St. Paddy’s today at Breakaway
While many restaurants and bars offer parts or all of St. Patrick’s Day feasts of corned beef and cabbage, Melissa Cameron, new co-owner of the Breakaway Café, says they are really doing it up.
The day starts with a Farmer’s Breakfast of eggs, bacon, blood sausage, wilted spinach, roasted tomatoes, home fries, and sautéed shiitake mushrooms, although I don’t remember those in Ireland ($15).
The lunch special will be a Reuben sandwich of griddled IPA-braised corned beef, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese on rye bread and warm potato salad with whole grain “mustard maple-bacon vinaigrette” ($14).
Dinner brings smoked salmon boxty of an “Irish potato pancake with smoked salmon, dill cream and sriracha caviar” or Shepard’s Pie of “ground beef brisket and chuck, carrots, peas, onion, celery, mashed potatoes, cheese and crusty bread” ($19). 19101 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma. 996-5949.
The Rhône Room coming to Broadway
Never gathering any moss, Sondra Bernstein will be opening the Rhône Room Wine Studio & Farm in the little building on the Fat Pilgrim/Harvest property when Craig Miller’s construction finishes and he opens both businesses there, hopefully in May.
The Rhône Room will feature both French and American Rhone wines, including a French wine that Bernstein is making in France with Elise Gaillard, and “some very expensive highly allocated cult Rhone wines for sale,” according to Bernstein. She will also feature a rotating selection of Rhône wines not found in other nearby tasting rooms.
Bernstein has always featured “Rhone Alone” wines and cheeses at the Girl & the Fig and will receive the top international award in June from the Rhône Rangers, a large group of Rhône wine producers.
KSVY and SVTV are our community radio and television stations, and they no longer have a financial angel.
Hence, a fundraiser is coming up Thursday, March 23 at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, with man-about-town John Petricka the willing victim.
Emcee Gene Daly, Kevin McNeely, Michael Coats, Mark Danon, Stan Pappas, and Hank Marioni will all “roast” poor Petricka, meaning they will subject him to tongue-in-cheek ridicule with plenty of subject matter. Hint: No women are listed to speak.
Chef Mark Nilsson will prepare Beef Wellington, green salad, a twice-baked potato, and Petricka’s secret favorite dessert. Hate to think. Corner 103, Breathless, and B.R. Cohn are donating wines. Tickets $125, of which 100 percent goes to KSVY and SVTV. Black tie optional. Get tickets ahead at Sonoma Chevy or Scott Lyall Men’s Wear.
Healthy smoothies at Altimira Middle School
At Altimira Middle School, food manager Cody Williams and crew have been serving strawberry and blueberry smoothies at break, using organic Clover plain yogurt, no added sugar, frozen banana, sliced raw beets, mandarin oranges, a little honey, and no added juice. These cost $1.25 and there is federal reimbursement for those students who missed breakfast.
Nibs & Sips
Manuel Azevedo’s new version of La Salette will be featured on Leslie Sbrocco’s “Check Please Bay Area” on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. … Sonoma Magazine named St. Francis Winery & Vineyard, Bartholomew Park Winery, Hamel Family Wines, Lasseter Family Winery, Patz & Hall, and Paradise Ridge as its favorite Sonoma Valley wineries…
Night in the Catskills bound to grow