Hello my friends! Thank you for taking the time to read the Nick’s Cove Blog. The Nick’s Cove Crew is busier than ever and ready to provide our readers with all kinds of inside scoop tid-bits! First up, a peek at our entire crew. This photo was taken at our most recent quarterly staff training. We arrived at 8:00 a.m. and headed straight into our training with the hope to further impress our standards of service on our staff, motivate the staff, and provide opportunities for positive feedback and constructive criticism. Then, we turned up the music and had 60+ people working for a solid hour in an organized deep-clean in the restaurant! It’s actually a pretty fun way to start our day!
So, why the photo? Well, a local historian is writing about the history of Tomales Bay and because Nick’s Cove has such a rich history in this area a portion of the book will be dedicated to the history of Nick’s Cove. (I will keep you posted on that progress.) So, the author asked if we had a “group photo.” I didn’t say, “no.” I replied with a question, “When is your deadline?” I quickly called my friend, Erin Wrightsman, who just happens to be an awesome portrait photographer in Petaluma. Fortunately, she had availability on our staff training day – voila … Yes, we do have a group photo!
Recently, Chef Austin Perkins was asked to do a chef’s demo at the local farmers’ market in Point Reyes Station. He enjoys showing off his cooking prowess and we all have a good time watching the crowd enjoy our Nick’s Cove Goat Meatballs. We use Rossotti Ranch goat and they are mouthwateringly delicious! Here’s one of those tid-bits I was talking about … THE RECIPE! Good luck – they are addictive. Just serve them with a warm loaf of sourdough bread, a simple salad with champagne vinaigrette … and enjoy!
Rossotti Ranch Goat Meatballs
2 # ground goat
2-3 oz. ground pork
1 med. carrot, peeled, minced
1 white onion, minced
2 stalks celery, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. Chopped parsley
2 T. Parmigiano reggiano
1/2 c good toasted breadcrumb
2 oz. mcevoy evoo, or other premium oil
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7 leeks, white parts only
16 oz. chopped tomato in purée, ie 6 in 1
8 oz. veal or goat stock
4 oz white wine
1 oz balsamic vinegar
1 T toasted and ground coriander
1 t. Red chili flake
Preheat oven to 450.
In a large bowl, combine the first twelve ingredients and vigorously work with hands until all ingredients are combined. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using an ice cream scoop to measure the size of the meatballs begin scooping on to the sheet pan. Place in oven ten minutes to sear the outsides.
In a large heavy pot, heat up one tablespoon of oil. Sauté the leeks over low heat until well rendered, 15-20 minutes. Deglaze with white wine. Add the tomato and vinegar, reduce by half. Add the stock, again cook until reduced by half. Add the coriander, chili flake, and salt and pepper to taste.
In a Pyrex dish or other pan with sides, arrange the meatballs and cover with the sauce. Braise 15-20 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
Serve a la carte topped with olive oil, breadcrumb, and cheese… Or add to pasta!
The new Nick’s Cove just celebrated our one year anniversary under new ownership. We are all amazed at how quickly the year went blazing by. We have been to six very different and cool events from SF Chefs to Cocktail Week and the awesome KJ Heirloom Festival, had three weddings, oodles of private dining events, visited but not necessarily reviewed, by the SF Food King himself, Mr. Michael Bauer, hosted a Yelp Elite Event, answered hundreds of yelpers from good to bad and everywhere in between, had 52 very successful, well attended Locals’ Nights, had a small power outage, dealt with AT&T phone lines going down multiple times, launched a beautiful new website, made appearances on national television (thank you Jan Wahl), and served Lady Gaga! We have enjoyed the most beautiful sunsets and the foggiest of mornings. We truly work in one of the most spectacular locations in California!
At the end of the day, we have our customers to thank for this amazing year of prosperity. We are here, ready and waiting to welcome you back or for the very first time.