July 23, 2012
This week we will be expanding our efforts to sell tickets to our upcoming benefit for the Napa Valley Food Bank, Fork it Over, scheduled for September 8. You'll see our table at Locals' Night and at the Napa Farmers Market. Please take a moment to stop by and learn more about the event. It really should be a great evening for an important cause.
Also, if you haven't already noticed, the large construction trailers behind the market along McKinstry Street were removed last week. While we're sorry to see them go because we know that means the funds are not currently available to complete the by-pass channel, the view from the back deck has been temporarily improved. Check it out!
See you at the Market!
Founder, Oxbow Public Market
|LOCALS' NIGHT - EVERY TUESDAY STARTING AT 5 PM|
Join us for Locals' Night every Tuesday when many of our merchants have special items on the menu and/or special offers. This week's specials include:
- Half-price oysters on the half-shell, beer and wine specials and small plates at Hog Island Oyster Bar
- $3 beer and $5 guacamole and chips at C CASA
- 15% off The Olive Press extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars (including bulk oil and vinegar) and tapenades at The Olive Press
- Calzone with prosciutto e funghi or calzone with ricotta e spinaci, plus a glass of Bianco di Napa or Rosso di Napa at Ca' Momi Enoteca
- $1 mini cupcakes (one per customer) at Kara's Cupcakes
- Pint of beer for $4, private label wine for $5/glass and $2 off an artisan cheese platter at Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant
- Enjoy a glass of Amayna Chardonnay or Pinot Noir for $4 a glass at Pica Pica
- Purchase any delicious French savory crêpe and get a Nutella sweet crêpe for half price ~ only $3 at La Crepe!
- Receive a complimentary cup of house tea with any purchase at Tillerman Tea
- Every Tuesday, enjoy Happy Hour tap wines ($6) and draft beer ($3.50) from 3 to 7 pm and $5 small plates from Kitchen Door's snacks and bites menu starting at 5 pm
- Enjoy 15% off 12 oz bags of beans and a drink special (ask the barista) at Ritual Coffee Roasters plus try the new coffee flights
- Select from a spectacular array of our sashimi grade seafood cut and packaged on a bed of seaweed salad at Kanaloa Seafood. Just add wasabi, ginger and soy!
- Half-price cheeseburgers and veggie burgers, $2 fries and $3 glass of wine at Gott's Roadside
- Plus more...just ask when you're at the Market
|NEED A SEAT?
Poor House has chairs, chairs and more chairs! Check out their beautiful French teak and steel folding chairs -- the quality craftsmanship and durability will last for years to come. Your choice, with arms $250 or armless, $230. Mention Oxbow's newsletter this week only and receive 10% off.
|ROYAL BISCUIT CUPCAKES
Kara's Cupcakes is celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a special Olympic flavor: Royal Biscuit! The cupcake is a chocolate cake with a graham cracker crust and sweet chocolate frosting adorned with the Olympic rings logo. Delicious!
|CA' MOMI GOES CLOTHING OPTIONAL
Well, kind of. This week's featured menu item at Ca' Momi Enoteca is Gnudi (pronounced "nu-dee"), a traditional Italian recipe whose name literally translates to "naked." From the same family as gnocchi, these dumplings are made from organic Bloomsdale spinach, Bellwether jersey ricotta and sage butter, topped with grated parmigiano reggiano. Some like to think of them as the inside of the ravioli, without the pasta wrapper (hence the nude reference). Savory, pillowy and with a full comforting mouth feel -- these are a must try! Complement the flavors of the Gnudi with a glass or two of Ca' Momi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or Ca' Momi Napa Valley Zinfandel. Reservations for the Enoteca can be made online or by calling (707) 257-4992.
|PICA PICA BEER TASTING FLIGHT
Curious about all the cool new brews, but not sure where to start exploring? Try Pica Pica's special beer tasting flight, four tasting-sized glasses of different beers, for only $8 throughout the week. Build your own flight from the following selections on tap:
- IPA Racer 5
- Blue Moon
- Napa Smith
- Trumer Pils
- Plus five adventurous rotating Pica Pica picks!
|THE BEST THING I EVER ATE...
