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Something’s fishy

Jul 21st 2013

New Executive Chef William Oliver is busily updating our menu in Alexander's and being his creative culinary self these days. When I asked for a recipe he commented that when he designs recipes he uses Whole Foods as a reference: if you can't buy it there, then the recipe is  no-go. He wanted people

Shaken, not stirred.

Jun 13th 2013

When Ian Fleming published, “Casino Royale” in 1953, he had no idea what he had started. Not only did he create what became the enormous James Bond franchise we know today, but inadvertently created a rather tremendous cocktail, The Vesper. It was written like so:

"A dry martini," he said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet." Then Bond specifies his order

AWARD WINNING Corn and Shellfish Chowder

May 06th 2013

That's Chef Ben St. Clair on the left and a beaming Allison Kneubuhl (Marketing) and proud General Manager Keith Hill on the right displaying the Judges award for BEST chowder at the recent 2013 Gualala Whale and Jazz festival Chowder Challenge.  There was stiff competition out there folks but this chowder recipe is a show stopper. Congratulations to Chef Ben! Oh and take

Check out this chowder

Mar 01st 2013

Is there anything better than Clam Chowder with those little fish crackers? Chef Ben is preparing a serious run for Chowder Champion at the annual Gualala Chowder Challenge, April 6th from 11:30 AM -2:30 PM. This is only  one of many month-long festivities during the Gualala Whale and Jazz festival. Music, chowder cook-offs, art exhibits, performances...it is an extravaganza of fun on the

Mushroom soup for the soul

Jan 13th 2013

For those of you that were NOT in attendance at our Mushroom Foraging extravaganza last week you were not able to taste the scrumptious items on the menu by Chef Ben. Fear not! We are happy to offer you the next best thing and that is the recipe for his killer "Mushroom and Crab Chowder". Yummm...

Mushroom and Crab Chowder Prep Time: 10

Sooo Berry good.

Aug 20th 2012

When I asked chef Ben where he got this amazing Berry Crepe recipe he said "I made it up". Now why can't I just MAKE UP recipes like this. Maybe because my culinary school consisted of a bunsen burner in college that graduated to a microwave. Not-so from young Chef Ben. He goes the tasty, delcious, yummy slow cook route. And we'

A little slice of chocolate heaven

Jun 21st 2012

When I asked Chef Ben for one of his favorite dessert recipes he sent me this within minutes. Obviously it didn't take long to think about the ONE dessert that is not only a crowd pleaser but is relatively easy to make. Beware, once your grateful family and friends taste this you will have raised the bar. Going forward Fig Newtons