While the COVID-19 crisis has caused dining-room closures around the world, many restaurants are finding creative ways to continue serving their communities. Our latest Restaurant Spotlights highlight these efforts at Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners.
Originally a musician, Christopher Barnum-Dann was traveling the country with his band when his life took an unexpected pivot toward a culinary career. Once he recognized his passion for cooking, Barnum-Dann enrolled in culinary school and worked in several Northern California kitchens before realizing his ultimate dream: Opening his own restaurant. Localis debuted in Sacramento, Calif., in 2016 and quickly met success. It’s now a neighborhood hub for seasonal California cuisine and a 430-label wine list strongest in California and France, especially Burgundy. Also managed by Barnum-Dann, the wine list earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2019 and was promoted to Best of Award of Excellence this year.
While the dining room remains closed, Localis offers comprehensive to-go programs for all, whether you’re looking to do the cooking yourself or let Localis take care of everything. There are three- or four-course tasting menus that change every two weeks and typically start at $50, plus optional wine pairings. A recent menu lists courses such as first-of-the-season squash soup with grilled prawns paired with a Napa Sémillon, and a beef tartare with XO sauce paired with Pinot Gris from California’s Yolo County. You’ll also find pantry items like pickles, jams and sauces. Everything can be picked up curbside, or through a touchless pickup window.