Gerard’s Paella opens Santa Rosa restaurant
After earning a loyal following at local farmers markets and with a calendar full of catering gigs, Gerard’s Paella y Tapas now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant home in downtown Santa Rosa, in central Sonoma County.
Owner Gerard Nebesky — winner of the paella challenge on the Throwdown with Bobby Flay television show— and his team have created a fast, casual, counter service eatery focused on good food that is hot, healthy, quick, and with delicious flair. The menu features Spanish paella and tapas (small plates) made with Sonoma County sensibility.
Paella is a Spanish dish of rice, saffron, chicken, seafood, and more, cooked in a large shallow pan over an open flame. “Paella is a social food as well as a nourishing food,” Nebesky says. “It reaches across borders from rich to poor. It contains exotic spice and basic sustenance. It’s a food as an agent for change, a food that changes lives.”
The 64-seat restaurant offers 13 beverages on tap, including an interesting selection of Sonoma County beers, wines, and ciders, and a nice selection of wines by the bottle or glass, as well as crafted beverages (shrubs and more). More than 80 percent of the menu items are gluten free.