Kathleen Hill: Food lost to the blackouts and pancake breakfasts
Oh, my! ‘Annus horribilis’ again
How much of this can we all take? The fear (some people call PTSD) of not knowing, worrying about friends and family suffering worse than we are, losing everything, and going through it all again led many of us wondering how and when to get out and where to go if we need to.
Sonoma grocery stores powered up with new or borrowed generators they obtained after PG&E’s earlier power outage to keep open during the duration of future blackouts. And many downtown Sonoma restaurants didn’t lose power and were able to continue to serve, while Glen Ellen chefs were without power.
Ari Weisswasser of Glen Ellen Star hauled his mobile pizza oven down the street and cooked margarita, pepperoni and tomato cream pie pizzas as well as roasted half chickens and simple salads from noon to 2 p.m. next to Jack London Saloon until power returned.
Tips Tri-Tips Trolleys sought $5,000 on a gofundme.com page to support its feeding of first responders and posted a photo on Saturday of many of the 400 firefighters they fed on Saturday -- and Sunday parked one of their trollies in front of their restaurant. All of this after the generator they bought to keep their Kenwood restaurant open was stolen. Yes, stolen.
Several cooks volunteered to join TV chefs such as Tyler Florence and Guy Fieri with José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen while others joined Heather Irwin and Fran Meininger at Sonoma Family Meal’s kitchen in Petaluma, together doling out thousands of meals to those evacuated or who lost their homes.
Thousands of us lost food and power during the past two power shutoffs by PG&E. And in a sense, food is power and necessary.
Many of those who lost power also had to throw away food spoiled by lack of refrigeration, and some locals cannot afford to replenish what was lost.
Several organizations are coming to the immediate rescue. Some restaurants and catering companies had food that could spoil and found ways to cook and share it with those who need food.
Ramekins at La Luz and more
On Thursday La Luz is hosting a community meal prepared by Ramekins Culinary School. Chef Kyle Kuklewski reached out to Golden Gate Meats, Marin-Sonoma Produce, and the Basque Boulangerie to prepare 250 hot meals for the Springs community of mixed green salad, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, marinated and grilled chicken breast, Basque Boulangerie rolls, and Ramekins sheet cake. Free. 3 to 5 p.m. Booker Hall, La Luz Center,
Ramekins will also donate 50 percent of revenue for its next three Tuesday Pizza & Pinot events to Sonoma Family Meal. All first responders are invited to P&P to dine for free.
Food available at El Verano and Flowery
Maite Iturri, principal at El Verano School, made impassioned pleas at Sonoma Valley Rotary and elsewhere for food donations to be distributed to families of El Verano and Flowery School families. Iturri explained that El Verano Elementary School feeds many of its students two meals a day, or 10 meals a week, and they have not been able to do that with the schools closed due to the power outages.
Iturri told the Index-Tribune, “This is for families affected by the power outage and food loss. The food is coming from every corner of our community. Individuals, families, organizations in the valley, and outside the valley as well.