Savory Sebastopl
Aug03

Savory Sebastopl

Excuse Sebastapolians if they aren’t all that impressed with the latest farm-to-table philosophies and precious produce gracing the tables of local restaurants. Located at the crossroads of some of the richest Sonoma County farmland, a stone’s throw from acres of fruit orchards and minutes away from the riches of the coast, Sebastopol has come to expect the first pick of the local bounty at their tables. As a trickle of...

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BBQ Smokehouse Catering, Sebastopol
Jun04

BBQ Smokehouse Catering, Sebastopol

If Larry Vito isn’t the most dedicated pit-master in Sonoma County, I’d be hard-pressed to tell you who is. The classically-trained chef has turned all of his attentions toward the art of the ‘cue, using real hardwood, specialty smokers and creating his own authentic sauces from barbecue regions around the country. “And then it happened. On a paper plate. In a strip mall, somewhere in East Texas. I knew I’d found my calling,” Vito...

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French Garden | Sebastopol
Mar17

French Garden | Sebastopol

Since 2006, Dan Smith has been on an often Quixotic quest to turn his sprawling Sebastopol eatery, The French Garden, into a Michelin-starred destination restaurant. With it’s own 30-acre bio-intensive farm, Smith’s ample financial backing and a dedicated local following, it’s always had potential for greatness. Its Achiles heel:  The kitchen. A series of top-notch chefs have debuted impressive menus at FG, only to...

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Peter Lowell’s | Sebastopol
Feb10

Peter Lowell’s | Sebastopol

Like much of the produce and meat he serves at his restaurant, Peter Lowell’s, 30 year-old Lowell Sheldon is a homegrown product of West Sonoma County. Raised on two self-sustaining acres of land in Sebastopol, a graduate of the Waldorf school, sometimes farmer and untiring proponent of ecological and organic ideals, Sheldon is the kind of dreamy-eyed idealist you might expect. And up until recently, Peter Lowell’s was, in...

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Woodruff’s Artisan Foods & Cafe | Sebastopol
Jan07

Woodruff’s Artisan Foods & Cafe | Sebastopol

Market eateries are a hot trend for 2011, and Woodruff’s Artisan Foods & Cafe in Sebastopol is the second to open in recent in recent months (the first being Fresh by Lisa Hemenway in Santa Rosa). Part restaurant, part take-out, part gourmet food market and wine shop they’re hybrid culinary one-stops inspired by European food halls. Housed in a former bowling alley, owner David Woodruff is an SRJC culinary grad...

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K & L Bistro | Sebastopol
Sep20

K & L Bistro | Sebastopol

K&L Bistro is a cozy French cafe in the heart of Sebastopol that’s long been a Michelin and Zagat favorite. Lunch and dinner menus are similar, featuring well-loved comfort food standards like French onion soup, lemon-butter sole and steak frites as well as crab cakes, charcuterie and a cheese course. Seasonal specials add color, and desserts are simple, can’t-miss affairs that frequently incorporate local fruit....

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