Napa is such foodie getaway – with so many Michelin-starred restaurants like The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Bottega, and Thomas Keller’s newest addition, La Calenda – it’s easy to overlook Sonoma. Not us. We’re at Shed in Healdsburg, browsing the aisles during our time in the adorable yet hip downtown Healdsburg

Shed is a gourmet market with the most beautiful cookware and gardening tools you can imagine. But the thing that made me pull my wallet out was this from Dandelion Chocolate in SF, a small-batch bean-to-bar producer in the Mission District. To prove their bona fides, they package their chocolate with a cocao pod from Ecuador. You have to hold one of these things in your hand to truly appreciate how exotic it is. Not sure what I’ll ever do with it. The show-and-tell potential was just too cool to pass up.

 

Cacao Pod for Chocolate - Booker and Butler Concierges

UPDATE–Sadly Shed has closed its retail and restaurant space in Healdsburg, but luckily you can still score goods from their amazingly curated online store, https://healdsburgshed.com

Sonoma County’s most sought after restaurant, Single Thread, is in Healdsburg.  There isn’t space here to list all of their accolades, but a mention must go to their 3-stars from Michelin, so if you can score a ressie, walk don’t run! Next up is our day on the Cheese Trail. There are over 30 farms and creameries in these parts, from Bodega Bay to Sonoma. Thanks to Booker & Butler’s Sonoma concierge services, we were tipped off on a few can’t-miss producers like Cowgirl and Tomales Farmstead.

Sonoma, Marin Cheese Trail Map - Booker and Butler ConciergesOxbow-cheese-crop for booker and butler