August 1, 2013 |
Carol's Corner |
Summer at Chalkboard
I love this time of year. Everything is blooming, the weather is gorgeous, and the sun is always shining. This has been a particularly busy and exciting summer for us in Healdsburg, California, as Bill and I just opened up our new restaurant Chalkboard! Located on North Street, right beside Hotel Les Mars, Chalkboard is led by Chef Shane McAnelly, who is previously from Va de Vi, in Walnut Creek, California.
The menu is just incredible! It focuses on small plates, using the freshest of ingredients, along with a fantastic wine list and a number of wines by the glass. What’s really fun for me is that many of the ingredients on Chef Shane’s menu come directly from the culinary garden here at Chalk Hill Estate. It’s a great collaboration between Chef Shane and our culinary gardener Brad Agerter.
Chef Shane McAnelly
Shane and Brad meet nearly every day to review what is growing well and to see what interesting items they can add to the menu. The other day, Brad walked me through the garden where we sampled items such as oregano, cauliflower, summer squash, beets and English peas, all featured ingredients on the Chalkboard menu.
Since Shane like to use all of the seasonal items from the garden, the menu will be constantly changing. For now however, my favorite is the Fava Bean and Baby Artichoke salad, which has a delicious lemon citronette dressing. It tastes like summer and is light enough that you're able to leave room to enjoy desserts from our incredible Pastry Chef!