Horatius closes suddenly in Glen Ellen
At the end of one day last week, proprietor Horacio Gomes of Horatius coffee house in Glen Ellen suddenly removed all of his retail belongings and his sign from the south corner of Jack London Village on Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen.
An apparent dispute with the landlord brought about the quick departure.
A former designer, Gomes created popular Glen Ellen sweatshirts and hoodies, imported Portuguese olive oils and vinegars, and served coffee and pastries and some sandwiches.
“It is in God’s hands to show me the way to the door that is likely to open elsewhere. This is not the end of Horatius… just a new beginning!” he said.
Surprise good food
Jackie Schultz’s antiques warehouse on Eighth Street East has expanded next door. But that’s not all. Her daughter Robyn Schultz uses the new space to sell used kitchenware, china, and other goodies, but regulars also frequent her spot for her food. Yes, food!
Robyn makes really good salads and a weekly menu at Sonoma Community Center’s commercial kitchen and refrigerates it all behind her sales counter. Key to her best ever spinach salad is her secret dressing with oodles of good bacon, hard boiled eggs, etc. Haven’t tried her mac ‘n’ cheese or soups but I actually know people who go there every day the Shultzes are open, which include Thursday through Saturday, to get takeout. Call ahead for special orders. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 695-9864. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local help for Mexico and Puerto Rico
Many of us are nearly sick to our stomachs with all the natural and man-made disasters happening recently and long for a way to help victims.
Two groups that I know of did something and did it well.
Last Thursday the Crescent Montessori School at Sonoma Community Center held a successful bake sale, completely organized by students, baked by students, and sold by students. Fabulous initiative.
Then on Sunday dynamo Fabiola Sotomayor and her husband, Raul Pomares, organized a paella party at the Annadel Estate home of Abigail and Dean Bordigioni. Raul, a conscientious investment advisor originally from Cuba with relatives in Puerto Rico, served as head chef along with his and the Bordigionis’ friend known as “Big Swede.” The outdoor kitchen team produced large pans of three paellas: vegetarian, chicken, and seafood, the latter loaded with jumbo prawns, clams and mussels. Deerfield Ranch vintners including the Bordigionis poured wine. A few thousand dollars were raised and will go directly to people in need, we hope.
Do what you can to help others.
Tips Roadhouse Test Kitchen open Thursdays
Susie and Andrew Pryfogle will open their Tips Roadhouse Test Kitchen, meaning their trolley parked next to their soon-to-be Tips Roadside restaurant, every Thursday in October. Venture by and try some of the new recipes and let them know what you think.
Chef Thaddeus will offer a special each week in addition to the regular menu. I need to try their shrimp sando for sure. Guests can “dine” at a picnic table in front of the would-be restaurant or take your orders home. Suzie says, “Nothing fancy schmancy,” so any Sonoma garb works.
Glorious Bites finals at Gloria Ferrer
The national super stars of appetizer home chefs will gather at Gloria Ferrer Winery on Saturday, Oct. 14 for the final bite-off, er… cook-off for the $5,000 first prize, all emceed by Leslie Sbrocco of KQED’s “Check Please.”