La Salette to refurbish
Manuel Azevedo of La Salette, Tasca Tasca, Shiso and Café Lucia in Healdsburg, will close La Salette for the month of December to reinvigorate, brighten the place up, and get ready to do what he has always wanted to do.
In a conversation on Tuesday Azevedo said he has “always wanted to be like the chefs with investors who can just focus on creating menus and cooking and talking to the people he is serving.” And now, with four successful restaurants, he has the courage to do just that. Hence he will refurbish La Salette and “open like a champagne bottle bubbling as the cork pops” with a different version of his traditional Azores food and three- and five-course menus at dinner time only ($35 to $55).
Azevedo said, “Tasca Tasca’s success gave me the self-confidence to follow my heart. I think people feel what I am trying to say there,” so he wants to express himself more creatively at La Salette. “I want to have fun being here for another 10 or 20 years. There’s nothing holding me back now. I’ve never had that freedom before.”
Watch for new menu items, with delicacies from additional suppliers, and happy food from a chef/owner who loves to work. La Salette will also be the first restaurant in Sonoma where “hospitality is included,” meaning no tipping. During December you will be able to get your La Salette fix at Tasca Tasca.
Meanwhile in the Napa Valley…
Thomas Keller and his French Laundry have been sued for $5 million for sex discrimination by Vanessa Scott-Allen, a server captain at his Per Se restaurant in New York, who was offered to transfer to the Yountville restaurant. After she arrived at the French Laundry pregnant, she was allegedly told the job was no longer available.
Rocket Sushi brings ‘Back Door Café’ to the front
Liz and Molly Hyerley have moved their café in the back of Rocket Sushi to the front and are reopening the operation as a “café.”
Watch for a mixed bowl of “Rocket Bowls” much like the ones they served at the Tuesday Farmers Market, including poke and “Korean steak” bowls and veggie grain bowls, as well as build your own bowls. They will continue to serve their big sandwiches, including the popular “Space Chick” fried chicken sando, salads, and a daily special, with piroshkis available on Thursdays and Fridays. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 18812 Highway 12, Sonoma. 939-8612. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack London Film Fest with dinner
This film festival, a fundraiser for Jack London State Historic Park and the Sonoma Community Center, features three evenings of movies made from Jack London’s books shown in Andrews Hall, with Ramekins-catered dinners offered each evening in the Community Center’s Rotary Kitchen.
“Call of the Wild” was shown Thursday, Nov. 3 accompanied by some of Darius Anderson’s Jack London collection, and “Sea Wolf” on Friday, Nov. 4. Prior to the the screening of “White Fang” on Saturday, Nov. 5, I will talk about what the Londons grew and cooked at Beauty Ranch and show some of my period-appropriate kitchen utensils. Tickets range from $25 to $100, the latter includes dinner. More info at jacklondonpark.com and tickets at svbo.org.