Glen Ellen Star coming in April

Big names in food, wine to open restaurant in Glen Ellen

Big, big news out of Glen Ellen, where French Laundry alum Ari Weiswasser and wife Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser are finalizing plans for a new restaurant. The Benziger family bought the space after the closing of Saffron last year. Though the final menu is still in the works, early “spring” previews give a hint at whats to come:  Lots of wood-oven roasted veggies (baby sugar beets with harissa and orange oil, fava beans with burrata and preserved lemon marmalade), wood fired pizzas, a scrambled Sonoma hen egg with chanterelles and Devonshire cream (oh, yes), lamb shank with pole bean cassoulet, whole roasted “loup de mer” (sea bass), and a whole lamb (available with 48 hour notice) to serve 8-12. A dessert feature is homemade ice cream sold by the 1/2 pint with flavors like salted caramel, malted milk chocolate and vanilla maple bourbon. Stay tuned for details as preview dinners happen over the next month. 13648 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen.