Nosh away at these summer events

It isn’t summer without a couple of intimate(ish) outdoor concert venues featuring great shows, but more importantly great food and wine. We’re smitten with Glen Ellen’s Broadway Under the Stars series, featuring favorite tunes from Broadway and beyond with actual Broadway actors. Get there early for noshes from Tips Tri-Tip, Ultra Crepes, Palooza Catering, Cookie Take a Bite (best chocolate chip cookies ever), Glen Ellen Star, Fork...

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Vignette to Open in Barlow
Jul14

Vignette to Open in Barlow

So what’s the difference between Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York and California-style pizzas? Like barbecue, you’ll get a different answer depending on who you ask, but the forthcoming Vignette (6750 McKinley St., The Barlow) is definitely in the Neapolitan category. Defined as having a very thin crust, minimal toppings (compared to meat-laden American pizzas) and cooked at a very high heat in a wood-fired pizza oven, Neapolitan...

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Update: The Bird & The Bottle
Jul14

Update: The Bird & The Bottle

A few weeks ago, Sonoma Restaurateurs Mark and Terri Stark (of Monti’s, Bravas, etc.) announced that they would be opening a new restaurant at the former Italian Affair in Santa Rosa. More details about the space are emerging, including the fact that (not big surprise) the menu will have a strong focus on poultry. “We’re bringing chicken back,” said Terri Stark. “We’re moving on from all pig, all the time,” she added, which is a...

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Cucina di Rosa | St. Helena
Jul14

Cucina di Rosa | St. Helena

Cucina di Rosa Italian Trattoria opens Friday, July 18th at St. Helena’s Charles Krug winery. Part of the $9.5 million restoration of the winery’s Redwood Cellar Building. Inspired by the winery’s matriarch, Rosa Mondavi, the menu will feature rustic panini sandwiches with basil pesto and tomatoes from the Culinary Institute of America Greystone’s Student Farm at the winery (the CIA is just across the street), a mufaletta, roasted...

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West of the West Wine Festival
Jul14

West of the West Wine Festival

There are a handful of “dude” moments in a Wine Country food writers’ annual lineup of must-attend events. As in “Dude, you have to go to this.” West of the West Wine Festival Friday August 1st through Sunday August 3rd is one of them. It’s an all-star lineup of the Sonoma Coast’s best top vintners (Charles Heintz, DuMol, Failla, Flowers, LIOCO, Littori, MacPhail, and the list just goes on) along with incredible food throughout the...

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