French food at flea market
Chateau Sonoma presents its French Flea Market this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, around the Sunset outdoor test kitchen at Cornerstone.
You might remember this flea market from owner Sarah Anderson’s original Chateau Sonoma location, the tin building on West Napa Street that currently houses SmashMallow. Now that Chateau Sonoma is thoroughly ensconced at Cornerstone, so is the French Flea Market.
Many of the nearly 25 dealers coming import French antiques themselves.
If you aren’t interested in antiques or just browsing through interesting home accessories, go for the food.
“Le Trolley,” aka Tips Tri-Tips Trolley, will offer grilled sausages on buns (and somehow they taste French), skinny fresh baguette sandwiches with ham and butter or ham and cheese, and an asparagus, veggie and cheese puff pastry. Sweet Scoops will bring its ice cream cart loaded with refreshing treats, and Café Scooteria will offer coffee drinks.
Ramekins Culinary Center will serve rosé wine, Champagne, French beer and local wines as well. French bartender Jeremy will serve French 75s (Champagne, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup). And Prohibition Spirits will make a special French-inspired cocktail, bound to be delicious. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 23588 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 935-8553.
And more Frenchie food...
Watch for chefs Liz Payne and Sarah Pinkin to open their super Frenchie food shop to the public next Thursday, May 31.
They have popped-up their food cart occasionally in front of the store at 521 Broaway. Great salad, French sandwiches, and lots of imported goodies.
Georgeanne Brennan has had to cancel her appearance and potluck in Readers’ Books’ Reading Garden next Wednesday. The Last Wednesday Food Group will take a summer break and re-group in the fall. Let Readers’ Books or me know your ideas for future guests and format.
Sonoma Portworks at Petaluma Drinks
Surely Petaluma residents do drink adult beverages, but now they are inviting the rest of us to join them at an event called Petaluma Drinks on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.
Caryn and Bill Reading, 30-year Sonoma residents, own Sonoma Portworks, which is now located in Petaluma. They make wonderful ports and Sonomic Almost Vinegar, loaded with chocolate flavors. (We accidentally broke a bottle of Sonomic on our Mexican tile floor and wondered whether to spread it around the kitchen to enjoy the aroma or mop it up.)
During Petaluma Drinks the Readings will pour their ports and offer samples of the Sonomic Almost Vinegar, which is available at Sonoma Market. Currently their ports are poured at the Girl & the Fig, Harvest Moon Café, and Salt & Stone in Kenwood.
Meanwhile, the many craft beverage producers of Petaluma have formed the Petaluma Drinks weekend tasting festival featuring wine, beer, spirits, cider and bitters producers, many of which are not usually open to the public.
Info and maps at email@example.com. Petalumadrinks.com.
Carniceria tour June 8
Join me to visit the Springs’ best carnicerias, Mexican butchers and markets, a local Mexican ice cream maker, bakery and tortilleria and Flowery Elementary School’s salsa garden to experience lots of new tastes, walls of spices, learn about inexpensive new meat cuts, and go home tired and satiated.