Mayacama Chef Scott Pikey

Meet Chef Scott Pikey

Scott Pikey, Executive Chef at Mayacama, is passionate about the farm to table experience.  Before joining Mayacama, the American Culinary Federation trained chef practiced and honed his art at such venues as the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, the Michelin-rated Sheen Falls Lodge, a Relais and Chateaux Hotel, in Kerry, Ireland, Larkspur Restaurant in Vail Colorado and in the kitchens of Auberge Resorts in Napa Valley and Bluffton, South Carolina.

A native of St. Louis, Pikey’s culinary endeavors are inspired by the bounty offered by Mother Nature in idyllic Wine Country.  Sourcing local and sustainable meats, fish and produce, the skilled chef enjoys exploring the region in search of a wide variety of fresh ingredients to prepare his dishes.

We recently had a chance to chat with Mayacama’s talented Executive Chef. Get to know Chef Scott Pikey a bit more:

When did you realize you wanted to become a Chef?

My early 20’s, I knew I did not want to wear a suit or be confined to an office. I needed to be challenged with a job that has action, with a lot of moving parts. Cooking was that answer…

Your menus are known for being approachable, local and responsibly sourced. Tell us a little bit about the unique bounty used at Mayacama:

I moved to Pacific Northwest to cook. I have always supported the small farms and would not be where I am today with out there hard work. The product that is available is amazing, which makes my job much easier.

The food I cooked is American, rooted in the traditions of France, Spain and Italy. Using classic cooking techniques and local sustainable product, the end result is technically crafted, honest and focused dishes.

At Mayacama, we are very lucky to have Miranda Forni as our Gardner. Her father, Peter, has run Forni Brown Gardens in Calistoga since the 80’s. When I was a young cook at Auberge these guys would deliver the most beautiful greens.

Today we sustain the restaurant with 90% of all green from our garden and are looking to expand to 1 acre by 2017.

What are your go-to ingredients in the MAYACAMA garden:

Autumn/ Winter: Cinderella Pumpkins, Red Vained Kale & Chard
Spring: Lemon Verbena, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas
Summer: Heirloom Tomatoes, Pole Beans, Nutmeg Melons & Hot Peppers

What inspires your menus and do you have a personal favorite Autumn dish?

The Seasons: Mother nature tells us what to cook. There is great dish I am really into that consists of Duck Fat Roasted Carrots, Cider Glazed Pork Belly, Warm Dates, Wheat Berries Granola and Huckleberry Jus.

Name your 3 personal favorite Sonoma County restaurants:

Barndiva/ Shed / Hana Sushi

Lightning Round:

The Chef I’d most like to collaborate with: Chef Alex Lee
Most ordered Mayacama dish: Fish Tacos
If I’m not in the kitchen you’ll find me: With My 6 year old “twins” Vivian & Dawson
If I wasn’t a Chef, I’d be a: Fly Fishing Guide
Person I’d most like to cook for: My mother. She lives and St. Louis and I only see her once a year.
Guilty Pleasure: Juicy Cheeseburger
Favorite Travel Destinations: Spain and France

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Romantic Restaurants We Adore

There’s no better spot to share a romantic meal than Wine Country.  And certainly our location tops that list! Mayacama Members are invited to join us on Feb 13th for Chef Scott Pikey’s annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and Wine Pairing, which has become a sold-out event year after year – so be sure and contact the Concierge or make your reservation online. For those of you visiting that want to continue the romance in Wine Country, we have listed a few of our favorite nearby restaurants, known for their romantic setting and great food.

John Ash & Co.
Nestled next to Vintners Inn, John Ash & Co. was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking with seasonal, local foods and produce while pairing exceptional recipes with wines from the region. John Ash & Co. is a local favorite, known for its wonderful setting and excellent food. Book your reservations early as this popular restaurant fills up quickly.

La Gare
Enjoy fresh local ingredients and an extensive Sonoma County wine selection at La Gare in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, where for 30 years thousands of couples have shared their love of traditional French Cuisine in a quaint, dimly-lit, elegant and relaxed atmosphere.

Barndiva
Part restaurant, part cocktail lounge and part wine bar, Barndiva offers a hip and rustic Healdsburg setting coupled with some of the best food in the region. They also have an adjacent studio gallery with a variety of eclectic offerings you can peruse before your dinner. They are offering a prix fixe Valentine’s Eve menu which can be found here.

Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar
If oysters and sparkling wine are your thing, just north of Mayacama in Healdsburg, Willi’s offers at least eight varieties of fresh oysters and tapas menus designed for sharing. The setting is vibrant, the seasonal cocktails are eclectic and the desserts are divine.

