On Saturday armed with a cup of pink grapefruit sherbet delicately icy, refreshingly citrusy and tingly clean-tasting from Downtown Bakery & Creamery in Healdsburg, I took a walk around the plaza playing tourist. For the first time I noticed some tables and chairs on the courtyard and walkway the hotel shares with the retail complex and Bear Republic Brewery and headed over to investigate.
Tucked into the side of Dry Creek Kitchen restaurant is a small nook of a retail outlet called Provisions. It actually opens into the kitchen of the restaurant and you can watch the flurry of activity as the staff prep ingredients here. A blackboard in the window says Sandwiches, soup, cheeses, fresh meat, seafood, grocery, poultry. In reality there are only two small refrigerator cases and a couple of étagère displays with a limited amount of merchandise. This is an odd mix of things that might be overruns from what the kitchen is using that day: fresh duck breasts, charentais melons from Ecuador, red bell peppers, qing choi, boxes of kosher salt, hazelnuts, dried figs, cookies, and other assorted goodies. A small menu offers the sandwiches, soups and salads of the day and a selection of box lunches. Peets coffee is also available.
The small French-type charentais melons were very ripe and fragrant. I bought one for $2.50 as a hostess present for that evening. The cash register rang up the bill with sales tax. When I complained and told the clerk that California sales tax is not charged for groceries whereas it is for prepped food, he said there was no other way to ring the sale. It was only a few cents in this case, but if youre making a larger purchase, watch out for this error.
Dry Creek Kitchen
317 Healdsburg Ave.