Nirvana Next Door

Try Ubuntu's transcendent food at its new offshoot

In the nearly two years since it debuted, the vegetable-centric menu at Napa's Ubuntu has garnered mountains of praise from committed vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Little wonder: The restaurant's husband-and-wife chefs, Jeremy and Deanie Fox, procure the finest ingredients from across the region and cook them with impeccable technique and breathtaking flourishes.

Now, devotees–or those who want to discover what all the fuss is about–can take home a taste of the restaurant from its brand-new next-door neighbor, Ubuntu Annex.

At the Annex, staples of the Foxes' impeccable larder line the shelves, ready to be purchased: heirloom yellow eye beans from Napa's Rancho Gordo, ridge-cut grits, Regina olive oil from Dickson Ranch, five kinds of finishing salts, and the same miniature cast-iron Staub pots and vadouvan spice mix used to make the restaurant's legendary cauliflower dish (then make it at home with this recipe).

Other iconic Ubuntu dishes–including Sardinian-style fennel crackers and sweet-salty lavender Marcona almonds–are also for sale. Plus, locavore oenophiles can taste Napa wines, like the organic Lion's Run Cabernet Sauvignon from Ubuntu owner Sandy Lawrence.

Ubuntu Annex, 1130 Main St., Napa; 707-251-5656 or ubuntunapa.com