From burgers to biodynamic vegetables, we were totally blown away by Chef Jeremy Fox’s vegetable mastery at Napa Valley’s Ubuntu. Give this blog only half a read, and you’ll know that I likes me some steak. But this vegetarian-focused menu of small plates was so flavorful, colorful, inventive and surprisingly filling, I hardly missed the meat. Before I checked out Ubuntu (the spirit of ubuntu translates as “humanity towards others” to the Zulu people of South Africa), I heard it was connected to a yoga studio, and pictured a small, hole-in-the-wall space with rickety chairs and beaded curtains hanging in the doorway. Nothing of the sort, the 19th-century building is spacious, rustic and loft-like with soft lighting and a slightly eerie life-size sculpture by award-winning artist Mark Chatterley of tribal men and women looking out at you with hollow eyes from the center of the dining room. A center communal dining table is made from windfallen redwood and birch trees, and other tabletops are made from reclaimed fir trees. For the daily-changing menu, Chef Jeremy Fox (a 2008 Food and Wine Best New Chef) looks to the restaurant’s masterfully maintained 6-mile garden of organic and biodynamic vegetables to come up with farm-fresh, daily harvested dishes like cauliflower in a cast iron pot, caramelized sunchoke soup and olives marinated in pesto. Tasty, vegetarian-inducing pics to follow. 1140 Main Street, Napa, Calif., 707.251.5656
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One response to “Ubuntu”
The name of the place just makes me think of sweat in my food.