Calistoga is happening! – The Connected Table LIVE! September 20

The Connected Table Live

“Top of the Valley” is what locals call Calistoga, the northernmost town  and wine region in Napa Valley. During a recent visit to attend the annual Calistoga Harvest Table  September 9-10 we had the chance to experience the town from end-to-end and sample many of the locally produced wines at a hosted wine tasting presented by Visit Calistoga and the Calistoga Winegrowers Association.

Some of our favorite dining picks are all within walking distance of each other: We tried four places and recommend them all: Brannon’s Grill, Calistoga Kitchen, Evangeline Napa, Veraison.  And that’s just a small sampling! We celebrated a friend’s birthday at Evangeline Restaurant’s southern brunch which made this Tennessee gal  a happy camper. Chef Gustavo Rios, our guest on The Connected Table LIVE! September 20th, surprised us again with his versatility at his Harvest Table dinner with a menu that simply  said “wow!” We’ll post event photos at our blog on Or check out Instagram@theconnectedtable

A heavenly biscuit at Evangeline Restaurant’s weekend southern brunch in Calistoga.

Fried green tomatoes and house-made pimiento cheese at Evangeline restaurant















Evangeline opened in 2015. The menu is French country bistro using the local bounty which you can  experience firsthand  at the weekend farmers markets a short stroll from the restaurant. The weekend brunch has a decidedly southern accent: saucer-sized fluffy biscuits, chicken and waffles, various takes on popular creole egg dishes, shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes with house -made pimiento cheese. Cocktails, of course, are aplenty at the brunch and not to be missed.

Chef Rios has a culinary background that includes working in the kitchens at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, The Peninsula Beverly Hills Roof Garden and the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia (truly one of the nation’s finest gems of a restaurant). He seems to have found his soulful home on the kitchen at Evangeline Napa.

Evangeline is located at 226 Washington Street, Calistoga, CA (photo: Napa Tourist Guide)

Chef Gustavo Rios, Evangeline Napa joins The Connected Table LIVE! September 20, 2pm ET (11AM PT) on W4CY















The Connected Table Live

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Asking the More Beautiful Question

Join us this Thursday at 5pm ET for the Future-Proof Workplace show!

Part of learning to be a problem solver is being able to ask questions. As Peter Drucker famously said, “The leader of the past knew how to tell. The leader of the future will know how to ask.“ But just asking questions can be misleading because some questions can be controlling and leading others to the answers that the asker wants, and really not used for inquiry. We have found that there is a great link between open non-judgmental questioning and innovation. Our guest this week is Warren Berger, best selling author, speaker and innovator, who takes questioning to a new level.  We will talk about how the power of questioning can ignite change in our companies, careers, and daily lives.  This is a must listen show!

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

Turning Blue Sky Thinking into Green Pasture Action

Join us this Thursday at 5pm ET for the Future-Proof Workplace show!

“Blue sky” thinking is an essential part of innovation and necessary for every organization and leader if they are to stay ahead of trends. But turning that thinking to “green pasture action” can often be a challenge. Helping to align others around the “green pasture actions” requires a great deal of communication and personal commitment on the part of leaders. Leaders need to communicate regularly and consistently to help others see the possibilities and progress. In our experience coaching leaders, they often under-communicate and realize it when it is too late and the rumor mill has set in making it hard to get everyone back on the right track. Leaders don’t recognize how much communicating they need to do to make “green pasture actions” reality.

Liz Guthridge – Coach, Consultant and Facilitator

We are excited to have Liz Guthridge, author of Lean Communication, speaker, and an experienced change consultant and expert in communications who has been mentored by the leading thinkers in the field. Liz is also deeply steeped in neuroscience and has applied these techniques to the communication process. We will be discussing specifics about how to implement brain-friendly change communication strategies. She will share how to leverage cutting edge software to build collaboration and aid decision-making.  We look forward to having you join a lively and important discussion.