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2023 Santa Rosa Cinco de Mayo Festival

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The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters plans to have a booth at the Santa Rosa Cinco de Mayo celebration taking place on May 5, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Mitote Food Park in the Roseland neighborhood.

While watching the parade, listening to live music, and visiting some vendors, stop by and visit us! You can update your voter registration (if you have a new residence address, want to change your political party, etc.), volunteer to be a poll worker, or just ask us any burning questions you may have about how the election process works in Sonoma County.

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North Bay farmers face high demand for eggs, chicks amid shortage

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Most years, Franchesca Duval, who operates Alchemist Farms in Sebastopol, sees a spring rush for her newly hatched chicks, especially around Easter time.

But not this year.

“What I’m seeing is people ordering much sooner than years past,” said Duval. “I had an extremely busy January and February.”

Demand this year for eggs, and the creatures that lay them, is a result of the national egg shortage that’s been mostly attributed to the avian flu outbreak. On a local level, it’s not the sickness itself that’s the problem.

“People are preparing and bracing themselves for potential food shortages, because they have no idea what the supply chain is going to do,” Duval said, explaining her customers don’t want to deal with that anymore. “They want to be more self-reliant.”

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Daughter helps family restaurant in Santa Rosa with viral TikTok video

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) — The pandemic hit small businesses especially hard and many restaurants are still feeling the lasting impact.

A daughter took to social media in hopes that a few people might come back to her family’s restaurant, Lee’s Noodle House, in Santa Rosa, California.

Twenty-one-year-old Jennifer Le posted a seven-second video on TikTok showing her dad leaning against the counter. She wrote, “It makes me so sad to see my parents just wait for customers to walk through the door to eat at their Vietnamese restaurant.” She added music and the lyrics said, ‘I don’t care how long it takes.’

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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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