For centuries, it has been tradition in Spain and Mexico that a town be built around a central plaza, or zócalo. Even today, the older communities of California and the Southwest demonstrate that tradition. After all, as late as the 1840s they were Hispanic enclaves. Yet nowhere... read more
If you're visiting California wine country, the whole point is to drink and eat well. It takes a special kind of restaurant, then, to go above and beyond the region’s standard for dining excellence. These 13 restaurants in Napa and Sonoma are a cut above the rest... read more
Brothers Chef Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini cook and greet guests at this high-end, chic restaurant, which has a reputation for beautifully constructed, artistic food plates and minimalist decor... read more
When we spoke to Dustin Valette, chef and co-owner of Healdsburg restaurant Valette, he was sitting on his front porch with his infant daughter in his arms, looking out on downtown Healdsburg... read more
Healdsburg has come a long way since its agricultural days drawing star chefs, vintners and restauranteurs from around the globe. Located about 90 minutes from Walnut Creek, the tiny Sonoma Valley town sits at the crux of three world-class wine growing regions... read more
Robert Louis Stevenson has said “Wine is bottled poetry.” But after a unique, wine-centric dinner last night at Healdsburg’s Valette, I think this quote is more apt: “Wine is bottled passion”... read more
Everyone has their favorite local getaway for escaping the city, and for Out There, it's Healdsburg, CA. In bygone years a sleepy little Sonoma hamlet set around a charming town square, it's now a resort destination chock-full of gourmet eateries... read more
Michael Bauer’s 10 favorite Healdsburg restaurants. Healdsburg has always been a charming place to visit, but for years it lagged behind Napa in culinary accomplishments. However, the dining scene is quickly shifting... read more
30 Best Sonoma County Restaurant Dishes of 2015. Choosing the best from hundreds of meals isn’t easy, and admittedly is rather subjective, but a few dozen rise to the top as truly special... read more
Valette is two talented brothers creating quintessential California cuisine, local, organic, and all. The restaurant has won wide acclaim for its dishes, which include Olive Oil Poached Local Halibut and a Roasted Eggplant Caviar Tart... read more
When chef Dustin Valette jumped ship at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen—on the ground floor of Hotel Healdsburg—hearts sank. Now, the hottest dinner reservation in town is on the other side of the square, at the spot he owns with his brother, Aaron Garzini... read more
A-listers flock to this new temple to Wine Country haute cuisine (without the attitude). Charlie Palmer protege Dustin Valette grabs the spotlight with dishes that have more unexpected twists and turns than an Alfred Hitchcock movie... read more
'Trust me,' said Chef Dustin Valette as we took out seats in his new eponymous Healdsburg restaurant. Our waiter cleared away the menus we’d not yet had a chance to peruse, and asked if we had any... read more
Chef Dustin Valette, formerly of Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, opened his first restaurant, Valette, in March. Dustin and his brother, Aaron, who handles the front-of-the-house business... read more
Dustin Valette, the chef/owner, and his brother, Aaron Garzini, fulfilled a dream in March, opening an inventive, hyper-local restaurant in their hometown that showcases local farmers, winemakers and... read more
Chef Dustin Valette, formerly of Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, opened his first restaurant, Valette, in March. Dustin and his brother, Aaron, who handles the front-of-the-house business, purchased the former... read more
Anniversary last night and we decided to celebrate at Valette in Healdsburg. It has received a lot of good press and based on our dinner last night, deservedly so. We had decided earlier to get the tasting menu and... read more
Not all that long ago, Healdsburg was known as a sleepy little town just a short drive north of Napa Valley. These days, it's brimming with Michelin-starred restaurants boasting hyper-local fare, as well as... read more
I always get a little giddy when I’m one of the first people to experience a new boutique hotel, taste a vintage wine straight out of the barrel, or get a sneak peek at a music festival’s lineup. But nothing gets me going more than... read more
Valette is the hottest new restaurant on the Healdsburg dining scene. Chef Dustin Valette is a local talent and just last month he opened his namesake restaurant with his brother Aaron Garzini after working at... read more
Brother and sister Joe and Catherine Bartolomei can’t seem to stop tinkering with the Farmhouse Inn, their cozily luxurious inn in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. A few years ago, they opened the... read more
The Sonoma County dining scene isn't like any place else. Chefs were doing farm to table back in the 1980s, long before it was de rigueur, and somehow over the years they've managed to keep it real. The chefs here... read more
Owning a restaurant is often more about an unrequited desire than a business decision. Valette, the new restaurant that took over the space of Zin in Healdsburg, is the dream come true for the owners... read more...
His namesake restaurant, Valette, has been open just nine weeks, but on a Saturday night in bustling Healdsburg, every table is full and the orders are coming fast and furious. From the open kitchen... read more...
Just off the press: Chef Dustin Valette’s new Wine Country project officially has a name: Valette. This ain’t about ego, however. We’re wiping a tiny tear from our eyes after Dustin explained that the building... read more...
New details on Dry Creek Kitchen chef Dustin Valette’s yet-unnamed restaurant in Healdsburg. Turns out it’s a bro-fest, as Valette is partnering with his brother, Aaron Garzini, a front-of-house vet who... read more...