On a sunny Monday morning, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to drive up to see my wonderful friend Kathleen Weber, owner of Della Fattoria in Petaluma. Kathleen and her husband Ed, also own the awesome artisanal bread factory, from which they supply many of the restaurants in the region, including San Francisco. I first met their amazing bread when I had my first dinner at The French Laundry in Yountville. Kathleen joined us for a light lunch of their signature bread, tuna sandwiches, and of course desserts from the bakery case. We also got a tour of the production. Kathleen's cupcakes, using my white velvet cake, were exquisitely produced and filled with a delicious buttercream. Kathleen packed up two more sandwiches to ensure that we would have more than desserts for dinner, and then took us to her nearby home and bread baking factory. Kathleen's husband Ed and daughter Elisa, greeted us at the entrance. And then we went on to visit the bread facility where all the magic takes place. This is a home where nature, animals, and people co-exist in spectacular harmony. It was difficult to leave such a exceptionally spiritual environment. From here, we had just an hour drive to Napa Valley to return to the inviting Cedar Gables bed and breakfast and the evening with the Bakers Dozen of Napa. (Next posting!)
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