The founder of Sift Dessert Bar is one of the forces behind Santa Rosa’s forthcoming Jade Room wine and oyster bar.
Andrea Ballus, who founded Sift in 2008 and took it to national fame on the Food Network, plans to open a bubbles, wine and small plates gathering spot at 643 Fourth St. in the coming weeks (fingers crossed for February). The menu will feature oysters, cheese, charcuterie and shareable plates along with wine and beer.
Working with husband Jeff Ballus and managing partner Jeremy Vassey, Ballus said they’re focused on both local and international wines by-the-glass or bottle, along with wine cocktails, coolers, and spritzers. The Jade Room will also have a “Bottle Service” option for bubbly served with fresh fruit purees, herbs and citrus to concoct your own creations.
“The Jade Room was founded as a result of our obsession to create a cool, casual place where folks can gather, share a bottle, share a plate, taste and compare local and international wines, and just have a good time!” said Ballus.
No word whether the Jade Room will serve cupcakes and frosting shooters, but really, why not?