Kathleen Hill: Meeting Mar-Val, pies and green bean casseroles
Tips Roadside Blues & Brunch Sunday
Tips Roadside in Kenwood launches its Blues & Brunch full of rich southern specialties (love their Hangtown Fry), accompanied by Chris Gleckman from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check out their website for more details and menu. 8445 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 509-0078. Tipsroadside.com.
Starling Bar’s Election Day specials
Starling Bar will reward voters with this from owner Fred Johnson: “All cocktails will be Happy Hour price all night for guests with ‘I voted stickers’ or ballot stubs. Non-voters will not be heard! Election results will be televised.” 19380 Highway 12. (Parking lot off West Spain Street) Sonoma. 938-7442. Open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
New owners at Glen Ellen Village Market
Between a school garden coordinators’ meeting at Dunbar School and the Vintners & Growers Alliance party, I pulled into the Glen Ellen Village Market parking lot to kill some time and check my email. After a few minutes I decided to pay my way and go in and buy some bananas.
On my way in, a mental light bulb flashed and I asked the first checker I saw if this was their last day as a Nugget market. Indeed it was, and she said the new owner was over there.
So I headed “over there” and found a (pardon the sexist remark) really good looking man with curly grey hair, gold chains, starched shirt, etc. coming toward me with his arms wide open for a big hug, saying, “Hi, I’m Steve (Rodacker).” Hi, I’m Kathleen.
Rodacker’s company, Mar-Val, was getting ready to take over at midnight that night, with heads of all departments on hand ready to pounce. Rodacker is the president of Mar-Val and he and his director of meat operations were chomping at the bit waiting for the bell to ring to bring in their specialty meats they want us all to try.
They are also eager to bring local wines and food produces back into the store, and had already gone across Arnold Drive to invite Les Pascals to sell their baked goods at Glen Ellen Village Market. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, Les Pascals has been so busy that they hope to hire another baker to keep up with demand and cannot yet handle more sales across the street, according to Rodacker.
Some staff are staying in Glen Ellen, while others are going to work at Sonoma Market and other Nugget stores.
The store was full of high energy and excitement. Check it out.
Pie season, aka holidays, are coming
For those who want to treat yourselves or your guests or hosts to not making a Thanksgiving dessert or making a trip to Safeway or Costco for a giant bargain one, here are some of our local pie specialists to get freshly made professional ones. Most of them are so good you can’t really pretend that you made them.
Crisp Bakeshop: Andrea Koweek’s original Crisp Bakeshop is now part of the Girl & the Fig and will hold a “Pie Pop-up and Crisp Holiday Bake Shop” at the Rhône Room on lower Broadway. You order by Nov. 17 and pick up on the day you select from Nov. 20 to 22. ($2 to $36).
Choices include a maple pumpkin pie; a Derby Pie with bourbon, chocolate and pecans; apple pie; pumpkin cupcakes or a petite version with cinnamon cream cheese frosting; macaron combo boxes with pomegranate, pumpkin spice and salted caramel chocolate; sea salt chocolate chunk cookies in four-packs; espresso malted blondies in a three-pack, or cocoa caramel nib popcorn for snacking. To order call 933-3000, ext. 16 by Nov. 17.