Fish stories: Salmon everywhere
The Golden Gate Salmon Association gave a super dinner at the Tyge William barn at Cornerstone recently, raising $60,000, of which $30,000 goes to fire relief.
The event honored the Mulas family for all of their longstanding firefighting dedication, leadership and prowess as well as their farming water policy and practice.
Meanwhile, Chinook salmon are apparently returning to the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery in record numbers to spawn, raising hopes of a great salmon season after several years of not showing up and breeding, and the hoped-for lowering of salmon prices.
Having attended the big natural salmon spawning weekend on the Gold River in Gold River Provincial Park on northern Vancouver Island, it’s almost hard to believe that male salmon will return from three to five years growing up in the Pacific Ocean just to fertilize eggs left in the rocks by the lady salmon, and then promptly die. Hence, the stench of decomposing salmon at such sites is natural and horrible, which the television news bidding everyone to attend forgets to mention.
The hawks come to get the remains, followed by the bears, who nibble away at the skeletons and then drop them at the base of trees in the forest – hence heavy forest land. Which is why some of us fertilize plants with fish emulsion.
Sister Cities celebration
Sonoma’s Sister Cities Committee holds a big celebration of “the vibrancy of our community” at Vintage House tonight, Friday, Dec. 1, free and complete with belly dancer courtesy of the Aswan, Egypt committee.
Enjoy a true selection of foods from seven countries, right here at home in Sonoma.
Sample fresh beet borscht from Kaniv, Ukraine; Koshary, the national dish of Egypt made with pasta, lentils, rice and spicy tomato sauce, plus meatballs from Aswan, Egypt; a cheese spread, small cheese biscuits (resemble gougères), cream cheese pastries with fruit filling, and Gerbaud cake from Budapest, Hungarian salamis, hot mulled wine and beigli rolls filled with nuts and poppy seeds from Tokaj, Hungary; fresh tamales and Mexican pastries from Patzcauro, Mexico; fresh bao buns and more from Penglai, China; homemade biscotti from Greve in Chianti, Italy; and homemade gougères from Chambolle Musigny, France.
Plus wines from some of those countries as well as Cline and Jacuzzi wineries. Any donations will benefit the SCCA treasurer, Cheri Burgi, who lost her home and belongings in Glen Ellen during the October fires. $20 raffle tickets can win three-day stay at Lake Tahoe, Chinese dinner for six, or a $100 restaurant certificate to the Girl & the Fig. Free. 6 to 8 p.m. 264 First St. E., Sonoma. Just show up. Call 939-3523 for raffle tickets.
Glen Ellen dinner needs volunteers
Glen Ellen needs help to cook 30 donated turkeys for a community dinner on Sunday, Dec. 3.
Leslie Vaughn, a co-founder and coordinator of the Glen Ellen Forum and super active Glen Ellen Village Fair volunteer, is pulling the dinner together based on the 30 turkeys.
Dave MacDonald, general manager of Valley of the Moon Winery, offered the winery as a location saying, “If you can find a way to cook 30 turkeys, we are in.” Vaughn even has a commitment from Weber grill company to donate 30 barbecue kettle grills, along with “all the charcoal we need.”