News and gossip

Syrah, olive oil and a marriage for Keller

goode.jpg$10,000 a month to Tweet? I retweeted it last week (meaning you really should follow me on Twitter) that Murphy Goode Winery is offering one lucky duck $10,000 a month for a six months to be their Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent. Details are set to come out April 29 (at midnight) but the gist of it is that you need to be fluent in social networking, videography and generally influencing people to drink their wine. Did we mention they set you up with housing as well?

Don’t be surprised if you see BiteClub sniffing around the site later today. Someone’s
got one heck of a sweet deal coming. And some clever marketing going on. Get the details from the official site:

UPDATE: The above Twitpic, from Trevr shows the line starting to swell in SF where MG is giving out some preview details today. Follow at #murphygoode.

Deal of the week: SF Bay Chefs, a new tv show on KRON 4 is coming to shoot @ Syrah
this Tuesday (April 28). If you’re willing to be on TV, make a 5:30pm
reservation and get 25% off & a free dessert !!! This is only good
for the Tues @ 5:30pm seating and obviously limited. Be polite.
Reservations: 707-568-4002.

– Looking for best local olive oils
for an upcoming article. Email me at if you
want to send samples. Otherwise, just shout out for your faves below.

Derby Day:
Looking for a Mint Julep this week? Info from Jack & Tony’s (please
add additional Derby events). Come and watch the Kentucky Derby on
Saturday May 2nd starting at 2:30 Jack & Tony’s Whisky Bar.
Featuring Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps and Special Appetizers. Call us at
707-526-4347 for more details.  BiteClub will be sippin’ cocktails with
the crew at Sonoma Coutrer for the 10th Annual Meals on Wheels Derby Day
event on Saturday. On deck are serious good eats, a chef competition
between Justin Wangler of Kendall Jackson and Brian Anderson of Bistro
29 and the running of the Kentucky Derby at 3pm (telecast of course).

– Didja hear: Foodgal tells folks that the French Laundry’s Thomas Keller is planning to tie the knot with longtime girlfriend Laura Cunningham. Yummy Letter’s Scoop (which
has the venerable Grace Ann Walden behind it), gets more deets on the
couple’s planned opening of Vita, an Italian eatery in the former PJ
Steak location. Required reading.

– A comment on Yelp stated Charlie’s Serious Chili Dogs was moving to Santa Rosa…Has anyone heard anything about this yet? Shout out to BiteClubbers.

– From one of my favorite cookie bakers in SoCo…

Glenn Minervini-Zick, maker of ZIX cookies, has found a Sunday hotspot
for cookie lovers to pick up their favorites right off the cookie sheet!

That spot is Sebastopol’s French Garden Restaurant & Brasserie Sunday Farmers Market. 
The outside venue is fun and airy featuring veggies from Dan Smith’s
organic farm (beets and baby articokes were fast movers this week)
under the shade of leaffing apple trees, flowers from Gail Thomas and
live music. 

The inside venue presents a long European style
bar where the real treats of the market present themselves.  In-house
french pastry chef Eric Rocher, originally from Brittany, fills an
entire bar with pastries beyond belief.  From strawberry tarts and
meyer lemon meringue tarts, to chocolate vanilla Napoleons, Brioche and
focaccia; from savory leek and broccoli tarts to pain au chocolate; you
won’t find better pastries at any other venue in Sonoma County on a
Everything from scratch! Baked to perfection!
of course, don’t forget to take home some ZIX cookies! See them now at and come by and see Eric and I on Sundays from 10 am
to 2 pm at the French Garden’s Farmers Market for an ‘over the top’
pastry show.”