Around a dozen or so friends are joining me in the wine country for my 40th birthday later this year. We're staying in St. Helena. I am planning a casual, self-catered dinner party at my B & B for my birthday night. I could use some help with leads on several things:
1. Best place to order a cake? I am thinking about something like a carrot cake, red velvet cake or German chocolate cake.
2. Best place to buy the wine? I want to spend around $17-20 a bottle. I'll be buying red, white and sparkling. I want to buy CA wines. What wine stores are my best bets for good values?
3. Best places to purchase prepared foods? I am thinking about a medley of room temp/cold foods like couscous salad with grilled chicken, salmon, bean salad, etc. I've looked at Dean & Dulca, of course, and Oakville Grocery. Are there other places you would recommend?
Thanks in advance for your help!