July News

 IMG_0534Featured Employee – Damian Camacho, Server

Damian Camacho is a man of many hats around Novo. Starting as a busser almost seven years ago, he is now a server as well as a prominent fixture of Novo’s entertainment scene. Damian first arrived at Novo with no restaurant background and jokingly shares he knew he’d have to work for the restaurant in order to afford tasting the menu.

 Now, he gets to share that knowledge nightly as a server introducing customers to new flavors and a unique experience. His favorite part about serving is offering customers a surprise, he says, noting that the best suggestions are the ones that leave empty plates behind.

 Novo has also allowed Damian to develop his first interest: music. As a rotating DJ and with a recent promotion to the Sunday Night Music organizer, Damian gets to mix work and pleasure regularly. “It’s what makes me happy and drives my curiosity,” he says of his love for vinyl and performing. Outside of Novo, you can usually spot him either at Boo Boo Record’s or as part of The SLO Record Swap Project, founded by Novo DJ’s, Manuel Barba and Malik Thorne. In the future, Damian says he’d love to find a career where he can share more of his love for music with others.

 Currently, he has the chance to do so coordinating Sunday nights live jazz in The Cellar at Novo. A unique experience, these jazz themed evenings are full of notes, cocktails, and historical glamour, showcasing the historic building’s eclectic past as a jazz venue.

 Be sure to also catch Damian at Beleza Nights this summer, where he is among the rotating DJ’s featured on Friday and Saturday nights.


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Featured Dish – Mary’s Half Chicken

All natural Mary’s half chicken over steamed Freekah with sautéed fennel, red onion and market cherry tomatoes.  Finished with an opal basil pesto and gold beet sprouts. We are proud to support Mary’s Free Range Chickens. This California family farm produces free range, organic and pasture-raised chickens. We’re sure you’ll taste the difference!


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Featured Cocktail – The Spice Trader

The Spice Trader blends traditional London Dry Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Basil, and housemade Ginger Syrup to accompany a warm Summer afternoon on the back patio or perfect to compliment some of our new, spicier Asian Dishes.  Muddled Pink Peppercorn  and Candied Ginger adds a little zing as well as beautiful presentation.

1 3/4 oz. Broker’s London Dry Gin

3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Ginger Syrup

3-4 leaves Fresh Basil

10 Pink Peppercorns

1 Candied Ginger for Garnish

In Mixing Tumbler, Muddle Basil and Peppercorn lightly. Fill with Ice and add remaining liquid ingredients.  Shake vigorously(about 8-12 seconds) and strain into a Coupe or Martini neat and garnish with a skewered piece of Candied Ginger.


June News

 IMG_0370Featured Employee – Tim Beebee, Bar Director

Tim Beebee came to Novo in 2004. He was 19 years old, “liked beer,” and had never tried sushi. Now, 11 years later, with a European trip and Asian trek under his belt and a curious, creative appetite to boot, you can still find him behind the bar, ready to mix you something exquisite.

Tim is one of the few remaining original employees, hired when Novo was still just a deli case and a walk-up counter. He bashfully admits he had no interest in more exotic foods or wine back then, crediting his many years with Novo for his developed appreciation for finer dining.

Today he heads the bar at Novo and challenges himself to maintain a simplistic, yet innovative and different feel for the restaurant. He stays up-to-date following other bartenders and is always looking for ways to utilize local ingredients in current drink recipes.

“[I like] taking raw ingredients and bending them to however you want to and however your personality shows through…that’s what’s really cool, the versatility of it all.”  Come check out Tim soon for his latest summer treats, just around the corner!


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Featured Dish – Piedmontese Ribeye Steak

If you are looking for a unique steak experience, Novo has what you are looking for.  We are now serving a delicious certified Piedmontese Ribeye steak!  The Piedmontese breed originated in Italy and has qualities that make it superior to all other breeds.  Piedmontese beef is unique because it has an inactive myostatin gene that produces a double muscled beef that’s rich in protein and nutrients. We grill our ribeyes to your liking, serving them with garlic roasted new potatoes, market vegetables and a bone marrow compound butter to finish the dish.  Novo is the only restaurant on the central coast offering Certified Piedmontese beef. A great dinner choice for your next visit to Novo!


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Bar News – Novo Welcomes Scarecrow!

“Cult Cabs”, a term that is often overused, describes a Cabernet Sauvignon, usually from Napa, which is hard to come by and equally as hard on the wallet.   There are however, a few genuine producers that really do have that magical blend of the perfect vineyard, the right winemaker and the resources required to truly showcase the land the way it was meant to be.   Scarecrow, out of Rutherford, is just that special. The J.J. Cohn vineyard in Rutherford is home to the oldest vines of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa, with the original block of Cabernet Sauvignon being planted in 1945, shortly after the successful release of his favorite movie that he ever produced, “The Wizard of Oz”.   These original 1945 plantings, now known as the “Old Men” block is reserved for the wine known as Scarecrow”. Only 400 cases of this highly sought after wine is produced annually so we feel very fortunate to have secured a small allocation for Novo which makes our award winning wine selection just that much more exciting!


