Kathleen Hill: Busy parklets, amusing limericks and Restaurant Week
El Dorado Cantina to open March
El Dorado Kitchen’s El Dorado Cantina plans to open on Thursday, March 4, daily noon to 8 p.m.
The Cantina, a sidekick operation to EDK, will accept only walk-up or online ordering using Toast for orders, and no phone-in orders will be available.
According to EDK staffer Lila Sommier, “This is really more of a taco truck with no wheels. Pick up and go. No seating at our property will be available” and customers will not be able to order Cantina items from within the restaurant.
The menu will offer a variety of Mexican foods including tamales, quesadillas, tacos, and burritos and some new items not seen in the restaurant previously. More to come when they have the details. 405 First St. W., Sonoma. 996-3030.
Last weekend Sonoma was packed
Partially due to a sunny three-day weekend that combined Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, the entire valley was packed with visitors from Kenwood to Schellville.
Salt & Stone, with its huge patio and fabulous sunny views of the Kunde vineyards, was loaded, as was Kivelstadt Cellars in Schellville where Jordan Kivelstadt reported their best day ever on Saturday.
In between, patios and parklets were filled with lines of people waiting for tables.
Especially busy were parklets with some sunshine at downtown Mary’s Pizza, Plaza Bistro, Basque Boulangerie, Maya and Della Santina’s. B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille just cranked up and Tasca Tasca has spread tables almost the full length of the north side of their block of West Napa Street, with a long “sidewalk extension” built by the city for pedestrians to walk around the table.
Cars were parked for two to three blocks on residential side streets in all directions last weekend.
Parklets everywhere, but where to park?
Another parklet is growing at Oso and Adastra as we become something like a temporary European village.
Many of us rejoice at the sight and ideas of parklets for their charm and beauty of them and enjoy the romance and fresh air mixed with good and interesting food. We are all happy to see our restaurants find a fun way to try to survive all the pandemic’s restrictions.
Assistant City Planner Wendy Atkins confirmed that there are now 59 parking spaces filled with parklets or “sidewalk extensions” around the Plaza and in the first blocks off the Plaza on East and West Napa streets, First Street East, Spain Street and First Street West.
Asked how long the parklets and structures might stay, Atkins responded, “The parklets are valid through Nov. 1, 2021 with the possibility of extension.”
Larson Family Winery’s Limerick Contest opens
Larson Family Winery has kicked off its annual St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest. The Larsons encourage everyone to enter to “get lucky in Sonoma.” Why not? Kids, teens and adults all need distractions, entertainment and fun. Entries come from all over the United States.
The two entrant age categories are pretty simple this year: ages 20 and younger and 21 and over. One winner will be selected from each age category and the prizes will be age appropriate.
As a frequent judge of this contest, I can verify that many of the entries are hilarious and creative, and some in the older category get a little raucous, shall we say.
Limericks must pertain to Larson Family Winery, wine, grapes, Sonoma or winemaking. A limerick does not have to be funny to win. Entries must be received by March 5, 2021 with prizes to be awarded during Larson’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebration. Contest rules and entry forms are available at larsonfamilywinery.com. For more info call 1-800-WINE, ext. 20 or email Lee Kruse at email@example.com.
Here is an example of a Limerick from Larson Family Winery:
There once was a wine from Sonoma
That had quite a fine aroma
When friends took a sip
And the wine passed their lip
They said, “I must take some home to Tacoma!”
Restaurant Week update
More Sonoma Valley restaurants have signed up for Sonoma County Restaurant Week which starts today, Feb. 19 and runs through Feb. 28.
Last week only Delicious Dish and Kivelstadt Cellars had connected with the county-wide effort
As of Monday, Café La Haye, and Taub Family Outpost in Sonoma and Palooza Brewery & Gastropub and Salt & Stone in Kenwood added their names and restaurants to the list.
Lauren Cotner at Delicious Dish had a sensible bright idea: she is going to offer two lunches for the price of one if consumed on their newly decorated patio. 18709 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Deliciousdishsf.com.
Jordan Kivelstadt of Kivelstadt Cellars offers a fun dine-in (patio) lunch menu of KC Slaw of peanuts, radish, carrot and pickled shallot with apple cider vinaigrette with “family secret” sauvignon blanc, riblets and frites with vanilla chipotle and Fathers Watch Red Rhône Blend; and cheesecake made with an Oreo cookie crust and local honey paired with KC Labs Carbonic Zinfandel. $29.21 per person. Available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays during Restaurant Week. Dine-in only, meaning on the patio now. 22900 Broadway, Sonoma. 938-7001. Reserve at exploretock.com/kivelstadtcellars