Chef's Blog

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

Around the Bay

A Weekend in Calistoga

“Solage Resort sprawls over a large patch of land off Silverado Trail with modern chic cottages and main houses, including restaurant Solbar, facing a giant pool with floor to ceiling windows and spacious patio bordered by couches. The restaurant is industrial with high ceilings and touches of brown and olive green.”


The Twelve Days of Pizza – Dec 04

The Accidental Wino

 

“Hands down, the Maitake mushroom pizza at Solbar is the Napa Valley’s best up-valley option for great pizza, and it’s the only pizza available on the Silverado Trail, as far as I know. The dough at Solbar is based upon a biga-style starter, which cultivates and propagates the yeasts, developing a more complex flavor within the crust. Traditionally, Italian bakers use a biga starter for making ciabatta bread, and Solbar’s pizza crust definitely features some ciabatta-like characteristics within the crumb. The pizza dough is made without sugar, ensuring a relatively light color, even after the dough has finished cooking. In terms of the pizza toppings, I also admire the simplicity of the maitake mushrooms and the cave-aged gruyere, which both lend an earthy-nutty component to the pie.”


Calistoga, California: the anti-Napa that’s part of Napa. Does that make sense? – NOV 29

The Star.com – Jim Byers’ Travel Blog

“Solbar at the Solage Restaurant was particularly outstanding, with an elegantly casual decor and monstrously good local food; ranging from perfectly seared bass to local lamb. The salad was quite inventive: escarole and red endive with pears, prosciutto, caramelized honey and a pear-verjus dressing. And there’s an outstanding wine list, not surprisingly.”


The Couple Who Ate The Wine Country: In Search of The Perfect Meal – NOV 18

Recipes for the Good Life

“One of his signature dishes is Lucky Pig – it’s currently on the lunch menu (did you think I’d tease you with something you couldn’t have? Shame on you for thinking that.).”


March of the Michelin Stars – OCT 26

SFEater.com

March of the Michelin Stars: The Restaurant at Meadowood Gets a Triplet; Chez Panisse Gets Knocked Off The List

“Face and director of Michelin Jean Luc Naret, who recently announced he’s stepping down, reminds there are 10 total inspectors who travel throughout the year to cover all three U.S. cities with Michelin Guides. A third of the inspectors (so 3.333 people?) call the Bay Area home. “We spend a full year studying this region to produce our Guide and the effort is immensely satisfying,” he says. “This is quite simply one of the finest culinary regions in the world.”



What to eat in Napa Valley – OCT 19

Serious Eats

What to eat in Napa Valley

“I’m a big fan of dinners that require some assembly at the table: give me some lettuce and pancakes for wrapping, sauces to smear, and free rein to create my own masterpiece, and I’m happy to roll up my sleeves. The classy patio at Solbar in Calistoga may not seem the most obvious place for freeform finger food, but their Lucky Pig is as delicious as it is fun. One order ($36) is big enough for two (or three) diners, making it the best value on the menu by far.”


Solbar in Calistoga – OCT 18

Around the BLOCK

Solbar in Calistoga

“But a recent visit to Solbar restaurant in Napa Valley confirmed all the hype…this is a very special spot. We sat outside surrounded by palm trees, a fountain displaying water and fire, and a Beverly Hills-style pool, the combination of which set the stage for a very fun evening.”


Fried Doughy Love – OCT 12

Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog

Things To Do In Napa #2: Fried Doughy Love

“I mentioned one such example of culinary decadence in an earlier post. The doughnut holes produced at Solbar located on the grounds of the sumptuous>Solage Spa and Resort located just south of Calistoga provides a second example of something that makes foodies crawl up into a fetal position and rock back and forth.”


Calistoga’s Michelin Star at the Bar – OCT 04

Calistoga’s Michelin Star at the Bar – Food

“Because of its status as the sole restaurant at a secluded resort, Solbar has to serve every meal, every day, to the wide variety of people passing through its doors. Unlike many restaurants in this position, though, Solbar actually succeeds at churning out top-quality, stylish, satisfying cuisine for guests of every preference and persuasion. And the warm welcome isn’t reserved for those who chose to sit in the main dining room.”


Solbar – SEP 29

heather in a candy shop

Solbar

“We ate at Solbar, a Michelin star restaurant that seems to be universally agreed upon as the best restaurant in town among locals. We went indulgent and got a full three courses each. By the end, my Ever wrap dressmay or may not have snapped open when I breathed too hard. I admit nothing.”


Solbar – FEB 19  

 

 

 

The Pampered Traveler

Solbar

“I promise you, they don’t pay me to advertise for them….. BUT….. the Solbar in Calistoga is so good I can’t seem to stay away!”

 

 


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