Chef's Blog

Solage Calistoga's Executive Chef Brandon Sharp shares his passion for cooking, life and all things Napa Valley.

September 7, 2013

Word’s out in the streets, we have taken the reins at French Blue.  New menus are posted online and outside the front door.

And at Solbar, I had the bright idea to go with four menu changes last Tuesday night plus a full turn on the fried chicken menu, so it’s not as if we’re stagnating here.

Here are a few images from 1-Day at French Blue.  It’s difficult to put into words JUST how exciting and challenging this all is.

fines herbes, brioche, and butter stuffing under the crispy skin.  the chicken is roasted in the woodburning oven.

fines herbes, brioche, and butter stuffing under the crispy skin. the chicken is roasted in the woodburning oven.

 

FB filet 9.13

Beef tenderloin with bone marrow butter and horseradish-potato mousseline.

daivd little's carola potato gnocchi with brentwood diamond corn, trumpet mushrooms, and perigord truffles

daivd little’s carola potato gnocchi with brentwood diamond corn, trumpet mushrooms, and perigord truffles

 

FB soup 9.13

Shelling bean (butterbeans in this case) soup with salsa verde, bacon-onion compote, and crispy beer batter

(It smells pretty good in the FB kitchen.  I smell better after work than my days as a fish cook.)

(It smells pretty good in the FB kitchen. I smell better after work than in my days as a fish cook.)

 

norwegian eggs with smoked salmon, brussels sprout leaves and fresh dill for brunch.

norwegian eggs with smoked salmon, brussels sprout leaves and fresh dill for brunch.

 

forni-brown tomatoes with pine nut crostini and di stefano burrata

forni-brown tomatoes with pine nut crostini and di stefano burrata

 

 

Executive Chef Ryder Zetts.

Executive Chef Ryder Zetts.

 

At the staff tasting on Wednesday afternoon.

At the staff tasting on Wednesday afternoon.

 

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