It's been awhile since the North Bay has had any Yelp love, so this past Saturday afternoon , yelpers from all across the Bay made their way to sunny San Rafael to Vin Antico for an intimate Yelp Elite event.
Vin Antico is a modern trattoria and wine bar with a focus on simply prepared ingredients just picked from local farms. Their outstanding Italian food is often seasonal, so their menu is constantly rotating with a slew of dishes any locavore would love. Their pasta and pizza dough are all made by hand and with organic ingredients.
At the event, Vin Antico's wine director Tyler McNich and staff were on hand with a formidable spread of piquant passed bites. Guests were able to sample a multitude of dazzling seasoned oysters – including one one with Prosecco mignonette shrimp relish and tobiko citrus gelee! Mini bruschetta topped with bacon, burrata cheese, heirloom tomato and basil, corn cakes adorned with spicy shrimp and fresh vegetables, beef tartare, flat bread pizza with sausage, ricotta, olives, tomato sauce and a grated cheese trio also made it's way to the dining room from the open kitchen at Vin Antico, proving to be quite the way to spend a weekend in San Rafael.
To compliment Vin Antico's organic Italian bites was Navarro Vineyard's new yet to be launched wine called Hungry Hollow (it was the first time that they'd ever poured Hungry Hollow at an event before!) Hungry Hollow follows the tradition of worthy, local wine at prices every thrifty and hard-working man or woman can afford. Their grapes are grown in Mendocino County and the winemaking is done in the area as well. Eric B was a "big fan of their dry Gewürztraminer and also enjoyed their Riesling and Syrah." After he got home he even ordered the Hungry Hollow Introductory Special (3 different bottles delivered to his door for $32.15 including sales tax).