Ever since Chef Michael Chiarello mentioned The Model Bakery English muffins on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate show, those magical muffins have been flying off the shelves! Just last week a Food Network tour stopped by the bakery to experience the muffins, with lines stretching out the door. But you don't have to queue up, just stop by the bakery any morning to pick up one, two...or a half dozen of their famous English muffins. Limit is six per person, and beware, they sell out daily! So stop by and pick up a few, grab a cup of Caffe Vita coffee and your day is off to a fantastic start!
|NEW! CLASSIC BALSAMIC VINEGAR
The Olive Press just added classic balsamic vinegar to its balsamic repertoire. The perfect addition to their line of sweet and savory balsamic vinegars, this one is pure and exquisitely simple. Sweet, tangy and versatile -- this traditional style balsamic pairs with any of The Olive Press extra virgin olive oils or citrus crushed olive oils. Try with your favorite extra virgin drizzled over a Caprese salad or pair with a citrus oil for added zest to a summer rice or grain salad! Come by for a taste!
SPECIAL OFFERS FROM FIVE DOT RANCH
Use your Friends of Oxbow card at Five Dot Ranch on Locals' Night and get a one liter bottle of Sante Salute grapeseed oil for $9.99/bottle (regularly $14.99). Ground chuck will also be discounted to $5/lb. compared to $6.99/lb. and Five Dot will be blending short rib and chuck to make a great tasting ground beef, special for Locals' Night for only $7.99/pound.
|GLUTEN-FREE PHILLY CHEESE STEAK
Craving a big, juicy Philly cheese steak but can't eat the bread? Wheat-free or gluten-free cooking can be a challenge, and has made for very creative and healthier recipes. This latest invention from Whole Spice is a great way to use leftovers from a BBQ, or grill a little extra for this recipe! Whole spice blends add just the right amount of flavor balance with no need for additional salt or pepper. Adjust the quantity of spice to your liking. Five Dot Ranch has tender and delicious steak, and the flat iron is perfect for this recipe but you can use any cut; the key is slicing it paper thin.The recipe is based on one potato per person and you can adjust for each serving.
For each serving:
1 large russett potato per person, BBQed, baked, boiled or steamed
1 TB Whole Spice Napa Valley rub
2 heaping TB yogurt or sour cream or cream cheese or combine all three!
1 TB Whole Spice Asado seasoning
4-6 oz lightly seared Five Dot Ranch flat iron steak (Delicious rare but cook to your liking)
BBQed or grilled onions and red or green bell peppers
Sharp provolone or cheddar cheese
Whole Spice pesto seasoning
Mash hot potatoes (pre-steamed or baked) with Napa Valley rub and cream, cover to keep warm. Coat with asado as a dry rub and BBQ or lightly sear steak. BBQ or grill onion and peppers with The Olive Press olive oil and slice into thin strips. For each serving make a layer of mashed potatoes on a heat safe plate or casserole dish. Top with grilled peppers and onions, then paper thin slices of steak, and finally grated cheese. Place under broiler for 3-5 mins or until cheese is melted. Remove from heat, sprinkle top with pesto seasoning and serve hot.
