Food & Wine

Kathleen Hill has the inside scoop on food and wine.

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.

Kathleen Hill has the inside scoop on food and wine.

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 >>

Kathleen Hill has the inside scoop on food and wine.

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

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 the front door of Eiko’s home to allow police inside,… Continue Reading >>

Carlo Cavallo stands outside his long-running restaurant, Sonoma-Meritage Martini Oyster Bar, which will close June 8. Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune.

Cavallo calls it quits for Meritage

Sonoma-Meritage Martini Oyster Bar and Grille, a downtown Sonoma fixture for 15 years, will close its doors on Saturday, June 8, according to owner Carlo Cavallo, who recently opened a second restaurant, Burgers & Vine, across the Plaza. Meritage, half a block off the Plaza at 165 West Napa Street, has had two locations in… Continue Reading >>

Kathleen Hill has the inside scoop on food and wine.

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

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… Continue Reading >>

Kathleen Hill has the inside scoop on food and wine.

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

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-Paolo Veronese and Rodrigo Nevado’s Aventine bar and restaurant at the 170-year-old Grist Mill, in Glen Ellen’s Jack London Village. The trio already has successful restaurants in San Francisco… Continue Reading >>

Home winemakers host awards dinner April 17

The Sonoma Home Winemakers will host their “Spanish Nights” awards dinner at 6:30 P.M. Thursday April 17, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma. Chef Steve Rose, of the Vineyards Inn in Kenwood, will prepare a tapas bar and paella, and the dessert is by the Lovin Oven students from Sonoma Valley… Continue Reading >>