Divewalk Café pop-up Rancho Maria
Divewalk Café, the former brick-and-mortar pho and crêpe restaurant in the old Nicholas Turkey office building, puts on a pop-up Pho & Wine pairing dinner Saturday, June 16, at Rancho Maria Winery’s back patio garden at their tasting room on First Street West.
Lorene says they will serve their pho, a small Asian salad, and a glass of Rancho Maria red or white wine.
To avoid the discouraging wait times guests experienced with their Springs Community Center pop-up, they are limiting space to 30 guests at this ticketed-only event so they know what to prepare. Seatings will be limited to one hour each at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Lorene and Marc Sloop say, “If you want to stay and hang out longer, owner Sebastian Juarez’s front tasting room will be serving more wine and there will be a few seats available in the patio as well as plenty of standing and leaning space. We are hopeful that this format will also allow us to get out and mingle with our guests.” Tickets at squareup.com/market/divewalkcafe. 481 First St. W., Sonoma. 215-5000 tasting room.
Sonoma Market hiring?
Apparently Nugget has branched out. No wonder they are hiring so many chefs. A window poster shows them hiring for jobs at Nugget Markets, Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Market, Fork Lift, and Food 4 Less.
Kate Stille, vice president of marketing and communications for Nugget Markets, confirmed by email that the family owns Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park, a Food 4 Less in Woodland, and 12 Nugget Markets in Marin County and the Greater Sacramento Valley, plus Sonoma and Glen Ellen markets in Sonoma Valley.
Applications are available for all stores at nuggetmarket.com/careers.
Anthony Bourdain in Sonoma
Eleven years ago Readers’ Books brought Anthony Bourdain to Sonoma. (We recall it was 11 years because he rushed back to New York on the red-eye to be there to learn the sex of his and his partner’s unborn child. She is now 11.) Bourdain reportedly took his own life by hanging last week in Strasbourg, France.
Bourdain brought culinary culture from and to the world with his “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” Sunday evening shows on CNN.
When he came to Sonoma for the Readers’ Books event, more than 300 people packed the Sonoma Community Center’s Andrews Hall to hear the author of “Kitchen Confidential,” although Readers’ co-owner Lilla Weinberger remembers that this tour was to promote another one of his books, “A Cook’s Tour.” There were many more locals outside who couldn’t get into the Community Center.
Paula Wolfert and I attended together and many of us who were there remember him almost boasting of drug use and womanizing. It was almost as if he was competing with Mario Batali and Brit Marco Pierre White for the title of Baddest Bad Boy of the culinary world. Wolfert remembers him signing her book “with respect,” which she loved.
Apparently shiatsu practitioners Gary and Laura Dee-Ruiz contacted Bourdain and offered him a treatment.
Laura said: “Everyone wanted to know where he ate while he was in Sonoma. He was having fun with not telling. Also while he was getting his shiatsu, his handler and I made tobacco prayer ties for his health to improve. The soup he ate was called 10 Thing Asia Soup … he loved it and asked for a second bowl.”