At Lady and the Vine, we are committed to using the highest quality ingredients found locally and seasonally. If it’s not made in our kitchen, it’s sourced from amazing local purveyors here in The Napa Valley & Bay Area.

Whether it’s curating an intimate dinner party, to designing cheese & charcuterie boards, to lavish appetizer stations, Lady and the Vine is a must resource for Napa natives and visitors!

 

Meet Mercedes!

My journey with food has been a long curious process. I grew up in San Diego, CA with a very culturally diverse family, primarily of women, that have always enjoyed entertaining and sharing food with those they love.

 

I have fond memories of watching Emeril Lagasse, Michael Chiarello and Julia Child on Food Network with my grandmother. Picturesque Napa Valley always seemed so alluring via Easy Entertaining, a show dedicated to cooking and living off the bounty of wine country in California. Little did I know, my path would lead to Napa.

 

I reside in Downtown Napa with my husband Jason who is my biggest supporter and recipe tester as well as occasional photographer. I’m self taught, working in restaurants across California and Chicago. My style of cooking I call “California Comfort” using seasonal, fresh, organic when possible and representative of the cultural diversity of this state.

 

I like to draw inspiration from local restaurants, trying to recreate dishes at home. I enjoy hosting friends at home, riding my bike with Jason around downtown, playing with our rescue pup Patrick, sweating it out at the gym and hanging out in my garden. All recipes on here are from this crazy mind of mine and approved by Jason (one of the pickiest eaters I know). Enjoy!