In small villages and mountain towns across the state of California, farmers and purveyors continue to bring communities fresh ingredients from our local breadbasket, as is evident in Yosemite’s southern gateway towns. Cornerstone establishments are adapting to meet the changing needs of their customers in a time when the public is doing its part with social distancing practices.
Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant at the Chateau du Sureau wants to bring a comforting, nutritious meal to your kitchen. Their exquisite takeout menu is chef-crafted and regularly updated with inspiration and the freshest ingredients. Today the menu features (arguably, the world’s best) seafood chowder, steak or vegetarian wraps, artisan cheeses and economically priced meals for two. The ‘Market List’ is a creative solution to the challenge of staying home for the coming days, with oatmeal, yeast, eggs, pasta and pounds of garden vegetables available to pick up curbside, along with your takeout.
Additionally, to stay connected with the community, Chef Robert Snyder III is taking to social media to teach his kitchen-maestro tips in a virtual cooking class series. First up in the lesson plan; learn to prepare a simple, nutrition-packed Carrot Ginger Soup from the coziness of your own home. New videos will post regularly, and now the hospitality of the Chateau du Sureau can be experienced from your home.
Your favorite winemakers are taking to Instagram and Facebook to open up a bottle (or two) of some cheerful reds and whites. If you are fortunate enough to have a bottle from the Madera Wine Trail tucked away, follow along with your own library. If not, grab a bottle of something you have on hand (we are sure you have stocked up, along with toilet paper!), make yourself a lovely appetizer, then have some fun chatting wine.
“We wanted a way to stay in touch with our community, patrons and dear friends.” mused the winemaker and owner of Idle Hour winery, Anna Marie Remedios. “For now, we are temporarily rethinking our way of life during this time of social distancing. There are a variety of curbside pick-up or delivery options and a lot of fantastic wine discounts at the moment.”
If WFH got you feeling a bit “disconnected” from the world, then connect to a webcam and raise a wine glass (or two; live a little) and toast to the new normal. The winemakers from the Madera Wine Trail believe we have surely earned a glass of vino. Join us in raising a glass (and one’s spirits), when you tune in for LIVE streaming social media from participating wineries.
Current Weekly Broadcast Schedule:
Wednesday, Friday at 5 p.m. with Toca Winery
Friday at 6 p.m. with Idle Hour Winery
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 1 p.m. with Fäsi Estate Winery
Friday at 12 p.m. with Quady Winery
Wednesday, Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. with San Joaquin Winery
Californians are doing what Californians do best, coming together with pioneering ideas during temporary setbacks. Proudly join us. Order dinner in, uncork something special, tune in, relax and enjoy!