Gays on Ice tonight at Cornerstone
Out in the Vineyards starts its “Holigay” season with Gays On Ice at the skate rink at Cornerstone tonight, Friday, Dec. 8.
Nomad Chic will sponsor and host eggnog and light bites from Ramekins at 6 p.m. Skate off into the sunset from 7 to 9 p.m. The Fig Rig will be there for substantial nourishment along with a specialty cocktail available from Prohibition Spirits. There will even be an area for everyone to make their own s’mores. Donations to Redwood Credit Union Fire Relief Fund will be accepted.
Best dishes in Sonoma County
Sonoma magazine’s “50 Best Dishes in Sonoma County” include a few from Sonoma Valley. According to Editor Heather Irwin, the Girl & the Fig’s fig and arugula salad, Ravioli alla Citti at Café Citti, fish tacos at El Molino Central, La Salette’s Day Boat Scallops, and Fremont Diner’s Nashville Spicy Chicken and waffle make the cut.
Everyone who has the privilege of dining out has their favorites, whether it’s the burgers at Happy Dog or filet mignon at Saddles. Our tastes are all different, and not everyone is attracted to the newest creative cuisine.
At those named restaurants, some people prefer the flounder meunière or mussels and frites at the Fig, roast chicken and Caesar salad at Café Citti, enchiladas mole at El Molino, sardines at la Salette, or Hangtown Fry at Fremont Diner.
Some of us order our favorites over and over again, such as PEI oysters on the half shell or risotto at El Dorado Kitchen, pot roast at the Swiss Hotel, steak at Harvest Moon, fajitas at La Casa, pork chops at Café La Haye, pasta at Della Santina’s, pizza and a salad at Mary’s, or brick chicken or pizza at Glen Ellen Star.
Glen Ellen Inn good news
Karen and husband-chef Christian Bertrand have now officially reopened their Secret Cottages behind their Glen Ellen Inn in Glen Ellen after putting on new roofs, a new patio, a new soldier wall, and a new coat of paint to brighten up the partially fire-ravaged neighborhood.
The Bertrands are still working on remodeling, redecorating, and reopening the inn’s restaurant, as well. They lost all of their walk-in refrigeration, freezer and food during the fires, so they are taking advantage of replacement time to spiff up the whole restaurant.
As Karen Bertrand said, “We are very excited and looking forward to having some fun!”
MacArthur Place update
IMH Financial Corporation of Scottsdale, Arizona allegedly paid upward of $38 million for MacArthur Place.
According to a source who received the request, Lawrence Bain and IMH are offering “investment units” of $25,000 or more and hope to raise $20 million to $25 million to give IMH its equity back and provide funds for renovation.
Bain wants to “reposition” the property to a “high end hotel” by creating a casual restaurant and lounge area in the current reception building with a connection to the “barn” where Saddles, the main kitchen, and meeting spaces are located; reconceive Saddles making it more upscale; refurbish the meeting space; add an indoor-outdoor wedding and reception venue; and gradually refurbish guest rooms with remodeled bathrooms.
After all this, the memorandum to potential investors reportedly suggests IMH plans to sell MacArthur Place in three to five years.