Loco for Locavores

Napa Valley Grille Pairs the Vineyard with the Barnyard for New Dinners

Chef Joseph Gillard
Chef Joseph Gillard Photo: NVG

Joseph Gillard, the Napa Valley Grille chef we recently saw organizing the locavore community, is preparing monthly, 25-seat-only wine dinners for spring, starting next Friday with four courses of lamb sourced from what he calls “Mystery Farms.” Don’t be scared little ones, that’s not a real place, but Gillard is attempting to keep his source secret while he’s apparently got the good shit. Fortunately he’s not calling it “mystery meat” as well, but swears the lamb is organic and sustainably bred. All the monthly dinners will be variations on this theme of bringing Cali wines together with local, responsible, and mostly organic meat producers. Next month is a “Pig and Pinot” pairing using precious Mangalitsa porkers. Napa Valley Grill’s “spring lamb menu” is below with details.

Napa Valley Grill
February 26th
7.30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
$79 with wine
25 seats only

Mystery Farm Organic Spring Lamb Dinner

Hors de oeuvres’

Lamb Kidney with Favas and Morels

Lamb Meatballs with Crispy Mint and Meyer Lemon Yogurt

House Made Merguez Sausage and Clams

First Course

Salad of Mache and Young Butter Lettuce

Lambs Tongue, Sheep Milk Ricotta Tart, Citrus Roasted Beets

Main Course

Secret Source Organic Lamb, Raised on Squash, Vegetables and Grains

(Lamb will be whole roasted, displayed and Chef carved and served in room)

Served with Secret Farm Organic Beans and Vegetables


Warm Cherry Tart

Sheep’s Buttermilk Ice Cream

Napa Valley Grille Pairs the Vineyard with the Barnyard for New Dinners