Thank Chef Michael Chiarello for this.
The chef-owner of Bottega restaurant in Yountville and a long-time Napa Valley resident recently appeared on an episode of the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” show, in which he rhapsodized about the English muffins at the Model Bakery in St. Helena.
The next thing ya know, the phone is ringing off the hook at the bakery from people around the country dying to try these wonderful, fresh-made muffins.
So, the bakery, which has been around for more than 80 years and now has a second outpost in Napa, has finally made them available through mail-order.
After all, we can’t all be as fortunate as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who were visiting Wine Country a couple days ago. According to a source, the celeb couple had their personal assistant run over to the bakery for some goodies to satisfy their craving, before they departed aboard their private jet.
I’ve long been a fan of these English muffins, too, which are quite rich and buttery tasting because they are made from a brioche dough. These are not English muffins that have nooks and crannies galore. They are more pastry-like with an airy, fluffy texture that you can’t wait to sink your teeth into.
The English muffins are $2 each and there’s a minimum order of a dozen for shipping. The shipping charges vary, depending upon the location, but it’s roughly $8.75 within California.
The muffins are shipped only on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Customers can fax their orders to (707) 259-1169 or email them to: orders@TheModelBakery.com
And: My Dinner at Bottega