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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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Let the good times roll for the Petaluma Music Festival's 5th Annual Mardi Gras Party on Fat Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary (5:30 to 8:30 PM). The King Street Giants (formerly the Dixie Giants) is sure... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, neighboring Napa Valley's premier destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine, is bringing new classes and seasonal themes to its instructional calendar. From families to foodies, attendees... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Collage by Linda Dove Pierson Healing By Art: After the Fires CALL FOR ENTRIES Friday February 9th - Sunday March 25th Artist Reception: Friday, February 9th 5-7pm Submit artwork: February 5th and 6th 1-5pm Collage by Jain Sibert Many in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Do you know that human trafficking is a real and dangerous threat in Sonoma County? Most people I've talked with on the subject matter of my new book in progress, a fictional work, based on this and other taboo subjects... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Arts Center is proud to announce the opening of its first exhibition of 2018 – Power of Ten: Scaling Up, which opens Saturday, January 20 with an artist reception at 5 p.m.Coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petalumagic : A noun - a city Petalumagic : An adjective - a state of mind Join the community for a participatory event to create a piece of temporary public art bringing together artists and non-artists of all ages and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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January slump? Pick yourself up with a plan to sip, savor and enjoy Zinfandel from over 100 different wineries along with food pairings from San Francisco chefs and some of the finest winery estate chefs in California! All photos courtesy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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California’s premier cheese and wine event, the California Artisan Cheese Festival, is back for its 12th year, March 23-25, 2018, at its new location, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Though I'm sad to see the festival leave Petaluma,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Why, it is the real Father Christmas," I declared on greeting my old friend the man in red at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco this late December. "Why," he replied, "It is the real British woman!" Sitting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo: CRFG Fruit tree cuttings/scions, and expert custom-grafted trees will be for sale to the public at low cost by the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) garden club on Sunday January 28th 10:00AM until 1:00PM, at the Santa Rosa Veterans... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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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 Dec 15, 2017 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 Dec 14, 2017 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 Dec 14, 2017 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