Les Pascales, owned by Pascal and Pascale Merle (a married couple from Lyon, France) is slated to say Bienvenue to Glen Ellen residents later this spring. The familiar old building at 13758 Arnold Drive will become the town’s first authentic patisserie, according to insiders.


Speaking of French food…

The much-loved Frenchie food cart owned by Sarah Pinkin and Elizabeth Payne, is about to get a permanent spot in Sonoma. Their French picnic food and provisions have proved so popular that they’ve started a Barnraiser crowd-funding site to help get the restaurant off the ground. So far they’ve raised about half of the $30k goal they’ve set. “Our hope for Frenchie is to bring the local food scene to the forefront of the plaza.  Tourism is on the rise in Sonoma.  We would like to show visitors what the Sonoma food scene is about,” says the website. More details about their cart and their fundraising at facebook.com/frenchiesonoma.

Also…
After years of being first-come, first-served (to the consternation of many diners), owner Josh Silvers has expanded the restaurant and is now taking a limited number of reservations. Hallelujah. They’ll also have plenty of non-reserved tables. 135 4th St., Santa Rosa, 707-545-6900, jacksonsbarandoven.com.

Don’t get your schnitzel in a knot
Chef John Franchetti says his phone hasn’t stopped ringing about their Germanuary menu addition of German schnitzel. Schnitzel will stay on the menu for the foreseeable future, so you can stop worrying. 1229 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, franchettis.com.