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Feast of the Seven Fishes

An Italian holiday tradition

Chef Maldonado of Spoonbar
Chef Maldonado of Spoonbar

Pescatarians rejoice! Healdsburg’s Spoonbar will once again celebrate the sea with The Feast of the Seven Fishes Wednesday December 18th through Christmas eve.  This traditional Italian-American holiday, usually observed on the 24th, typically features seven seafood dishes on the Catholic holy night (when meat is verboten). Maldonado is taking this often-humble celebration to the next level by flying in fresh fish from Japan’s famed Tsukiji market.

Among the, ahem, fintastic dishes being served by Chef Louis Maldonado: Oyster panna cotta with trout roe, sea urchin tartlets, abalone roasted in seaweed butter, cold smoked yellow fin tuna, big fin squid salad, roasted crab bouillon, hamachi collar, clam fritters and of course plenty of clams.

Each of the dinners (which can include special wine pairings) is $75 and reservations are required. 219 Healdsburg Ave. at Mill St., Healdsburg, (707) 433-7222.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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