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Grazing in Glen Ellen (Sonoma Valley)

Melanie Wong | Aug 13, 200304:04 AM

Sunday I was a guest at SFPFS’s Celebrate Sonoma picnic at my friend Julie’s place, Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen. The program for the day included tastings of locally produced products, a silent auction to benefit Vineyard Workers Services of Sonoma Valle, chef demonstrations, and a grazing menu of dishes prepared by local chefs.

Hog Island Oyster was shucking, which always puts a spring in my step, and I bounced over to them for the first taste of the day. Two kumamotos and two sweetwaters doused with Hog Wash. Even though it’s summertime, the kumamotos were as crisp and sweet as ever, although I felt the sweetwaters were a little mushy.

Junny Gonzalez was scooping Sonoma foie gras terrine and gave me an update on the delayed opening of the Sonoma Saveurs retail shop on the Plaza. They just got the building permits and hope to open by the end of September.

Point Reyes Blue and Mount Tam from Cowgirl Creamery still don’t do much for me. Best cheese on the table was Vella’s Dry Jack.

New for me were the summer squashes offered by Janetta’s Zuchetta’s. This light green curly-cued variety is called “Tromboncino” It has tender, meaty flesh and a sweet not bitter flavor. Sold mostly to restaurants, it’s also available at Dean and Deluca in St. Helena and at the Sonoma Plaza farmers market.



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