Kathleen Hill: Limelight at the garden, kombucha and Tips Roadside
Limelight evening at Sonoma Mission Gardens
Sonoma Mission Gardens brings back its Limelight Evening, Thursday, Aug. 15, with nibbles and local wines, music by Don Trotta, and great raffle prizes for plant and flower arrangements and a container design class for three and Champagne with Deborah Thomas. Meet lots of new and old friends. A Limelight Hydrangea is a hydrangea with large white conical shaped flowers, and they practically glow in the dark. $10 reservation fee, $2 raffle tickets. Proceeds go to Valley of the Moon Children’s Center Garden Project. 6 to 7:30 p.m. 851 Craig Ave., Sonoma. Reserve at 938-5775.
Layla and MacArthur Place officially open
A few hundred movers, shakers and influencers gathered last week to officially re-open Layla and MacArthur Place at a party co-hosted by Sonoma magazine.
First guests tried not to run into the Stilts Lady outside the door who ended up on the terrace in back, posing for many photos of guests hoping not to lean on her “legs.” Joining her was the Champagne Lady wearing a metal skirt that held loads of full glasses of sparkling wine guests reached for somewhat delicately. And in the back was the ever enchanting Tobias Weinberger performing his magical magic and swirling around in delightful distraction.
Then there were the lavender cocktails, more sparkling wine, and mounds of pulled pork to make your own sandwich on Porter House rolls, a large table laden with raw oysters and prawns, and a charcuterie table.
Delicious Dish raises funds for Rhoten Productions
Lauren Cotner’s Delicious Dish catering company held its own Dine & Donate week recently and raised $615 for Diana and Roger Rhoten’s Wilderness and Performing Arts camps.
Each week Delicious Dish offers full three-course meals to go that might include a variety of menus such as sausage and peppers, Asian Fusion, California Summer, or Southern Fresh. Each delicious dish feeds either two or four people, or one person for a couple of days. Plus they always have extras for sale in the shop such as brownies, shortbreads or cannoli. 18709 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.
Kombucha in a skate shop?
Yes. Give it a try.
How in the world did a former busser, bartender and all around staffer in such places as Bouchon, Rutherford Grill, Piatti, Bistro Jeanty and most recently, Basalt in Napa find his way to making this under-known beverage in a skate shop in Boyes Hot Springs?
That’s exactly what James Jordan has done with a precise and scientific mind and an international business degree from San Francisco State. Thrashing around for a career of passion, he tried commercial real estate appraisal with his father, and finally hit on that passion. Realizing he needed to be dairy-free and find ways to improve his own digestion, he discovered fermentation and kombucha and shrubs, the latter not being something green in a garden.
What is kombucha? It’s a fermented “tea” made from all sorts of things from actual teas to local fruits, which form a “mother” in the fermentation process. Some people believe the fermentation process has positive health benefits, most of which have not been proven scientifically. But they usually taste good and are refreshing.
His little “bar” where the butcher shop part of La Morenita #2 used to be, is entirely redone, cleaned, and beautified as is the entire Sonoma Originals skateboard shop and ramp. In two visits we haven’t seen any skaters skating, but owner Jordan Tabayoyon hopes to start classes and install ramps in the back parking lot soon.