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Planning A Special Event?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

If you are planning an event in wine country, we encourage you to have the event in Bistro Des Copains in Occidental! Occidental is a quaint, small town and is 30 minutes away from Healdsburg. The food at Bistro Des Copains is absolutely amazing- you’ll love everything from the freshly baked bread and tapenade to their scrumptious desserts. The restaurant is very cozy- perfect for an intimate dinner or gathering.

Bistro Des Copains serves Provencal cuisine, and they can host your event- holiday parties, wedding receptions, and even for private parties for lunch and dinner. A professional staff will be on hand to attend to every detail including decor, accommodations, and of course, full service. They can accommodate parties up to 48 people, and the event fee includes event coordination, appropriate tables, china, silver and crystal stemware. Parties will also include a personalized menu.

For more information, please visit Bistro Des Copains.

Super Bowl Sunday Treats From the Jimtown Store

Friday, February 5th, 2010

One of our favorite stores out here, the Jimtown Store, will have a Super Bowl Sunday menu for those watching the game this weekend! These are all yummy treats, so go ahead and contact the Jimtown Store to place your order!

Dips, Nibbles, and Spreads:
Chickpea Chipotle Dip – $5.95/ ½ pint
with Jimtown House-Cut Tortilla Chips – $14.00/ 2 lb. bag, $2.00/ ¼ lb. bag
Jimtown “Stand-up” Salad with Green Goddess Dip (minimum 6 people) – $6.00/ person
Jimtown Chopped Olive Spread (7 oz. tub) with 1/3 lb bag of Crostini – $8.95
Jimtown Artichoke, Olive, & Caper Spread (7 oz. tub) with 1/3 lb bag of Crostini – $8.95
Jimtown Spicy Olive Spread (7 oz. tub) with 1/3 lb bag of Crostini – $8.95
Jimtown Fig & Olive Spread (7 oz. tub) with 1/3 lb bag of Crostini – $9.45
Spicy Pecans – $6.00/ 4 oz. bag
Sweet & Spiced Nuts – $6.00/ 4 oz. bag

Entrées:
Chain Gang Chili (serves 4-5) – $17.50/ quart
with New Mexico Chilis, Mexican Oregano, Fire Roasted Pasillas, and a touch of Masa
with toppings: Shredded Cheddar Cheese & Pickled Jalapeños

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili (serves 4-5) – $15.95/ quart
with 3 Beans, Vegetables and Bulgur Wheat
with toppings: Shredded Cheddar Cheese & Pickled Jalapeños

Delicious with our Hand-Cut Tortilla Chips – $14.00/ 2 lb. bag, $2.00/ ¼ lb bag

Split Pea Soup -$12.00/ quart
with Smoked Ham Hocks and our Home-made Chicken Stock

Sides:
Skillet-Baked Cornbread with Honey Butter -$16.00/ skillet

Mom’s Potato Salad (serves 4-6) – $15.00/ quart
Red Potatoes and Sweet Peas in a Light Mayonnaise Dressing

Buttermilk Coleslaw (serves 4-6) – $15.00/ quart

Dessert:
House-Made Cookies – $12.00 per dozen
Espresso Brownies – $2.95 each

Have fun!

Are You Ready For Sonoma County Restaurant Week?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Sonoma County Restaurant Week is just two weeks away! From February 22 to 28, restaurants all over Sonoma County will be serving three course menu dinners for $19, $29, and $39- a celebration of our county’s food and wine. This is the perfect opportunity to explore Sonoma County!

There are 80 restaurants participating in this event, and the menus are now available on their website. We encourage you to come up and spend the week here, or even just the weekend!

We have vacation homes in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Forestville, Healdsburg, Geyserville, and Cloverdale- some of which are quite near some of the restaurants participating in this event! Please check our website. Hope to hear from you soon!

Sonoma County Indicators

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board has released the Sonoma County Indicators Report for 2010. The report includes information on several trends.

Positive Trends:

Firm Establishment Growth: Establishment of new businesses grew 5% between 2007 and 2008 driven by the continued development of small start-up companies in green industries.

