More on the Breakaway sale to the Sunflower
Bob Rice’s Breakaway Café, which he has sold to the owners of the Sunflower Caffé, has been a community gathering place, and every town needs one. We don’t have the inexpensive coffee shops that presidential candidates visit to meet retired people holding thick ceramic coffee cups without saucers. But we have had the Breakaway.
When Bob started the Glen Ellen Inn years ago, he walked around the corner and asked Don Shone, then of Shone’s Market, to give him two weeks of food and wine to start the restaurant. Shone did it, of course, and Bob said it took him a good year to pay Shone back. This was old Sonoma.
Bob is a great chef and a quiet, decent gentleman who never sought publicity, and his quality food often got overlooked by guidebook reviewers. James Hahn of the Sunflower Caffé got Guy Fieri to film a segment for “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives,” which helped put the Sunflower on the map.
Now Bob is feeling sad, and who wouldn’t. He will be at the Breakaway until Monday, Jan. 23, so be sure to go several times to say hi. Anita Watson and Sheila Whitney Stanfield were his first employees at the first Breakaway 22 years ago, and they plan to stay. Watch for upgrades in the kitchen and other facilities.
Crab season update
Health officials have again postponed the opening of commercial crab fishing from Pt. Reyes northward to Humboldt County. Be sure to ask your fish monger (butcher most places) where the crabs they are selling came from. Some recently purchased crabs have had black bodies instead of white meat. Sonoma Market manager Al Minero assures us that the crab they are selling comes from Half Moon Bay.
Kenwood Holiday Dinner
Kenwood will host its annual Holiday Dinner, an old fashioned community potluck at the Kenwood Depot from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. There are no tickets. Just bring your favorite dish to share with other Kenwood residents. A-F bring entrées, G-I salads, M-R appetizers and S-Z desserts. Turkey, ham and soft drinks will be provided, with a no-host wine and beer bar. The Kenwood Community Club sponsors the whole shindig and the “Holiday Spirit Raffle.”
Sonoma Sister Cities Holiday Party
Sonoma Sister Cities Association invites all who are interested in our Sister Cities to come to the group’s holiday party Friday, Dec. 2 at the Sonoma Barracks at First Street East and Spain Street.
Expect to enjoy “rich and vibrant cultures through delicious and diverse appetizers along with a variety of local wines,” according to Hans Steuck. Board members will be there; you can learn about all of Sonoma’s Sister Cities around the world and what is planned for next year. Free admission. 6 to 8 p.m.
Millericks at Schellville Grill
The Millerick clan, one of Sonoma’s great ranching and farming families, took over Schellville Grill temporarily for Thanksgiving dinner. Pam Millerick Hellen cooked the whole feast including “turkey, stuffing, mashed, sweet and scalloped potatoes, Mom’s raspberry Jell-o mold, veg tray, peas and bacon, Basque rolls, creamed onions and a chaser salad! Desserts were pumpkin pies, apple pie, whipped cream fruit cake and a cranberry tart. It was truly a feast!”