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Snail Trail: Featuring in May Mateo’s Cocina Latina and Bernier Farms

Join Us on the Snail Trail!

Continuing on the Snail Trail, this month we visit Mateo’s Cocina Latina and Bernier Farms. We are excited that things are starting to open up and hope everyone will continue to frequent these local Snail of Approval-honored businesses. It has been a tough year and they have supported our community, and we want to return the favor by enjoying a meal and purchasing some seasonal, local produce.

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May’s Snail Trail Restaurant is Mateo’s Cocina Latina

214 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
(707) 433-1520

Mateo’s Cocina Latina is a hip cocina with a garden patio, tequila and mezcal bar with Yucatan-inspired food in Healdsburg, one block off the square. Currently serving indoors, on the patio, and to go.

Telephone or visit their website to order online, view the menu, and make a reservation.

Hours: Sunday 11:30 am-8:00 pm; Monday and Thursday 3-8 pm; Friday and Saturday 11:30 am-8:45 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday closed.

Snail of Approval awardee since 2019.

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May’s Snail Trail Farm is Bernier Farms

1720 Canyon Road, Geyserville
(707) 849-7592

Bernier Farms is a small, certified organic, family-run farm in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. They are a diversified farming operation, specializing in dry-farmed grapes and many different vegetables and fruits. Known for their 15 varieties of hardneck and softneck garlic, you can purchase the seed online.

Bernier Farms produce can be found at local restaurants (including Mateo’s Cocina Latina) and can be purchased at the Healdsburg Farmer Market.

Snail of Approval awardee since 2019.

Slow Books: Clementine in the Kitchen (virtual)


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When “Clémentine in the Kitchen” first appeared in 1943, it immediately captivated American readers. Written by the artist Samuel Chamberlain under the pen name Phineas Beck, it recounts the gastronomic adventures of the Beck/Chamberlain family during the decade that their beguiling Burgundian cook Clémentine produced wonderful French meals for them, both in France and in their New England home in Marblehead, MA. An appendix contains 125 recipes–classic dishes, regional specialties, and much that is useful for special occasions. But the most compelling are plain and old-fashioned. These are the dishes that identify the Clémentine family style, a style so French, so civilized, so knowing in its use of ingredients that it cannot become impractical or ever go out of date: filets de sole au vin blanc, boeuf à la mode, endives braisées― trophies of la cuisine bourgeoise that never fail to please. (Amazon)

3rd Annual Snail of Approval Awards

Join Slow Food Russian River and Slow Food Sonoma County North as we honor our 2019 Snail of Approval farm awardees:

Be Here Farm + Nature – Sonoma County

Bernier Farms – Healdsburg

Laguna Farm – Sebastopol

We are excited to announce that we are also launching our Artisan Producer Snail of Approval program and awarding our first Snails to:

DaVero Farms & Winery – Healdsburg (olive oil)

Tilted Shed Ciderworks – Windsor

Our 2019 Snail of Approval renewal honorees:

Backyard – Forestville

Black Piglet – Sonoma County

Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria -Geyserville

Estero Cafe – Valley Ford

The Naked Pig – Santa Rosa

Get your tickets now!

After the ceremony we will enjoy “nibbles & bites” from our Snail of Approval restaurants, farms, artisan producers and our own Slow Food Sonoma County North Events Committee. Along with wine & other beverages.

Snail of Approval recognizes these food-related providers in Sonoma County for making significant contributions to transform our food system to one that is, good, clean and fair.



Around the Slow Table with “My Kitchen Year”

Do you like to try new recipes and share the results with a small group of friends? Do you enjoy discussing a dish’s ingredients and process of creating it? If you said YES, then join us for dinner based on recipes each guest prepares from My Kitchen Year, by Ruth Reichl.

Lynn Davis’s home in Windsor

The address will be sent when you register.

This is how it works. Get a copy of My Kitchen Year—and select a few recipes that appeal to you. When you register, your host will contact you to select which recipe you should prepare and how many people it should feed (a recipe that serves 4-6 people is usually sufficient).

Please also bring a beverage to share.

At dinner you’ll get to know each other and discuss your experiences preparing your dish. You may also nominate your own favorite cookbook for another Slow Table meal.

To register, please RSVP to slowfoodsonomacountynorth@gmail.com.

Ruth Reichl, My Kitchen Year

My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons as Ruth Reichl heals through the simple pleasures of cooking after the abrupt closing of Gourmet magazine. Each dish Reichl prepares for herself–and for her family and friends–represents a life’s passion for food: a blistering ma po tofu that shakes Reichl out of the blues; a decadent grilled cheese sandwich that accompanies a rare sighting in the woods around her home; a rhubarb sundae that signals the arrival of spring. Part cookbook, part personal narrative, part paean to the household gods, My Kitchen Year reveals Reichl’s most treasured recipes, to be shared over and over again with those we love. (Amazon)