Chalkboard Restaurant in Healdsburg had its soft opening for their new Library venue this past weekend. Sophisticated yet approachable, this new adventure of Executive Chef Shane McAnelly and General Manager (GM) Sean Coleman continues the well planned and delightfully executed evolution of this culinary treat located in the Hotel Les Mars.
The Library features two tasting menus created by Chef McAnelly. He and his staff employ all the local fresh ingredients available. The herbs and vegetables come largely from the 3 acres of gardens at Chalk Hill Estates winery in Healdsburg, owned by Bill Foley, who also owns the Hotel Les Mars and Chalkboard. The rest of the menu items are sourced locally to allow the kitchen to prepare the freshest small plates possible with seafood, fish, beef, pork and foul. They succeed!
The two tasting menus are a variation with one (Chef's Tasting Menu) including all the various meats, poultry and fish while the other (Chef's Vegetable Tasting Menu) is totally vegetarian. Honestly, the descriptions are so tantalizing that even a die hard carnivore might opt for the vegetable tasting menu.
Each of the two menus includes 8 courses which may actually be a bit more than one can handle. The fixed price menu is $105 per person for either tasting menu. The option is available for pairing of wine (or beer or sake) for each of the courses for an additional charge of $80. Again, The Library team has spent a great deal of time finding just the right pairing to enhance the overall flavor impact on the palate.
Check out the included List and Pictures to get a visual sense of what is going on here. Just know that you can place yourself in the hands of these magicians, let yourself go, sit back and enjoy the flavorful flights of food fancy that will find there way to your mouth.
McAnelly intends for the Library to be open on weekends so call for reservations 707-433-4311. The weekend of April 25th will be the public opening of this new adventure. This could be a tough ticket so plan ahead.
It's the food baby!
Chalkboard is located at 29 North Street in Healdsburg, CA a block north and west of the main plaza at Hotel Les Mars. The restaurant is serving dinner seven days a week and weekend lunch service.
Chalkboard Restaurant: Monday – Sunday, 5pm – close
Bar: Monday – Sunday, 4pm – close
The Library: Weekends (Call for reservations)
Lunch: Saturday/Sunday 11:30am - 5pm