Stock up at Stockhome
Roberth and Andrea Sundell, the couple behind Hayes Valley’s Scandinavian restaurant PLÄJ, settle into their new downtown Petaluma business next month at 220 Western Avenue. The counter-service restaurant, Stockhome, will have food to eat in or take-out, and it’s very Swedish — which also means it’s heavily influenced by the Middle East. As that country’s national Twitter account pointed out recently, Swedish meatballs, a signature national dish, were made based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. At Stockhome, chef Roberth Sundell will prepare versions of his favorite dishes to eat in Stockholm, dishes with global influences like kebab and halloumi. And for a treat, Stockhome will open with a full collection of incredible Swedish sweets — Lördagsgodis, or Saturday’s Candy — sold in bulk. Stay tuned.
Eater Critic Bill Addison revisits Atelier Crenn
Roaming critic Bill Addison, who just penned his ode to Oakland and 18 exciting restaurants there, also returned to Dominique Crenn’s Atelier Crenn on his latest Bay Area jaunt. “This recent dinner was filled with greater fundamental pleasure than the first one,” he writes in his Notes From a Roving Critic newsletter. The restaurant “ranks alongside Benu and Saison as the mind-opening indulgences I would spend my own moneyto binge.”
Chomp N’ Swig has up and moved
Neighborhood beer bar and creative pub grub destination Chomp N’ Swig has departed its 1541 Clement Street location. But fear not: “We’ll be back up and pouring in a few weeks just one block away on Geary St. & 16th Ave. next to Peet’s Coffee,” they write.” The new location for bacon butter crunch grilled cheese sandwiches is 5203 Geary Street.
What does it take to start a Napa vineyard?
As Napa prepares for a June vote on a ballot initiative, Measure C, that would curb more vineyard development on Napa’s hillsides (in an effort to preserve oak trees and water sources), the Chronicle tells the story of what it’s like to try to open a vineyard there these days. Spoiler: It’s difficult, even without new measures in place. Hillside vineyard development in Napa is already subject to CEQA review, which is rigorous, and in some cases, archaeologists must perform cultural artifact reviews before vineyards are planted.