One Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
Celebrity chef, successful Napa restaurant and hotel owner, author, James Beard award winner and now Napa Valley entrepreneur Charlie Palmer is creating a buzz in sunny St. Helena. Starting in New York, his passion for American cuisine has spread west, most recently to the Napa Valley. Now Charlie has brought his vision to the well-known Harvest Inn on the popular Highway 29. Everyone in the Napa Valley is excited by this world-class restaurant addition to the busting scene in wine country.
Charlie started at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and in 1988 opened his sublime New York City restaurant, Aureole. He was able to capture a need for American fine food that was local, seasonal and fresh yet inventive and rambunctious. His creative and dynamic style came to be referred to as ‘American Progressive’, and Charlie has been recognized for it throughout his career. Praise has come from two James Beard awards and numerous awards from the Wine Spectator magazine, not to mention that he has just released his sixth cookbook.
Charlie was raised on a farm in upstate New York, inspiring his culinary style now as much as his education in French kitchens. After founding the Charlie Palmer Group, with well over a dozen renowned restaurants in their portfolio, Charlie’s entrepreneurial spirit led the company into hotel stewardship. They own the Mystic Hotel in San Francisco, the Hotel Healdsburg right on the square downtown, and most recently, the Harvest Inn in St. Helena. And as we all hoped, Chef Palmer has decided to open a brand new restaurant in this long time favorite Napa Valley hotel.
When Charlie Palmer purchased the Harvest Inn, there was no rush to alter the original charm of the already handsome property. But after careful planning, Harvest Table is finally open. The Harvest Inn has always been visually stunning, and the new restaurant adds to the inherit beauty. It is an open space as welcoming as it is relaxing. A large U-shaped bar is accented by smooth wood finishes and classic brickwork featured all over the Harvest Inn. The over sized fireplace is warm, cozy, and offers a rich, elegant environment to gather around. This property has natural and man made beauty in abundance, but still has more trees than rooms, and exhibits five culinary gardens.Laura McNiff is The team here take a lot of care and pride in maintaining the harmonious balance between the natural beauty and functional nature of the gardens. With hundreds of rotating seasonal crops and close attention to indigenous ingredients, that team includes a dedicated Culinary Horticulturist to maintain the restaurants supply of herbs, plants, fruits and vegetables. an expert in the edible local landscape, and oversees that ingredients from the garden are a perfect fit for the restaurant and make sense in the srrounding region. Head Chef Levi Mezick has trained all over the country, and most recently in Monterey, California. He now brings his regional, coastal California style cuisine to St. Helena. The menu is as fun and inventive as it is seasonal and fresh. Some of the most memorable were the strawberry rhubarb pop tarts at brunch, as well as the organic chicken with tomato vinaigrette at dinner, sourced from Mary’s Free Range Chickens at Pitman Family Farms.
The Charlie Palmer Group and it’s namesake owner have made a big splash in Northern California. And if you want to see his work in San Francisco, Healdsburg, or the Napa Valley, we can take you there. Anniversary dinner, birthday party, or any other special plans for an evening of culinary indulgence can be arranged with us here.
Enjoy Chef Palmer and gets your taste buds excited with some of his chicken recipes below: