Different accomplishments call for different kinds of celebrations. For some, a simple fist bump fits the bill. Maybe what’s called for is a greeting card, a toast at the bar or a round of applause in the office. But we’re talking about Napa celebrating its 175th anniversary here, and that deserves to be shouted from the rooftop.
And that’s exactly what Napa will do.
Because whether you call it a demisemiseptcentennial or septaquintaquinquecentennial, a hundred and seventy-five years is a long, long time. It calls for not one but two big events, both of which the Downtown Napa Association will host this summer.
But first, let’s talk about that rooftop.
On Saturday, June 11th, 300 people will attend one of two 5:00 p.m. receptions. The first will be at Sky & Vine atop Archer Hotel for pizza from Oenotri and sushi from Eiko’s, both enjoyed with premium Napa Valley wines or a cocktail. Some people will prefer the VIP experience at Mia Carta Napa for oysters on the half shell from Hog Island Oyster Co. or fare from the Bounty Hunter. Those guests, will be able to taste through the wines of one of Mia Carta’s nine small-production Napa winery gems.
After that, it will be time to sit down at a long table for dinner. A very long table, actually – it will stretch along First Street from Randolph down to and past Coombs Street, and will feature some of the best and eclectic menu items found downtown.
Whichever reception you attend, save room for dinner. Guests will be seated at a long table. A very long table, actually – it will stretch along First Street from Randolph down to and past Coombs Street, and will feature some of the most popular and eclectic menu items found downtown.
First up is a cup of Chilled Summer Soup from Kitchen Door, followed by the Iceberg Wedge from Cole’s Chop House. The main course? The acclaimed Paella del Dia from ZuZu. And what pairs best with it? The celebrated Duck Fat Fries from Compline and a Composed Summer Salad from Norman Rose, again, all to be enjoyed with wines that made Napa famous.
Now let’s talk desserts.
Sweets from Anette’s Chocolates, Sweetie Pies, Vintage Sweet Shoppe, Monday Bakery and Earth & Sky Chocolates will be everywhere. The California Brandy House will pair brandy with cigars from Napa Cigars, or enjoy a cocktail from The Arboretum by Napa Valley Distillery.
Oh, and there will be musical entertainment everywhere, at just the right level and moods to make everything go down easy.