Jacob’s happy hour, Vallejo’s pomegranates, food fundraisers, Cheese Factory’s 90th
Remember the original Pizza & Pinot started by Sondra Bernstein when she had Estate restaurant where The General’s Daughter was before and after?
Jacob’s Restaurant has picked up the baton and has launched a new winter happy hour called Pizza and Vino, which started Monday, Nov. 8.
Guests get a mixed green salad or soup of the day, a personal pizza of cheese, pepperoni or “Sonoma,” and one glass of wine. Interesting wine choices include Eco Terreno Rosé, Schug Chardonnay or Oak Farm Zinfandel. All of this for $20. A few outside tables. Monday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m. 1266 Broadway, Sonoma, next to TrainTown. 996-4024.
Harvey’s Donut Bar opens in El Paseo
Georgia and Harvey Cohn and family have finally officially opened Harvey’s Donut Bar in El Paseo Courtyard off First Street East in Sonoma. It’s been a longtime coming with piles of permits, equipment and more but it is well worth it.
Harvey makes his gourmet mini-donuts in front of your eyes and entertains just by standing there in his top hat. And check out the craft root beers and specialty coffee drinks as well.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Georgia and Harvey honor veterans with a free cup of coffee and donut samples. Then for the Nov. 20 lighting of the tree in Sonoma Plaza they will give a free hot chocolate for every purchase of a dozen donuts from 5 to 9 p.m. during the event.
For the holidays, Harvey offers donut specials such as a pumpkin spice glaze, apple pie donuts and raspberry jam donuts just in time for Hanukkah. And then there are the beverages like a peppermint mocha, eggnog lattes and hot apple cider starting on Nov. 20. 414 First St. E., Sonoma. 246-5928, Harveysdonuts@yahoo.com.
Harvey’s Donut Bar joins their Harvey’s Gourmet Mini Donuts on Railroad Avenue. When can we expect Harvey’s Donut Hole(s)? Not sure if that would be a place or something to eat.
Fundraisers are back in season
A few of or many nonprofits serving the Sonoma Valley have started holding in-person fundraisers again, resulting in lots of locals and others contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to various organizations.
Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters tri-tip fundraiser
We all need to support our local firefighters, because they need us, and when we need them we really need them.
On Saturday, Nov. 13, hustle on over to Sonoma Springs Brewery for tri-tip sandwiches and salad prepared by firefighters, and Sottile Red Beer to support our volunteer firefighting team and to honor the family of the late firefighter, Eric Padgett. Padgett succumbed to cancer and was a longtime engineer for the Sonoma Valley Fire District.
The Big O and friends will play music, and you can even play corn hole in the former Nicholas Turkey offices parking lot. Noon to 5 p.m. 19449 Riverside Drive, Sonoma.
Miracle on 8th Street
The miracle in this case is the new community-funded Pets lifeline Animal Resource Center, built, finished and now enjoyed by some very lucky dogs and cats who are hoping for forever homes.
This one is Friday, Dec. 10 at the new facility. All attendees must be fully vaccinated and present there card or certification on their phone. Pets Lifeline even provides a link to upload your vaccination card.
The Pets Lifeline fundraisers really do sell out fast, including this one.
The Girl & the Fig menu (Sondra is a super dog lover) includes appetizers passed during the cocktail hour, followed by a beet and citrus salad with French feta cheese, pistachios, and fennel pollen.
Choose your entrée between an herbed risotto cake with fall squash purée, roasted mushrooms, pomegranate and roasted Delicata squash or braised short ribs with polenta and roasted Delicata squash with a Port reduction sauce.
Dessert will be a chocolate cranberry torte with Chantilly cream. Tickets start at $275, and any donation is welcome. More to come soon. Reservations at petslifeline.org.
Pomegranates at Vallejo’s Home
Thanks to some intermittent sunshine, we get to enjoy the after-storm beauty of local nature, with abundant acorns, persimmons, and various seeds.
Cassie O'Mara posted her love of they pomegranates in front of the Vallejo Home along with gorgeous photos and the fact that you can purchase a bag full of the pomegranates for $5 in the Carriage House.
Just a walk or roll on the bike path in the block just east of the Vallejo driveway can bring smiles and joy to anyone with the natural puddles and a large natural pond that forms in the winter.
My favorite symbolic sighting there is the red-winged blackbirds with red epaulets who perch on the tippy tops of reeds that grow in that pond. They look as if they own the world and can control everything from that perch, including when they take off.