Santé Restaurant
Located in the historic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Santé Restaurant is a premier dining room known for its romantic setting and outstanding food. Recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award and Michelin designations, Santé is amongst the top-rated restaurants in the region.  Again, a very popular dining spot so grab your reservation is there is space still available; you’ll be glad you did.

Depot Hotel Restaurant
The Depot Hotel Restaurant and Garden is located in a charming, historic stone building just two blocks from the Sonoma Plaza. Built in 1870, the Depot Hotel was originally the local hotel for 19th century passengers arriving by train from San Francisco. The original owners also opened an Italian restaurant and “saloon” here in 1890 to serve the townspeople of Sonoma and their visitors. The historic setting is now a popular hotel with great food and wonderful ambiance. Their Valentine’s Day menu looks amazing.

The Girl & the Fig
Located on the historic Sonoma Square, The Girl & the Fig is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Offering a warm and cozy atmosphere creates a relaxed, yet intimacy, environment. This popular restaurant features a wonderful antique bar with French aperitifs, unique and traditional cocktails, an award-winning Rhone-Alone winelist, a seasonal menu, cheese & charcuterie platters and outdoor garden patio seating. You may have to book a table in an off-hour as this restaurant is in very high demand.

Central Market
Central Market is a farm-to-table restaurant, housed in the 1918 Maclay building in the heart of downtown Petaluma. Our cuisine is rustic California-Mediterranean. We make everything in house, from scratch daily. Our bread comes out of our wood-fired oven fresh each morning. We want your visit to Central Market to feel like a visit to an old friend’s house, where you are welcomed warmly. We invite you to enjoy a fresh, local delicious meal, paired with a bottle from our carefully curated wine list, which features local and international selections.

Twisted 2
For those looking for a small, quaint setting with amazing food, look no further than Twisted 2 in Petaluma.   Twisted 2 is a labor of love for owners, Dick and Julie – a final realization of the couple’s passion for creating a dining experience that is memorable and honest. They serve up a farm-fresh prix fixe menus that keeps patrons coming back for more. Just take a look at the reviews on Yelp.

The Duck Club Restaurant
If your plans include a trip to the coast, may we suggest the award-winning Duck Club Restaurant, which highlights local, sustainably farmed produce, seafood, and meats. The Duck Club also offers an intimate setting with tables by the large stone fireplace and large windows with panoramic views of Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

We hope this short list of romantic dining options makes this a Valentine’s Day to remember for a lifetime. Make your reservations early as Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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10 Reasons We Love Mayacama Life

There are so many reasons to love life at Mayacama. From its prime location to amazing amenities, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons we enjoy life at Wine Country’s premiere resort community.

675 Acres of Classic California Wine Country
Your very own sprawling spot in the heart of Wine Country has to top the list. Sonoma County offers some of the most picturesque settings in Northern California, whether taking in rolling hills of grape vines and the colors they bring, exploring the charm and character of one of its many quaint towns or enjoying outdoor activities in a lovely natural setting. It’s hard to believe such a tranquil location exists amazingly close and within easy reach of the buzz of an international city.

Easy Access to San Francisco City Life
We’d be amiss if we didn’t highlight Mayacama’s close proximity to San Francisco. Just over an hour away the City by The Bay offers a variety of entertainment and cultural venues coupled with its incredible food scene. If you find yourself heading into the City, be sure to visit this popular travel site showcasing all that San Francisco has to offer.

A Day Trip to Lake Tahoe’s Year-Round Playground
Whether enjoying world-class skiing at Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Northstar or spending a fun-filled summer weekend on the water, Lake Tahoe is your playground at elevation and is less than a 4 hour trip from Mayacama.

The Raw Beauty of the Sonoma Coastline
The rugged majesty of the Sonoma coastline is easy to reach from Mayacama. Visitors escape to this remote destination to unwind, relax and take in some of the more scenic sights along this barely touched coastline. You can also travel back in time with a visit to the early Russian establishment at Fort Ross, an outpost engaged in hunting and trading.

World Class Dining with a Farm to Table Twist
Enjoy the casual elegance that Wine Country has to offer with its variety of farm-fresh dining options throughout the region. Whether you choose an elegant, formal setting or a casual family-friendly venue, there is something for everyone when it comes to dining in Wine Country. In fact, the Michelin Guide recently released its 2016 stars for the San Francisco Bay Area, and ‪ Wine Country ranked very high compared to the rest of the region. When planning your next stay at ‪Mayacama, add these local stars to your list and experience some of the very best fine dining in Wine Country.

