Madera

Yesterday, Rosewood Sand Hill celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party on the pool deck. The Stanford-owned resort opened on April 2, 2009.

Executive Chef Reylon Agustin was on hand preparing the the hot hors d’oeuvres. And we chatted with wine director and advanced sommelier Paul Mekis, who has been with the restaurant since it opened and is its longest tenured employee.

Madera, the hotel’s restaurant, is Michelin rated one star. The most recent Guide states: “The grand open kitchen, roaring fireplace and large outdoor patio complete with gorgeous views of the Santa Cruz mountains draw a moneyed crowd of local techies. While its location may mean it is open for three meals a day, come for dinner to taste this kitchen’s ambition and pure talent. The cuisine is contemporary, thoughtfully composed with seasonal ingredients and even surprising at times.”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

{ Be the first to comment }

Madera wins Wine Spectator Award under the stewardship of Paul Mekis

“The cellar has grown a bit,” Madera restaurant director of wine Paul Mekis told us when we caught up with him recently after first profiling him in 2014. The reason for our return visit: Madera, located in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park, received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator this year, one […]

Click to read more →

Spotted: Pokémon Go bonbons at Madera

Madera, the restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, has added a new trendy dessert — Pokémon Go-themed bonbons. The flavors, pictured top to bottom, are: Gotta Catch ‘Em All (Pokémon collage: vanilla bean ganache); Articuno (blue bird: dark chocolate infused with icy mint): Pokéball #1: (strawberries, crème and a touch of pop rocks); Moltres (red bird: a blend of chili […]

Click to read more →

Director of Wine Paul Mekis oversees close to 2,000 bottles of wine at Madera restaurant in Menlo Park

Madera restaurant’s Director of Wine Paul Mekis was not always a “wine guy”. But he did have early influencers. Raised in Santa Cruz, his father and grandfather made wine. He also remembers a trip to the Napa Valley when he was in his early 20s with his Missouri grandparents. “I’d done some research before and took […]

Click to read more →

Rosewood Sand Hill Pastry Chef Mellisa Root talks about her passion for her craft

Mellisa Root, who grew up in Idaho, joined the staff at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park as Executive Pastry Chef last fall. She oversees baked goods and confectionaries for the hotel’s restaurant Madera as well as banquet services. Before coming to California, she was most recently at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York […]

Click to read more →

Madera: Where grown ups eat on Thanksgiving

Make an Online Reservation (via OpenTable.com)! Reserve this as a tip for next year – at least as long as Executive Chef Peter Randolph (pictured overseeing the kitchen and service) is at the helm. Madera – the restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill, which opened in Menlo in April – is the place to have Thanksgiving dinner with a a […]

Click to read more →