Tuesday, September 2, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Café to be featured on Food Network

Putah Creek Cafe regulars — Karen Benson-Neil, John Neil, Debbie Holland and Shelly Burke, all of Winters — are all smiles because they snagged the farmers' table, which is unofficially reserve for local farmers at 6 a.m. and again at 10 a.m. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise file photo

Putah Creek Cafe regulars — Karen Benson-Neil, John Neil, Debbie Holland and Shelly Burke, all of Winters — are all smiles because they snagged the farmers' table, which is unofficially reserve for local farmers at 6 a.m. and again at 10 a.m. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise file photo

By
March 29, 2011 |

The wait is over.

Putah Creek Café, the popular restaurant in downtown Winters, gets its moment in the national spotlight Monday when the Food Network airs an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” filmed last August. Host Guy Fieri will feature chef Fred Reyes and reveal the secrets of some of the café’s stellar menu items.

Reyes will prepare brick oven-roasted chicken pizza, cioppino (which Fieri called “just about the best I’ve ever had”) and homemade country-style pork sausage with biscuits and gravy. All are regular items on the café’s menu.

The chicken is cooked in the outdoor wood–fired brick oven, built by local artisan Yves Boisrame especially for the café. The oven, is fired up every Thursday, Fridayand Saturday night for dinner, not only for chicken and pizza, but other dishes as well.

Fieri, the charismatic spiky-haired chef and TV host, came to Winters in late August to do the filming. He talked to local folks as they ate, interviewed café owners John Pickerel and his wife, Melanie Bajakian, and tasted the food — lots of it.

The show is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Monday on the Food Network, Channel 60 on the Comcast cable system. Associate producer Jamie Vincent advises checking on the Food Network website as the date draws nearer to confirm the air time; visit http://www.foodnetwork.com and click on “What’s on TV” on the right side, then “Show List A-Z” and then “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Putah Creek Café is open daily for breakfast and lunch, and Thursdays through Saturdays for dinner. For more information on the café, visit http://www.putahcreekcafe.com.

On filming day, Pickerel said he was happy to see his restaurant and the city of Winters get some national limelight. The exposure, he said, was a reflection not only of the hard work that’s gone into the business, but also the customers’ decision to come there.

“They love this. They know how hard we’ve worked, and they tell us it’s great,” Pickerel said.

Winters residents come in and eat breakfast every day. Nearby out-of-towners bicycle from Davis every weekend to get their fix. When people come back to a restaurant again and again, they’re “vested in that place,” Pickerel said.

And when it gets some credit when, let’s say, a popular national television show decides to feature it, regulars feel they’re a part of that.

“It’s nice your own choices are validated,” Pickerel said. “I think they take it personally.”

Fieri became a national celebrity in 2006 when he won “The Next Food Network Star” competition. He hosts four TV shows and owns two local restaurants — Tex Wasabi in Sacramento and Johnny Garlic’s in Roseville.

The shows are “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “Guy’s Big Bite” and the “Ultimate Recipe Showdown,” all on the Food Network, as well as “Minute to Win It,” a game show on NBC.

— Jonathan Edwards contributed to this story. Reach him at jedwards@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8052.

Comments

comments

Enterprise staff

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

    Planning begins for Davis Neighbors’ Night Out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

     
    Davis is not immune: Are you ready for a big quake?

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    6 militants killed in U.S. strike in Somalia

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    San Francisco is first to test urban farming law

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Sword-attack suspect awaiting trial in Davis

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Tickets still available for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Cuddle up at Project Linus’ meeting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Public opinion sought about Nishi Gateway

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A3

     
    International folk dancing offered Sundays

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Rose garden bricks to be dedicated Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    It’s About Time plays Davis Farmers Market’s Picnic in the Park

    By Anthony Siino | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Learn about RNA at Science Café

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Google Glass will be discussed, demonstrated

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Register year-round at Davis Chinese School

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Forum

    Tesla has state walking a tightrope

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A4

     
    Special-needs passengers ignored

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    A cure for Davis’ problems

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

     
    A good use for the MRAP

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

     
    Have the facts before you judge

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Marriage vs. male instinct

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    Fruits of their Labor Day

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS boys looking to replicate a big cross country performance

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Life without MacDonald starts Friday for DHS

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Clark recalls his hole-in-one — the first at Davis Golf Course

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggies edge Quinnipiac in overtime

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Baseball roundup: Aces end River Cats’ season

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B3

     
    Sports briefs: Hot Shots basketball tryouts coming up

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    Junior Blue Devils strong in home debut, winning 3 on the field

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Elaine Dracia Greenberg

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7