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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: All things local in the wine, beer, slow food scene. Feature writing focus also includes home and garden, style and design, travel, music, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. 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" — releasing Aug 2016.
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Paul Heavenridge, Executive Director of Sonoma County based Literacyworks , a nationally recognized nonprofit providing literacy resources to adult and family education programs, announced today the organization’s 2017 Literacyworks Lecture Series. Brian Fishman will kick off the 2017 series on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sonoma County's first ever Finding History — A Day of Discovery was a big success, on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. I learned so much about the many, fascinating historical non-profit groups and organizations in our county. Highlight of the day... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What an enticing event in which to discover a fairly new barn party venue in the Petaluma countryside. Local chef Aimee Hunter www.hunterca.com is a talented and creative chef in her own right and will be making the following cocktails... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It seems like the dark ages now when I think back to summer camp options when my boys were in elementary school, especially, my first born, who turns 26 at the end of this month. The pickings were slim and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm looking forward to participating in the first Finding History in Sonoma County – A Day of Discovery on Sunday, May 21st from 10am to 2pm at the DeTurk Round Barn, 819 Donahue Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. This event... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Turn the clocks back to the bustling little riverfront city of Petaluma 1929 and you won't find too many architectural treasures to compete with feed mill entrepreneur Carl Behrens and his wife Juanita's newly constructed Spanish Mediterranean Style luxury home... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Nomadic singer/songwriter Stacey Joy has traveled the world with her young family and guitar in hand — she's toured the highways and backroads of USA, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina, Brazil, Fiji and New Zealand. I was lucky to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's that time of year and I'll be at the judges' table once again for the salsa entries at the Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Saturday afternoon, May 6th, at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds. Each year... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Abigail's Party 40th anniversary production starring Amanda Abbington as Beverly, Ben Caplan as Laurence, Charlotte Mills as Angela, Ciarán Owens as Tony and Rose Keegan as Susan. Picture: Nobby Clark It has been 40 years since the appalling Beverly first... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Got olive trees? Join McEvoy Ranch’s General Manager Samantha Dorsey and Extra Virgin Alliance’s Alexandra Devarenne for a full-day olive oil workshop on May 19th, 2017. This course will cover season-by-season cultural practices for growers to cultivate healthy olive trees... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I stopped in at the Petaluma Arts Center over the weekend to view the center's latest, much talked about show theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore (through May 20th) featuring profound and powerful, thought provoking work from 50 artists representing seven counties in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Bellwether Farms' Liam (left) and Diana Callahan (right) with Lynne Devereux (center) of Butter Communications at the California Artisan Cheese Festival Last month's California Artisan Cheese Festival was abuzz with creative energy and enticing cheeses. Sunday's annual grand marketplace is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo Courtesy of: Stephanie Rausser via Facebook— Lunchette Proprietors Joel Baecker and Naomi Crawford One of my favorite Southern Sonoma County-based first families of food, Naomi and Joel (of Pizza Politana fame) opened the doors this spring to Lunchette —... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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When lauded Healdsburg chefs Susan and Jeff Mall sold their popular Zin Restaurant and Wine Bar (now Valette's) in 2015 the couple moved to Baja California Sur, Mexico as resort chefs. They never dreamed they'd head back to the US... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Hendley Hard Goods I had so much fun sipping, swirling and munching on amazing wine, beer, cheese and other tasty farmstead tidbits at the 2017 California Artisan Cheese Festival, at the Sheraton Petaluma, last weekend. This three day event... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Marin/Sonoma County borderland's McEvoy Ranch is releasing its 2017 Traditional Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil. McEvoy's Traditional Blend is packaged in a new, dark green bottle that, unlike the clear bottles of the past, protects oil from damaging light. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Esteemed Bay Area journalist Janet Fletcher, author of Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer and the Planet Cheese blog, is offering a series of fantastic classes surveying the world of fine cheese at Silverado Cooking School, Napa Valley’s culinary showplace,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, neighboring Napa Valley's destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine, adds new classes as it announces its class schedule through June, 2017. Among the newly added classes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Thank you Sonoma County Historical Society for honoring Fog Valley Crush and Fog Valley Winter with your annual Editor's Award. I thoroughly enjoy this active society's substantial quarterly magazine photos and features (and local history book reviews). Attending the annual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Outstanding Santa Rosa J.C. student Tate Barend knows how hard it is to stay the course through grade school and into college. This extraordinary young man who has mastered his own set of learning disabilities established a scholarship through Petaluma... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos Via: The Fabulous Women Lily Biagini is a young amputee with great courage and inspiring zest for life's many adventures. She is one of the many amazing clients of Petaluma-based Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. When she's riding, Lily... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My favorite Southern SoCo flower shop, Second Street Flowers launches the first of a series of classes this Spring. Sign up to explore floral composition concentrate on line, form, texture and color and how to tie it all together with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm looking forward to participating in this exciting new event for historians, writers, researchers, genealogists and history lovers alike, here in Sonoma County. I'll be at the event at the DeTurk Round Barn with a table of my Fog Valley... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life