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Café Lucia Portuguese Restaurant
Café Lucia
Open Daily, Lunch & Dinner
Tel (707) 431-1113

235 Healdsburg Avenue, Suite 105
Healdsburg, CA 95448
www.CafeLucia.net

 

Portuguese Cookbook
Chef Azevedo offers his own interpretation of modern Portuguese cuisine, which celebrates the immense flavors and dished of Portugal while encouraging the use of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.
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About Us

Lucia and Manuel AzevedoBrother and sister team (Chef Manuel and Lucia as your host) share a passion for food and their Portuguese heritage. In 1968, their father, Raimundo Faustino Azevedo, sold his worldly possessions, a pair of oxen and a milk cow, and moved his wife and two sons (Manuel, being the oldest) to Healdsburg, California, where he worked as a dairyman. Lucia was born shortly thereafter. The family eventually grew to six and ultimately settled in Sonoma Valley in 1976.

The work of a dairyman was demanding and life in the United States was a challenge, yet the family never lacked fresh, delicious food. There was always an abundance of fresh milk, as well as sides of beef and pork on a biannual basis. The family grew its own vegetable garden and had fresh eggs daily, courtesy of their hens. Their mother, LaSalette, made fresh cheese and bread on a weekly basis. Manuel and Lucia were very much a part of the food gathering and preparation process in the family home. Neither of the siblings recall “learning” to cook; food preparation was always second nature — in their blood. The parents learned of American foods through their children. The family table was an adventure.

As children of immigrant parents, Lucia and Manuel grew up with a strong work ethic and desire to fulfill the American dream. Café Lucia is a culmination of that dream.

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Lucia Azevedo Fincher, Host/Owner - Café Lucia was spurred by Lucia’s desire to apply her business background and pursue her dream of owning a restaurant in her hometown. It was only natural and fitting that she would ask her big brother, who has extensive knowledge and experience in the restaurant business, to join her in this venture.

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Manuel Azevedo, Executive Chef/Owner - Manuel took his passion for food and his birthplace and made it his life work. In 1998, he opened LaSalette Restaurant, appropriately named after his mother, serving “Cozinha Nova Portuguesa” dishes, and more recently published LaSalette Cookbook, the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to spread Cozinha Nova Portuguesa to foodies everywhere and promote the cause of Portuguese cuisine to as wide an audience as possible.

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Jason Santos, Chef de Cuisine - A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California, has apprenticed at LaSalette Restaurant and is equally passionate about food and his Portuguese heritage.
 
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