Housing Affordability: Between 2008 and 2009, the number of Sonoma County residents who could afford a median priced house doubled.

Crime: Rates of property and violent crime fell 31% and 11% respectively.

Water Conservation: Amount of water conserved has increased more than 50% since 2003.

Recycling: Has increased by 70% in the past decade.

Voter Participation: Peaked at a 10 year high in 2008.

High Wage Clusters: Over the past decade most of Sonoma County’s fastest growing clusters paid above average wages.

Negative Trends:

Unemployment: Rose sharply in 2009.

Education Achievement Gap: English language proficiency and high school graduation rates reflect a growing achievement gap among many ethnic groups.

Adult Obesity: Over the past 5 years the percentage of Sonoma County adults who are overweight or obese rose by 5%. More than 60% of Sonoma County adults are now overweight or obese.

Job Growth: Net loss of 8,800 jobs between October 2008  and October 2009.

Poverty Rate: The number of SOnoma County residents living below the poverty line increased 2% between 2007 and 2008.

Hotel Occupancy Rates: Year to date 2009 decreased 10% countrywide mirroring the statewide trend.

As the economy improves it will be necessary to focus on these various areas both negative and positive to assess our strengths and address our weaknesses. The local economy is directly affected by the state and national economies. California will probably recover more quickly than other areas of the country; with substantial recovery projected for 2012. However areas of the state will still exist with much reduced ability to recover, due to loss of industries, numbers of housing foreclosures and an under skilled workforce.

For more information, please visit http://www.sonomaedb.org.

Gateway To Passport and Passport To Dry Creek Valley

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Guess what? Passport to Dry Creek Valley is just 2 months away, and tickets are on sale now! This fun event will take place on April 23, 24, and 25. We greatly encourage you to stay in one of our vacation homes since this will be a three day event. We’d also like to remind you to have a designated driver for all three days- have fun but be safe!

We have a few homes right in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, such as Villa Ariadna, Valley Oak, Stillerus, Retreat At Dry Creek Valley, Picnic Cottage, and Redwood Cottage. How convenient is that?

You can also take a look at Felta Lodge, Twin Oak.

Tickets sell real fast, so buy them right now!

Visit Seghesio Family Winery

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Have you ever visited Seghesio Winery? This is the perfect time to visit! Seghesio’s Family Tables just finished their annual holiday break and will be reopening on February 12th. This is a great opportunity to sit and relax away from a busy tasting room. Visitors to the tables will enjoy special treats on the February menu, and they will be releasing Seghesio’s 2008 Barbera on the menu and will be serving samples of their house-cured salumi. You’ll also meet Chef Jon Helquist- his culinary experience began at Chez Panisse, and included Oliveto, the Martini House and Manzanita.

We encourage you to visit any Friday, Saturday or Sunday as they pair their most limited wines with tastes of authentic seasonal Seghesio family recipes. Seatings begin at 10:00AM with the day’s final seating at 3:30pm. For more information, please visit their website, and if you’d like to stay in one of our vacation homes please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Have a wonderful week!

Healdsburg’s Wild Steelhead Festival Is Just A Few Days Away!

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Respect, restore, and celebrate the wild steelhead in Sonoma County with good food, wine, and music!

On February 5th, the Festival will begin with a gala dinner at Hotel Healdsburg. The main event will be on February 6th at the Healdsburg Plaza from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.  This day  will be filled with a lot of fun- educational exhibits, a free trout pond for the young angler’s to try their luck, a fly fishing demonstration pond with tips from the pros, fishing gear and boats, art for kids, cooking demos by local chefs at 12 noon, 1:15 and 2:30. Be sure to check out the live steelhead display as these beautiful fish swim around. There will be music from the Rose Town Ramblers, and wine tasting from  Quivira, Steelhead Wines, Truett-Hurst Vineyards, Merriam Vineyards, Michel Schlumberger Vineyardsand Simi Winery. Tasty treats from Chef Mateo Granados, Dry Creek Kitchen, Costeaux French Bakery, Vintage Valley Catering and Love Farms will be available for purchase.

