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10 Wine Country openings to check out in 2023

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There are many exciting new places to dine in Wine Country in 2023, including a fried chicken hot spot that’s worth the drive, an oyster bar, a mostly vegan endeavor and the region’s first Georgian restaurant.

Downtown Napa’s revitalization got another big boost from two big names: Chef Masaharu Morimoto expanded with a Morimoto Asia outpost and the owners of the popular Bistro Don Giovanni introduced a new restaurant focused on Southern Italian cuisine.

Of course, there were wine developments in recent months, too, including a classic winery’s major makeover and a former French Laundry sommelier’s new bottle shop.

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Restaurant Depot plans to open Sonoma County food service wholesale store

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A New York-based chain of food service wholesale stores plans to open its first North Bay location.

Restaurant Depot has inked the initial prelease at Panattoni Development Company’s Innovation Center project in Rohnert Park, confirmed listing agent Ronald Reinking of Newmark.

The chain signed a 10-year deal for 46,000 of nearly 90,000 square feet available in the larger of two buildings under construction at 5000 Dowdell Ave. at Business Center Drive.

The wholesaler has been looking in the market for two or three years, according to Reinking.

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Santa Rosa Food and Wine Shop Miracle Plum Closing after 4 Years

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Miracle Plum was never just a gourmet pantry, wine shop and place to pick up adorable housewares in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. It was owners Sallie Miller and Gwen Gunheim’s brick-and-mortar love letter to Sonoma County food and wine.

But after four years of business struggles, the duo is calling it quits and will officially close the shop Jan. 1. Miracle Plum is just one of more than a dozen restaurant and retail food spaces that have closed in 2022.

“The last four and a half years have been the full range of experiences. We have had the highest highs and the lowest lows. When we initially delayed our opening because of the 2017 fires, we knew we were signing up for uncertainty, but we had no idea just how uncertain things would get,” said a press release announcing the closure.

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Kanaye Nagasawa: The samurai who forever changed California

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Despite the fact that Napa gets all of the attention, Sonoma is an equally charming wine-centered town located in the rolling hills of NorCal. According to Sonoma County, Sonoma is only about 30 miles north of San Francisco, making it a great destination for city dwellers looking to escape for a fun weekend filled with great wine and great food. Though the downtown area of Sonoma is super small, it is scattered with incredible tasting rooms and restaurants that showcase the fresh fare of wine country.

Whether you’re seeking vineyard views or good eats without all of the flair, Sonoma has you covered. From French cuisine that pairs wonderfully with local wines to comforting Mexican food that caters to the most specific of cravings, there really is something for every kind of eater in Sonoma. That said, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Sonoma for locals, visitors, and wine lovers alike.

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7 Artisan Producers From Sonoma Win Good Food Awards

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Spirit Works Distillery Head Distiller Krystal Goulart and co-ower Ashby Marshall stand in front of their still in production facility at The Barlow in Sebastopol on Jan. 8, 2021. (Loren Hansen Photography)

Here are the local winners of the 2022 Good Food Awards, which recognize the kind of food that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities.

After being rescheduled from January, the Good Food Awards ceremony honoring the 2022 Good Food winners was held last Friday at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

The evening celebrated 244 of America’s top food and drink entrepreneurs from 39 states and was attended by 800 winners, families, judges and grocers.

Here are the North Coast winners honored in various categories by the Good Foods Foundation, whose mission is to foster the kind of food that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities:

Beer: Eel River Brewing Co. of Fortuna for Organic California Blonde Ale and Sinuous Roots Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Trippel; Pond Farm Brewing Co. of San Rafael for The Pivot Pale Ale.

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Jason DeRusha’s Top Picks for the Food & Wine Experience

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It’s almost here! This weekend is the Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine Experience. It was the last major event I attended before COVID-19 shut down the world, and it’s going to be one of the first many of us take part in now that things are looking really good as far as a low number of cases and hospitalizations.

So if you’re coming to Target Field make sure you thank the winemakers and restaurant-owners who came out! We’re so grateful to them for taking this step toward normalcy. We’ll have lots of wines there for you to sample, but I wanted to give you five wine vendors that you should make sure to visit:

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Here’s Johnny’s Doughnuts…Valentine’s specials

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Johnny’s Doughnuts, with multiple locations in northern California, is putting a twist on their cult-classic flavors this Valentine’s Day, now topped with Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles and glazes. Decorated doughnuts are available in-store starting Feb. 9 through Feb. 14.

Specials include a heart-shaped Bismark filled with vanilla Pastry Cream, dipped in chocolate and coated with red sprinkles, as well as a heart-Shaped Bismark filled with Johnny’s best-selling Wildberry filling, sipped in strawberry glaze and coated in white and pink sprinkles.

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This Popular Frozen Food Brand Is Facing Several Safety Issues Right Now

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The frozen food section is a popular one in grocery stores, but one popular brand that is added to many shopping carts is facing troubles on all sides of the aisles. Workers have alleged unsafe conditions at one of the company’s factories and one of its products is being recalled.

Reports say a complaint against Amy’s Kitchen was filed with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health in January after workers at the Santa Rosa, Calif. plant faced an “unforgiving environment” that pushed them past the point of injury, according to NBC NewsIt says that to keep up with line speeds, company leaders downplayed injuries, documents about the injuries were shared, and that workers were not given the opportunity to take breaks, not given clean drinking water while working, workers were not allowed to change tasks to avoid injuries related to repetitive motions, and were shamed or asked to provide doctors notes if they needed to use the restroom.

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Traditional King Cakes Get a Local Twist at Santa Rosa Bakery

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As if warm baguettes, flaky croissants, buttery sandwiches and rustic boule (round loaves of crusty bread) weren’t enough gluten-y temptation in these winter months, Sarmentine Bakery in Santa Rosa is baking authentic galette des rois, or king cake, throughout the month of January.

The round, crown-shaped cakes are a French tradition to celebrate the Epiphany, when the three wise men visited the baby Jesus. The fun of the traditional sweet dessert shared with family and friends is discovering the “feve” (bean) hidden inside the cake. The fortunate person who finds the bean in their slice is assured luck and prosperity and is named king, or queen, for a day.

For a local twist, Sarmentine has replaced the bean with a tiny porcelain Snoopy for the king or queen to find. This is Santa Rosa, after all, and the “Peanuts” puppy is a local icon. Along with luck and prosperity, the person with the fortuitous slice has the tab covered for next year’s cake.

Continue Reading on Sonoma Magazine

Neighbors helping neighbors drive-thru food drive in Santa Rosa

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It’s back! Help Santa Rosa feed the community and make a donation to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors drive-thru food & fund Drive. Now through Dec. 4, the City of Santa Rosa is teaming up with Redwood Empire Food Bank to help feed neighbors in our community.

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