No Club Celebrates Golf and Wine like ‪Mayacama
Of course, we are a bit partial when it comes to golf courses. Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest. GOLF.com ranks Mayacama #9 among the “19 Best 19th Holes”. Saying, “It boasts (35+) vintner-members, including the folks who produce Cakebread Cellars Chalk Hill Estate Winery and Silver Oak Cellars. Each vintner provides special tastings each year — the better to help members cope with a Jack Nicklaus design that’s so tough, it would drive anyone to pop a second cork.” However, if you do find yourself along the California coast, there are a number of outstanding public courses in Pebble Beach and Santa Cruz, an easy drive from Mayacama.

Pedal Heaven – 2-Wheeled Nirvana
Recreational bicycling options abound in the region. Enjoy scenic and winding roads as you tour the landscape of Wine Country on 2-wheels. Our Concierge can set you up with group bike tours or recommend the very best trails for those novice to recreational riders. For the competitors out there, Levi’s GranFondo is both a challenging and competitive mass-start cycling event hosting riders of all ability levels from around the world.

Rejuvenation -Hot Springs and Spa Central
Our region is known for its health spas, drawing visitors from across the globe. Unwind onsite. The Spa at Mayacama offers an experienced team of massage therapists and estheticians who deliver rejuvenating treatments for body, mind and spirit. For those looking for a nearby spa outing, head over the hill to nearby Calistoga, a town made famous by their geothermal hot springs.

A Kid-Friendly Location
If you have little ones, there are a number of venues to keep them engaged and entertained. In addition to the family-friendly onsite pool, golf and tennis courts, Maycama offers a great line-up of kid-friendly events planned year-round for our wee members. Thoughtfully created for different age groups up to 14 years old, the Mayacama Juniors’ Club features year-round activities that are anything but ordinary. There’s trapeze adventure at the Russian River Circus School. Kids can learn about the magic of filmmaking and special effects with an industry expert. Experience life on the Savannah at Safari West or skate ‘til you drop at Snoopy’s Home Ice. If they still have energy after the skating adventure, head over to the adjacent Charles M. Schultz Museum and explore the world of the man who brought us the Peanuts Comic Strips.

An Event for Every Season
There are a number of events and festivals throughout the year. From wine and harvest, food to film, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A few examples of local events in the upcoming months are the Annual Olive Festival, California Artisan Cheese Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival and Savor Sonoma County- A Barrel Tasting & Culinary Experience. The list goes on and on… At Mayacama, you are never short of memorable life-long experiences to share with friends and family.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Michelin Guide to Wine Country Restaurants

The Michelin Guide recently released its 2016 stars for the San Francisco Bay Area, and Wine Country ranked very high compared to the rest of the region.  When planning your next stay at Mayacama, add these local stars to your list and experience some of the very best fine dining in Wine Country.

Three Stars

The French Laundry
Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant, a uniquely American restaurant whose inspiration lies in the countryside of France.

The Restaurant at Meadowood
A modern American restaurant meant to speak to and positively impact the Napa Valley community while delivering a singular dining experience for every guest.

One Star

Auberge du Soleil
Executive Chef Robert Curry’s inspired cuisine reflects the natural diversity and rich ingredients of California’s Napa Valley and draws from regional produce, accented with Mediterranean flavors.

Bouchon
Authentic French bistro fare with Thomas Keller’s unfailing attention to detail in both ingredients and presentation.

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Ever-changing menu which relies exclusively on not only what is fresh and of the moment in Sonoma County, but on what is perfect, unexpected and delightful.

La Toque
Chef Ken Frank’s menu evolves constantly to show off each season’s finest ingredients from a network of local farmers and purveyors who supply the restaurant with some of the finest foods in the world.

Madrona Manor
Stylish, high-end cuisine in a cozy, old-world setting, which captures the rich culture of wine, food and nature inherent to the region.

Solbar
Executive Chef Brandon Sharp turns farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients into unique, flavorful and surprising dishes that reflect the best Napa Valley has to offer.

Terra
Chef-owner Hiro Sone wows patrons with his cross-cultural menus, presented in an enchantingly rustic retreat that suggests Tuscany.

Terrapin Creek
A casual neighborhood spot where friends and neighbors can gather to enjoy great local and international cuisine.

Read more: Get the Inside Scoop which lists all the Bay Area Michelin-ranked restaurants.

Bon Appétit.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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