Kristen Mary “Kris” Houghton Kardashian Jenner, mother of the Kardashian kids who are world famous just for just being and apparently for making bad marriage choices, breezed through Sonoma Plaza Saturday afternoon during the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival.
She didn’t exactly go un-noticed, but then that probably wasn’t her goal. You don’t walk through the middle of a public event accompanied by an entourage of bodyguards and cameras and not be seen. But then that’s what Kardashians do.
Having taken up weekend residence at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Jenner tweeted Monday that she was back in Los Angeles after a fun day in Sonoma.
Our daughter, Erin, and I were at the little kids’ playground with her little kids and heard a bunch of teenage girls screaming. So while I kept track of her adventurous 2-year-old, Erin watched Kris walk through the Plaza, head down and texting the whole way.
Mama Kris, who created and runs their estimated $20-million-a-year Kardashian empire, seems to take pride in televising her plastic surgery “work” done on most parts of her body. Her current husband of more than 20 years, Bruce Jenner, also boasts of his plastic surgeries.
Gold medal winner of the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montréal, Jenner is now branded by Kris as “The World’s Greatest Athlete” and a “Branding Ambassador” on his own website (brucejenner.com), which primarily features her, the brander.
Kris Jenner is the mother of Kourtney, Kim, Rob and Khloe Kardashian, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Kris’ former and late husband, attorney Robert Kardashian, was best known publicly as O.J. Simpson’s good friend and personal advisor.
Speaking of the Vintage Festival, several locals observed many more people carrying wine glasses full of beer than of wine.
Some of our favorite foods in the Plaza came from local purveyors including Rancho Viejo’s taco salad and Chai’s Gourmet vegetable rolls with strawberry lemonade, which Surachai Intarapravich, a retired developmental center staffer, makes from lemons he squeezes and Watmaugh Road strawberries, which he also sells at the Tuesday night farmers market.
Rancho Viejo is doing very well, thank you, with its dinner service. They are not open for lunch while family members take turns caring for Jenny’s mother. Let’s support them during a not-very-easy time.
Join us next Thursday evening, Oct. 10, at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art to watch “Like Water for Chocolate” (1992) starring Lumi Cavazos with chocolate desserts from the movie created by Dana Jaffe of Saddles and Betty Kelly of Wine Country Chocolates. Barbara Pascoe will pour her Barbed Oak wines to accompany the chocolate. The “Foodie Film” series is part of the “Kitchen Memories: The Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection” exhibition at the museum, with huge thanks to the Sonoma International Film Festival for providing the films.
Last week’s screening of “Big Night” sold out and everyone enjoyed ample portions of timbale made by Lisa Lavagetto of Ramekins, with a little chopping assistance from yours truly, and wines poured generously by Michael Muscardini. $15 members, $20 non-members. Doors open 6:15, screening at 7 p.m. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 939-7862.
Sonoma Community Center’s annual “Muse” fundraising dinner is practically sold out, undoubtedly because it honors the fabulous nonagenarian Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma right here on Broadway. Williams is the community center’s first Muse honored while still living.
Topping the list of event sponsors are Sarah and Darius Anderson, and Baron Bernstein, Henry Beaumont and Margaret Gokey, Peter and Diane Donnici, Susan and Norm Goldstein, Cathy and Chuck Williamson, Kimberly and Simon Blattner, Brenda Buckerfield, Suzanne Brangham and Jack Lundgren, Gretchen and Bob Gardner, Phyllis and John Gurney, Bill Jasper and Kristen McFarland, Nancy and Tony Lilly, Richard Mabe and Brian Sebastian, Carole and Bob Nicholas, JaMel and Tom Perkins, Marcie and Dave Waldron, Joan Walsh and Mel Nashban, Williams-Sonoma and The Sonoma Index-Tribune.
According to Suzanne Branham, longtime solid supporter of the community center, Williams-Sonoma has donated dinner for 10 at their flagship Post Street store, which the community center will pair with an overnight hotel stay and nearly $1,000 in gift certificates to spend around Union Square. Only four live auction items supplement the silent auction.
Williams will be accompanied by new Williams-Sonoma president Janet Hayes, marketing executive vice president Pat Connolly and senior vice president of store development Bud Cope.
The dinner will be at Ramekins Culinary School on Friday, Oct. 11, with a menu suggested by Chuck Williams and prepared by Doug McFarland and crew to include carrot soup with coriander and crème fraîche, poached salmon with vegetables or a risotto and spinach vegetarian alternative, followed by a chocolate pot de crème. $235. 5:30 p.m. 938-4626 or sonomacommunitycenter.org/muse.
The Sonoma Community Center suggests men and women wear aprons. If you need one, how about purchasing a “Kitchen Memories” apron at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art to help them at the same time?
Sonoma’s super giving Lori and Rick Miron will open Riccardo’s comfort food restaurant with full bar at 2700 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa at the old John Barleycorn site on Halloween, Oct. 31. The Mirons give, give, and give, invest in everything well and do things right, so this should be a goodie.
Last Wednesday, as crowds of Sonoma Market customers watched the America’s Cup final on the store’s flat screens, someone (somehow) found out it was everyone’s friend Marcelo Defreitas’ birthday, which led to 50 or so folks singing “Happy Birthday” to him throughout the
The Epicurean Connection features vivacious artist Abigail Zimmerman for its monthly First Friday Art Show tonight, Oct. 4, accompanied by music by Tom Martin, Epicurean Connection cheeses and wines by Annadel Estate Winery. 6 to 10 p.m. 122 W. Napa St., Sonoma. 935-7960.
