Napa culinary tidbits: Martini House to close this month, Pawlcyn branching out, Napa gets Dim Sum

by TrevR on October 5, 2010

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It always seems like the news items come in bunches around here, which is fitting I suppose. Read on for the latest culinary developments from the Napa Valley.

Cindy Pawlcyn (right) will be responsible for the dining experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cindy Pawlcyn to manage Monterey Bay Aquarium’s dining experience
A recent article in the Napa Valley Register details Chef Cindy Pawlycn’s latest venture, which will see her overseeing the dining experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

According to the Register, Pawlycn will “…bring her cooking philosophy to all aspects of the aquarium’s food and beverage program, including its self-service café, full-service restaurant and private event catering.”

We’re big fans of Pawlycn’s Napa Valley establishments: Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, Go Fish and Mustards Grill.

Read the full article.

St. Helena’s Martini House to close by month end
We were surprised and saddened today to learn that Martini House will be closing for good by the end of the month. We’ve always enjoyed the food and have long felt the downstairs bar at this St. Helena establishment was one of the best in the valley in terms of atmosphere–especially on a cold winter night. Oh well.

There was one encouraging item in regards to the future plans of chef Todd Humphries and co-owner Richard Miyashiroand. Here’s what Eater SF reported:

As for Humphries and Miyashiro, they plan to regroup for a bit and then look into opening something new, “possibly in downtown Napa.”

Count us as intrigued and excited.

Napa finally gets a little Dim Sum
Speaking of excited, we were downright jubilant when we were alerted to the fact that Napa now has Dim Sum! Thanks to Linda Cordair of Quent Cordair Fine Art for tipping all us Tweeters off a couple weeks ago.

We had the chance to try out Dim Sum Charlies last week and were not disappointed. The best part? It’s not located in some posh, brand new space–instead, it’s playing in to the mobile food trend.

We’re currently working on an interview with chef Chuck, so stay tuned…

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, napa restaurants, st. helena, martini house, cindy pawlcyn, dim sum charlies]

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