Kathleen Hill: Oso's full bar now pouring, Sante dinner and more....

'Spicy Asian,' Korean, Indian, Parisian and family barbecue were just a few of the suggestions of what cuisine should move next into the now-vacant former location of Plaza Tequila on Highway 12.


Oso's full bar gets pouring

Oso owner and Chef David Bush says, “Oso’s bar is now stocked, the shakers are ready, and the glasses are chilled. Full bar and cocktails now available at Oso!” Congratulations. Some people will now have several gustatorial pleasures in one stop.

Santé Dinner at Kosta Browne Winery

While this popup will be expensive, it might well be worth it for those who are interested. On Thursday, Sept. 14 Santé Chef de Cuisine Andrew Caine will create a five-course dinner to be paired with new releases and single vineyard library wines from Kosta Browne, which specializes in pinot noir and chardonnay wines.

Dan Kosta and Michael Browne were working as sommeliers and saved tips to buy half a ton of pinot noir grapes, a used barrel, and a hand-crank crusher to start their winery 20 years ago. They now search throughout California for the best pinot grapes to make their wine in the Russian River Valley.

For dinner expect canapés of Kumamoto oyster martinis, eggplant caviar, and Sonoma duck leg confit croustades. The first course will be wild salmon and leek terrine; followed by chanterelle and summer truffle risotto; seared loin of lamb with fennel fondue and organic chickpea purée; Bleu du Bocage cheese with roasted almonds, local honey and truffle toasted baguette, topped off with Kosta Browne Pinot Noir-poached figs with Farmstead Sheep’s milk cheese mousseline, all served with Kosta Browne’s best known wines. $400. Reception 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. 220 Morris St., Sebastopol. Reservations at 939-2407.

Nibs & Sips

Kendra Kolling, known as the Farmer’s Wife with her fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches and breakfasts and other healthy food at several farmers markets, just announced the “coming soon” of her first “brick and mortar” location at the Barlow in Sebastopol. She plans to feature her breakfasts, sandwiches, Acre Coffee, and paleo and gluten-free dishes.

Kendra really is the “farmer’s wife,” married to Paul Kolling, who bought a farm near Sebastopol in 1984 and planted and grows organic Gravenstein apples on 350 acres in the area, resulting in the organic Nana Mae’s apple juice and apple sauces. Supposed to open this fall. Is that now?

Weekend reminders:

Sonoma Valley Crush in Glen Ellen and Kenwood: 12 boutique wineries in Glen Ellen and Kenwood hold their annual crush experience today Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 10. Try harvest activities such as grape sampling, tours, tastes of fresh pressed juice and lots of demonstrations.

Check it all out at La Rochelle, Loxton, Manzanita Creek, Mayo, Muscardini, Orpheus, Paradise Ridge, Spann, St. Anne’s Crossing, Suncé, Ty Caton and Wellington wineries and tasting rooms. Nibbles served at most wineries. One-day pass $35 advance, $45 at door. Two-day pass $50 advance, $55 at door. Designated drivers free. Passes and more info at or 431-1137.

Good Spirits at Cornerstone: Edible Marin & Wine Country publisher Gibson Thomas has organized a first ever blockbuster distilled spirits festival Saturday, Sept. 9 at Cornerstone where guests can nibble and sip all afternoon. Craft spirits are a huge trend and often better than those mass produced.

Local and regional craft spirits producers who will pour include Charbay Distillery, Distillery No. 209, Ginny’s Gin, Griffo Distillery, Hanson of Sonoma organic vodka, Hello Cello, Jardesca, Libations Unlimited, Monarch Bitters, Muscardini Cellars, Napa Valley Distillery, Prohibition Spirits, Sauced, Sonoma Coast Distilling, Sonoma County Distilling Co., Spirit Works Distillery, St. George Spirits, and various cocktalians.

