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I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream and Sorbetto and Gelato

July 29, 2017


Retro Food at Sonoma Museum of Art, Annadel Estate for sale, Corner 103 lobster lunch, Sante to host Sixteen 600 winegrowr dinner and more

July 29, 2017

Zucchini races and Food Truck Friday tonight You can either watch and cheer or enter and cheer. If you want to enter, take your zucchini vehicles to the Sebastiani Winery park from 5:30 to 6:15. The race begins at 6:30 sharp. “Cars” are categorized as small, medium, or large. No more than 10 inches wide. [...]

West Coast Crab season wide open, but wait a sec; Wine Country Chocolates

January 1, 2017

Crab season wide open While the price of whole Dungeness crabs went up one dollar locally to $7.99 a pound at Sonoma Market, but stayed at $6.99 at Broadway Market, the state of California announced that it has opened the commercial crabbing season along the California coast all the way to Pt. Arena. Hopefully with [...]

Valley Wine Shack, Planet Organics and PK Sonoma to close; Coturri family news; Transcendence food for real this time; General Mills to clean up its cereal; Suite D’s upcoming French dinner

July 2, 2015

Transcendence Theatre’s opening night last Friday was nothing short of spectacular on a warm almost-summer evening. The crested moon and Jupiter hung over the mountain vineyards, almost distracting theatregoers from the show with their beauty. One could just imagine Jack London sitting there with us and even hosting the audience. The show was “Oh What [...]

Sonoma’s Nepal/Sherpa fundraisers; Cinco Day Mayo May 2; Olive fruit fly is back but different; Lobster sale; Mother’s Day next Sunday

May 4, 2015

Late Breaking: Out of respect and love for Sonoma’s Sherpa family, many of us are planning events to raise funds for their relatives who have lost everything, including their homes, in Nepal’s horrible earthquake. Café LaHaye owner Saul Gropman will dedicate his restaurant Wednesday, May 6 to raising funds for relief, with 50 percent of [...]

Marin French Cheese Turns 150

April 13, 2015

Oldest Continuously Operating Cheese Factory in the Country BY KATHLEEN THOMPSON HILL • PHOTOS BY STACY VENTURA Why would you ride barefoot in a wagon train from Illinois to California? Or would you? Jefferson Thompson did just that in the late 1850s, leaving his cheesemaking family in Illinois and traveling for eight months to the [...]

Wine Tool Museum opens; Film Festival food wrap; Jewish Winemakers’ Tasting & Nosh; Tarantula Tempura and Panko-battered scorpions

April 11, 2015

Jean-Charles Boisset’s Wine Tool Museum, on the third floor of Buena Vista Winery’s historic sparkling wine building, opened this week. Do go see it. I can assure you it is informative and spectacular. Museum Tours are available by appointment daily at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. Walk-up visitors will be accommodated as availability [...]

Deerfield Ranch Winery files for bankruptcy; Buena Vista’s new Wine Tool Museum; Corner 103 update; As Sonoma’s world turns

February 20, 2015

Late breaking: Robert and PJ Rex’s Deerfield Ranch Winery filed for bankruptcy on Friday, Feb. 13, a sad note in the Sonoma Valley’s wine business. According to the Press Democrat, Deerfield Ranch has been producing about 15,000 cases if their own wine and 15,000 cases of others’ custom crush wines. The Rexes attribute their problems [...]

Baking disaster; Name droppings; Pangloss Cellars to Hotz Building; Bocuse d’Or event coming; Travels with Henri Episode No. 13

December 4, 2014

Yikes! Today’s missive marks my 300th column for the Index-Tribune. HHH Since our daughter and her family were coming for Thanksgiving, I decided to make chocolate chip scones for them, a breakaway from brother Kirk’s and my late mother’s traditional, or un-traditional, cranberry muffins. Not smart. Knowing I am not an expert baker as is [...]

Giving thanks for Thanksgiving; Guy Fieri’s new direction; Pop-ups popping up; Travels with Henri Episode No. 11

December 4, 2014

We all have lots to be thankful for, no matter what our circumstances are, and those can vary tremendously. We can especially be thankful that we don’t live in Buffalo, New York right now or last week. Even though our state is thirsty for water, such an overdose of frozen and melting water was too [...]

Sonoma-Enoteca closing; Bedrock wine #15 in world; Goldfish tea bags? Wine tasting events; Travels with Henri Episode No. 10

December 4, 2014

Crab alert: Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market both have freshly caught and cooked-in-house Dungeness crab, the first of the season direct from Bodega Bay and Half Moon Bay. And as of my deadline, it was just $6.99 a pound, fully cooked, cleaned and cracked. Considering that the crabbers are getting $3 a pound, [...]

