Murphy’s Irish Pub sold, looks ahead
Murphy’s has new owners, the native Irish Coll brothers of Sonoma and Novato, who also own the famous Abbey Tavern on Geary Boulevard, the premier Irish sports bar for Irish expats and nostalgic descendants of Irish immigrants in San Francisco. They plan to be open well before St. Patrick’s Day, which is just four weeks away on Saturday, March 17.
Murphy’s partners include Tom and Dermot Coll, Richie Hart, a Cork native who lives in Sonoma, and silent partner Eamonn Herlihy. Dermot’s father-in-law, Sonoman Daniel Martes, will be executive chef. The Colls say they will make some design improvements and hope to overhaul the kitchen.
Lots of locals have posted on Facebook that they look forward to pub food again, which will be available during, between and after meals.
Big foodie event at film festival
Bringing something new to town, the Sonoma International Film Festival this year offers a gala dinner featuring “Devour! Sonoma Chefs & Shorts Gala Dinner” combining Nova Scotia, San Francisco and Sonoma chefs cooking up a five-course dinner accompanied by short food films on Thursday, March 22.
The films will be curated by Lia Rinaldo, managing director of Canadian foodie-film festival Devour, which takes place in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Each course and film will be paired with Gloria Ferrer’s Winevane wines along with selections from Wolfville’s Benjamin Bridge Winery.
Watch for chefs Dominique Crenn of San Francisco’s two-Michelin stars Atelier Crenn; Evan Funke of Feliz Trattoria in Los Angeles; Michael Howell, founder of Devour; Sonoma’s John McReynolds of Edge; and John Toulze of the Girl & the Fig, all cooking together.
Devour offers a sort of food film road show, combining well-known chefs from each region it visits. SIFF directors Christine and Jon Curry and Rosemary and Kevin McNeely flew to Nova Scotia to check them out and lure them to Sonoma. Last year Devour attracted 11,000 guests to Atlantic, Canada.
The festival is March 21 to 25. Devour dinner tickets are $125 for Soiree Pass holders, $150 for other pass holders and $200 general. Visit sonomafilmfest.org for info and tickets.
Bill Blum leaves MacArthur Place
Bill Blum has left his position as general manager at MacArthur Place.
Friday, Feb. 9 was his last day, but says that “beginning next month I will continue to work with the new ownership on a part-time basis as a project consultant assisting them during the renovation of the hotel, restaurant, spa and conference center.
“It’s been a really fun ride and I feel very fortunate to have had the best boss I could imagine in Suzanne Brangham who, along with our investment group, allowed me to become an investor and gave me the freedom to run the hotel these past 18 years,” Blum said in an email Tuesday.
“It was important for me to stay through the sale and the transition to the new ownership (who took over just eight days after the fires), but after 40 years in the industry – eight years at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 12 years at Sonoma Mission Inn, and 18 years at Macarthur Place, I’m really looking forward to having some free time to relax, travel and work on some projects I have had on the back burner!”