An amusing night out 

Posted on August 9, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Every August, the Sonoma Community Center’s MUSE gala celebrates a person who makes the Sonoma Valley vibrant and creative. This year’s honoree adds a distinctive local flavor – it’s Elaine Bell, this year celebrating 40 years in the catering business.  Re-dubbed ‘aMUSE Bouche’ for the occasion, the dinner is August 13.

“Elaine embodies everything that makes the Sonoma Valley so special: deep generosity, a passion for creating unforgettable food-and -wine experiences, and a creative side to everything she does,” said Charlotte Hajer, SCC executive director. “For 40 years she and her amazing food have been at the heart of the Valley’s best events, and she’s helped raise millions for local nonprofits.”

The event also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the formation of the community center from what had been Sonoma Grammar School. Tickets are now available at


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