Taste of Yountville 2013

Last weekend we went to the annual Taste of Yountville festival and made a quick weekend getaway out of it. Of course, it did not disappoint. From Chef Bob Hurley personally serving up some corned beef & cabbage to all the vineyards that showed up to meeting the French Laundry chickens and honeybees. It was a glorious day bathed in sunshine, good food and good drink. We were groaning on our way out of the festival – happily stuffed and very satiated. Good thing I wore a stretchy maxi skirt – it more or less hid the food baby…

A glass of Chandon bubbly rose and a some chili hidden under all that cornbread…

The savory…

If we had to choose a favorite, it would have to be these delicious turkey corn dogs. Unfortunately I forget where they’re from, but the corn dog + chipotle aioli were incredible and the only booth we visited TWICE.
Pea soup with lovely edible flowers… so appropriate for Spring.

One of the adorable hens at the French Laundry garden…

The sweets from Bouchon – TKO cookie with Irish cream (in celebration of St. Patty’s Day). Not pictured: TKO/Ganache cookies, caramel popcorn, breakfast pastries (including those weekend donuts), macarons, croissants, and loaves of bread… we may have gone a little overboard… oops.


Now to wash it all down with some red ale from Napa Smith Brewery.

Honorable mentions include the folks at Ludy’s Catering for generously & graciously giving us another portion of pulled pork when I accidentally grabbed an extra and culinary gardener Aaron Keefer for the awesome guided tour of the French Laundry garden. We definitely plan on coming back during peak season to see the garden in full bloom and hopefully have some more pictures up. And who knows – maybe I’ll even be able to snag a reservation 🙂

Thanks for reading and until soon!
PS. Right after the festival, I used my Amazon app to purchase the new Bouchon Bakery Cookbook which I had been eyeing for a while. Amazon recently restocked and I received it less than 2 days later (thank you Prime!). This weekend will be spent pouring over the recipes and stories and perhaps even trying my hand at some of the baked goods. Posts to come.

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