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Kathleen Hill: Market vendors, Cinco de Mayo and Prohibition Spirits


Tuesday Farmers Market food vendors update

Just in: The Tuesday Night Farmers Market kicks off next Tuesday with a long list of food vendors, offering both prepared foods and unprepared.

Prepared food vendors new to the market will be the Green Grocer – popular at the Friday morning farmers market for lots of organic and freshly made breakfast burrito, grilled cheese and even salmon sandwiches – along with Txoco Choco and Vineyard Crust Company. They join Mike the Bejkr, Aunt Betty’s Gourmet Corn Dogs, El Brinquito, E-Saan Thai, Got Balls meatballs, Java Wagon, Kettle Pop, Mommy’s Yammys, Nellie’s Oysters, Picazo Café, Rancho Viejo, Rocket, Sweet Scoops ice cream, Sushi Shoubu, Taste of Himalayas and Uber Spud.

Packaged foods will be sold by the Baker Sisters, Mike the Bejkr, Berkmans Spices, Handsome Carver, Mia’s Kitchen, North Beach Bakery, Tea & Trumpets, and Wine Country Chocolates.

New food trucks and other prepared food vendors who will be behind City Hall on the second and fourth Tuesdays include the Girl and the Fig, Divewalk Café, Jalisco Tortilleria, Sushinoma, in addition to returning Croques & Toques and Tips Tri Tip Trolley.

Those with “farm food” stands will include Achadinha Cheese Company, Aztec Dahlias, Marc Busalacchi Farms, Country Rhodes Family Farm, Hector’s Honey Farm, Jesus Hernandez Flowers, LOLA Sonoma Farms, Mt. Moriah Farms, Neufield Farms, Ortiz Family Farm, the Patch, Paul’s Produce, R Schlerewitz Family Farms, Serres Ranch, Triple T Ranch & Farm, and newcomers Petroni Vineyards and Sonoma Mountain Beef Co. Plus lots of crafts people.

Bottom line: there will be lots of food.

Cinco de Mayo next week – yum!

La Luz center, and all of us who appreciate the productive and important contributions that our Latino community makes to Sonoma Valley, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 7 so working people can attend the event in Sonoma Plaza.

Enjoy Mariachi Barragan’s inspiring music, the Ballet Folklorico Quetzalen, and two more live bands, great handmade Mexican food, a Kid Zone with Popo the Clown, lots of contests, and Lagunitas beer in the Cantina Garden.

Delectables being offered include cups of fresh fruit by Sonoma Valley High School students, corndogs and duros con cueritos by Ana Reyes and Jose Luis Villalobos; tacos asada, pastor and elotes asados by Tacos La Chencha; enchiladas by Pedro Infante Nunes; coffees, smoothies and shaved ice by Erica Dardon’s Java Wagon; corditas and elotes cocidos by Rosa Iniguez of El Briquito; paletas (frozen bars), aguas frescas and horchata by Teresita Fernandez of La Michoacana Natural Ice Cream; enchiladas de puerco, papas y pollos by Maria Aceves, and papitas and agua de tamarindo from Esthela Martizes. Noon to 6 p.m. Free admission.

Friends of Ramekins can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Barn at Cornerstone on Friday, May 5 with margaritas, snacks, live music and even a tamale-making demonstration. Free to Friends of Ramekins. 4 to 6 p.m. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Register at ramekins.com.

Derby in the Vineyards for Boys & Girls Club

Whether you enjoy mint juleps, horse racing, southern cooking or none of the above, you might like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley’s interesting and elegant fundraising event on Saturday, May 6.

Watch the Kentucky Derby on multiple screens at Terra de Belos Cavalos in Kenwood, nibble on a southern-inspired dinner by Elaine Bell, compete or don’t in an attire contest by Julie Schindler Designs, race betting, premium wines, beer, signature cocktails and Dixieland Jazz by the Russian River Ramblers. $200. 687 Campagna Lane, Kenwood. Tickets at bgcsonoma.org or 938-8544, ext. 122.

Oak Hill Farm’s Red Barn opens

Oak Hill Farm’s famously organic Red Barn opens tomorrow, April 29 on Highway 12, across from B.R. Cohn Winery.

Rush on out there because the Red Barn will only be open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., this season. Watch for fresh produce, bunches or arrangements of flowers, and products from “local partners,” Tea & Trumpets and Sonoma Springs Jams. Proprietor/Farmer Ann Teller has always farmed with the greatest care for the earth.

This Saturday, Farmer David will lead a tour of the farm. Be at the Red Barn a little before 10 a.m. Kids and dogs welcome. 15101 Highway 12, Sonoma. 996-6643.

SOS Mother’s Day Brunch

In its 10th year of feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and providing care for those in need, Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS) honors mothers and fans of mothers (we all had one) with its fifth annual Mother’s Day Champagne Lunch on Saturday, May 13 in Burlingame hall.

Wild Thyme Catering & Gardens will provide lunch and all proceeds will go to the Brown Baggers Food Program, which provides a free lunch on Wednesdays at the Springs Community Hall (formerly the Grange), and to the Emergency Shelter at the Haven Day Services. $40. Sponsorships available at various levels. RSVP by Monday, May 8 at 939-6777 or sonomaovernightsupport.org.

Is Harvard Business School study on target?

A Harvard Business School study’s findings have been published in newspapers across the country, claiming that the increase in the minimum wage and harmful Yelp and other online reviews have caused some restaurant closures.

Have they not heard of rent increases, which are sometimes astronomical and intended to move tenants out? What do you think?

Prohibition Spirits in ‘Chronicle’

Out of the San Francisco Chronicle’s 20-page Sonoma County Travel Section last Sunday, the only Sonoma Valley enterprise mentioned was Amy and Fred Groth’s Prohibition Spirits and their original brand Hello Cello.

The writer says the Groths’ Hello Cello, founded in 2008, was the first spirits company in Sonoma County. We remember first meeting Fred and tasting their Limoncello at the home of Gayle and Tom Jenkins, now former owners of Sonoma’s Best.

Prohibition Spirits now makes bourbon, gin, vodka, whisky, rum and brandies. Check out its tasting room at Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 721-6390. Prohibition-spirits.com. $10 for four tastes of spirits.

As one of their original “lemon peeling team” members, I say congratulations to the Groths.