Food & Wine ~ Sarah Stierch

Sarah Stierch Sarah Stierch is the Food + Drink Editor of the Sun (with occasional visits to other areas of the paper). Stierch has eaten, drunk, and written her way through 13 countries and the hottest food trends and communities in the USA. She's also a racing and travel geek, venturing beyond food/booze to cover subjects that connect to Sonoma Valley, such as IndyCar racing and other wine making regions. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Independent, Salon, Gawker, Smithsonian and on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Food + Drink Bites for April 9, 2015

Posted on April 9, 2015 by Sarah Stierch

The latest food + drink news, events and calls for your participation in and around Sonoma Valley.

As the legendary James Marshall Berry says… “If your gig isn’t in my column, you didn’t tell me about it.” Send your news to our Food + Drink editor, Sarah Stierch, at [email protected]

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Ari Weiswasser wins Food & Wine's Best New Chef in California for 2015 (Photo Tom Deininger)
Ari Weiswasser wins Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in California for 2015 (Tom Deininger)

Chef Ari Weiswasser wins best new chef in California by Food & Wine Magazine. Why is he amazing they say? “ecause after years of cooking in vaunted, mainly big city kitchens, he’s highlighting the simple beauty of garden- and pasture-grown food in a town of 784 people.” Congratulations ARI! Learn more here. And you better make reservations for his Glen Ellen Star restaurant as soon as possible. 13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. 343-1384. glenellenstar.com

Tomatillos seedings are drought resistant and grow up to make awesome salsas (Craig Cloutier, CC BY  SA)
Tomatillos seedings are drought resistant and grow up to make awesome salsas (Craig Cloutier, CC BY SA 2.0)

Buy 2 get 1 free tomatillo seedlings are being offered by Quarter Acre Farm at this weeks Certified Farmers’ Market at Depot Park on Friday. Tomatillos can be used to make awesome salsa and are drought tolerant – a perfect plant for summer salsa and helping California with our water woes!

A new wine industry job site was launched this week by the Healdsburg based Wine Industry Network. If you’re looking for jobs in the industry, check it out: winjobboard.com

Depot Hotel has a new website…yahooooo! depotsonoma.com

Barbara Cox is the new Director of Marketing & Communications for Sonoma County Vintners
Barbara Cox is the new Director of Marketing & Communications for Sonoma County Vintners (Facebook)

Barbara Cox is the new Director of Marketing & Communications at Sonoma County Vintners. Cox has an impressive resume, which includes experience at Williams-Sonoma, Target, and Levi Strauss. She’ll be promoting the goodness of Sonoma County wines and events like Sonoma Wine Country Weekend which raised over $3.3 million for local charities last year. Welcome!! sonomawine.com

Jameson Fink praises Gundlach Bundschu & J Vineyards Chardonnay in his new blog. He celebrates the oak factors of both 2012 Chardonnays and talks a bit of science, too. Check it out here.

Chef Armando Navarro of EDK is on tour as part of the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour. He’ll be representing El Dorado Kitchen and Sonoma in Vail, Colorado, this Friday. Tell your ski country friends.

Beer themed Hawaiian shirts at Sonoma Old School (Facebook)
Beer themed Hawaiian shirts at Sonoma Old School (Facebook)

You need a new beer themed Hawaiian shirt. Sonoma Old School just got a batch of awesome throw back Hawaiian shirts. Great gift for Father’s Day. 1001 Broadway, Sonoma. 938-5500. skatesos.com

Events

Cheryl Forberg will be at Sonoma Market tonight
Cheryl Forberg will be at Sonoma Market tonight (Facebook)

Cheryl Forberg will be signing books tonight at Sonoma Market. She’s a James Beard Award Winner and is the nutritionist for the Biggest Loser. You can pick up a copy of her latest book, “A Small Guide to Losing Big,” ($12.99 each) at Sonoma Market for her to sign. 5PM-7PM, 500 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Check it out here.

Patio Pounder at Envolve Winery on Saturday. They’ll be sampling their legendary Sauvignon Blanc alongside small bites. It’s free! I’ll be there, so say hi. 12PM, 27 E. Napa St, Sonoma. Check it out here.

April in Carneros is April 18 & 19. For $45 you can enjoy a taste of 16 participating wineries, including food and wine pairings, cheeses, olive oil tastings, and discounts at Carneros based restaurants and businesses. Proceeds benefit the viticulture scholarship funds for Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College. carneroswineries.org

Tomatomania 2015 at Cornerstone will be April 18 & 19. It’s been described as the “tomato freak’s Woodstock” by the New York Times and is the world’s largest tomato seedling sale. There will be tons of heirloom tomatoes for sale (including one named the Michael Pollan), a tomato tasting, and workshops by tomato specialists. The event is free (not sure about the workshops though). Learn more here.

The legendary John Ash will school you about turkey at Ramekins
I am John Ash and I know more about birds than your average birdwatcher (Facebook)

John Ash will school you about birds…the kinds you eat, that is, at Ramekins on May 13. The James Beard Award Winning Chef and California cuisine legend will teach you how to make Tuscan Chicken Liver Toasts, Duck Breast Salad with Oranges, Posole Blanco with Chicken, Chicken Man Sandwiches, and Turkey Saltimbocca with Lemon Egg Sauce. Hungry yet? Only 17 spots available for this most epic experience at press time. $125/ticket, 6:30PM-9:30PM. Learn more here.



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