Kathleen Hill: Dirty Girl Donuts, B&V Whiskey Bar and more
Dirty Girl Donuts opens on Broadway
Dirty Girl Donuts has found a home in what used to be the Subway sandwich shop at 927 Broadway.
“Dirty Girl” Marisa Wondolleck, who moved here from Cobb in Lake County, says she creates “everything you ever wanted in donut form.”
She makes all sorts of sweet donuts that range from maple icing topped with bacon chunks, to fruit and all sorts of candy toppings. Wondolleck has been making her donuts at Ramekins since the original location she had planned on occupying, at Eighth Street East and Napa Road, never came to fruition.
She then tried to open a shop in the former Massage Envy location at 452 First St. E., which didn’t work out for lack of permits. Since that closed she has been selling her donuts on weekends at Sonoma’s Best deli on East Napa Street as the donut shop, according to its website, is part of Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group.
Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group bought the Subway location more than two years ago from Maria Lounibos at about the same time that it purchased the building next door, formerly home to CocoaPlanet chocolates.
Noodlespring closes for the season
Now that it’s almost March and we are seeing some sunshine, Noodlespring has closed for the season.
It all started with Girl & the Fig owners Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze’s idea to host Wednesday Ramen Nights at their Suite D location. There they offered some delightful ramen with small marinated cucumber salads and extras available, plus occasional tryouts of dishes like sticky riblets.
At the time no other restaurants were serving ramen, and the closest offering was wonton soup at Chinese restaurants.
After the pandemic first caused shutdowns, including Suite D gatherings, and then allowed food to-go, they opened their side door takeout on the Spain Street side of the Girl & the Fig. That idea did well, so they added Noodlespring ramen, those finger-licking riblets, and many other choices. Noodlespring had originally been planned to be part of the container project developer Ken Mattson envisioned in Boyes Hot Springs, which seems to be in limbo.
The only problem with the ramen at Noodlespring was that you had to heat and add the noodles at home, so it didn’t work to take to the Plaza park as one might take a hamburger with pommes frites.
Now that the Girl & the Fig and the Fig Café & Wine Bar in Glen Ellen have reopened for outdoor and take-out dining, let’s hope as well that someday ramen fans can gather again one night a week at Suite D.
In the meantime, other Sonoma restaurants have started to serve ramen, including Pho Ha, Oso, Reel & Brand when it’s open, and the Epicurean Connection when it is on the menu.
Elaine Bell delivers 1,600 free meals in Sonoma
Sonoma Overnight Support and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley are the lucky recipients of 800 meals each from Elaine Bell Catering.
How did this happen?
Like many caterers, Elaine Bell has had several wedding catering jobs canceled due to COVID-19 and pandemic rules against large gatherings, which has been devastating to caterers, wineries, and the staff that cook and serve these events and crowds.
Elaine Bell actually had one couple, who prefer to remain anonymous, cancel their wedding and, instead of asking for a refund, asked Bell to use the money to feed the hungry. So she called friends and, with the couple’s approval, settled on SOS and the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Bell has had a longtime and generous relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs and that seemed logical. In fact, she has catered the annual Sweetheart Gala for years, including a lovely boxed meal for sponsors this year.
SOS is most grateful to receive its 800 meals over the next few weeks as it already serves up to 200 breakfasts and lunches on weekdays to the homeless and just plain hungry neighbors at the Springs Community Hall, and they can use all the help they can get.
It all starts today, Feb. 26, when Elaine Bell delivers 400 meal kits to the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma, followed by another 400 meal kits on Friday, March 3.
This week, the menu will include beef Bolognese pasta with Parmesan cheese; grissini bread sticks; and black bean, corn and green pea salad with assorted dinner rolls, fresh fruit, pretzel bites with mustard sauce, and assorted cookies.
On March 3 and 4, Sonoma Overnight Support will receive waffles and ham to supplement its breakfast service and lunches to serve at least 140 guests per day. The nonprofit will receive an additional three days of lunches for clients.
These menus are not yet determined but will include items such as empanadas, tamales, sausage and spinach stuffed pasta shells, meat and bean chili, potatoes, vegetable salads, fresh fruit, breads, snacks and desserts. Good wholesome foods.