Fatted Calf Charcuterie, Napa CA
The Fatted Calf Charcuterie is one of the places you must promise to visit when you go to Napa. Zach thought this place is a slice out of Europe, like how you picture the old stereotype delis. They had an abundance of cured meats, confits, pates, sausages… there’s just too much stuff to talk about, you have to go yourself! They have a location in San Francisco as well, but here in Napa is where they butcher and process their meat. We came here via the Napa Truffle Festival, as this was one of the restaurants featuring a truffled menu item in the Oxbow Public Market. Fortunately for us, we met co-owner Bailey, who was not only a delight to chat with, but she let us into the kitchen!
Their contribution towards the festival was a truffled pork slider with comte, caramelized onions, arugula, and truffled aioli. These were beyond any kind of slider we’ve tasted before. The meat was tender, juicy, and packed with flavor and a nice crispy sear. The brioche bun was light and delicate, and the comte and onions were a dazzling sweetness paired with the aioli.
If you’re driving through Napa, please please please stop by this place. It is around the corner from the main buildings of the Oxbow Public Market, but often the hidden gems sparkle the most.