Archive for June, 2011

If you’re looking for some fun on a Thursday, from 5pm-9pm each week, then check out Napa Chefs Market, a seasonal event running now until August 4th.

The event features live music from local bands, fresh produce and veggies, and two cooking demonstrations. This year, the event also boasts the local Napa Valley food trucks.

Check out this video of downtown Napa!


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La Luna Market

La Luna is a small take-out burrito place and Mexican market in Rutherford, with basic but authentic food — It’s a great spot for lunch.

The Rutherford Grill is a very popular restaurant with a simple but good menu and no corkage fee which is one reason lots of locals go there — because everyone here has their own wine.  Both are in Rutherford right across the street from each other.

Rutherford Grill

In Napa, there is Bistro Sabor which is a Cuban/South American restaurant which gives free Salsa lessons on Saturday nights — a hit with locals. Other good restaurants are C Case in the Oxbow Market and Norman Rose in downtown Napa.In both places, you’ll find delectable tastes we like to frequent often.

Kayak Napa Valley

For outdoor activities try biking (one narrative in our book Tasting the Good Lifdeals with this). A good rental place for bicycles is located in Yountville. Also, Kayaking (see www.kayaknv.com). We go to Lake Henessey a lot which is in the eastern hills of the Rutherford region in the middle of the valley. For more nature, there is Bothe State Park. Bothe State Park has very nice trails into the hills on the opposite side of the valley. Enjoy!

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From Cheers! St. Helena

Each month, on the first Friday of that month, St. Helena gathers for a friendly celebration while giving back to their community.  Starting this summer on June 3rd, you can join your friends at Cheers! St. Helena to enjoy wine, entertainment, food, and shopping.

Cheers! St. Helena is a non-profit organization that dedicates 100% of its profits back to the community of St. Helena. According to its website, in 2010 Cheers! contributed the following to St. Helena:

  • Donated 16 new trees to complete the Tree Canopy along Main St. in downtown St. Helena.
  • Established and staff St. Helena Litter Management program (ongoing)
  • Managed/staffed 2010 Harvest Festival trash and litter.
  • Managed/staffed Litter clean-up from Homecoming Parade
  • NVV Association – 100 event passes for Auction Napa Valley
  • Purchased new computers for the St. Helena Teen Center
  • Seniors attend our socials free

The Napa Valley Register featured Cheers! for their three-year anniversary in February, and they asked founder Todd White about the origination of Cheers!.  According to the article, White came up with the idea during a very cold winter in 2008. The urgency from the “economic mess in downtown St. Helena” prompted White to meet with other influential leaders of the town to come up with a solution.

After a run-in the with the Alcoholic Beverage control department, White began charging admission for the event which was first held on May 1, 2009. The 600 or so patrons who attended solidified Cheers! for White, who says the event is very sustainable long after 2011.



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