Farmhouse Inn in Forestville opens casual sister restaurant
The Farmhouse Inn, nestled among the vineyards of the Russian River Valley, has long been a favorite getaway for ad-weary celebrities and well-heeled visitors. Along with the luxury accommodations, part of the draw has been the Michelin-rated restaurant previously run by chef Steven Litke.
Since Litke’s departure in 2021, however, the culinary program has reinvented itself out of necessity, with a newly redesigned kitchen and the installation of Executive Chef Shawn Jackson Clara overseeing a revamped fine dining program and Executive Chef Trevor Anderson at the head of a newly redesigned casual restaurant. experiment called Farmstand. Both chefs are Farmhouse alumni.
The mostly alfresco dining room, with bubbly Neapolitan pizzas, wood-fired cooking and plates to share, was inspired by a previous dip in all-day dining at the Forestville Inn. The new concept is much more welcoming, with a menu worthy of a trip and terrace seating that takes advantage of the property’s woodsy charm. The on-farm and on-farm dining experiences are both open to the public.
The Farmstand menu is entirely a la carte, featuring incredibly fresh vegetable dishes (many from co-owner Joe Bartolomei’s garden) like sweet roasted carrots with salsa verde, summer pressed watermelon with feta and olives black and fresh red beets with fresh berries and pistachio butter. All range from $12 to $16 each. The wood-fired pizzas ($24-$25) are generous, with a version of maitake mushroom and black truffle leek cream that takes top honors in our book. Larger entrees, like a grilled steak or half a chicken, range from $18 to $38.
This captivating experience is a comparative affair for the region and showcases the inventive new directions of the culinary program here. Expect frequent menu changes throughout the season. On Wednesday nights, Farmstand offers a prix fixe menu for $65 per person with several seasonal items and an outdoor movie in the courtyard.
Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. 7871 River Road, Forestville, 707-887-3300. Find all the details and the all-day Farmstand menu on farminn.com.