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LaSalette Chef Manuel Azevedo Opening Portuguese Tapas Bar in Downtown Sonoma

Tasca Tasca is taking over the old Epicurean Connection space.

Epicurean Connection, where Tasca Tasca is taking over.
Epicurean Connection, where Tasca Tasca is taking over.
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Chef Manuel Azevedo, known for his Portuguese cooking at Michelin-acknowledged LaSalette in Sonoma and Cafe Lucia in Healdsburg, is opening a tapas bar in the Epicurean Connection space in downtown Sonoma. Expected to arrive in January, Tasca Tasca, as it will be called (and means "pub" in Portuguese), will have small Portuguese plates like linguiça sausage, goat stew and foie gras terrine. The wine list will focus on (shocker) Portuguese bottles, as well as include an "extensive" port and madeira selection.

Epicurean Connection, a longtime downtown Sonoma favorite cheese shop from Sheana Davis with nightly live music, will live on in the space until October 15, the Sonoma Sun reported. After that, Davis will continue her cheesemaking (which feeds The French Laundry, among others) from a rented space, as well as teach cheesemaking classes.