Vegan dining on the Mendocino Coast
Joan Stanford quoted in April 4, 2016 Press Democrat article about “Dining at the Ravens” cookbook. Referring to The Stanford Inn: “We’re interested in people coming here and leaving with a new zest for life,” said Joan, an educator and art therapist who is originally from Winnepeg, Canada. “Having a healthy approach is part of it, and having a positive attitude in the kitchen. This is joyful; it’s not denying anything.”
Real Organic Cuisine. Conscientiously Prepared.
The Award Winning Ravens Restaurant is celebrated for …
- Local – Dishes based on locally harvested products from seaweed to chanterelles.
- Organic – Our ingredients are sustainable and organic and most produce is from regional organic growers or the Stanford Inn’s California Certified Organic Farm.
- Conscious – Vegan cuisine – Products carefully selected and prepared to support sustainability.
- Regard for the Land – Wine list comprised primarily of wines produced from certified organic vineyards, biodynamic vineyards, or those using sustainable, traditional farming practices.
- Recycling – All food wastes are composted and the compost dug back into garden beds. All glass, papers, and cardboard are sent to recycling.
Ravens Restaurant is independently owned and lovingly cared for by Jeff and Joan Stanford.
About Mendocino (Medocino, CA)
Mendocino sits atop beautiful ocean bluffs surrounded on three sides by Mendocino Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bluffs comprise the Mendocino Headlands and offer walking trails that afford incredible views of the ocean and the lovingly restored 1850’s New England style Victorians which now house restaurants, specialty shops, galleries and provide lodging for Mendocino artists. Historic buildings line the cliffs. At times the Pacific roars and crashes against the headlands with such force spindrift floats up to Main Street. The air tastes salty. In a complex surrounding what was once a Victorian carriage house is the Mendocino Art Center, described by the National Endowment for the Arts as a “rural miracle.” The Mendocino Art Center serves area artists as well as artists and aspiring artists throughout the United States. All this is the nature of Mendocino, located about 150 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1. Besides the natural beauty, visitors to Mendocino will find a variety of things to see and do. The history of Mendocino and its founding families can be explored at the Ford House and the Kelley House museums. The Mendocino Community presents a variety of events from monthly art openings that celebrate art on the Second Saturday of every month to the annual Mendocino Music Festival providing performances in a huge tent on the Headlands in July. Other annual events include a Whale Festival, the Mendocino Art Center’s Garden Tour featuring exquisitely created home gardens with a luncheon at the Stanford Inn’s Raven’s Restaurant, an old-time 4th of July parade, the renown Art in the Gardens presented by the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, Winesong celebrating fine wines and local culinary talents in a tasting followed by an auction and celebrations of the Christmas holidays with lights and singing at the inns and lodges of Mendocino, Little River and Elk, and much more. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy bluff-top excursions to view seabirds, the seasonal gray whale migration and spring wildflowers. Nearby Big River Beach is ideal for family picnics and Big River is an ecological treasure which is easily explored by canoe or kayak which can be rented at Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, too! Montgomery Woods up Comptche Ukiah Road offers virgin redwood groves with the tallest living tree in the world. Redwoods and Douglas Firs dominate the Russian Gulch State Park as well as other nearby State Parks including Van Damme and Hendy Woods. Many of these parks allow dogs on their trails. And at MacKerricher State Park Lari Shea offer horseback riding along the beach. There are no supermarkets, fast food chains or motels in Mendocino. Small markets, intimate restaurants, a hotel and bed and breakfast inns fill the needs of the vacationer. The town is compact and shopping and dining destinations are within easy walking distance of one another. Mendocino is an art collectors dream. Coast artists show their works at the Mendocino Art Center and in the scores of privately owned galleries. Performing arts include productions by the Mendocino Theatre Company, Hit and Run Theater as well as intimate concerts provided at the Mendocino Art Center and the Caspar Inn. Mendocino is the perfect destinations for gay and lesbian travelers as Mendocino is gay-friendly. Stanford Inn provides gay-friendly lodging, massage and vegan dining. Mendocino is truly a special destination – it is the “wine country coast” with Anderson Valley wineries within only twenty minutes drive and Sonoma’s fine wineries just an hour south. Tour Mendocino Wines provides wonderful oppotunities to explore virtually undiscovered tasting rooms of Mendocino County. The concierge at the Stanford Inn will be happy to make an appointment with Travis Scott who will provide a personalized tour of the United States up-and-coming wine regions of Mendocino County. Parks, reserves and related places Islands off the Mendocino coast Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area Caspar Headlands State Recreation Area Hendy Woods State Park Jughandle State Reserve MacKerricher State Park Mailliard Redwoods State Reserve Manchester State Park Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Mendocino Headlands State Park Mendocino National Forest Mendocino Woodlands State Park Montgomery Woods State Reserve Navarro River Redwoods State Park Point Cabrillo Light Station Reynolds Wayside Campground Round Valley Indian Reservation Russian Gulch State Park Sinkyone Wilderness State Park Smythe Redwoods State Reserve Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area Van Damme State Park
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What the Press is saying …
One of 10 Best Foodie Resorts.
Stanford Inn & Raven's Restaurant chosen as one of the Top Ten Inn Restaurants in U.S.
There are masterfully crafted dishes that explode the myth that it takes meat to make a meal.
Haute contemporary cuisine meets vegetarianism at the Ravens in the Stanford Inn by the Sea.
...the house specialty is five-star vegan cuisine.
What customers are saying …
... it was all great. Especially the dining - I'm not a vegan, but I could be after staying there - incredible.
Breakfast the next morning was fantastic…I wish I could eat there every day!
The vegan restaurant is not only excellent, but the only one in the Mendocino area. My wife is vegan (I am not) and we both enjoyed it equally and ate there three nights in a row. The breakfasts ... are first rate.
The first night we [thought we'd go] hungry because the restaurant is vegan and we are not. But food was very delicious. The service is great and the people are very friendly.
"The food at the Ravens [is] outstanding. Love their fresh organic fruits and vegetables, that are grown on the Inn's grounds. Breakfast is to die for & scones are out of this world....We love it all! We take our pet Pablo Picasso he loves it too!"
A few weeks ago, we dined at Ravens and you blessed us both with a memorable meal. Being an avid carnivore, I made the reservation at Ravens for my friend's benefit and for her special day while I participated with a hint of skepticism. Your treatment of the ingredients, attention to details, and care in presentation made a memorable impact on me. I would happily eat at Ravens again because of your efforts and look forward to doing just so in the future.
I appreciate all foods, cuisines, and techniques since I also find myself entertaining very diverse groups of guests. After our meal, I attempted to poke my head into the kitchen to say hello and personally express my gratitude for your work.
I've been meaning to send this email for a few weeks, so I'm happy I saved your card and took this moment to say "Thank You"
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