Crusty Crab update
Dungeness crab fans are finding slim pickings along the Pacific Coast, from Half Moon Bay to the U.S-Canadian border.
While San Francisco-based crabbers are still being paid $3 a pound for their catch, they joined the North Coast fishers in solidarity, striking after the buyers/distributors cut the agreed-upon North Coast price from $3 to $2.75.
Fishers from Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay, along with those in San Francisco, announced Friday they too wouldn’t venture to sea until a better price is negotiated, according to the Daily Journal.
“We’re all fishermen and we all got to be fishing for a fair price. So if they’re trying to send boats out on a price that we can’t succeed on, then we’re all going to stand behind the other fishermen,” said commercial crabber Jim Anderson, who sits on the state’s Dungeness Crab Task Force and is a member of the Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association.
Momentary Sonoma Valley restaurant closures:
A few local restaurants close annually for a couple of days or weeks to remodel or just spiff-up their décor and kitchens. Here is the latest for this month.
Glen Ellen Star is closed Jan. 2 to 9 for a remodel of the main dining room and restroom and will reopen at 5:30 p.m on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is closed through Jan. 12, reopening for dinner service on Friday, Jan. 13.
The Red Grape is closed for a remodel and will re-open for dinner on Thursday, Jan. 12.
The Girl & the Fig will be closed Jan. 10 and 11 for “deep cleaning,” always a good idea, while the Fig Café will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 10 only.
The Swiss Hotel will close after lunch on Monday, Jan. 9 and re-open at lunch on Thursday, Jan. 19.
As well, Oxbow Public Market in Napa will be closed Jan. 9 and 10.
Pasta Pomodoro closes
Pasta Pomodoro gave all staff the bad news by text message that it was closing all restaurants or “stores” immediately, the day after Christmas. As one articulate, suddenly jobless staffer said on ABC7 News, “I just charged all my Christmas presents” expecting to pay for them and “now I have no source of income to do that.”
We actually once had a Pasta Pomodoro here in Sonoma where Maya is now at East Napa Street and First Street East. All I remember about it coming to the Petersen Building was that they painted the window trim bright red. We never tried the restaurant since we had plenty of Italian restaurants where Italians and Mexicans made excellent pasta, so why an outside chain?
As that quoted former employee said, “At least you would think they would give us two weeks’ notice.” Very too bad.
The bright side: the Wendy’s hamburger chain has suggested they will try to hire former Pomodoro employees as soon as possible.
Famous chefs series comes to Suite D
Suite D is launching a four-part series of pop-up dinners cooked to honor some of the country’s most famous chefs.
These events include My Dinner Inspired by Julia Child on Jan. 13; My Dinner inspired by M.F.K. Fisher on Jan. 20; My Vegetarian Dinner inspired by Deborah Madison on Feb. 2; and My Dinner inspired by Paul Prud’homme on Feb. 24 – all to include these culinary legends’ most famous recipes.