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Woman falls into wine vat; Afternoon Tea; Fire House pancakes Sunday; Community Olive Press days; Travels with Henri No. 5

According to mirror.co.uk, 25-year-old wine specialist Nerea Pérez fell into a wine vat after being overcome by fumes and lost her balance while watching the fermentation process. A leading Socialist political figure in her hometown of Ponferrada, El Bierzo, Spain, Pérez apparently drowned and paramedics could not revive her. They also treated her shocked and saddened family members.

Aretah Ettarh, a student at the Culinary Institute of America, serves pancakes at Saturday morning's pancake breakfast on the Plaza. People started lining up at 8 a.m. for the free breakfast to commemorate the opening of the William-Sonoma store that morning. Somewhere between 800 and 1,000 guests were served at the breakfast. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

New Williams-Sonoma opens

On his 99th birthday last Thursday, Chuck Williams personally cut the ribbon and opened the new/old Williams-Sonoma store on Broadway, in the exact spot where he began what is now an international kitchenware chain.

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Williams-Sonoma opening updates; Corner 103 tasting room coming; got figs? Travels with Henri episode No. 2

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, Oct. 3, and a Valley-wide free thank-you breakfast Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the two “front” quadrants of Sonoma Plaza facing Napa Street.

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Back from France; Ceja closes Napa tasting room; Sonoma 10th quirkiest in U.S.?; Whole Hog Feast at Grange; Travels with Henri

Yes, we are back from our fabulous trip to France in quest of flea markets and farmers markets, all organized by Chateau Sonoma’s Sarah Anderson. I couldn’t possibly pass up the chance to add old French kitchen utensils, food signs, and cracker tins to my Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection, visit gorgeous local farmers markets and learn to cook a few dishes from a marvelous chef in a chateau.

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Open Table sold for $2.6 billion; Holy holes! Aventine to open June 24; Last Wednesday Food Group meets at Readers’ Books; Olive Press wins more medals

If you make restaurant reservations online, you helped this sale happen: Priceline Group just bought OpenTable for $2.6 billion, with a ‘B.’ Is anyone else suffering whiplash from all these billions flying around? Chuck Templeton founded OpenTable in 1998 in San Francisco to help locals make restaurant reservations online. It now includes more than 30,000 restaurants worldwide.

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

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… Continue Reading >>