Food Truck Fridays in Napa, Oxbow Wine & Cheese Merchant moves, Thanksgiving at Ad Hoc and more

by TrevR on November 9, 2010

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A busy November is off to a flying start. Here are a few Napa Valley food related items to whet your appetite this cold Tuesday morning.

On the Move: Oxbow Wine & Cheese Merchant is expected to re-open later this week following a move inside the Main Hall at Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa

Bardessono unveils truffle and Winter menu
Chef Sean O’Toole of Yountville’s Bardessono has unveiled a new seasonally inspired menu that includes white truffles. Among the Winter menu highlights are the Wild King Salmon, which comes with swanton farm artichoke fritters, oregon lobster mushrooms, sylvetta, sherry-salmon jus appetizer for $29 (entrée portion) and the Alaskan Halibut, served with iacopi farm butter beans, monterey calamari, preserved lemon, heirloom basil and ink sauce for $29 (entrée portion).

Check out the full menu here.

Oxbow Wine & Cheese Merchant moving to main hall
On Sunday we took a stroll through Oxbow Public Market and noted that Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant was in the final stages of packing up and moving from its space adjacent to the Main Hall to directly across from Hog Island Oyster Company inside the Main Hall.

According to signage posted throughout the market, the Wine and Cheese Merchant is expected to be closed for the next couple days with a target re-opening in the Main Hall on Thursday (11/11).

Food truck Friday a new Napa Valley institution
A couple weeks ago we told you about Dim Sum Charlies–our new favorite place to get good, quality dim sum right here in the Napa Valley. Well, now there’s an emerging trend that’s quickly catching on here in the valley: Food Truck Friday (#foodtruckfriday for those of you following along on Twitter). Here’s the scoop, every first Friday of the month, several local food trucks (yes, there are several!) gather in downtown Napa to serve up their delicious dishes in a fun, no-frills environment.

We stopped by this past Friday evening to find the area jam-packed and jumping with people. Among the food trucks participating were Dim Sum Charlies (dim sum, of course), Mark’s The Spot Truck (amazing sliders), Tacos Michoacan (tacos) and Kara’s Cupcakes (cupcakes, duh).

We opted for the dim sum and, as usual, were not disappointed. A word to the wise: if you plan to attend, pack your patience–with the volume of people and limited space to crank out fresh food, wait times can be a bit on the long side (our recommendation is to bring a nice bottle of wine to enjoy while you wait).

Early Thanksgiving Dinner at Ad Hoc
For those of you who can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner, Yountville’s Ad Hoc is teaming with Brown Estate to serve up a Thanksgiving-inspired menu a week early. For $175 per person (which includes wine pairing) you’ll be able to feast on a menu featuring Little Gem Lettuce with Maine Lobster, Warm Autumn Squash Salad, Pan Roasted Monkfish, Turkey Roulade, Veal Osso Bucco and Mississippi Mud Pie along with some of Ad Hoc’s takes on your favorite sides and fixings. Reservations are required and space will likely go fast, so don’t wait.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Bardessono, Oxbow Public Market, Dim Sum Charlies, Mark's The Spot Truck]

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