Stay relatively sober with delicious munchies from Aventine, Bird & Bottle, The Brass Rabbit, Ca’Momi, Cochon Volant, Good Eggs, Handline, Hog Island Oysters, Nick’s Cove, Ramekins Culinary, Shed, Sonoma Syrup Co, the Drawing Board, Teeny Cake, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, and The Girl & The Fig. $60. 3 to 6 p.m. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Tickets at

Agriculture Boosters dinner and auction Sept. 9: Do not miss this bargain fundraiser to support the new Agriculture Academy at Sonoma Valley High School where students study agriculture, leadership and citizenship.

Join us at Hydeout Ranch on Hyde Road on Saturday, Sept. 9 for oysters paired with your favorite beer or wine, followed by a tri-tip barbecue and live auction. Great dinner, great setting and great price of $45 on up. All tickets include two drink tickets, and a table of eight for $400 includes two bottles of wine. 5:30 p.m. oysters; 6:30 tri-tip barbecue. 20680 Hyde Road, Sonoma. Reserve at

Marin French Cheese Annual Summer Picnic: Take a picnic, blanket, chair or whatever you want out to Marin French Cheese for a lazy afternoon on their vast lawns and next to the pond on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Loads of cheeses and other foods including Laura Chenel’s goat cheeses, Marin French cheeses, and many more from the California Artisan Cheese Guild, McEvoy Ranch, Angelo’s meats, the Fig Rig, and a display of my Kathleen Hill Culinary Collection. Wine and beer available for purchase. $20, children 12 and under free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plan ahead: Sunday, Sept. 17 brings two wine events at the same time: Sonoma Home Winemakers’ second annual Sonoma Uncorked Sip & Savor at the Veterans Building and the launch of Club Tyge at the Barn at Tyge William Cellars at Cornerstone.

Sonoma Home Winemakers’ events have always benefitted local organizations and this year Kiwanis of Sonoma Plaza is co-sponsoring to benefit Stand By Me Mentoring Alliance.

At its new and larger venue guests can enjoy wine from 30 home winemakers and nibbles from the Swiss Hotel, Plaza Bistro, La Casa, Gary Edwards Cheese, Burgers & Vine, Ramekins, El Molino Central, Cuvee Catering (Catherine Venturini), Sonoma Valley Hospital, and Oakmont

Golf Club. Sean Carscadden with entertain to accompany the silent auction. Great trips auction and only 200 tickets will be sold for raffle of 52 bottles of premium wines and a wine fridge. $40 advance, $50 at door. 2 to 5 p.m. 938-1990 or Tickets at

The Club Tyge Launch Party features wines by the famous Don Van Staaveren, artwork by Cuban artist Luis Copperi, and food and music at The Barn at Tyge William Cellars. Noon to 3 p.m. 150 Wagner Road, Sonoma at Cornerstone.

Sonoma Food Taxi expands service

Sonoma food Taxi has expanded its pickup and delivery service to now include Palms Grill, Taste of Himalayas, the Red Grape, Maya, Della Santina’s, La Casa, Cochon Volant, Shiso Modern Asian Restaurant, and Burgers and Vine. They deliver lunch and dinner daily except Tuesdays. Delivery charge for dinner is $7.99 per dinner within four miles of restaurant. Lunch 1:30 to 4 p.m., dinner 5 to 8:30 p.m. to homes, offices, and some hotels. Order at 343-7310 or,

What’s next after Plaza Tequila?

After the I-T posted my story about the eviction of Plaza Tequila on Facebook, lots of locals responded with suggestions of what restaurant should go in there next. Of course it all depends on what in the world a restaurant could afford a Highway 12 location rent of $12,000 per month.

Most requested were “great Chinese,” Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Greek, Puerto Rican, spicy Asian, Dipsea or East West Café style, vegetarian with a bar, Olive & Vine, Korean or other family barbecue, Parisian, Indian, Divewalk, fish place like the Reel (maybe just go to the Reel?), pizza, and some longings for the old Sonoma Grove.