On February 7th, there will be fish- themed cooking classes at the acclaimed Relish Culinary Center in Healdsburg. Or book a fishing trip to those secret spots with experienced guides.  Family activities, art for kids, fish sorting, food, music and more will take place 10 -3pm at the Lake Sonoma Fish Hatchery.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Healdsburg if you’ll be visting for the first time. So please feel free to take a look at our vacation homes and see if you’d like to stay with us during this great weekend. See you there!

Visit the Jimtown Store

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

If you’re in wine country, you definitely have to visit the Jimtown Store! The Jimtown Store is located right in the heart of Alexander Valley; it has been a landmark since 1895- it served as the general store, post office and meeting place for residents of the valley.

The Jimtown Store is definitely hard to miss with its yellow exterior and the big red truck parked right outside. The store serves extremely delicious comfort food such as pulled pork sandwich, chain gang chili, mom’s potato salad, smoked albacore tuna sandwich, brie and chopped olive sandwich, and a lot more. All of their food is made fresh daily, making everything even yummier! They also have a lot of amazing treats you just have to try such as their homemade energy bars and chocolate pudding!

You will definitely love the Jimtown Store as soon as you step in the door. They have a lot of toys, candy, and treats from back then. Everyone that works here is so friendly and accommodating, and during the summer, you can stay at their patio area and enjoy the sun or sit under the grapevine!

We actually have a vacation home right next to the Jimtown Store called the Jimtown House. It’s a large yet cozy home with beautiful interiors, perfect for a few people! Give us a call if you’re interested in booking this for the upcoming Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival, Sonoma County Restaurant Week, or Barrel Tasting!

They will also have a Jimtown Store Valentine Dinner on February 14th at 6:30PM. This will be a six course dinner paired with Mercury Wine. For the full menu and for reservations, you may contact the Jimtown Store here.

In the meantime, enjoy and have a ham and brie sandwich for us!

Wine Country Driving

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Hello! Hope you all had a great weekend! It’s been raining for a week now in wine country, and the vineyards, trees and plants are sure happy!

Anyway, we have a few friendly reminders for driving around wine country. We’ve noticed that a lot of people who visit the area have difficulty driving, or are simply oblivious to road rules and proper road courtesy. Driving in wine country is very different from driving in the city or the suburbs. Most of the roads are very narrow yet are two-lane. There are a lot of turns with blind corners, so we encourage you to stay on the right side of the road to avoid any accidents.

Remember, drive slow. Narrow roads usually have 15-25 speed limits. There are also a lot of cyclists on wine country roads, and we encourage you to drive even more carefully when cyclists are around. And remember, share the road. Cyclists are also expected to ride in single file and not side by side.

There is also a bridge in Healdsburg called Lambert Bridge that leads to different wineries such as Quivira, M. Schlumberger, and A. Rafanelli Winery. We would like to remind you that this is a one lane bridge, and cars are to pass alternately, one car at a time. Please be reminded that you are to drive slowly, and you are required to stop a few yards away from the entry of the bridge, and whoever stops first gets to pass first. We have seen a lot of cars driving very fast without stopping whatsoever, leading to collisions.

Hope these tips would be of help! Please drive safe and have fun in wine country!

Sonoma County Restaurant Week

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

February 22 to 28 will be the first-ever Sonoma County Restaurant Week! This will be a seven day celebration of our county’s farm fresh food and premiere wine. You are invited to taste a three-course dinner menus at $19, $29, or $39, depending on the restaurant. What a deal! This is a wonderful opportunity to taste the amazing creations of chefs, and to support local farmers!

We encourage you to come and visit Sonoma County and enjoy the food and not just the wine. There are a number of wonderful restaurants participating in this event, and you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on Sonoma County’s most delicious week of the year! You can find a list of the restaurants here.

So come and book a vacation home with us and enjoy what Sonoma County has to offer! This is a perfect chance for all the food lovers and food bloggers to try different restaurants out here for a very affordable price. Hear from you soon!