Games grocers play
Lisa Lavagetto, instructor at Ramekins Culinary School, will be featured on Guy Fieri’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the Food Network this Sunday, March 20. Don’t miss this local chef and longtime Sonoman at 5 p.m. Lavagetto’s show is “Guy’s Grocery Games’” 2016 season premier.
Lavagetto is always generous with her time for Boys & Girls Clubs and School Garden cooking classes, and in many other ways involving children, including her own grandchildren.
Last week I ventured into Sonoma Market to do a little shopping and was fortunate to have manager Al Minero introduce me to Kate Stille, marketing director (and new owning-family member) of Nugget Markets.
Taking advantage of the opportunity, I counted on my fingers as I told her of the three things I thought were on locals’ minds about the sale: Would the staff get to keep their jobs? Would the names Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market stay the same? And would they keep the 10 percent Tuesday senior discount policy?
Not even hesitating to take a breath, Kate Stille said “Absolutely yes to all three!”
August Sebastiani would like to clarify that his the Other Guys and 35 Maple Street companies are now all part of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation.
In fact, 3 Badge Mixology includes Masterson’s Whiskey, Uncle Val’s Gin, Kirk & Sweeney rum, Bib & Tucker bourbon, and his new Pasote tequila. 3 Badge Enology includes Leese-Fitch, Plungerhead, MooBuzz, Pennywise, Hey Mambo, the White Knight & Gehricke labels.
And all of the above are under the big umbrella of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation, located in the former firehouse at Patten and Broadway.
Flatbed Farm: mystery solved
So many of us who drive between Sonoma and Glen Ellen or Santa Rosa have wondered what in the world is going on in that now fully grown barn-like structure and other buildings just north of the regional park and across from the Audubon Canyon Ranch Bouverie Preserve.
Owners Chris and Sofie Dolan call it Flatbed Farm Estate, and it is not a winery. They are also partners in San Francisco’s 25 Lusk restaurant, where Matthew Dolan is executive chef and partner.
Rachel Kohn Obut, who previously farmed her own Lunita Farm and Sweetwater Spectrum’s farm, is growing abundantly rich organic vegetables at Flatbed. She and the Dolans will send lots of the veggies to the restaurant, but also offer a farm stand on Highway 12, just south of the Arnold Drive intersection.
Flatbed’s farm stand opens on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will also offer veggie garden plant Sales on April 10 and 17. Starters will include 15 varieties of tomatoes, 10 varieties of peppers and lots more.
Just a reminder, our two local nurseries, Sonoma Mission Gardens and Wine Country Nursery, and some of our school gardens offer similar plants. 13450 Highway 12, Glen Ellen. email@example.com.
Tasting room launch
On March 24, Lake Sonoma Winery launches the Stewart family’s downtown tasting room at artist Judy Theo Lehner’s former home and studio after a big remodel. Join in the tasting fun from 4 to 7 p.m. 134 Church St., Sonoma.
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