Mary’s Pizza Shack’s back to school specials
After spending buckets of money and energy on back-to-school clothes, backpacks, supplies, and haircuts, many families welcome a hearty meal at a good price. Mary’s “Back to School Specials” will look familiar to Mary’s regulars, but they are still well worth seeking for a fun feast.
For $25 you can feed your family with a large pizza with two “traditional toppings” and a large salad, or a family size spaghetti with pesto, marinara or classic meat sauce with three giant meatballs and a large salad.
You can also bring in a can of food during the months of August and September for the Redwood Empire Food Bank and get $5 off your next purchase.
As well, Mary’s in Boyes offers a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, as does the Plaza restaurant where there is a full bar and a late night happy hour from 9 p.m. to closing Thursday through Saturday and 8 p.m. to closing Sunday through Wednesday.
The Boyes Hot Springs location is the second “original” Mary’s Pizza Shack. The original “original” was truly in a sort of shack or little white house near the Boyes Market that is now occupied by residents. High school students used to consider themselves lucky to land a coveted job sweeping the floor at Mary’s. 18636 Sonoma Highway, 938-3600; 8 W. Spain St. 938-8300. Maryspizzashack.com.
Pets at Pets Lifeline win
A sold-out crowd at Vintage Kennels came up with $200,000, a small part of what it costs Pets Lifeline, Sonoma’s no-kill animal shelter, to keep deserted cats and dogs alive and well cared for until their “forever homes” are found.
Fund-a-Need emcee Bill Jasper called every bid and kept the excitement and noise going through the salad course of sweet Bibb lettuces and savory Ranch dressing.
Next came Stellar Catering’s platters of sliced Flat Iron steak, which in some cases, got consumed by those at the initial end of the table where they were placed, late summer succotash of corn, dried cherry tomatoes, Roman beans, and Shishito peppers, along with roasted marble potatoes sustained happy vegetarians. Guests started to circulate from stall to stall before dessert came and a great time was had by all. Congratulations to Pets Lifeline, executive director Nancy King, and her great team and board. Next year get you ticket early so you can visit with the goats, pigs, camels and horses before dinner.
Celebrating 20 years of the Girl and the Fig
Most of us could never assemble 600 of our closest friends to pay $75 to sit on folding wooden chairs at tables that laced Sonoma City Hall’s paved “horseshoe.” But Sondra Bernstein did just that.
Fulfilling her promise to guests, Bernstein gave 50 percent of the ticket revenue to the following nonprofits: Pet’s Lifeline, $5,250; Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, $3,637; Sonoma Community Health Center, $1,425; La Luz Center, $2,287; Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers, $1,000; and her own nonprofit Fig Foundation, $7,275.
Led by Sonoma native and chef John Toulze, her professional team of 50 chefs, cooks, and servers somehow presented hot duck confit legs to all 600 guests with grace and not one dropped plate. Let’s see: 600 hundred duck legs means 300 ducks. One guest at our table suggested maybe there was an event in St. Helena serving duck breasts or several duck breast specials at restaurants around the wine country.