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Taste of the Valley: Kitchen Door plans a move downtown

From the Napa Valley Wine Insider Digest: April 17, 2021 series
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Chef Todd Humphries will continue to serve his globally inspired, eclectic menu, when Kitchen Door restaurant moves to downtown Napa this winter. 

Kitchen Door plans a move

Kitchen Door restaurant will move to Napa's open-air downtown collective, First Street Napa, later this year. The restaurant, which has anchored Oxbow Public Market for a decade, will close that location in June 2021.

In winter 2021, the new Kitchen Door will open at its larger space at 1300 First Street, Suite 272, off the Clay Street Promenade. 

Chef Todd Humphries plans to refresh Kitchen Door’s globally eclectic menu, while retaining classic favorites, including the roasted half chicken. 

In 2011, when Humphries co-founded Kitchen Door, the mission was to create a restaurant that would serve a variety of appetites.

“We wanted our cuisine to be sophisticated, but not fussy,” Humphries said. “Our menu is elevated by the quality of our ingredients and the complexity of our flavors, but the dishes are approachable for every palate.”

With comfort in mind, the downtown space will be designed to flow freely between the interior restaurant and bar, which opens onto the patio seating. 

“Kitchen Door is an established favorite in Napa, with an ambiance and menu that invites guests to relax,” said Andrew Mazotti, director of First Street Napa. “With a loyal fanbase and great appeal for visitors, it’s an excellent fit for downtown, and we look forward to welcoming them to First Street Napa.” 

Steve Carlin, founder and managing partner of Oxbow Public Market, said he will be announcing the new tenant for the Kitchen Door space, possibly by the end of the week.  

A new season of Cheese O'Clock 

Cheese experts Janet Fletcher and Laura Werlin begin a new season of Cheese O’Clock, their series of you-are-almost-there Zoom tastings, on May 6.

This series celebrates American Cheese Month in May and showcases the finest domestic artisan cheeses.

They are joined every week by a guest cheesemaker and winemaker for a lively chat about cheese and wine, with listener questions welcomed.

Zoom registration is free; order each week’s cheese collection and wines to taste along with them.

More information is at

• Cheese O’Clock: Holy Cow!

The first show features Gloria Ferrer wines on Thursday, May 6, at 5 p.m., PT

Order cheeses and wines by April 23.

Guests are Brian Civitello of Mystic Cheese and Becky Paun of Gloria Ferrer

• Cheese O’Clock: Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

with Chappellet Winery, Thursday, May 13, 5 p.m., 

Order cheeses and wines by April 30.

Guests are Willy Bridgham of Four Fat Fowl and Dominic Chappellet of Chappellet Winery

• Cheese O’Clock: East Meets West

with Frog’s Leap Winery on Thursday, May 20, 5 p.m. 

Order cheeses and wines by May 7.

Guests are Karen Bianchi-Moreda of Valley Ford Cheese and John Williams of Frog’s Leap

• Cheese O’Clock: All in the Family

with Stonestreet Winery, Thursday, May 27, 5 p.m.

Order cheeses and wines by May 13.

Guests are Jeremy Little of Sweet Grass Dairy and Emily Pickral MS of Stonestreet

Spring at Meritage Resort & Spa

Meritage Resort & Spa has announced new spring activities. To register or for more information, visit

• Mommy & Me Princess Tea Parties and Superhero Snack Attack

Every Saturday throughout the spring, starting April 10, the Meritage Resort will be hosting tea parties and lunchtime experiences for families. Each week, the resort will alternate between two themes. The cost is $20 per child and $45 for adults. 

April 10 is a Mommy & Me Princess Tea, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with tea sandwiches, cookies and storytelling. April 17 will be a similar event for superheroes. 

• Spring & Summer Artisan Markets

Every third Sunday of the month, starting April 18, the Meritage and Vista Collina will be hosting a farmer’s market, but with wine and live music. Focusing on Napa Valley artisans and purveyors of culinary products, the Artisan Market runs from noon to 3 p.m., followed by live music from local artists. The resort's gourmet food truck and on-site wine tasting rooms will also be open.

A look inside Tarts de Feybesse, a new enterprise from pastry chefs Paul and Monique Feybesse.

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