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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
This British/American independent journalist spends her days exploring what it means to live "The Good Life" — discovering and sharing the best of the south county at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country
Interests: Author of "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM and a second book, "Fog Valley WInter" — Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles and Vintage Recipes from The Tastiest Little Place on Earth. Currently at work to complete a contemporary first novel based in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California.
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photos - McEvoy Ranch News that the Petaluma Gap AVA has come to fruition after many years of hard work ushering it through is reverberating happily throughout our winemaking and sustainable food community. If you missed my post on this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Don't miss out on an opportunity on a great deal for a photo shoot with Sonoma County portrait photographer extraordinaire, Jude Mooney, in Petaluma on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. I've had the pleasure of working with Jude lately on portraits... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Consider buying a gift this Holiday Season that will truly make a difference in the lives of others. At Rebuilding Together Petaluma, the most pressing needs this winter are: to raise $5,600 to bring the living conditions in a Vietnam... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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A personal note to breaking news that puts Petaluma on the map, officially, for its distinctive grape growing terroir. "The very first meeting to talk about the possibility of a Petaluma Gap American Viticultural Area was a dinner party, held... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's my favorite time of year to gather and read from the pages of Fog Valley Winter — Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles and Vintage Recipes from The Tastiest Little Place on Earth. I've even baked some of the sweet treats... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Can't wait for the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition in the ballroom at Hotel Petaluma from Monday Dec 15th to the 17th. Last year's inaugural event was a spectacular feat of local artistry and whimsy. Go on, take... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma's Fabulous Women are launching a Sonoma Strong fundraising raffle at the upcoming Festival of Trees at the Hotel Petaluma, Friday and Saturday December 1st and 2nd, 2017. Raffle tickets are available in the hotel lobby through December 17th, so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Santa is all set to make his seventh annual visit to Nick’s Cove on Tomales Bay on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 from 3-5 pm. Complimentary photos and treats will be available out at the festive Boat Shack for all participants... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Women's Wisdom Initiative It's hard to keep up with the many ways to spend money this week, what with the all the various commercial tags attached to the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping rush, but the one that I'm glad to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I've been fortunate to heat Stacey Joy perform in Petaluma twice in the past couple of years. She is an award winning singer, guitarist and piano player, who delivers a seductive mix of blues, jazz, folk and Americana. A musical... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It was my turn to host the Cookbook Supper Club after a year-long hiatus of moving home and setting up and adjusting to a new kitchen. For readers familiar with the extreme dinner collaborations I've written about in vivid detail... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast." — William Shakespeare Wishing you and yours a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving — more than ever here in Sonoma County this year, we count our blessings for our family, our friends... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma People Services Center invites you to its third annual 1,000 Petaluma Bowls event on November 24th, 2017. This event celebrates our community by featuring bowls painted by many of your neighbors and beautiful ceramic bowls created by local artists.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Browse the exquisite objects, art and arrangements of Vita Collage at Petaluma's IceHouse Gallery in the brick faced Burdell Building at Lakeville and D across from the train station, Nov 17th 2017 through January 7th, 2018. Victoria Swift, curator of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo via Pinterest Amidst the call for giving this season, there are lots of people (young and old) within our communities who've never known a holiday gift to come their way. A rally call on Facebook from Petaluma High School... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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ChefsGiving Gala: Cooking and Pouring for a Cause Sunday, November 19 – 3 to 7 p.m. San Francisco’s Iconic Ferry Building to raise money for victims of the wine country wildfires. #winecountrystrong Experience tastes from more than 400 wines, delicious... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark your calendar for the evening of Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 6.30 pm — I'm delighted to be returning to my favorite local floral emporium, Second Street Flowers, in Petaluma's Theatre Square to read from a chapter on wild mushroom... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join Sonoma County farmers for the holidays along the Farm Trails beginning in mid-November through New Years. Come out to support farmers & producers opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Chorale's 2017 holiday concert Music For a Winter's Eve, Tuesday, December 5th and Saturday, December 9th at Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, is directed and conducted by Linda Manuilow. Winter’s Eve” features music by Enya, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Sara... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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All Photos courtesy of Sonoma Family Meal Volunteer Deborah Smith Heather Irwin, the most recognized voice in the food and hospitality media world of Sonoma County — certainly one of the most read and respected restaurant writers in the Bay... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life