Eighth Street Wineries pouring Saturday
Taste some of Sonoma Valley’s finest wines right where they are made in a light industrial center on Sonoma’s Eighth Street East on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Nine wineries will open their doors and serve appetizers including Poseidon Vineyard and Obsidian Ridge (cassoulet), Victor Hill Wines (smoked salmon and charcuterie), Vulture Winery (crudités), William Knuttel Winery (grilled sausages and vegetables), Enkidu (meatloaf sliders), Talisman (butternut squash “fondula),” Ty Caton (minestrone soup), Stone Edge Farm (charcuterie and cheeses), and Tin Barn (Girl & the Fig wood-fired pizza). Park once and stroll or roll to all of the wineries. $40 advance, $45 at any door of participating wineries includes glass, wine tastes and nibbles. $10 designated driver. Noon to 4 p.m. 21692 and 21481 Eighth St. E. 939-3930.
Stellar Catering at Jack London Lodge
Ari Weisswasser of Glen Ellen Star and Bruce Riezenman of Park 121 and Park Avenue Catering are partnering as Stellar Catering to cater all events at Jack London Lodge in Glen Ellen – including weddings, corporate events, and anything from outside the bar. Stellarcaters.com.
Horatius off of hiatus
Horacio Gomes has reopened his Horatius organic coffee bar at the corner of Jack London Village after a month-long respite, having returned home for some family celebrations in Portugal and Venezuela.
Horatius now opens earlier at 7:30 a.m. and is adding Wednesday to its schedule. That means Tuesday is the only day they are closed. He is also adding soups, sandwiches, salads and “small gourmet plates.” Enjoy a light meal with or without beer or wine, or just a cup of coffee or tea inside or on the patio facing the creek. 934-8496.
Sando closes Ferry Building bean store
Steve Sando, who moved from Napa Valley to high atop the Mayacamas Mountains, will close his Rancho Gordo heirloom bean shop in the San Francisco Ferry Building on March 27.
You have to sell a lot of $6 bags of beans to pay the rent there, but Sando thinks very positively about moving his efforts completely back to his downtown Napa shop. In that shop he offers beans, clay bean pots, Sonoman Paula Wolfert’s clay pot cookbooks, and other tempting cookware. Do not miss his collection of rare Mexican movie posters.
A Day Without Immigrants follow-up
Probably inspired by the movie “A Day without a Mexican,” this nation-wide event Feb. 16 extended to Sonoma Valley with several businesses closing and others running very slowly.
Breakaway Café, Reel Fish Shop, all of the carnicerias, or Mexican grocery and butcher shops, closed -- as did Taqueria La Hacienda, Tacos Sonoma and Maya Restaurant.
To make this effort more effective, workers might give their employers more notice so everyone can plan and adjust.
Nibs & Sips
Under its new owners, the Breakaway Café is standardizing its hours to be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. daily… Steve Rose, former owner/chef at Vineyards Inn, has created his own “The Organic Rose” television show to running on PBS in the Bay Area, every Friday morning at 11 a.m. Long an organic gardener, Rose will feature solar energy and electric vehicles, biodynamic farming, cooking, wine and cider making and lots more. He will soon create a Spanish version as well. Theorganicrose.net.