Welcome Chef Rick

Executive Chef Rick Edge

Meet Our New Executive Chef Rick Edge

Kenwood Inn and Spa is honored to welcome Chef Rick Edge!  Most recently, Chef Rick was the Executive Chef at Mill Valley’s Balboa Café Along with his talent and enthusiasm, Chef Rick brings a fresh and local twist to the menu, focusing on local farmer’s markets for his ingredients. This week, his Pizza Digiorno is “dynamite,” says Food and Beverage Supervisor Kyle Hipp. Its ingredients include heirloom tomatoes and basil from a local farm, The Patch. These amazing flavors fit well with the Inn’s Mediterranean flair. The pizza also includes buffalo mozzarella shipped to us weekly from Fresca Italian Creamery, a white fennel cream sauce and fresh eggplant from Great Rhodes Farm. These special ingredients are placed with perfection on top of our daily-made pizza dough. The pizza is then placed in our wood-fired oven, which burns American oak wood chips specked with planks made from wine barrels. It can burn up to 900 degrees and cook a pizza in 90 seconds!

Pizza Digiorno in our wood-fired oven

Pizza Digiorno in our wood-fired oven

We are so happy to have Chef Rick at Kenwood Inn and Spa, and we’re glad he is enjoying himself as well: “I’m absolutely loving working here at Kenwood Inn and Spa. It really is a dream come true and I couldn’t be happier.” His new culinary touches can be found on all menu items – breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Enjoy!

Cheers,

Chelsea

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Reasons Why “Olive” Sonoma

Most guests come to Sonoma Valley to experience wine country- but did you know that when we are not up to our elbows in juice we’re harvesting and pressing olives? There are many reasons “olive” Sonoma, and I wanted to share a few gems of the valley with you!

  1. B.R. Cohn Winery at Olive Hill Estate

    Olives in their pre-oil stage.

Home to over 450 Picholine Olive Trees dating back to the 1800s, the Olive Hill Estate Vineyards offer a picturesque location for the best of both worlds: tasting wine and olive oil. The olive tree name comes from the French word ‘Piccolo,” meaning small or petite. With its soil warmed by the natural hot springs below, this unique climate produces amazing fruit. After an olive oil tasting, top off your taste buds with some of B.R. Cohn’s Olive Hill Estate Wines, including their Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and their Cabernet Sauvignon Port! They have a quaint patio onsite perfect for enjoying a picnic alongside your vino.

  1. Figone’s California Olive Oil Company

    I loved the tasting room at Figone’s!

Recent transplants from Kenwood, you can now find Figone’s right in the heart of downtown Sonoma. There you can taste 12 olive oils and 8 balsamic vinegars on any given day. Treat yourself to the Fresh Olive Bar and some olive oil infused body products. On the weekend, you can indulge in their homemade mozzarella and cannoli’s.

But if that seems too far to travel, you can taste their product right here at Kenwood Inn and Spa! Try our Insalata Verde di Kenwood, featuring Figone’s 20 year aged balsamic.

Insider scoop: if you grow olives at home, you can take them to Figone’s and they will press them into oil for you at their Village Mill.

  1. The Olive Press

Winning 384 awards for their olive oil since 2001, The Olive Press is a destination not to be missed as the very first olive mill established in Sonoma. Its convenient location at the opening of wine country makes it an ideal first stop after a journey over the Golden Gate Bridge. Stop in to try their 2015 Gold Winner, Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which took home awards at the New York International Olive Oil Competition as well as the Central Coast Olive Oil Competition. The Olive Press shares a location with Jacuzzi Family Vineyards- making a great stop for tasting and more tasting. I suggest their 2012 Barbara, a crisp and vibrant red with lively berry flavors!

If you are a fan of exquisite olive oil, wine, and world class cuisine then Sonoma Valley is your vacation destination. As your concierge, I am here to make your stay in our valley magical and memorable- let me know how I can assist you on your next visit to us!

Cheers,
Chelsea

 

Posted in Kenwood Experiences, Life at Kenwood

Sipping and Savoring Through Sonoma

Chelsea wine tasting at Benziger Family Winery

Wine tasting at Benziger Family Winery

With 370 wineries, 72 varieties of wine grapes and 267,062 tons of grapes harvested per year, it may seem difficult to decide just which wineries to experience in Sonoma County.  We have the same thought often, and we live here! As a result, I have put together two new packages to make your vacation stress free. Let me use my wealth of knowledge of the area and wine to build the perfect day for any visitor, featuring wineries that really express and represent what our valley has to offer.

Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma Valley

The beautiful estate of Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma

Our new “Sipping Sonoma” package allows you to venture to three wineries, all with close proximity to the Kenwood Inn and Spa. I enjoy starting the day with a Pinot tasting at Benziger Family Winery, known for their smooth wines and sustainable growing efforts. All four of their estate vineyards are Demeter-certified Biodynamic, which is the highest level of organic farming. Located just five minutes from the Inn, this tasting allows you to develop your own opinion on Pinots as they are tasted side by side. Next, travel north to the barrel-filled caves of Deerfield Ranch Winery. Relax on their couches and enjoy an upgraded tasting of “clean wine.” Finish the day with an amazing adventure at Kunde Family Winery, where five generations of Kunde family have farmed. Ascend up 1,400 feet to the Mountain Top outdoor tasting area to enjoy sweeping views of the valley and even Kenwood Inn!

Sonoma Valley Tasting

Mountain Top tasting at Kunde Family Winery

If you’re more of a foodie, then you will enjoy our new “Savor Sonoma” package. Upon check in, we welcome you to enjoy a delicious local artisanal cheese plate for two, paired perfectly with a chilled bottle of Rosé from Hamel Family Wines. Begin your first day with us delighted in private tasting appointments at two of our valley’s most exclusive wineries, Hamel Family Wines and Hanzell Vineyards. You will not only learn about how wine is made, but you will taste estate wines, and explore the barrel-aging caves and vineyards of both properties. Return to your home at the Inn for your three-course dinner enjoyed inside or outside in front of the fireplace. You will sleep well in your guest room after an eventful day in the valley.

But perhaps you are looking for a fully customized experience; no problem! Email me your “Wine Country Whim” and I will make it happen!

We look forward to hosting you soon in Sonoma Wine Country!

Cheers,
Chelsea

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Chelsea DeMennoAs our in-house blogger, concierge and Sonoma guru, Chelsea helps create truly unique experiences...

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