Thursday, July 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Seasons Restaurant is now back in flavor

By
January 2, 2009 |

Enterprise columnist

From its beginning, Seasons Restaurant has been my Cheers Ñ the place where everybody knows your name, table preference and, on challenging days, the

ability to interpret a look of desperation

directed at the bar.

Jeff, the affable barkeep, is a quick study on facial tics and sends my usual cocktail like a triage nurse, stat! It comes before the water and I donÕt even have to ask. Bless him.

But restaurants, like people, are never

static, and for a while, I have to admit, some of the food was disappointing. Maybe it had to do with all the picky eaters in town. Seasonally reinventing menus of local, organic ingredients to please vegetarians, carbo-alarmists, traditionalists, or ÒsushiÓ buffet fanatics canÕt be easy.

Nevertheless, I found myself cooking more dinners at home and reserving Seasons for weekly lunch with my best friend. ThatÕs called affordable therapy.

Then I read about our cityÕs $4 million shortfall over the next two years. With the ability to project economic stability in the crapper, IÕll offer my novice opinion: ThatÕs $4 million so farÉ

(And to think my college dream was to be a city manager.)

According to Paul Navazio, assistant city manager, our largest revenue sources are sales of autos (down), gas (gratefully down) and restaurants (see picky eaters, above). What are we going to do? Sell council seats to the highest bidder? Place Sue GreenwaldÕs extensive hat collection on eBay? Annoy me with more downtown parking meters?

Since I relish our greenbelts, childrenÕs activities that donÕt require a 4.6 GPA, firefighters and police officers (despite my recent bust for a California roll through a stop sign), I decided to coerce my youngster into a

collared shirt and slacks and return to

Seasons for dinner.

Unfortunately, parting with his winter

uniform Ñ athletic shorts and unbrushed hair Ñ was clearly more than he and I could handle. With Slumpy-the-Tween in the backseat, I asked my husband to drop me at the curb. And just like old times, Jeff the bartender took the cue!

I started with arugula salad paired with fennel, grapes, walnuts, gorgonzola and a light balsamic dressing while my husband crunched Bloomsdale spinach, with apples, bacon and feta tossed in pomegranate vinaigrette. Slumpy,, now perky with his Shirley Temple, enjoyed a Caesar salad he ordered from the childrenÕs menu. Kids will find

several appealing mom-approved choices

because Seasons believes thereÕs more to vegetables than French fries.

Devouring every bit of my current menu favorite, a duck cassoulet, kept me from noticing what my family ordered for their main course. ItÕs possible my husbandÕs had something to do with lamb osso bucco with chard (he was equally engaged with his dish), and my sonÕs a vegetarian pasta, but IÕll never know for sure. Why? I was rather distracted trying to make my fledgling regurgitate the small morsel I shared with him without yelling, ÒGive it back!Ó

Seasons isnÕt shy on good service, flavor or portions. (And if it is, tell Crystal. SheÕll fix it.) Only my son had room for dessert, his usual, a warm Scharffen Berger chocolate brownie topped with caramel gelato and cacao nibs.

As a family ritual, I take it upon myself to be my sonÕs taster, ensuring that nothing passing his lips by way of a dessert menu is Òtoo spicy.Ó According to Slumpy (he reappears every time I make this sacrifice), my concern was misguided.

Seasons, with its new chef, makes special occasions out of our otherwise dreary times. As a more self-indulgent way to benefit city services, ask yourself the following question: Would you rather have higher taxes, or better dinners?

See you at Seasons.

Ñ Heidy Kellison lives and shops in Davis. Her column appears monthly. Reach her at heidy@cwo.com

Comments

comments

Heidy Kellison

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Local therapists bring ‘Daring Greatly’ movement to Davis

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Davis area youths learn wilderness survival skills

    By Charlotte Orr | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Crews battle grass fire near Davis

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Governor says immigration solution is a priority

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Police nab three for vehicle theft

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    As farmland subsides, aquifer worries mount

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Pogledich named Yolo County counsel

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Tuleyome launches Kickstarter campaign to publish a children’s nature book

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Davis teen on California team for national horticulture competition

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Truth and authenticity on radio program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Senior sing-along held monthly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    A rose by any other name

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Civilians are innocent victims

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Thanks for your kindnesses

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Questions, questions, questions

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Ross Douthat: Democrat, Republican patterns are changing

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    River Cats snap three-game losing streak

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Davis Water Polo U10 girls are golden

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1

    Aggie Silva mixed school and strikes; wins Reno tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lucky No. 7: Giants snap losing streak

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Davis Rugby teams wrap up summer season

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    DHS tryout schedule updated; physical packets due

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    49ers WR Brandon Lloyd enjoying return to NFL

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Hammel struggles in A’s loss to Astros

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    Happy 103rd birthday!

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A2

     
    Fay Libet: 100 years young

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Future subscriber: Sonya Theresa Arnold

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Arts

    Hot City heats up Winters gazebo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Enjoy some Mischief at First Saturday event

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    British organist to play in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Native American dancers to perform in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Winters stages ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Landscape exhibition returns to Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Hear live music at Monticello

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    New KDRT show features touring musicians

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, July 31, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6