Last weekend I joined a group of friends for a weekend of eating, cooking, and wine fellowship on Bodega Bay. We rented Skye Cottage in Bodega Harbour for three nights.
With a box of wine in the trunk, I made one last stop at the Whole Foods in Sebastopol for the final shopping for provisions for my part of the weekend's cooking responsibilities. Less than 30 minutes later, I managed to find my way to Seaweed Cafe in Bodega Bay with only one u-turn when I missed my turnoff from Hwy 1.
This was my first visit to Seaweed. Some of my friends are regulars here and on friendly terms with the owners, Jackie and Melinda. Melinda took care of our party of nine. We were seated in the original part of the restaurant next to the open kitchen.
To kick off our weekend, we started with two bottles of 1997 Iron Horse Classic Brut Green Valley from the wine list. Lightly toasty and nearly dry, it was a lovely starter. The kitchen sent out an amuse of pork terrine on toasted whole grain walnut bread topped with sliced cornichon. The bubbly helped cut through that delicious pork fat.
The bread here is Della Fattoria and the dipping oil was McEvoy. The McEvoy was better than other samplings, very young and peppery, in fact too hot for some others.