5 Ways to Get Your Pumpkin Fix
From beer to truffles
News flash: It may feel like summer here in the Bay Area, but the calendar tells us that autumn has officially begun. Days are getting shorter and, everywhere else in the country, folks are warming up with hot beverages. And we all know what that means. (Pumpkin-spice lattes, natch.)
Lucky for us, fall’s ubiquitous drink isn’t the only treat featuring this popular seasonal flavor. Check out our list of local purveyors who have some of the city’s best takes on pumpkin-centric goodies.
Pumpkin Seed Truffles
This year, Kollar Chocolates owner and head chocolatier Chris Kollar is adding one of his personal favorites to the Yountville brand’s seasonal offerings. Fresh off the racks is a decadent caramel ganache truffle with roasted and spiced pumpkin seeds. We’ll take a dozen, thank you very much.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Move over, coconut oil. La Tourangelle, an artisanal oil company in Woodland that presses oils using old-world methods, makes a pumpkin seed oil that’s about to take center stage. It can be drizzled over ice cream for a festive dessert or used for salads and soups.
Pumpkin Bourbon Macarons
Sift Dessert Bar on California Street is adding a twist to its traditionally French macarons. The creamy insides are a mix of pumpkin puree spiked with bourbon. Bet you can’t eat just one.
Just in time for the season, San Leandro?s 21st Amendment Brewery has released He Said/He Said, a case of two dark beers and two light beers, both brewed with pumpkin and spices. The fun collaboration between brewery cofounder Shaun O?Sullivan and squash expert Dick Cantwell is a refreshing blend of fall flavors.
You’ll notice pumpkin-inspired dishes on menus all over the city, but this one caught our eye for originality. Dirty Water is serving up a pumpkin mousse with spice cake, pomegranate, balsamic-pomegranate caviar and white chocolate, topped with spice-cake crumbs. Do not skip dessert.