A Taste of Napa: Lunch at Tarla Mediterranean Grill - Napa, CA

Writing this blog has opened up so many opportunities for me. From attending marquee food events, to meeting world-class chefs, to being offered press trip invitations… I'm grateful for every new experience. Especially when that experience introduces me to people who are truly passionate about their jobs.

Photo Credit: Michelle Rittler

Our press group had the pleasure of spending some time at City Hall with Mayor Jill Techel while in Napa this past April. She spent the morning talking about the steps the city has taken to rebuild the Napa Riverfront after a series of serious floods completely destroyed the properties along the water andto revitalize Downtown Napa. It didn't take long for us to see how much she loves the city or how proud she is about the progress they've been making.

Photo Credit: Michelle Rittler

After “Mayor Jill” finished her presentation, we all made our way over toTarla Mediterranean Grillfor a specially-prepared, multi-course lunch of Turkish and Greek fusion cuisine.

Photo Credit : Michelle Rittler

While we waited for our first course to come out, owner Yusuf Topal (pictured) told us more about the restaurant, which gets its name from the Turkish word for “field”. Executive Chef Michael B. Powell and Sous Chefs Carlos Barrientos and Matthew Ignacio create dishes using local, seasonal, and, when possible, organic ingredients that are modern versions of traditional Turkish and Greek food. By doing so, they help their diners cultivate a more intimate relationship with the food they're eating.

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