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4th annual salmon celebration at Cornerstone on Nov. 9

The Golden Gate Salmon Association has put its fourth annual salmon celebration, dinner and fundraiser back on schedule for Thursday, Nov. 9 at Cornerstone to honor the dairy farming Mulas Family. The Mulases have used recycled water for decades on their dairy farm and fields.

Ray Mulas, who also serves as the Schell-Vista fire chief, as did his late father, Mitch Mulas, said, “We are not strangers to water-reuse and recycling as we have been using water from the Sonoma treatment facility since I was 12.”

The dinner, previously postponed from July, was to have honored former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Usually starting in May, the Pacific Coast commercial salmon fishing season was postponed until a few weeks ago.

This year Sonoma chefs Carlo Cavallo of B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille, Adolfo Veronese of Aventine Glen Ellen, Ed Metcalfe of Shiso and Kyle Kuklewski of Ramekins will prepare fresh-caught salmon.

You might even get to talk to still-working octogenarian Wacky Jacky Douglass, the longest surviving female salmon fisher who is hilarious and tells fabulous stories.

The night will also feature wines, cocktails, silent and open auctions and the chance to compare fish stories and raise funds for GGSA work to keep abundant salmon stocks in California. Attendees will get a brief update from GGSA on the current state of salmon affairs.

Currently, California’s salmon industry is valued at $1.4 billion in economic activity annually in a regular season, and about half that much in economic activity and jobs again in Oregon. The industry employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon. This is a huge economic bloc made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen (fresh and salt water), fish processors, marinas, coastal communities, equipment manufacturers, the hotel and food industry, tribes, and the salmon fishing industry at large.

Join in the fun, enhanced by lots of cocktails and wines, at Cornerstone and get your tickets early because this sells out fast. $125. 5:30 p.m. Reservations at (855) 251-4472. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Goldengatesalmonassociation.com.

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