A Romantic Wine Country Wedding in Glen Ellen
A lot of emphasis is put on food for Wine Country weddings. And why not – Sonoma County is home to some of the world’s finest culinary producers and restaurants.
Guests expect delectable eats at the reception, showcasing local specialties like Dungeness crab, wild Pacific salmon, artisanal cheeses, grass-fed meats, and just-plucked-from-the-garden produce.
The feast need not end after the party, however. If a bridal breakfast isn’t on your list of wedding planning items, put it on now. Think of it — you’ll be exhausted after a day and night of celebration, and ready to treat yourself to a pick-me-up. Perhaps you’ve had more sparkling wine than usual, and a great meal is restorative.
And love certainly revs the appetite, so be ready to wake up and dig in.
At the Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen, executive chef Khambay Porterkhamsy caters to romantic, ravenous clientele, in a luxury bed-and-breakfast setting of 10 rooms or two private cottages in a garden area.
Part of the appeal is the amenities of fine linens and bathrobes, soaking tubs, fireplaces and private patios in some rooms, plus access to a steamy hot tub.
As a highlight, though, chef Porterkhamsy presents a gourmet two-course breakfast menu, with a centerpiece of marvelous delights she learned how to make after earning a degree in baking and pastry arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She further honed her skills as executive pastry chef and breakfast chef at the Kenwood Inn and Spa, and chef de cuisine at HKG Estate Wines in Glen Ellen.
The happy newlyweds’ breakfast can be as luxurious as was the reception meal, drawing from the inn’s own gardens and Sonoma County purveyors. It begins with unlimited fresh baked pastries, house-made honey granola, Clover yogurts, juices, coffee, and tea.
Then it’s on to the first course, which changes with the seasons and the chef’s whims, but might feature a home-baked olive oil rosemary muffin or biscuit slathered in housemade blood orange marmalade alongside an array of seasonal fruit.
The second course tempts with a variety of entrees, in Wine Country flavors like lemon ricotta pancakes drizzled in pomegranate reduction, served with poached egg on winter root vegetable hash, and sunchoke puree with Aidell's chicken apple sausage; or blue corn flapjacks with lemon sage brown butter and maple syrup, sunny-side up fried egg, spicy chorizo, seared polenta cake, and avocado cilantro crème fraiche.
Or perhaps it will be crepes stuffed with fromage blanc and poached pear in blood orange gastrique alongside scrambled eggs with spinach, leeks, and Meyer lemon chili oil, plus a rasher of Neuske's applewood smoked bacon; or banana bread French toast with blueberry ginger compote, scrambled eggs, duck fat potatoes, and Neuske's applewood smoked bacon.
After such a luxurious repast, you may want to simply crawl back in bed, for a nap beneath the plush duvet. But a marvelous morning-after is even more sumptuous with a couple’s massage, either Swedish, firm, or a hands-on treatment where you learn how to massage each other, led by the inn’s therapist.
Details: 5131 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen
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