It was a love-fest for Suzanne Brangham when the official alcalde cane was passed from Les and Judy Vadasz to the alcaldessa of 2014 during a reception at Vintage House on Thursday.
Gripping the symbolic, silver-headed stick, Brangham gave Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse a broad smile and said, “If you’ll let me be the honorary mayor, I have all kinds of ideas.”
Brangham was chosen for the annual honor by the City Council in December, and a gathering of more than 100 of her friends and admirers showed up to celebrate her.
Proclamations were read by Rouse and by representatives of Assemblymember Marc Levine, Rep. Mike Thompson and 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin, whose aide Jennifer Gray worked six years for Brangham at her restaurant, The General’s Daughter. Gray described a typical Brangham evening. “She showed up to greet every table, then did a teen ride-along while planning the Red & White Ball ... she is a force of nature.”
Valley philanthropist Carolyn Stone held up a five-foot-long list of “everything Suzanne Brangham has done,” adding, “she’s a darn good cook too, and knows how to entertain in style.”