What can be more delightful than a special brunch in Napa Valley? Regardless of the season or the occasion, preparing a few select brunch recipes with ingredients that come from “down the road” or just across the valley can be a memorable event.
The key, of course, is deciding on the brunch recipes and shopping for the right ingredients, Napa Valley style!
So Many Occasions, So Many Brunch Ideas
Some folks would agree that any time is a wonderful time to host a brunch for friends or family, but there are several special times of the year that lend themselves well to brunch get-togethers. And each of these occasions call for specific brunch recipes.
With that in mind, we’ve provided a brief overview of special occasions for planning a unique Napa Valley brunch, along with a selection of easy brunch recipes.
Easter Brunch Recipes
Coming up with Easter Brunch ideas can be tricky, not because of the sparsity of ideas, but because of the abundance! Easter lends itself to so many options that choosing a specific brunch menu can be challenging.
But to help you along the way, we’ve gathered up these “Easter Eggs” of brunch recipes for you:
- Potato Nests with Peas, Ham and Cream Cheese
- Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- Breakfast Strata
- Hot Cross Buns
Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes
Mother’s Day is, for many people, that special day each year that we are compelled to give Mom a break and take her out to dinner. And while this is a tradition full of good intent, it can also be fraught with frustration.
According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. And, of those who take Mom out, they don’t all go to dinner. The Association estimates that 10 percent will go out for breakfast, 25 percent for brunch, 45 percent for lunch, and almost 50 percent for dinner.
We suggest a special Mother’s Day brunch at home, Napa Valley Style:
- Sheet-Pan Potato Hash with Fixin’s
- Martha Stewart Test Kitchen Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
- Smoky Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt
- Blueberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon
Father’s Day Brunch Recipes
After Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, the dads get honored with a night out, as well.
Father’s Day has traditionally been the third busiest day of the year for restaurants (Sorry, Pops!), but we think that a Father’s Day brunch celebration would be a welcome change of pace for all involved and give you an opportunity to try out some of these cool brunch recipe ideas:
- Fried Chicken and Waffles with Spicy Honey Sauce
- Blueberry French Toast Casserole
- Double Cheese buns
- Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit Sliders
Christmas Brunch Recipes
There is something about the Christmas Holidays that says, “Have breakfast late.” Maybe it’s the opportunities to sleep in more often than during the rest of the year. Or maybe it’s the weather. Whatever the reason, a late breakfast can become a special event when you make it a Christmas Brunch!
And here are some bright and merry brunch recipes to help make that happen:
Gluten-free Brunch Recipes
So, who needs a special occasion or holiday to host a special brunch? And what better way to make your brunch more inclusive than to make it with a “gluten-free” brunch menu.
Of course, this means that you’ll need a few specialty food items and some gluten-free brunch recipe ideas, of which we’ve gathered a few for you here:
Vegetarian Brunch Recipes
Okay, so brunch can also be a purely plant-based food affair, as well, right? And why not? The Napa Valley is known for its abundance of local fruits and vegetables and purely plant-based breads and pastas.
So, all you really need is a select bunch of vegetarian brunch recipes to make this event a winner:
- Sweet Potato Frittata
- Crunchy Curry Quinoa Salad
- Chakchouka/Shakshouka (Tunisia)
- Spiced Clementine Compote
Vegan Brunch Recipes
Just because you choose vegan doesn’t rule out the ability to host appetizing and delicious brunches. In fact, Napa Valley residents are quite supportive of and involved in the vegan culture of dietary delights.
And when you consider that many vegan food items can easily fit into a more “traditional” brunch menu including breads such as sourdough, Ezekiel bread, ciabatta, focaccia, and baguettes, the possibilities are quite numerous, as these vegan brunch recipes show:
- Breakfast Scramble Bowl
- Herbed Breakfast Hash
- Low-Fat Whole-Wheat Waffles with Coconut Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
We’re Having a Brunch, But What Shall We Drink?
Since we’re talking about having friends and family over for a brunch celebration, whether for special occasions or “just because,” the idea of including brunch cocktails is a great idea.
And, since brunch is traditionally served around 10:00 to 11:00 am (depending on your preferences), a nice selection of Champagne brunch cocktails would be quite fitting. Of course, this could include a tasty mimosa, but there are a wide variety of recipes one can draw upon.
Visit Cal Mart for Your Brunch Recipe Supplies
An independent and family-owned grocery store, Cal Mart has always provided a unique, enjoyable, and memorable shopping experience for our customers for over five decades. For more than 50 years now, Cal Mart has been the local “go-to” destination for fine Napa Valley wines, fresh meats, exotic cheeses, and a wide variety of specialty food items.
For over 50 years, Cal Mart has been a shopping destination and a Napa Valley tradition in Calistoga, California, for special meals and party supplies.
And, in that time, Cal Mart has become known as “Napa Valley’s Finest Grocery.”
So, when you’re shopping for your brunch recipe ingredients, as well as brunch foods and drinks, just remember that Cal Mart is your source for genuine Napa Valley Brunch supplies.
At Cal Mart, we have a wide variety of great choices in our gourmet cheese selection, our wide variety of quality wines and craft beers, and unique and hard-to-find specialty foods items. And any time of year is the perfect time of year to consider one of our beautiful gift baskets.
And while you’re shopping, please feel free to talk with our knowledgeable staff and then treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea from our Coffee Bar.
Remember: At Cal Mart, you will always find something that is unexpected, unusual, and uncommon!