CocoaPlanet opens for dinner
CocoaPlanet Modern French Café and Chocolate Factory opens tonight, Friday, May 5, for dinner, with all gluten-free entrées and desserts.
Owner Anne McKibben waited for the blessed rain to stop before launching dinner service. Check it out in the large back patio, festooned with soft blue flowers of many kinds, soft music, soft sofas, café tables, and lots of shade created my modernistic umbrellas and screens.
This weekend’s featured entrées are pork tenderloin with parsley, Rosemary and thyme (sounds familiar, but I can’t sing), prime rib, and chicken Provençal with rice and baked asparagus. Check out the local wine list. Cocoaplanet.com.
Gloria Ferrer ties for Best of Show
Sonoma’s Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards’ 2013 Carneros Brut Rosé tied for Best of Show with Navarro Vineyards’ 2016 Anderson Valley Muscat Blanc Cluster Select in the 2017 North of the Gate Wine Competition.
Best of Show White wine went to Anaba, a close neighbor of Gloria Ferrer, for its 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. You can taste all of the winning wines during the 2017 Sonoma-Marin Fair from June 21 through 25.
Derby in the Vineyards menu
Check out Elaine Bell’s menu for Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley’s interesting and elegant fundraising event on Saturday, May 6. It might help you decide to go.
Deviled eggs, Low Country barbecued shrimp on white grits, mac ‘n’ cheese arancini, brisket sliders, strawberry and spinach salad, fried Fulton Valley chicken, potato soufflé tower, southern greens with bacon shards, vegetarian roasted Portabello mushrooms with Asiago polenta and veggie fondue. Plus a whole dessert buffet of strawberry shortcake layered in a jar and Mississippi Mud Pie.
Watch the Kentucky Derby on multiple screens at Terra de Belos Cavalos in Kenwood, compete or don’t in an attire contest by Julie Schindler Designs, race betting, premium wines, beer, full bar, mint juleps, and Dixieland Jazz by the Russian River Ramblers. $200. 687 Campagna Lane, Kenwood. Tickets at bgcsonoma.org or 938-8544, Ext. 122.
Do not eat plastic, golf balls
Do not eat Foster Farms ready-to-eat breaded chicken breast patties that might be in your freezer, because they might contain “pieces of plastic,” supposedly from the packaging for the chicken. The label says “100 percent All Natural.” The chicken patties expire next Feb. 15, but throw them out or take them back to the store where you got them right now.
Meanwhile, McCain Foods is recalling two-pound bags of Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns because they apparently contain golf ball pieces.
USDA’s recall notice said the golf balls apparently were “inadvertently harvested” along with the potatoes and chopped up. They say the pieces could be a choking hazard, but no injuries have been reported.
‘Chronicle’ Top 100 Restaurants
Not one Sonoma Valley restaurant made Michael Bauer’s Top 100 list of restaurants this year, while there were several in Napa, and Shed in Healdsburg was mentioned. The small book listing was inserted in Chronicle subscribers’ papers last Sunday.
But Ari Weisswasser’s Glen Ellen Star was highlighted by Esther Mobley in Paolo Lucchesi’s “Chronicle Eats” in the same Chronicle food section, saying “I’ve happily made an entire meal out of the great vegetable dishes at Glen Ellen Star,” specifically singling out the wood-fired whole cauliflower head. I totally agree and have done the same thing. On a recent Wednesday locals’ night, Sue Conley, co-founder of Cowgirl Creamery, and I indulged in a fish and that cauliflower, as well as Weisswassers best-ever clam chowder. Hope he brings it back soon. I would drive out there just for that.