No trip to Healdsburg is complete without a stop at Shed -- a market, larder, restaurant, coffee bar, and fermentation bar. On most visits, we just peruse the market and procure a few unique items from their pantry and houseware selections. The chefs at Shed make their own spice blends, shrubs, and other provisions. My favorite find to date is their Vadouvan, which will take your homemade butternut squash soup to a whole new level. You will also find interesting offerings such as Charred Eggplant Powder, Shiso Salt, and a wide selection of beautifully curated and crafted housewares. Put simply, anyone who loves to eat, cook, or simply marvel at the beauty of fresh produce and well crafted goods will find blissful nirvana at Shed.
On our most recent visit, we enjoyed a dinner al fresco with our dear friends, Mike and MJ and their son, Mason, who is presently obsessed with Greek mythology and thus inspired my headline. What follows is a pictorial of our dinner on July 29, 2017, when we selected the Let Us Cook prix fixe. Though the menu stated the Let Us Cook offering was $68 for four courses - all selected by the Chef, you will see we generously received seven courses. We express our gratitude to Shed's Chef and Culinary Director Perry Hoffman for such a beautiful meal and for taking the time later to detail the ingredients that made the meal so special. Each course unfolded with surprise and delight.
This whole roasted fish was so flavorful and luscious. After having been sous vide and then finished in the wood oven, the fish just fell away from the bone, leaving a pristine skeleton. The accompanying vegetables all tasted if they had been plucked from a nearby garden moments before service and delicately dressed in herbs and vinaigrette made with Shed's sultry Vadouvan spice.
Shed should not be missed on any visit to Healdsburg or the surrounding Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley vineyards. If you can't stay for breakfast, lunch or dinner, pick up provisions to enjoy amongst the vines or back at home when you can put their pristine ingredients to good use.
Pro tip: if you visit Shed on a Saturday, be sure to go in the morning to visit the morning Healdsburg Farmers' Market (May - October). And any day of the week, trot down the next block to the Portalupi Wine tasting room.
Shed is located at 25 North Street in Healdsburg, California, just a block off the main square. For more information, visit www.healdsburgshed.com.