Alligators aren’t native to Sonoma County, but the new Gator’s Rustic Burger is, now serving California-Cajun-Creole cuisine in Petaluma. And while alligator isn’t served on the menu (except for an occasional alligator burger special), you will be greeted by a grinning alligator statue, dressed in chef’s whites, a toque and Mardi Gras beads.
In a quest for divine sandwiches in Sonoma County, The San Francisco Chronicle sums up The Farmer’s Wife quite perfectly. “Kendra Kolling, a.k.a. the Farmer’s Wife, makes some of our favorite sandwiches in the whole Bay Area.”
Specifically, the newspaper swoons over “The Works” sandwich, an elaborate grilled cheese with chorizo. But really, you can’t go wrong with any sandwich on the brief menu, which focuses mainly on gourmet grilled cheese beauties.
It’s one of favorite pastimes year-round: eating and drinking, and celebrating excellent food and wine. But in the spring, Sonoma County is even more special for such luxury, since we grow so many gorgeous seasonal veggies, and welcome so many pasture-raised cattle and sheep. So get your gourmet in groove, and join us at our spring table – you’ll discover how Life Opens Up in our culinary world.
The two concepts go together so beautifully: Wine Country, and Brunch. Because what better way to wile away a gorgeous, relaxing Sonoma County day than indulging in a leisurely breakfast-lunch paired with mimosas?
At Stockhome in Petaluma, chef Roberth Sundell and wife Andrea Sundell have been impressing diners with their delicious mix of Swedish and Middle Eastern specialties through lunch and dinner, and now, we can feast on Sunday brunch, too.
How can Santa Rosa’s newest pizza joint, Urban Pizza Co., boast a history spanning more than 40 years? It can when the owner is Dennis Milano, whose career includes 34 years alone at the famed Milano Pizzeria in San Francisco. Here his art revolves – literally – around hand spun dough for pizzas and piadina, for crust and bread that’s thin but with very good chew.
New Year’s Eve in Sonoma County is a festive time, and since the holiday falls on a Monday this year, we can celebrate an extra-glorious, five-day Wine Country weekend. Because you know you want to extend the party from Friday all the way through Tuesday.
That means now is a good time to start figuring out what to do the night of Dec. 31, 2018. If you have a favorite restaurant or hotel, chances are good that they are holding a celebration. But for something new or completely different, read along for these fun suggestions. Auld Lang Syne, all around!
As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts turn to gift giving, and here in Sonoma County, we love to shop local. Our Wine Country artisans are busy year-round, creating boutique foods and wines that are so special, all they need is a bow on top.
Here are some picks that will have all your recipients offering their sincere thanks for a long time to come.
Wine Country living often includes picnics, as we soak up year-round good weather, beautiful Sonoma County landscapes, and bountiful, locally made food and drink.
Packing a perfect picnic basket is even easier now, with the opening of Frenchie, just south of the Sonoma Plaza. A chic, contemporary general store from owners and Sonoma locals, Sarah Ellison Pinkin and Elizabeth Payne, its shelves are stocked with lots of locally sourced, artisanal food, local beer and wine, and picnic supplies.