May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011

Dim Sum Charlie’s steamed seafood dumplings; photo by Deirdre Bourdet.


Rosso Pizza owner John Franchetti with the mobile oven; photo by L.G. Sterling, Iron Horse Vineyards.

By 707 correspondent, Deirdre Bourdet.

The food truck craze hit wine country a little later than the more urban hotspots of the Bay Area, but it has most definitely taken hold.

~FLORA SPRINGS~ in St. Helena continues to host their Third Friday food truck roundup May through October from 5pm-9pm, offering $5 glasses of their wine to pair with the trucks’ tasty edibles. It’s family-friendly, dog-friendly, and features at least three food trucks and a live band each time. Look for Mark’s the Spot and their killer fried chicken sliders. The next Third Friday is coming up on May 20th, if you happen to be in the area.

Over on the Sonoma side in Santa Rosa, the ~KENDALL-JACKSON WINE CENTER~ has added a food truck contingent to its monthly Farm Stand market, which is held 10am-1pm the first Saturday of every month (except September, when the Heirloom Tomato Festival takes over) from May through October. Shoppers can feast upon the global stylings of Sonoma-based trucks like Fork, Karma, Street-Eatz, and Chicago Style Hot Dogs while browsing fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the winery’s culinary gardens. KJ’s wines will also be available to pair with the fare, of course.

~IRON HORSE VINEYARDS~ has also just announced a weekly food truck event at their winery in Sebastopol. From June through September, every Friday will feature a special food truck guest between 11am-3:30pm. The inaugural event on Friday June 3rd features Rosso Pizzeria, followed by Dim Sum Charlie’s on June 10th, Cochon Volant on June 17th, and in a stroke of carby genius, both Kara’s Cupcakes and Ultra Crepes on June 24th. Check Iron Horse’s Facebook or Twitter pages for the most current announcements and details of future events.


Cheesemakers share the love at the 2010 event; photo courtesy of Ziggy the Wine Gal.

By 707 correspondent, Deirdre Bourdet.

Friday May 20th The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is hosting the ~FOURTH ANNUAL WOMEN, WINE & CHEESE~ extravaganza from 11am-2:30pm. This event celebrates girl power in the wine and cheese arenas, and in the process also raises funds for the Sonoma County chapter of the YWCA.

Doyennes of cheese (like Sheana Davis of the Epicurean Connection and Patty Beverly of Redwood Hill Farm) will be dishing out samples of their handiwork to guests during the preprandial Iron Horse bubbly reception. Once everyone sits down for lunch, each table will include a wine maven and her wines to inspire and delight the other guests at the table. Think winemakers Sally Johnson of Pride Mountain Vineyards, Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock, Elizabeth Grant-Douglas of La Crema, and executives like Kim Stare Wallace of Dry Creek Vineyards, and Kate MacMurray of MacMurray Ranch, among many others.

The live auction lots are plenty inspiring themselves, as well—from the Maserati-powered San Francisco weekend, to the pig roast for 12 by newly crowned “Princess of Pork” Duskie Estes, to the Eat, Pray, Love series of packages that have you feasting around the world. Tickets for the event are $150 per person.

Marcia’s wine country cohort and fellow lover of Champagne Ziggy the Wine Gal is the event chair, and as part of her duties she’s hosting an after party in her Fairmont suite from 3pm-5pm, featuring Crystal Head vodka, le vrai Champagne, and caviar…. Oh, to have the coin to join her. Tickets to this delectable decadence are $300 per person.

Reserve event and after party tickets by emailing, or by calling 707-303-8413.

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