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Sonoma: The Epicure Connection - the best squash soup I’ve ever eaten

rworange | Dec 6, 201112:01 PM

That squash pear soup is the only dish I’ve ever awarded an A +

In my rating system that means “Beyond exceptional Food of the gods … If this was a person it would be (in alphabetical order) Buddha, Jesus or Yahweh … you get the idea. If this was a place it would be paradise.”

The frittata is also one of the best I’ve had.

This is a wonderful little shop that in addition to its menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta sells wine, cheese and artisan groceries.

The website says it best. There is a “selection of artisan and farmstead cheeses, fresh raviolis from the Pasta Shop including Delice de la Vallee Raviolis, Sonoma County Dairy Products, Sonoma Valley Olive Oils, fresh canned preserves, organic meats from Gleason Ranch, Black Pig Bacon, full line of Jimtown products, Olive Oils, Jams” etc, etc, etc.

On Saturday there are waffles such as maple bacon or pumpkin. There is also an option of butter or jam tasting.

The menu notes the local products being used such as Cousteaux Bakery, Lunita Farm, Oakhill Farm and The Patch,

They also have lots of special events and workshops such as cheese making classes or appearances by cook book authors.

The shop formerly located on the Sonoma Highway moved in October to West Napa Street a half block from Sonoma Square.

Owner Sheana Davis makes everyone feel welcome from the lucky tourists who stumble into her shop to locals to chefs and artisans who drop in to chat. It is sort of the epicurean version of the great little SF cafes that drew in the Beat Generation mix of artists.

Her annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference draws authors, vendors and cheese makers from all over the United States. Her own cheeses are Delice de la Vallee.

Here's what I had over a number of visits rated from A+ to F -

A + … Squash Pear soup
A …... Frittata with dried cranberry spinach salad
B + … Creme de fromage, turkey and clove cranberry relish sandwich
B + … Black eyed peas with Kentucky ham soup
B + … Cassoulet
B + … Betsy’s Backyard wine
B - ..... Red velvet cupcake
B - ..... butter tasting

Service: B -
Ambiance: B -
Price: $$

Details about food I tried in first reply

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The Epicurean Connection
122 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

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