April News

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Aaron Wines

This month we are featuring a local winemaker, Aaron Jackson, of Aaron Wines. He’s most known for his Aaron Petite Sirah, which he’s been producing since 2002 and that we feature on our list here at Novo, as well as, at our sister restaurants, Luna Red and Robin’s.

 Aaron grew up on the Central Coast in Cayucos and has been producing wine for the last 14 years. The first reason he got into winemaking was the fact that he was born and raised on the Central Coast and wanted to live here for the rest of his life. He always wanted to develop a career centered around what he considers to be one of the most amazing communities in the world, which he loves. In his opinion, local business is the heart and soul of why it’s so special here. Secondly, he always wanted a multi-dimensional career, and as a winemaker you never get the opportunity to be bored. Winemaking encompasses art, science, business, and most importantly, a connection with mother nature and the land where he lives. Every year is a new set of challenges, risks, and rewards. Aaron is captivated by the place that he calls home, growing grapes and making wine here  – in essence expressing the terroir of where he lives and breathes. It is an incredibly rewarding job!

The brand Aaron was created to showcase Petite Sirah from the limestone hillsides of westside Paso Robles. The goal was to be against the grain and focus on a varietal that has enormous potential in Paso Robles, but was not being realized at the time Aaron began making wine. He was looking to open the eyes of consumers to the amazing wines that Petite Sirah can produce, and how the varietal is so perfectly suited to Paso. His other brand, Aequorea (latin for “of the sea”) was created to focus on pioneering individual vineyard sites in SLO County that are extremely close to the ocean. With Aequorea Aaron produces Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines from vineyards all within 6-miles of the ocean, from sites in San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, and Pismo Beach – all sites that most people wouldn’t know had vineyards. When you’re growing as close to the ocean as some of these sites are, it can be a very man vs. nature kind of relationship!

Most recently Aaron built a winery in Paso Robles in a new area that has been dubbed “Tin City” (no relation to the Tin City of Cambria). The area is near Templeton just off Hwy 101, and recently became home to about a dozen wineries, as well as, Barrelhouse Brewing Co. and a new distillery. It’s an exciting area for Paso Robles, with all the wineries being within walking distance from each other, and the area regularly has live music and food trucks in the neighborhood! We highly encourage you to visit Aaron Wines, winery and tasting room, at 3050 Limestone Way in Paso Robles, just off Ramada Drive.


FeaturedSpirits_Amaro bottlesFeatured Spirit Amaro

We are welcoming several new Amaro brands to our liquor program.

“Amaro”, which means ‘bitter’ in Italian, is a liqueur that is commonly drunk as an after dinner Aperitif.  Viscous, and bitter-sweet in taste; they are generally lower in alcohol and perfect to round out an evening.

Our featured Amaro brands are named after the family which produces them and are as follows:

Lucano

Meletti

Montenegro

Ramazzotti

Santa Maria

Sibona

Contrato

In order to familiarize or reacquaint yourself to these delicious new additions, we are offering them as a flight option.  Three 1 oz. pours of your choice, $12.


 

FeaturedFood_FalafelFeatured Dish from our New Spring Menu

Come and try our Falafel appetizer on the new spring menu.  A blend of chickpeas, onion, fresh herbs, and toasted spices fried to perfection.  Served with grilled flatbread, vine ripened tomatoes, butter lettuce, mint, cilantro, lemon tahini yogurt and a cucumber red onion relish.  Another great appetizer to start your meal or share with friends!


IMG_9846Featured Employee: Matt Kubat

As we enter a bountiful spring season we would like to highlight one of our dedicated and hard-working employees, Produce Buyer, Matt Kubat. You may have seen Matt at any one of the various farmers’ markets around the County. He goes to market on an average of 3-4 times a week to purchase fresh produce for Novo and sister restaurants, Luna Red and Robin’s. Matt fosters great relationships with local producers and purveyors, ensuring the freshest ingredients make the journey from farm to table, while also supporting our local economy. So the next time you’re at the farmers’ market you might get an opportunity to say hello to Matt and give him a well-deserved pat on the back!


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Novo in the Top 100!

With summer right around the corner, we are pleased to announce that Novo is one of the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The winning restaurants include Geoffrey’s in Malibu, California, Plumeria Beach House in Kahala, Hawaii, The Turtle Club in Naples, Florida. California’s great outdoors is clearly great for dining, with 36 winning restaurants in the state, including 11 in the Los Angeles area, eight each in Palm Desert-Palm Springs and San Diego, and five in the Bay Area. Florida restaurants claimed 30 spots on the list, with an impressive 17 in the Miami area and nine wins in the city of Naples alone. The Aloha State of Hawaii is home to 16 winning restaurants, nine of which are on the island of Maui. Arizona and New York boast four wins apiece, followed by three in Texas, and two in both Louisiana and Virginia. Other states represented include Colorado, Illinois, and Nevada.

Thanks to all our diners who have helped us make Novo one of the best restaurants for outdoor dining in the U.S.!  Be sure to book your tables in advance now that the word is out.  http://www.novorestaurant.com/reserve/

 


Novo in the Los Angeles Times

Culinary SOS: Thai green chicken curry from a San Luis Obispo restaurant

Novo Restaurant shares its recipe for a rich and flavorful soup-like concoction.

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