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Kitchen Stores to visit in Napa, California
Posted By Nicole On February 11, 2011 @ 7:16 am In Stores and Shopping,Travel | 10 Comments
All of the restaurants in the Napa Valley area of Northern California make it a great vacation destination for food lovers, but if you’re like me, you probably still want to do some cooking when you get home from that vacation instead of just going out to eat! One of the great things about Napa and the surrounding areas is that there are lots of amazing kitchen stores that stock cool gadgets, specialty ingredients and anything else that you might want to add to your home collection. I visited quite a few on my last trip, so here is a rundown of some of the spots you might want to stop at if you’re visiting the area.
In Napa itself, you’ll find Shackford’s Kitchen Store. The shop looks unassuming from the outside and you’ll probably notice the big collection of cookie jars in the window before you go in, but you’ll be amazed at how much stuff is packed into this store. They have all kinds of equipment for professional bakers and cooks, as well as plenty of stuff for the home cook. I saw several people ordering restaurant equipment on my visit, people picking up several chefs coats, as well as a few people just checking out the cookbook selection or the latest Wilton pans.
The Tyler Florence Shop is a new addition to the Napa Riverfront. On my last visit, I saw that the Tyler Florence store had closed! Fortunately, you can head over to the very cool Oxbow Public Market (click for a full post) for some great eats and some cool kitchen stuff instead.
Leaving Napa and heading north, you’ll pass NapaStyle in Yountville. This is Michael Chirello’s shop and restaurant. Like Tyler Florence’s place, it’s a bit pricey, but full of specialty foods and kitchen goods. It’s worth a look – especially since you’ll be visiting Yountville to go to the Bouchon Bakery, which is right across the street.
Continuing up the main highway, you’ll also pass the Oakville Grocery, which is an incredibly cute grocery store and great place to pick up picnic supplies (and wine). Dean and Deluca in St Helena is just a few minutes up the road and is another place to pick up some premium picnic goodies – including some very expensive items, like imported Iberico Bellota ham. The quality is top notch and if you’ve only seen their catalogue, a visit is a fun experience.
The last stop should definitely be the store at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone. This huge castle-like structure is actually one of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley – built long before there was electricity. They offer cooking demos and campus tours, and have a restaurant where you can get a great deal on a prix fixe meal cooked by students. The shop is just about always open, too. More reasonably priced than some of the other specialty shops in Napa, it has a tremendous number of cookbooks, knives, kitchen tools, spices and more, as well as plenty of gift items, like t-shirts. You can actually find many of the same specialty food items that stores like Tyler Florence carry. You’ll see students and teachers walking around, smell what they’re cooking upstairs and start to wonder if it’s too late for you to go to culinary school, too.
Shackford’s Kitchen Store
1350 Main St
Napa, CA 94559
Oxbow Public Market
644 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
7856 St. Helena Hwy
Oakville, CA 94562
Dean & Deluca
607 St Helena Hwy S
Saint Helena, CA 94574
2555 Main Street.
St Helena, CA 94574
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