Inside Enchanting Madrona Manor in HealdsburgBy Virginia Miller | July 30, 2014 By Virginia Miller | July 30, 2014
If you haven't been to Madrona — or you haven't been back in years — it's time to return. Whether or not you're staying overnight, the restaurant downstairs, helmed by talented executive chef Jesse Mallgren, is one of the best in all of Sonoma County. Chef Mallgren has been working his magic at Madrona faithfully since 1999, and his cooking is more dialed in than ever: fresh, exciting and in the company of other great fine dining experiences in the US.
While we love the bright corn, tomato and rhubarb notes of summer, fall is our favorite time to visit — when the air is ripe with harvest from countless surrounding wineries and the garden overflows with fall produce. The restaurant serves a "carte blanche," allowing you to compose your own six-course meal from the six sections of the menu ($130 plus $95 for wine pairings; service included). There's also the "Grande Dame" tasting menu ($155 per person, also including gratuity, $126 wine pairings or split wine pairing for $45), peppered with amuse bouche, which is an ideal way to experience the range of Mallgren's cooking. Flip through the slideshow below for a window into the enchantment. 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 800-258-4003