Healdsburg Shed Introduces Dinner Service
Since celebrity chef Perry Hoffman landed at Healdsburg’s Shed Café in September, the former Domaine Chandon’s étoile restaurant talent has been putting his signature twists on the menu. Right away, he saw one glaring thing missing from the farm-to-table offerings debuted when Shed opened in 2013.
Up until now, the Café inside the food and lifestyle emporium has been limited to breakfast and lunch. Yet he has recently rectified that, launching new dinner service, served from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, complete with dimmed lights plus votive candles on the rustic wood tables.
The idea is an expansion of what Hoffman calls “from the garden cooking,” featuring locally grown favorites in small plates ($9-$15), alongside a few larger sharing dishes (mid-$20s). For fall, that means apples, wild fennel, chanterelles, grains and root vegetables. There’s also “from the sea,” showcasing local seafood such as wild salmon tartare on nasturtium leaves, and Mendocino sea urchin with local seaweeds.
Some other new dishes include charred leek terrine with Nantucket scallops; salad of heirloom carrots and dates with wild pecans, salted yogurt, and Rhazes lettuce; and farro verde and crema di lardo with chanterelles, celery root, and broccoli di cicco. The wood-burning oven will crank out new kinds of pizzettes, and we can expect a new variety of meat braises, too, just in time for chilly weather.
Newly appointed food and beverage director Brandon Gonsalves has fine-tuned the wine pairings for each dish, too, increasing selections from local producers and “winemaker friends,” some of whom reserve special bottlings just for Shed Café.
Hoffman has updated the café’s daytime menus, as well, for winter bites like chilled fennel vichyssoise dressed with house-smoked McFarland Springs trout; duck salad with pears, Sibley heirloom squash, and chestnuts; or local albacore with turnips, celtuce, marconi peppers, egg yolk, and escabeche.
And what extra, interactive fun: diners can watch Hoffman and his team work their craft in the open kitchen near the wood-fire oven.
Healdsburg Shed Café: 25 North St Healdsburg, 707-431-7433.