Schellville Grill will only be open only during breakfast and lunch for the next three or four weeks while owner and CIA-trained chef Matthew Nagan recovers from successful hip replacement surgery. Many of us have watched him hobble around in increasing pain and finally a customer organized his surgery and told him to show up. He did.
Sonoma Valley Grange hosts its popular organic pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 6, with freshly ground organic wheat flour pancakes, free-range chicken sausages and frittata, and organic beverages. President Mike Acker promises the frittata portions will be bigger this time. $10 adults, $5 children. 9 to 11 a.m. 18627 Sonoma Highway, Boyes Hot Springs. 935-1322.
Sonoma Valley Republican Women will welcome Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, whose district includes Needles, Barstow, and Apple Valley, to lunch at The Lodge at Sonoma on Thursday, Oct. 10. Donnelly plans to run in the Republican primary for governor, ostensibly to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown, if the latter chooses to run again.
Lunch will include roasted chicken breast with veggies and sweet potato purée, spinach salad with bacon and cheesecake. $30. 11 a.m. Contact Cece at 939-1029 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and more info.
Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers just received a Specialty Crop Block Grant for $357,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Sonoma Valley wines through social media
and print and online
Altimira Middle School will turn its gorgeous school garden into a Harvest Festival with homemade salsa competition on Saturday, Oct. 12, as an effort to build fun community among students, staff and parents. Horticulture students will also prepare other food goodies. Free. 2 to 6 p.m.
Doug MacFarland, executive chef at Ramekins Culinary School, will cater Presentation School’s fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 12. You don’t have to be related to the school in any way to attend, but the menu follows an interesting island theme.
The family-style dinner will include Romaine salad with hearts of palm, fried onions and passion fruit vinaigrette; grilled Kahlua chicken with lemongrass and coconut milk reduction; sweet soy glazed vegetable skewers; and warm wild rice salad with fresh mango. Dessert seduces with pineapple upside down cake and coconut crème fraîche. Silent and live auctions including trips to Hawaii and Belize. $125. Silent auction 5 p.m., dinner and live auction 7 p.m. Call Nancy Bei at 935-0122, ext. 1202, for tickets.
Plein Air, the almost weeklong fun fundraising event to benefit art in the schools, had a super successful week recently with a huge dinner for more than 200 guests at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.
While donating a trip of Pixar with lunch, Nancy and John Lasseter also offered the high bid on the dinner for 20 at Anne and Dennis Ziemienski’s home and studio.
Wines were donated by Annadel Estate, Arroba, Charles Creek, Chateau St. Jean, Francis Ford Coppola, Hughes Family, Landmark, Larson Family, Muscardini and Ty Caton.
In the large crowd of art supporters were Valerie Arelt; Diane and Stephen Bieneman; Kimberly and Simon Blattner; JaMel and Tom Perkins; Lisa and Tim Conner; Susan and Lewis Cook; Suzanne Brangham and Jack Lundgren; Gerry and Bill Brinton; Nancy and Hank Bruce; Brenda Buckerfield and Tommy Mensing; Lorraine and John Buckner; Penny Byrd; Sandra and John Leland; Cathy and David Good; Pam and John Story; Barbara and Ed Pascoe; Deborah and Harvey Shein; Sue and Cathy Capriola; Christy and John Coulston; Marcelo DeFreitas and Scott Smith; Rugh and Gary Edwards; Millie and Tom Ferrando; Gretchen and Robert Gardner; Deborah and John Emery; Donna Halow; Kathleen Hawing; Ellen and Sid Hoover; Cherie and Keith Hughes; Maite Iturri; Holly Kyle; Polly and Gary Hultquist; Monique and Sidney Lazard; Gathy Gellepis and Jim Ledwith; Elisa Stancil and Chuck Levine; Dottie and Bill Lynch; Wanda McAleese; Willa and Ned Mundell; Tery and Dan Parks; Nancy and Bill Pollock; Sarah, Karen and George Rathman; Martha Rosenblatt; Vicki and David Stollmeyer; Judy and Les Vadasz; Mandy Weltman and David Bolling; Fred and Barbara White Perry; Rick Wynne; Judy and Chuck Young; Abigail Zimmerman and Laura and Jeff Zimmerman.
St. Francis Solano School will host “A Taste of Sonoma” on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Fr. Roberts Hall with a sampling of dishes from the girl and the fig, Della Santina’s, La Casa, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Maya, E-Saan Thai, Amy’s Place, Sonoma Cheese Factory, Sonoma Market and Ramekins Culinary School.
Highway 12, Mayro-Murdick, Leveroni, Hacienda, Roche and Don & Sons will all provide wine. Always entertaining A.J. Riebli will emcee and Ed Vaughn will auction off everything. More info at saintfrancissolano.org.
Sonoma Valley Teen Services and friends will enjoy an “Oktoberfest Bier Garten and Marketplatz” fundraiser featuring Ceja family beers at Carneros Brewing Company on Sunday, Oct. 13. Food will come from Rocket Catering, Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts, Quarter Acre Farms and Valley Girls Food Stuff, with music by Backtrax Rock Band and so-called “pop up” food-related product sales. $25 includes two drink tickets. Noon to 4 p.m. 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma. More info and tickets at 939-1452 or svteens.org.
Another Oktoberfest will be hosted by the Veterans of Foreign War Bear Flag Post on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Sonoma Valley Moose Lodge with music by the Joe Bajuk Trio, dancing, door prizes and contests, and “a traditional Bavarian meal.” Proceeds will help support youth programs, local veterans and active-duty military. $25 with meal, $12 without dinner. 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets at Tony’s Barber Shop or the Moose Lodge or by calling 938-3543.