted Artichoke Hearts / Pickled Mussel Salad

dinner

Shrimp-Rosemary Skewers

Molcajete Caesar Salad (see video top of page), prepared tableside

Farfalle / Sugar Snap Peas / Wild Mushrooms / Fresh Ricotta / Basil

Chicken Saltimbocca

Finocchio al Forno: Fennel/ Parmesan Cream Sauce

Formaggi E Frutta: Locally-sourced Cheeses and Fruit

Coffee Panna Cotta

 

 

*pricing includes event staffing

4-course new american  dinner

from $110*

APPETIZERS

Cheesemonger's Board

DINNER

Pluot Gazpacho / Lobster Bites/ Tabasco Granita

Frisée/Radicchio/Pears/Toasted Hazelnuts/ Ricotta Salata/ Dijon-Agave Vinaigrette

OR

Molcajete Caesar Salad (see video top of page), prepared tableside

Herb-crusted Baby Lamb Chops (see photo top of this page)/Kiwi-mango Chutney

Grilled Asparagus

Roasted Bodega Bay Potato Tart/Dry Jack/Hobbs Applewood Smoked Meats Pancetta

Riesling Poached Pears (below)

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 photo by Martin Delisle

photo by Martin Delisle

7-course Cuban Chef's tasting

from $115

SMALL PLATES

Ensalada de Pulpo/Grilled Octopus Salad

Plantano Maduro/Sweet Plantain/Wilted Radicchio

Yuca en Mojo de Ajo/Yucca in Garlic

LARGE PLATES

Lechon: Cuban Roast Pork

Plantain-crusted Sea Bass / Mango Salsa

Saffron Rice/Artichoke hearts/ Roasted Red Pepper/Sugar Snap Peas

Pastelito de Naraja y Almendra/ Ron y Yogurt

Orange-Almond Cake/Rum & Yogurt Sauce

 

bespoke bar menus designed by our mixologist

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sample dessert bar menu

Almond-Orange Flourless Cake/Orange Syrup/Candied Oranges

Coffee Panna Cotta/ Amaretti Cookies

Chocolate-Pistachio Dipped Mini Cannoli/ Rose-Cardamom Filling

Rugelach Assortment:

Cinnamon

Chocolate

Apricot

Mini Fruit Tarts

Seasonal Fresh Fruit Assortment/Dessert Cheeses

 

& paired cocktail bar menu

Coffee and Tea Bar

(Sphere 6. oz. Martini Glasses)

Cold Brew Espresso Martini/Coffee Beans Garnish

Earl Grey Martini on the Rocks/Poured from a Teapot

Infused Earl Grey tea / guest choose bourbon or vodka/sugar cube/orange bitters/kumquat

Manhattan Bar

(Rocks Glasses or Coupe Glass)

Classic Manhattan 

High Ryes: rye/elderflower/cognac/aromatic bitters/Peychaud's bitters/kumquat garnish

signature tablescapes

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CArrie D. August 2017, "Chef Andrea provided us with a wonderful celebration dinner at our rental Villa in Sonoma. She was super helpful in developing a menu that satisfied all our requirements. Her response time to all questions was quick and greatly appreciated! The food she prepared and served us exceeded our expectations!! Thank you Chef for a lovely meal and we really enjoyed meeting you. Cheers!"

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