Leap Year Culinary Crawl in downtown Napa, French Blue to open in St. Helena

by Karen on February 28, 2012

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As February comes to a close the valley is beginning to show sings of new life–from glorious yellow mustard sprouting up between the vineyard rows to trees beginning to show beautiful white and pink blooms.

There are also new culinary happenings and restaurant openings.

French Blue to Open in St. Helena
A stylish new restaurant will debut in downtown St. Helena come May. French Blue, which is described as a “neighborhood restaurant,” is the latest project from renowned architect Howard Backen, his wife interior designer Lori Backen and vitner Leslie Rudd (who also owns St. Helena’s Press restaurant).

According to a release, the “…space will feature a large open kitchen with a wood burning oven and grill, two fireplaces, a communal table in the center, outdoor seating and a private dining area.” Phillip Wang has been selected as the Executive Chef and the menu will showcase local ingredients with nearly everything being “house-made.”

French Blue, located at 1429 Main Street in St. Helena, will be open throughout the day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a retail market offering house-made products and other specialty foods that highlight artisanal techniques.

Downtown Napa to host Leap Year ‘Culinary Crawl’
With 2012 being a Leap Year, February will include an extra day. To celebrate, downtown Napa will host a Leap Year ‘Culinary Crawl’ tomorrow from 5:30pm – 9:30pm.

We’ve shared details on the Culinary Crawl experience before–to participate in tomorrow’s event, meet up at Ristorante Allegria at 1026 First Street in Downtown Napa. From there guests will be taken to the bar at Avia Napa and 1313 Main. The night will end at Downtown Joe’s Brewery.

Complimentary small bites and special drinks will be offered at each venue. Cost is $35 per person in advance and $45 per person at the door.

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has written 195 posts on The Cork Board. She's lived in the heart of the Napa Valley for nearly a decade and is a foodie with a love of photography. Follow her on Twitter @KRJ99 and visit her website.

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