A Message to All Friends and Patrons of The Applewood Inn and Restaurant.
I would like to thank your patronage of the Restaurant at Applewood and share with you the news that it will be closed for refurbishing and will reopen in the spring with a new face, ambiance and theme.
During this period the restaurant will continue to offer breakfast to all our guest in the traditional manner and in order to minimize any inconvenience we will limit all physical transformations to the first two weeks in April.
During those two weeks we will serve breakfast in the dining room of the Villa Casa grande.
In just a few days it will be 6 years since I bought Applewood.
I clearly remember the day in June of 2009 when I drove for the first time into the parking lot. Soon after I began dreaming about this venture.
I created a company called Autumn Dreams LLC and the 24th of November of 2009 I bought Applewood from Jim and Darrel and began living my dream.
The last 6 years have been very satisfying to me. Guerneville and you welcomed me with open arms and living among you have been a wonderful experience.
Old and new guest became new acquaintances and many, wonderful friends.
The restaurant at Applewood received a Michelin start for 2011 and then again for 2012 and this year our chef Jamil Peden brought the restaurant culinary acclaim to new heights. Jeff Cox from the Press Democrat gave us 4 stars on food and just a couple of weeks ago Michael Bauer from the San Francisco Chronicle, in an extensive article in the Sonoma food section, raved about the new sophistication found at Applewood.
This wonderful chapter about the Restaurant at Applewood ended last Saturday the 21st of November. The restaurant will reopen in the spring with a complete new ambiance and a new theme.
I was borne in Ecuador from an Italian father and a French mother, and have always had an special affection towards the Mediterranean culture and cuisine. The new theme will be that of a Mediterranean Trattoria. I will be fulfilling another part of my dream and better aligning the restaurant to the Inn that always had a Mediterranean air.
I will also be following the trend towards more casual and rustic food happening in the Bay area.
No more than a week after Tra Vigne, the iconic Cal-Italian St. Helena restaurant announced that it will close its doors on December 20 after a 28-year run, Christopher Kostow, chef of the three-Michelin-star tasting menu destination, The Restaurant at Meadowood, announced plans to move into that space. Along with Meadowood's director Nathaniel Dorn, he plans to install their first casual restaurant there.
Kostow isn't the only acclaimed Bay Area chef following a path toward more casual dining. Early this summer, Dominique Crenn, of the two-star Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, opened Petit Crenn, a casual, affordable French bistro in Hayes Valley focused on rustic family style fare reminiscent of her upbringing in Brittany. Guests serve themselves, the vibe is dinner-party chill and the room has been packed since day one.
Applewood’s New restaurant will be created with our guests and locals in mind. Uncompromising in the quality of ingredients, interweaving organic, locally sourced and authentic Mediterranean ingredients to deliver artisanal, rustic, bold trattoria flavors with great speed and beautiful presentation.
Our garden will be expanded to produce a significant portion of the produce use by the restaurant. The new trattoria will be not only farm but true garden to table.
The informal atmosphere will be warm and welcoming a place where friends congregate. The ambiance will be convivial, lively, rustic, warm, casually chic, colorful, vivacious. You could get a fast bite or linger as long as you want. There will be not need for reservations unless for groups larger that 6.
The patio will be called the Abbondanza section, pre fix menus for lunch and dinner, wine self served from barrels, communal tables, served in platters family style.
Thin crusted pizzas, fresh made focaccia, Bouillabaisse, fresh pastas, Paella Valenciana, Osso Bucco with Risotto a la Milanese, a Bisteca alla Fiorentina will be just a few of the items in our Euro-Mediterranean menu.
Steaming food, voices raised in spirited conversation, the clink of glasses, perhaps the bowing of a fiddler, these are the sights and sounds of a Mediterranean taverna, a kind of a community social center that offers food, drink and friendship in equally generous portions.
The food, the sights, the sounds, the aromas will all conspire to make you feel at home, among family.
I will keep you posted about the grand opening and I would love for you to be here.