Solbar Renews Michelin Star Rating

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Solage Calistoga’s Signature Restaurant Awarded One Star By Michelin’s 2012 Bay Area Guide For Third Consecutive Year

Solbar, the 125-seat signature restaurant at Napa Valley’s Solage Calistoga, has been honored with a Michelin Star for the third year in a row in the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2012 guide, released today. Internationally recognized as the preeminent culinary authority, Michelin named Solbar among an elite group of just 47 Bay Area restaurants of which 17 are in Napa Valley, as the best of the best. To evaluate restaurants included in the influential guide, highly-trained Michelin inspectors anonymously visit each establishment, provide objective assessments and judge on five criteria: the quality of products used, the mastering of flavors and cooking, the “personality” of the cuisine, and the value and the consistency of dishes prepared.

“It’s such an incredible honor to have Solbar recognized with a Michelin Star for a third straight year,” says Executive Chef, Brandon Sharp. “On behalf of the entire Solbar team, I want to recognize and thank our loyal and enthusiastic diners for their ongoing support – they are the true inspiration behind the passion we bring to the kitchen every day.”

Celebrating their five year anniversary in 2012, Solbar and Solage Calistoga are firmly entrenched as a “can’t miss” destination for foodies seeking a relaxed luxury experience, artfully paired with seasonal, ingredient-driven cuisine showcasing the best of California flavors. Sharp’s much-lauded approach to menu design, featuring a constantly changing dichotomy of hearty, indulgent dishes balanced with healthy, lighter fare, and has inspired legions of repeat guests to Solbar. Whether dining inside near the cozy fireplace in the restaurants’ contemporary barn-like interior, or al fresco on the patio overlooking the resorts’ landmark 130-foot pool, diners have developed a deep appreciation for Sharp’s approachable style which masterfully combines his southern influence with farm fresh ingredients and seasonal aesthetic of classic Napa Valley cuisine.

Executive Chef Brandon Sharp has honed his skills in some of the best kitchens in the country including tenures at Michelin star-rated Gary Danko in San Francisco, Restaurant August in New Orleans and the world-renowned French Laundry in Napa Valley. Sharp has recently been featured on The Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and was recognized by Cooking Light magazine as a “2011 Trailblazing Chef” for healthy cuisine.

Solbar is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with brunch on Sundays. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 707.226.0850 or visit http://www.solagecalistoga.com/dining.

About Solage Calistoga
Paving the way for the next generation of Napa Valley resorts, Solage Calistoga is an 89-room design-focused, environmentally conscious resort featuring a Michelin Star-rated restaurant, Solbar, helmed by Executive Chef Brandon Sharp, and the award-winning Spa Solage including Bathhouse, Gym, Yoga & Movement Studio and 14 luxurious Treatment Rooms.

About Solage Hotels & Resorts
Solage Hotels & Resorts is a new brand from Auberge Resorts, the award-winning creators of Auberge du Soleil, Esperanza, Encantado, Calistoga Ranch, Rancho Valencia, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Element 52 and Hotel Jerome. Solage offers contemporary, design-focused properties that are stylish yet welcoming, creative dining and bar destinations and inviting social spaces with a fresh attitude. Taking an energetic approach to wellness, Solage puts a creative spin on traditional spa concepts and offers extensive fitness programs. Solage proves that luxury can be compatible with sustainability by incorporating environmentally sensitive design and green practices at every property. The brand debuted in 2007 with the opening of its first resort, Solage Calistoga, in Napa Valley. For more information about Solage Hotels & Resorts, please visit http://www.solagecalistoga.com.

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