In the music world, a trio is a method of instrumentation or vocalization by three different sounds or voices used to make one melodious music or song.
For the annual Mini-Taste of Petaluma preview dash and micro-dine, a trio of the town's best farm to fork food purveyors proved harmonious in its own right.
First up (for me, at least, as I somehow had mixed up the meticulously planned itinerary) was a visit to Twisted 2 in the Lanmart Building in the heart of downtown Petaluma. What an intimate, well organized and delightful little restaurant it is.
I've yet to partake of one of owners Julie and wine merchant Dick Warner's well reputed Happy Hours or their Prix Fix Menu currently offering a mouthwatering array including grilled peach salad with blueberries, bacon and sherry vinaigrette, Early Girl tomato bisque topped with basil oil, tea smoked Petaluma Liberty Duck breast and confite leg with hibiscus reduction sauce and jasmine brown rice followed by olive oil and wine cake with caramel sauce (have you made your reservation yet?!). I must be slacking. Twisted 2 is now officially top of my to-dine-at list.
On the cards for Taste of Petaluma, Saturday August 23rd, 2014 at Twisted 2 (29 Petaluma Boulevard North) is Sashimi fresh from Hawaii with sushi rice and seaweed slaw with a splash taste of Dick's specially selected Sauvingnon Blanc.
The lovely and talented Geneva Anderson, ARThound graciously agreed to my photographing her mini-taste platter of the quite delicious Twisted 2 delight before it was devoured. Everyone else had fairly demolished their's by the time I whipped my camera out.
I love the clean and simple table settings and ambiance in Twisted 2.
Next up was the super stylish, extremely well curated Thistle Meats. If you've yet to explore your neighborhood butcher's shop, prepare yourself for full immersion into the world of full animal butchery. All sorts of impressive cuts and combinations from the very best farms in the region. It's a work of art in itself. Daily sandwich specials are ready to grab and go, wrapped in parchment paper on the counter.
Farm fresh eggs and cheeses too folks, so if you're a non-meat eater, but don't mind us sausage and steak swooners, stop in anyway and pick up a jar of delicious pickles for spicing up your supper.
Thistle Meat owners Molly Best and Lisa Mickley Modica (at 160 Petaluma Boulevard North), will be offering 'tastes' of house charcuterie, a variety of house-made sausages, pates and terrines, served with none other than the marvelous McEvoy Ranch's highly pleasing 2013 Rosebud Wine.
Bookshelf in the Butcher Shop. Love that.
Last, but not least, a pit-stop at super-busy Wishbone, It was way passed lunch time for the usual Friday crush, yet all sorts of would-be diners were lined up waiting for tables. How great is that, considering this quirky eaterie is well off the beaten track of restaurant row, located not far from the police station heading north at 841 Petaluma Boulevard.
Owners Miriam Donaldson and Josh Norwitt selected The Phoenix Theater, in downtown Petaluma as host location during the Taste of Petaluma. They'll be serving these scrumptious bacon jam blt's with duck egg mayo, heirloom tomatoes and ice coffee. Miriam told us how she makes her bacon jam confit of onions, maple, coffee and bacon by slow cooking the onions overnight.
Wishbone makes its own bread and keeps a super close eye on everything else. Very impressive. No wonder it is so popular. I think it's great that they've partnered with The Phoenix for August 23rd. This is the farthest reach of any Taste of Petaluma past, though the addition this year of Zodiacs at 256 Petaluma Boulevard North will also make the trek uptown a worthy one (babyback ribs and lots of great, local beer).
Over 54 restaurants and venues will be hosting this year. Expect lots of great entertainment along the way. Tickets are $40 for 10 tastings - you pick which. This event is a major fundraiser for youth theater programs at Petaluma's own, much-loved Cinnabar Theater.