|THE GOOD STUFF FROM THE FATTED CALF
Last year The Fatted Calf paid a visit to The Good Farm in Olsburg for a visit with farmers Craig and Amy Good. The kindhearted Goods with their deep affection for their Duroc and Gloucester old spot hogs and their devotion to stewardship of their land more than live up to the Good name. After a tour of their tidy, efficient farm where they raise not only hogs but also much of the grain that supplements the pastured hogs' diet, Craig and Amy had arranged for a special treat, a visit to their neighbors' barn to witness feeding time for their milk-fed pigs! Just down the road from the Good Farm their neighbor keeps a sweet tempered, honey-colored Jersey milkcow named Ruby who produces far more milk than one family (and even their neighbors) can use. Craig remembered an old timer telling him that the best pork he'd ever eaten was from a hog that had been fattened on milk. The neighbors joined forces and the result is the most beautiful, best tasting pork ever. It has a sweet, mild flavor and a buttery texture that is unbelievably good. When the team from The Fatted Calf arrived, the eight pigs were frolicking in the grass but as soon as they saw them approaching, milk buckets in hand, they ran to the barn crowding the trough before so much as a drop hit the pan. They greedily slurped up gallons of milk in less than a minute and none was wasted. Good pigs! This week The Fatted Calf will have those same milk-fed pigs available. Call 707-256-3684 to reserve your milkfed chops or roasts today -- their last delivery will be on July 25.
|TEA OF THE WEEK
Unlike regular tea, GABA tea (Qing Xin Cultivar) is produced in a nitrogen rich atmosphere, not an
oxygen atmosphere. This process enhances the GABA naturally occurring in the leaf. GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) is the principal and most widespread inhibitory neurotransmitter; it helps control anxiety and aids in relaxation. GABA
tea also is useful for lowering blood pressure, relieving atherosclerosis and treating headaches and sea sickness. It is also especially potent in anti-oxidants thought to prevent cancer. Tillerman Tea will have the GAB available all week for $23.95 (regular $29.95).
Also, the very popular Puerh "coins" are back in stock at Tillerman Tea. These coins are produced from ancient tea trees in southern Yunnan Province using
the prized "purple buds," known for yielding the most flavorful teas. Choose between the "sheng cha" raw-tea coin, closer to a green-tea flavor with more robustness or the "shou cha" ripe-tea coin, which offers a darker, earthly puerh flavor with an ever so smooth mouth quality. Throw one in your cup and continue to add water to enjoy this fine puerh tea throughout your day.
At only $4 each, these "sheng cha" and "shou cha" coins are perfectly
suited to be enjoyed by all.
ROCCHETTA FROM ITALY
Oxbow Cheese Merchant is offering the Rocchetta, a sheep, goat and cow's milk cheese from Piedmont, Italy as its Friends of Oxbow special this week at 15% off. This is a mixed milk cheese in the Robiola style that is ripened by letting it sit for several hours prior to pasteurizing which allows the flavors to fully develop. It is produced in the Alta Langa region of Piedmont and is delicately rich. It is a lovely and creamy Robiola combining the flavors of goat's, cow's and sheep's milk into a harmonious balance of flavor. Dense, semi-soft and smooth in texture, Rocchetta is a very approachable and versatile cheese of exquisite quality that pairs beautifully with the bright Vinho Verde.
MARTIAN RANCH ALBARINO
The 2011 Martian Ranch Albariño from the UFOric Vineyard, in Santa Barbara County is the Friends of Oxbow special at Oxbow Wine Merchant this week. One of the Wine Merchant's favorite summer wines remains Albariño for its exotic flavors, refreshing acidity, lightness and versatility. Albarino is the classic grape of the Rias Baixas in Galicia in northwest Spain and produces high quality wines with terrific fruit, acidity and a floral character. This version remains true to that tradition, providing a lovely perfumed aroma, delicious succulent melon fruit, all balanced by lovely acidity. Albariño is often compared to a cross between Riesling, for its minerality, and Viognier, for its floral, peachy aroma. The cool climate of Santa Barbara County mimics the conditions of the Rias Baixas in Galicia, Spain where this grape thrives. The folks at Martian Ranch & Vineyard have a lot of fun with their name, including branding their corks with small Martian creatures. They took it as far as possible when they named their vineyard UFOric, instead of Euphoric, with the obvious tip of the hat to Unidentified Flying Objects. Martian Ranch & Vineyard is the creation of its proprietor Nan Helgeland. Despite rumors to the contrary, Martian is the blending of the names of her sons Martin and Ian. Both the Martian Ranch Albariño and the matching cheese are 15% off this week only.
OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET
610/644 First Street
Napa, CA 94559