New For Foodies & Gourmands
After years in the making and close to a year of anticipation from Healdsburg locals, The Matheson finally opened its doors in September 2021. Housed in a renovated 100+-year-old historic building, this three tier restaurant, sushi kitchen, wine lounge, and rooftop cocktail lounge and open-air restaurant pays homage to the Sonoma County region while at the same time incorporating stunning modern design. Chef/Owner Dustin Vallette hopes that the spaces created at The Matheson will allow guests to ‘immerse themselves in Sonoma, its craftspeople and its lifestyle, all in an afternoon.’
Adorned with murals painted by local Sonoma County artists, The Matheson’s downstairs bar and restaurant feature a wine wall with over 85 wines by the glass and a large open plan kitchen and sushi/sashimi bar. The menu offers ever changing dishes that feature seasonal fare highlighting California’s micro-seasons, while the sushi and sashimi bar feature creations curated by master sushi chef Ken Tominaga and chef Daisuke Soma. On the second floor sit a number of gorgeous spaces that can be booked by large parties or for private events (dinners hosted by local winemakers may be on The Matheson’s future calendar). Up on the roof, the bar serves up innovative cocktails combining unique spirits, seasonal fruits, flowers, and herbs alongside a menu of small plates and wood fired pizzas in a casual, open-air environment. The outdoor patio features fire pits and a perch overlooking the Healdsburg Plaza, while at the more casual rooftop bar, Roof 106, seating is first come first served (no reservations are accepted).
In Sonoma (or more specifically, Boyes Hot Springs), Il Fuoco opened up in the former Cochon Volant space off of the Sonoma Highway, after months of work turning the former barbecue spot into a wood fire pizza-focused Italian restaurant. Il Fuoco is local chef and restaurateur Rob Larman’s second venture in the space.
In Petaluma, Table Culture Provisions recently opened up at its new location, to the delight of their locavore customers. With simple, fresh, delicious dishes that incorporate local ingredients, Table Culture Provisions offers seasonal California Wine Country fare that walks the line between comfort food and haute cuisine. Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday, with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
And for dessert? Beloved artisan chocolatier Fleur Sauvage opened up their first brick and mortar customer retail space in Windsor in mid-December (just in time for the holidays), while Stellina Pronto opened their Petaluma cafe and bakery, featuring a variety of mouth watering pastries (as well as wood fired pizzas, paninis, and frittatas) in the fall of 2021.
Several other notable Sonoma County restaurant, eatery, or foodie related openings include Khom Loi in Sebastopol, Sonoma County’s newest Thai restaurant; the Latin-influenced Pezcow in Windsor; Santa Rosa’s El Meson de los Molcajetes Mexican restaurant; El Dorado Cantina, El Dorado Kitchen’s new take-out only cantina window in Sonoma; Gold Ridge Organic Farms in Sebastopol, featuring organic produce and olive oil; premium olive oil producer Il Fusti in Sebastopol; and the newly rehabbed Altamont General Store and Cafe in Occidental.