Tag: winery

The Williams Selyem Harvest Party 2017

The Williams Selyem Harvest Party 2017

What an honor it was to be asked to cook a festive supper for the men and women who make this incredible winery tick. After such a devastating October in wine country it was an extra special afternoon as everyone shared good cheer and soaked […]

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Bay Laurel Culinary is proud to offer breakfast, lunch & dinner for delivery or pick-up in Sonoma County & beyond for groups of all sizes. Corporate meetings, wine country picnics, casual get togethers, rehearsal dinners – check out our Spring menus at http://www.baylaurelkitchen.com/menu. We are proud […]

Happy Thanksgiving From BLC&K 2016

Happy Thanksgiving From BLC&K 2016

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with waters.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicine for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and the squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the wind, which moving the air has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.

-Iroquois Prayer of Gratitude

Squash & Gourds!

Squash & Gourds!

Autumn’s full bounty is on display right before Thanksgiving in Western Sonoma County. Just before the weather turns really dark and nasty, Mother Earth gives us one last glimpse of our long summer growing season that usually lasts deep into November. Winter Squash by different names, […]

Vineyards!

Vineyards!

We work in them, play in them, get drink from them and marvel at their beauty! Here is a look at some of our favorite local vineyards…

#TBT-BLC hits Homerun at Michel-Schlumberger            Passport 2011

#TBT-BLC hits Homerun at Michel-Schlumberger Passport 2011

Once again Bay Laurel Culinary buffed out the legendary gastroshack for a stellar weekend of baseball themed gourmet fun at Michel Schlumberger in Dry Creek Valley. Carlos and his band played beautifully in the winery coutyard as the guests began tasting at 11 AM both Saturday and Sunday April 30 & May 1, 2011.

The cart was loaded with custom made Hobb’s 100% beef footlong franks. The servers made the dogs to order with a whole grain mustard aioli and marinated savoy cabbage to pair with the whites & black truffle cheese sauce and simmered spring onions to pair with the reds. Also on the table was a house made fire roasted tomato ketchup and lemon – ginger spring vegetable pickles (tokyo turnips, breakfast radishes, asparagus and sugar snap peas).

Brittany and Lynn served over 800 guests on Saturday and 600 guests on Sunday.

The cheese sauce was made with an Italian cows milk cheese laced with black truffles. The franks were placed in baguettes from Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg and the spring onions were purchased from Full Belly Farm.

The Legendary Gastro Shack is retro hot dog trailer that has been turned into a gourmet stuffed baguette machine for the past 3 years. Making its way around towns, wineries and festivals to provide gourmet lunches of organic sandwiches and salads to crowds for unbeatable prices. This weekend however, the cart returned to its roots and pumped out over 125 pounds of custom made foot long hotdogs with gourmet toppings for over 1500 guests at the winery.

The VIP room at Michel Schlumberger was stocked with all the ‘skybox’ favorites. Bay Laurel chefs served hand carved organic turkey ruebens with jarlsburg cheese and marinated savoy cabbage slaw. The toasted sandwiches were served on both dark and light rye from Franco American Bakery in Santa Rosa and were carefully cut into perfect bite size peices. Along Side were seasonal spring lemon-ginger vegetable pickles, a ‘turf & dugout’ salad featuring roasted chiogga beets, little gem lettuce from County Line Farm in Petaluma and a vinaigrette made from fresh horseradish, spring garlic and local balsamic vinegar. However, the hit of the party was the big finish! BLC , with help from 3 Twins in Petaluma made batches of TOASTED POPCORN ICE CREAM and topped scoops with Michel Schlumberger’s very own ESTATE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL and  flakey SEA SALT.

Needless to say it was all smiles in the Benchland VIP Room!

One of the most idyllic spots in all of winedom, Michel-Schlumberger continues to be a favotite client of Bay Laurel Culinary and this chef looks forward to many more events on the property! A giant thank you to everyone at the winery from everyone at BLC!

BLC Gets Back To Its Roots

A drizzly evening in early May set the stage for an incredible night of Zinfandel and family style dining at Limerick Lane Cellars in Heladsburg, Ca. Members of the Historical Vineyard Society were treated to an ‘old school’ menu of classic Italian-American standards like meatballs, […]

The Tomahawk

We talked to our butcher about cutting some big steaks for us. Asked to create a menu to pair with an iconic Napa Valley Cabernet, we met the challenge by offering a dry-aged, prime beef bone-in ribeye steak for 4 grilled over mesquite wood. The […]

The Winners Circle

We were extremely pleased to prepare hors d’oeuvre and dinner for a small group of wine aficionados in early March ’16 at Winner’s Circle at Vine Hill Ranch. The house and grounds are stunning and the views are a great example of what makes people from all over the world want to come and visit Sonoma County, Ca. What an incredible place to hire Bay Laurel Culinary as your private chef outfit to come and create a unique, multi-course food and wine experience after a day of exploring the Russian River Valley.

Winner’s Circle at Vine Hill Ranch sits on 60 private acres in the midst of Wine Country. This hilltop estate provides 360 degree panoramic views of vineyards, woods, mountains, and the Russian River Valley.

The Winner's Circle with Sun Setting in Background
The Winner’s Circle with Sun Setting in Background

We make a concerted effort to keep the BLC Machine out of site wherever we work and our staff is trained to make the load-in and load-out as quiet and efficient as possible.

The BLC Machine out back with Pruned Sycamores
The BLC Machine out back with Pruned Sycamores

Look beyond the owl box. The view looking north-east at sunset bathes the vineyard, the Mayacama Mountains and Mt. St. Helena in gorgeous light bringing out the vivid green, rust and blue hues that can only be fully appreciated from Western Sonoma County. To be surrounded by such beauty is what inspires us and we hope that we pass along those feelings to our clients though our work.

Mt. St. Helena from the Winner's Circle at Vine Hill Ranch
Mt. St. Helena from the Winner’s Circle at Vine Hill Ranch

One of our classic hors d’oeuvre that we constantly change to match the seasons is our deviled egg. Here we added rich Cowgirl Creamery Fromage Blanc and sweet and sour pickled mustard seeds to play off one another with beautiful fava bean blossoms we grabbed from the vineyard to garnish.

BLC Deviled Eggs with Fromage Blanc, Pickled Mustard Seeds & Fava Flowers
BLC Deviled Eggs with Fromage Blanc, Pickled Mustard Seeds & Fava Flowers

Cast iron roasted butternut squash sits atop creme fraiche in an endive spear for a new take on a classic. Sweet, savory, crunchy and refreshing; this bite had a surprising finish of young green basil sprouts and toasted sesame seeds.

Warm Winter Squash & Sesame Salad with Endive, Creme Fraiche & Micro Basil
Warm Winter Squash & Sesame Salad with Endive, Creme Fraiche & Micro Basil

Twilight appears in the vineyards at Vine Hill Ranch, a Sonoma-Cutrer Property.

Sonoma-Cutrer at Vine Hill Ranch
Sonoma-Cutrer at Vine Hill Ranch
Our Offering This Year for Russian River Passport 2015

Our Offering This Year for Russian River Passport 2015

We were honored this year to be asked by Hartford Family Winery to provide a bite to pair with their fine 2011 Hartford Court MacLean’s Block Pinot Noir. Behold our offering: Pug’s Leap Tomme Arancini with Maitake Mushroom Ragu and Mixed Herb Salad