February 22, 2011
'Wild Table' dinner coming to Ella

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Humphries, executive chef and co-owner of the St. Helena restaurant Martini House smells the flavor of a matsutake mushroom he found in the hills near Angwin Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. Randy Pench, Sacramento Bee

By Chris Macias

A couple years ago, the Bee followed wild food expert Connie Green around a Napa County forest as she foraged for mushrooms. The story also included Todd Humphries, the chef of St. Helena's Martini House with a Michelin star to his credit, who also champions the culinary delicacy of mushrooms. The two are now teaming up with Kelly McCown, executive chef of Ella Dining Room & Bar, for a "wild table" dinner on Sunday at Ella.

The five-course meal features such prized fungi as dentinum hydnum umbilicatum and boletus edulis,paired with such dishes as braised pork belly and roasted Millbrook venison. The dinner also reunites Humphries with McCown, as the Ella chef served as chef de cuisine under Humphries at Martini House. The price is $125 per head, which is on par with dinner at Ella's sister restaurant, The Kitchen. If you've got some money to burn on a gastronomic feast, this mushroom dinner should suit you well.

For more information:
(916) 443-3772.

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