As you might have picked up in reading her formal obituary, Rosemary Wood was a pioneering woman from whom some of us had the privilege of learning lots. Self-sufficiency. Do it whether you have done it before or not. Honesty. Hard work. Importance of clean growing and eating practices. How to laugh. Just to name a few. And then there were those bright blue eyes.
As you may have read, she restored Beltane Ranch’s 1892 house one room at a time and eventually opened it as a bed and breakfast – one where Julia Child stayed occasionally when she came to visit M.F.K. Fisher.
It was at M.F.K. Fisher’s “Last House” where I met both Rosemary Wood and Julia Child and ended up somehow cooking lunch for them. Child, Fisher and I worked after that on translating an old French cookbook and, after they passed on, I loved seeing and reminiscing with Rosemary Wood at events at her Beltane Ranch.
She was one of those people who remembered everyone, and came to all of Beltane’s parties from her retirement in Mendocino, even if the summer heat decked her occasionally.
And she loved the Glen Ellen Fire Department’s barbecued oysters and the fact that they used to bring an ambulance in case she needed it.
Wood replanted olive trees and expanded the vineyard, joined in the Olive Press when it was in Glen Ellen, loved to paint, and recently came back home to Beltane to be with her daughter, Alexa Wood, grandchildren Lauren Benward-Krause and Alex Benward and their children. I will always look around Beltane for Rosemary Wood. And weep.
Farmers Market food vendors
Tuesday Farmers Market manager Christopher Welch sent out a press release this week announcing some of the confirmed vendors for the coming market season which begins May 2. On the list are three food truck, including Tips Tri Tip Trolley, Croques & Toques, and the Fig
Rig, which will set up on the second and fourth Tuesdays when the music is in Grinstead Amphitheatre. Weekly prepared food vendors will include Mike the Bejkr, E-Saan Thai restaurant, Divewalk Café, the newest version of Rancho Viejo, Uber Spud, Sweet Scoops, and Vineyard Crust Company’s wood-fired pizza. Among new food vendors will be Petroni Vineyards Olive Oil and Sonoma Mountain Beef Company.
More gold for the Olive Press
The Olive Press just won two more gold medals from the California State Fair Olive Oil Competition, reaffirming its status as the most award-winning olive oil company in the U.S.
Their Italian Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil won gold for the second year in a row. The Sevillano Extra Virgin Olive Oil also took gold, and they also won two silvers and three bronzes for other oils. Theolivepress.com.
New pizza news
Garcia Bakery’s New Haven Apizza is now making pizza, grinders, and salads starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday in the same Fifth Street West shopping center with the Shanghai and Pearl’s
At the film festival we discovered new pizza guys, aka Vineyard Crust Co., who took a wood burning oven around making pizzas in 90 seconds. The four cheese pizza with prosciutto was perfect. Locals Randy Martin and James Crompton say they will be at the Tuesday night farmers market every week.