Sonoma Index-Tribune

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 [...]

Gloves are off; No La Hacienda on Broadway; Crêpes on Sonoma Plaza; Little Switzerland update; Drakes Bay Oyster Co. hangs on to hope

July 5, 2014

Much to the delight of restaurant workers and owners, the California State Senate repealed a controversial law that would have required chefs, cooks, and even bartenders putting olives on toothpicks to wear latex gloves. The original bill, by Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan, was rejected in the Senate 32 to 0, according to the San Francisco [...]

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 [...]

Sonoma Raceway’s new cuisines; BottleRock food; Aventine coming; Pirate flag gone; Hamel Family buys Chauvet Vineyards; Kids cooking camp

June 1, 2014

Big stuff is going on at Sonoma Raceway, and it isn’t on the track. Steve Page and Victoria Campbell are on their way to possibly changing the food culture of auto racing. Page persuaded Levy Restaurants of Chicago, who cater all of the major raceways throughout the U.S., to hire Campbell, who had worked at [...]

Guy Fieri and Bella Andre triumph; French Flea Market; Nathan’s Hot Dog contest; Olive Press’ Picual EVOO wins big; John Ash in Sonoma next Wednesday

May 26, 2014

Sonoma’s resident romance author Bella Andre just brought another of her books onto The New York Times’ “Combined print and e-book best sellers” list with “A Sweet Life,” a collection of 14 short romances by her friend Barbara Breethy and others. Last weekend as well, Guy Fieri of Santa Rosa appeared to “own” Parade magazine [...]

Mothers Day in Sonoma; John Ash and John Birdsall win James Beard Awards; Cinco de Mayo tamale winners; Deborah Rogers and Jean Arnold Sessions make changes

May 12, 2014

Sunday, and every day, we celebrate mothers. We all had one, and some of us are one. Even more than gifts, let’s think about our mothers this weekend, wherever they are. Mothers and Fathers Days can be difficult for those among us who wanted to be parents but for whom it just never worked. Let’s [...]

Aventine to open at old Grist Mill; “Paper or plastic” update; La Hacienda to replace Rudy’s; Grange pancakes Sunday; Pirate flag to change

April 6, 2014

Late breaking restaurant news: Adolfo Veronese, son of Angela Alioto and the late Adolfo Veronese, Sr., will soon open a third branch of his and partners Gian-Paulo Veronese and Rodrigo Nevado’s Aventine bar and restaurants at the 170-year-old Grist Mill in Jack London Village. The trio already has successful restaurants in San Francisco and Hollywood, [...]

Krave jerky recall; Mollie Katzen in Sonoma next Wednesday; VJB buys Wellington Vineyards; Bodega Bay Lodge to Moose Lodge in one day

March 23, 2014

Monterey County Health Department officials started to recall Krave Jerky’s Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky out of concerns for the public safety. That flavor of Krave Jerky was made from beef that came out of the now-shuttered Rancho Feeding Corporation’s slaughterhouse in Petaluma and has the number EST 18951 on each 3.5 ounce package. Krave [...]

St. Patrick’s weekend fun in Sonoma; Savor Sonoma Valley; Burgers & Vine update; Restaurant Rudy? GayDar Casino Day

March 23, 2014

Some of us are Irish every day, and some of us are especially Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. If you are into green beer, green top hats, and the occasional corned beef in various forms, March 17 is your day. You can even stay home with your own big pot of boiling brisket, cabbage, carrots [...]

Behind the pink door; Cooperage sold; Sonoma Restaurant Week this week; Beltane story coming to Depot Museum

March 11, 2014

So much kerfuffle over a local ice cream shop’s newly pink door. I remember when the Marmaduke family opened a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop in the same location, there was some objection to a “chain” store of anything. But the Marmadukes have always been known for their great support for youth athletics and [...]

Cornerstone sold; Burgers & Vine’s wild opening; Ledson’s fab new menu; Cary’s Sports Grill closes; Starbuck’s Tunisian gum; Paula Deen to rise again?

March 3, 2014

Chris Houghie and Teresa Raffo have sold Cornerstone, formerly known as Cornerstone Gardens, with the escrow scheduled to close soon. Walter Thompson (not J. Walter Thompson) will manage the improvements and has impressed most tenants with his progressive passion for improving the entire property and making it “about Sonoma.” Thompson (no relation) seems like a [...]

Bangkok 9 and Burgers & Vine open, finally; Last Wednesday Food Group good news; Rancho meat recall update; Rural Chicks cluck and rule; Stone Edge cookbook makes IACP finals

February 23, 2014

After many of the usual ever-delaying “just a couple more things” from health and building inspectors, who can truly control restaurateurs’ lives and extend their pre-opening misery, Sunee Petprasert finally got the go ahead to open her new Bangkok 9 restaurant this week in the Marketplace shopping center at West Napa and Second St. West. [...]

Betsy Spann wins two Olympics; Big Petaluma beef recall; Cheese Conference next weekend; French president’s dinner

February 17, 2014

Late breaking: After posting a sign saying she was opening at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sunee Petprasert delayed the opening of her Bangkok 9 next to Whole Foods to Wednesday, after the deadline for this column. I will tell you all about it next Friday. Meanwhile Carlo Cavallo seems to be close to opening Burgers & [...]

NASCAR and Sonoma Raceway give 90 fruit trees to Sonoma School Gardens

February 13, 2014

A combined effort by NASCAR, Sonoma Raceway, UPS and the Arbor Day Foundation brought 90 fruit trees that are being planted in the school gardens of all 11 of Sonoma’s public schools. After reading in past years that trees were being given to schools and municipalities around the San Francisco Bay Area, I wrote to [...]

Super Bowl of chicken wings; Grange Pancake Breakfast before football game; Saralee Kunde; More Valentine’s opportunities; How fancy was Fancy Food Show? Food trends

February 3, 2014

The National Chicken Council suggests that Americans nibbled 1.25 billion, with a “b,” chicken wings Sunday before, during and after the Super Bowl of Chicken Wings, I mean football. These few hours of make up 7.4 percent of the Chicken Council’s forecasted total consumption for all of 2014. Apparently chicken wings go with football and [...]

Bachelor Ben and Mama Kardashian “envolved?” Sheana Davis to expand; “Black Friday Eve;” Run on hot sauce? Poor Nigella Lawson; Sonoma events

December 7, 2013

But first: The food world lost one of its quiet stars, Judy Rogers, chef and co-owner of Zuni Café in San Francisco since 1987. A sister Dame d’Escoffier, Rogers passed away Monday at Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital after trying to overcome cancer for at least two years. Rogers won James Beard Awards for Outstanding Restaurant [...]

Mexico Bans Foster Farms chix, Sonoma Food Events and more

October 27, 2013

The government of Mexico has banned Foster Farms chickens from three California plants, while the United States government has done nothing to protect consumers. See below for more of the story. HHH What’s happening with the Old Creamery corner? What’s happening with Burgers & Vine? How did they get permission for that big advertising awning? [...]

Bastille Day Sunday; Big Gay Wedding coming to Atwood; Nigella Lawson’s split; La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs; Twinkies live longer

July 17, 2013

Larson Family Winery, the family that does so much for youth of Sonoma Valley, will host a special tasting today, Friday, July 12 called “Gold Meets Gold.” Visitors will taste wine from Larson and cheese from Vella Cheese, both of which just won gold medals at this year’s California State Fair. Enjoy Larson’s 2010 Chardonnay [...]

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