Kathleen Hill: Taub Family Outpost, St. Paddy’s Day and more
Taub Family Outpost update
After an original opening date goal of last August, the Taub Family Outpost in the two-story building at the corner of West Napa Street and First Street West appears to be ready inside but its opening seems to be delayed by the PG&E work on the sidewalk outside.
With late hours, owner Linda Taub, an attorney, hopes to capture some after-work business from restaurant and hospitality workers. Taub's late husband, David, was CEO and chair of Palm Bay International, a worldwide spirits and wine import company.
New Sunday Suppers at Tips Roadside
Tips Roadside in Kenwood launches a new series of Sunday Suppers this Sunday, March 8, according to co-owner Susie Pryfogle.
New chef Tony Calderon, a transplant from Los Angeles restaurants, launches the series with smoked meat loaf, mac 'n' cheese, and baked beans. Full bar available featuring local products. $24. 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations at 509-0078 or tipsroadside.com.
Beltane Ranch's 'Farming for the Future'
The 'Beltane family,' which consists of Rosemary Wood's descendants Alexa Wood and her children, Alex Benward and Lauren Benward Krause and their kids, also includes everyone who works with them at Beltane Ranch Estate Wines. Rosemary, a good friend of neighbor MFK Fisher, passed on her farming principles recently formalized by 'the kids.' In 2015 Beltane became a Certified Sustainable Vineyard and Winery where they now promote 'regenerative agriculture, a sustainable supply chain and hospitality,' according to a press release from the ranch.
To achieve these goals, Beltane now has their own flock of Southdown Babydoll sheep — and their protectors, Great Pyrenees guardian dogs — for soil health, pest and weed control and quality.
They believe that the best packaging and processing of the food they grow is no packaging at all when possible, while serving their own free-range heritage chicken eggs, organic estate olive oil, Beltane Ranch honey, organic and heirloom fruits and vegetables grown on site.
They say they have eliminated all single use dispensers in bed and breakfast rooms and common spaces and make their events waste-free. They also use UPS carbon neutral shipping and recycle and reuse packaging.
Beltane is a bee-friendly ranch that also accommodates butterflies, bats, hummingbirds and even a beekeeper named Joy. And, finally, they use cover crops and regenerative grazing to achieve 'Landsmart Certified Farming' to replenish the soil, improve water holding capacity, reduce erosion, manage nitrogen, and sequester carbon.
St. Patrick's Day treats
St. Patrick's Day is actually Tuesday, March 17, but some community celebrations will be over the previous weekend, March 14 to 15.
St. Francis Solano Church
One of the best meals to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the evening will be at St. Francis Solano where, in Father Robert's Hall, Mara Roche and friends will cook up a feast blending traditional Irish dishes with her mother's, all on Saturday, March 14. San Francisco's Buena Vista-style Irish coffee will be available.
The evening starts with appetizers of Irish bangers and mustard, smoked salmon with citrus butter and brown bread; and twice-cooked mini potatoes with Kerrygold Irish cheddar. Dinner itself brings Irish soda bread and brown bread, Irish pub salad (defined as greens, sliced pears, hazelnuts, Epicurean Connection's Delice de la Vallee cheese and vinaigrette), corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, and the late Genevieve Roche's Warm Apple Irish Whiskey cake and vanilla ice cream. Roche was once a St. Francisco Solano School board member. Live music by Irish folk singer Kyle Alden and Friends. $45, goes to 2020 charitable giving. Tickets at St. Francis parish office or at vomknights.eventbrite.com. 469 Third. St. W., Sonoma.
Rotary of Sonoma Valley
Sonoma Rotary hosts its annual St. Paddy's bash at the Moose Lodge cooked by Rotary members led by Sam Morphy of the Red Grape and Ron Lawson, president of Rotary and renowned local Irish fan.
The club says there will be assorted hors d'oeuvres, plus 'the most tender corned beef in the county, wilted shredded cabbage salad with bacon and onions, baby carrots flambé with Bourbon tarragon sauce, crispy Irish dairyman's new potatoes with sour cream and green onions, bread and butter, beer and wine.' Moose's no-host full bar. Music by Rich Little. Free to Rotary members, $40 guests. 5 to 10 p.m. 20580 Broadway, Sonoma. $50 raffle tickets for trip to Ireland or $10,000, plus other prizes. Tickets at Eventbrite,com or Sonomavalleyrotary.org .
Larson Family Winery
The Larsons start the week with their Wine Wednesday Paint Night on March 11. Participants will be inspired to create their own work of art to take home, inspired by inclusive art supplies and a glass of Larson wine. $40. 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets at cellarpass.com/events.