Francis Ford and Eleanor Coppola celebrate at La Salette; Dungenness crab season starts Saturday; Depot Museum food exhibit; Travels with Henri Episode No. 9

December 4, 2014

Eleanor Coppola’s exhibit at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art opened Friday and is as quiet, demure, and complex as she is. Her praise of this museum was lovely and heartfelt. She and I share an appreciation of Executive Director Kate Eilertsen’s willingness to see art in odd things, from my antique kitchen utensils to Coppola’s [...]

Charles Creek closing, Enkidu opening Plaza tasting rooms; Cookbook Club next Wednesday; Lots of food and wine events; Travels with Henri Episode No. 8

November 10, 2014

While their departure had been rumored for months, Charles Creek Vineyards will actually close their tasting room Nov. 26. Proprietors Gerry and Bill Brinton offer substantial discounts on their remaining wine stock. You must pick up your wine at the tasting room, 483 First St., W., Sonoma between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Gerry and [...]

Michelin 2015 Sonoma scores out; Happy goblins and goodies; Changes for Drakes Bay oysters and Shiso Sushi; Farm Bureau and Farm Trails dinners; Travels with Henri No. 7

November 10, 2014

Michelin ‘s 2015 Restaurants ratings for the San Francisco Bay area & Wine Country were announced last week with few changes, once again. In fact, the last three years’ editions have mentioned, almost as Sonoma’s only claim to fame, that Chuck Williams started Williams-Sonoma here. Obviously there writers, or copiers, had no inkling that the [...]

OSO and Rocket Sushi opening; Lobster alert; More restaurant news; Travels with Henri Episode No. 6

November 10, 2014

Renowned Sonoma Valley chef David Bush hopes to open his OSO restaurant on Sonoma Plaza early next week. He plans invitation-only soft openings this weekend, that is if the Sonoma Fire Department gives him clearance. Bush’s logo plays on Sonoma’s Bear Flag history. The chef who took St. Francis Winery to be voted the top [...]

Williams-Sonoma opening updates; Corner 103 tasting room coming; Got figs? Petaluma best visit in world? Travels with Henri Episode No. 2

October 6, 2014

Williams-Sonoma has a string of events scheduled for their “re-opening” on Broadway next weekend. Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze of the girl & the fig will cater some private doings and pizza and Prosecco for company folks and local office holders on Thursday, Oct. 2, followed by media tours and a ribbon cutting on Friday, [...]

Aug Sebastiani gets nod for firehouse; Drakes Bay Oyster Co. to mostly close July 31; Haywood closes tasting room; Gloria Ferrer Catalan Festival this weekend; Foie gras to Supreme Court?

July 18, 2014

After many months of community wondering and bid taking, August Sebastiani and his The Other Guys won approval of the City of Sonoma for their bid to purchase the former firehouse at Patten Street and Broadway. The winning bid was announced at the end of the City Council’s June 23 meeting. The Other Guys’ bid [...]

Foster Farms recall finally; Two-star Manresa restaurant fire; Bastille Day events; Patz & Hall event tonight

July 15, 2014

The best bargain of the year came and went Sunday, July 13 via the Schell-Vista Fire Department’s annual chicken barbecue at Station #1, which would be in, you guess it, Schellville at the intersection of highways 121 and 116.  This is a fun, easy-to-enjoy casual afternoon with neighbors, ranchers, friends and soon-to-be friends. 2,300 chicken [...]

Sonoma Williams-Sonoma update; Gay Wine Weekend is here; Artisan cheese in peril? Sonoma Lavender Festival coming; Hot Box hot rumor

June 16, 2014

Williams-Sonoma’s CEO and President announced to shareholders recently that the Sonoma Williams-Sonoma store, cooking school and café will open Oct. 2, founder Chuck Williams’ 99th birthday. She is especially excited about the garden in back of the small complex. Much of the work and large equipment on First Street West these days is removing old [...]

Eiko restaurant owner killed by former husband; Sonoma foxes; Vida Blue coming to NASCAR banquet; 10-pound bags of charcoal; Tante Marie Cooking School closing

June 10, 2014

Napa sushi restaurant owner Eiko O. Nakamura, co-owner of Eiko restaurant on First Street in Napa, apparently was stabbed to death last weekend by her estranged husband. Her restaurant manager, Allison Hallum, confirmed Eiko’s death, according to the Napa Valley Register. Shozabur Nakamura apparently opened Eiko’s home’s front door to allow police inside, and then [...]

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