Biodynanic Culinary Garden Partnership
El Dorado Kitchen (EDK), a stylish and contemporary Sonoma favorite located in the El Dorado Hotel along the historic Sonoma Plaza, announced the formation of a BiodynamicÂ® culinary garden partnership with Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Estate Winery, both owned and operated by the Benziger family of Glen Ellen.
The Benziger family tends 168 acres of certified Biodynamic vineyards and gardens on four estate properties; Sonoma Mountain Home Ranch, Sonoma Valley Imagery Estate, Sonoma Valley Sunny Slope Estate and Sonoma Coast de Coelo Estate. Biodynamics is a holistic farming approach developed in the 1920s by the Austrian scientist philosopher Rudolf Steiner. While it encompasses many of the principles of organic farming, such as the elimination of all chemicals, Biodynamics goes further, requiring close attention to the varied forces of nature influencing the vine.
With one of the most extensive wine lists in the country featuring nearly forty Sonoma County Pinot Noirs alone, EL Dorado Kitchen is committed to supporting local winemakers and forging progressive partnerships with local food purveyors. "Our relationship with the Benziger family began while searching for progressive Sonoma Valley winemakers and farmers from whom to source local ingredients," said EDK General Manager Jens Hoj. "In learning that the Benziger's cultivate a variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits on their estate properties as a complement to their vines, I realized the Benziger's unique approach to
Biodynamic farming provided an opportunity for a partnership beyond wine.
While breaking bread and enjoying Benziger wines at the El Dorado Kitchen, a partnership was devised. Produce of the highest quality is now grown for EDK in a sustainable fashion on the same properties with grapes cultivated for the Benziger wines. "With many Benziger wines on our wine list, we're taking wine and food pairing to a whole new level."
A feast for all senses can be found at both Imagery and Benziger Family Winery as colorful acres of herb and vegetable gardens grow alongside vineyards cultivating seasonal produce. Expanding the partnership even further, EDK Executive Chef Justin Everett is offering the first of its kind - a Biodynamic tasting menu paired with Biodynamic wines. Champions of sustainable agriculture, El Dorado Kitchen and the Benziger family support each other as local businesses dedicated to fresh, locally grown food.
Less than ten miles from both Imagery Estate Winery and the Benziger Family Winery, El Dorado Kitchen is located at 405 First Street West, Sonoma, CA, inside the El Dorado Hotel, and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.