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Transport Your Guests to California with This Summer Menu

Worshippers of locavore food culture make pilgrimages to Shed, a restaurant and market in Healdsburg, California. Its passionate founders share their nearby home and farm, and a vibrant hand-picked feast.

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Fruit-and-Herb Shrubs

Shed is known for its shrubs, refreshing drinks made from fruit, vinegar, and sugar. On a summer evening with friends, Shed executive chef Perry Hoffman serves three different kinds: blackberry and sage, strawberry and tarragon, and peach and bay laurel.

Get the Strawberry-and-Tarragon Shrub Recipe

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Burrata with Tomatillos, Malabar-Spinach Buds, and Papalo

An appetizer of creamy burrata flavored with tomatillos and herbs, including the Mexican aromatic papalo (a native herb similar to cilantro), is an elegant way to start the meal.

Grilled Heritage Pork with Plums, Farro Verde, and Summer Herbs

Heritage pork loin is served on a bed of farro verde (a grain that’s harvested while still green) with sweet, ripe plums plucked from the orchard that morning.

Charred-Cucumber-and-Radish Salad with Yogurt

Borage blossoms, sweet alyssum, and nasturtiums add delicate flavor to this striking side dish.

Rose-Geranium-and-Cardamom Ice Cream

Roasted peaches, rose-geranium-and-cardamom ice cream, and simple almond cookies cap off the meal.

Sweetness and Light

Meet the Founders of Shed

Cindy Daniel and husband Doug Lipton walk their ever-evolving orchard. This year they are planting more varieties of stone fruits, as increasingly warmer winters have meant less of the chill needed to produce fruit on their apple trees.

A Stunning Space

Daniel and Lipton plotted their home so it would face south to absorb the sun in winter, then planted deciduous trees to shade it in summer.

Their kitchen is a chef's paradise. Daniel found the beautiful marble piece, which originally came from a cheese shop in Paris, at a “wonderfully eccentric” store in San Francisco that was going out of business. Over the years, she has filled it with treasures from her travels around the world, including a French wire egg basket and dishes from Astier de Villatte.

Heaven on Earth

Scenes from a Dream

  • chef perry hoffman shed restaurant tending fire

    Hoffman tends the fire where he'll grill the heritage pork loin.

  • watermelon radishes

    Watermelon radishes head to the kitchen.

  • sun hat

    One of Daniel’s many sun hats.

  • garden outside of shed restaurant kitchen

    Herbs, berries, and vegetables grow in the owners’ walled kitchen garden.

  • red leaf oak lettuce in the sun

    Red-leaf oak lettuce from the garden.

  • cindy daniel gathering rose geranium leaves

    Daniel gathers rose-geranium leaves to flavor ice cream.

  • chef perry hoffman shed restaurant tending fire

    Hoffman tends the fire where he'll grill the heritage pork loin.

  • garden outside of shed restaurant kitchen

    Herbs, berries, and vegetables grow in the owners’ walled kitchen garden.

  • watermelon radishes

    Watermelon radishes head to the kitchen.

  • red leaf oak lettuce in the sun

    Red-leaf oak lettuce from the garden.

  • sun hat

    One of Daniel’s many sun hats.

  • cindy daniel gathering rose geranium leaves

    Daniel gathers rose-geranium leaves to flavor ice cream.

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