Mill Valley Welcomes New Restaurant The Rock & Rye at Sweetwater Music Hall With Executive Chef Rick Hackett Debuting South American & New Orleans-Inspired Seasonal Menu
The Rock & Rye at Sweetwater Music Hall opens on Monday, August 2, 2021 in the heart of downtown Mill Valley with lauded Executive Chef Rick Hackett (Bocanova, Florio) cooking exquisite South American and New Orleans-inspired dishes on an ultra-seasonal menu. The bar program led by Joshua Fernandez showcases an extensive collection of American, Irish, Scotch, and Japanese whiskeys; as well as craft cocktails named in tribute to independent music venues nationwide that are persevering and reopening after the pandemic. The Rock & Rye houses an expansive remodeled and weatherproofed 50-seat outdoor patio and 18-seat indoor classic café adjacent to the iconic 300-capacity North Bay music venue, Sweetwater Music Hall.
Chef Rick Hackett introduces Mill Valley to his admiration for South American recipes he discovered while traversing through Machu Picchu and Lima, Peru and experiencing the world-class meats of Argentina. The Creole cuisine of Crescent City further influences singular dishes at The Rock & Rye, an affinity Hackett culls from a lasting impression after witnessing an in-person cooking demo by the late great Chef Paul Prudhomme of the famous K-Paul’s (New Orleans). Hyper-local ingredients are sourced from Bay Area farmers and ranchers (Allstar Organics, Marin Roots Farm, Pasternack) who Chef Hackett has longstanding relationships with at San Francisco’s CUESA Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Fresh produce with roots in both South American and Creole dishes informs Hackett’s menu with key ingredients such as okra, a wide variety of chili peppers, sweet potatoes, summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and others.
“I love to embrace the new world foods that really influence cuisine worldwide,” says Chef Rick Hackett. “Potatoes, peppers, corn, green beans, yuca, sunchokes…they all represent beautiful cultures with magnificent people developing dishes that have really steered my deep reverence for international styles of cooking. Having had various opportunities to cook abroad widens my scope of ways to interpret dishes with integrity and full of delicious flavors.”
A short 14 miles north of San Francisco just across the Golden Gate Bridge, The Rock & Rye at Sweetwater Music Hall welcomes diners and beverage enthusiasts to a premier destination in the picturesque town of Mill Valley. Whether out on the town for an unforgettable dining experience or taking in a show at Sweetwater Music Hall, The Rock & Rye will be open seven days a week starting at 11:30am with brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays (10am – 3pm). The Rock & Rye will be open nightly with a condensed menu for post-concert dining.