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Business Beat: 08/15/2013

Business Beat

Deal in the works for sale of Kenwood Restaurant

If all goes according to plan, by mid-September the iconic Kenwood Restaurant will change hands. When the deal closes, the new owner will be Bill Foss, who is a co-owner of the very successful and popular Fish Restaurant in Sausalito.

Foss said he is buying the restaurant property as well as an acre of the surrounding vineyard, and will keep the Kenwood Restaurant name. Foss and Fish Restaurant have gained a reputation over the last decade for focusing on sustainable seafood and being involved in a number of environmental causes involving the ocean and its fish population.

Foss said that his food at Kenwood Restaurant will have an über commitment to serving meals sourced from all corners of Sonoma County.

“I've never seen a better place to have raw ingredients,” said Foss. “You can't find better products anywhere.”

The transfer of ownership would be the end of a 26-year run by Max and Susan Schacher. Chef Max has been serving up Wine Country fare for locals and visitors alike, making the Kenwood Restaurant a well established and well frequented eatery right off Sonoma Hwy. Over the years, Schacher has become one of the better known chefs in the area. Foss said he hopes Schacher will stick around for some time after the change in ownership.

Foss, who in another life was one of the founders of Netscape Communications, said he hasn't developed a specific menu yet, but said that, “When you read it, you should get hungry.” Foss is also part of the Canneti Roadhouse Italiana in Forestville.

Upcoming wine auction at Chateau St. Jean

This year's Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction will again be at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood on Sunday, Sept. 1. The auction is the heart of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, when the wine community comes together to support Sonoma County charities. The weekend is full of events, including winemaker dinners, the Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch, Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, winery barbecues, and the culminating event on Sunday, the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

Your auction ticket not only offers you passage into the Wine Spectator Auction Tent, but it also allows you to mingle with Sonoma winemakers, as each table will be presided over by a local winemaker or grower who will share not only their finest wines, but great stories as well. This event offers the bidder a selection of rare, world-class experiences and wines, and an opportunity to join their neighbors in the community in supporting charities that will build a better future throughout Sonoma County.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is produced by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and the Sonoma County Vintners.

To buy tickets for the auction or any other of the weekend's events, go to

Summer cooking class, music at VJB

VJB's executive chef Maria Belmonte is offering a two-hour cooking class on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Born in Bonito, Italy, Maria began cooking at the age of 10, learning authentic southern Italian recipes from her mother and grandmother. She now lends her talents to the family business at VJB. She has also created a line of sauces, pestos and tapenades which have been featured in such publications as In Style Magazine and Wine Spectator. The class costs $120 and includes wine and lunch. Space is limited. Call 833-2300 to make a reservation.

Saturdays and Sundays feature music by The Wine Country Tenors at 1 p.m. Enjoy wood-fired pizza and wine while soaking in classic Italian ballads on the VJB piazza.

VJB Vineyards & Cellars is located at 60 Shaw Ave. in Kenwood. Go to for more information.

RE/MAX Leading Edge now open in Oakmont

RE/MAX Leading Edge has opened up an office in Oakmont, offering clients the full range of professional real estate services.

Broker/owner Kathy Torvick leads the RE/MAX Leading Edge team with 20 years experience working in the real estate business, helping clients in Oakmont, and Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Mendocino counties.

Torvick said that opening up the RE/MAX Leading Edge office was an easy decision.

“I want to be part of a highly recognizable, global brand that allows me to offer my agents and our clients an advantage in the real estate market place,” said Torvick. “RE/MAX Leading Edge agents have access to cutting edge marketing tools, a global presence with the most recognized brand in real estate, and ongoing education, enabling them to offer superior service to their clients.” Torvick said that RE/MAX Leading Edge market areas include Oakmont, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley, and all of the North Bay.

Joining Torvick is Patty Rose, a broker from Utah with 19 years experience in real estate. As a former professional tap dancer, Patty gives back to the community by performing with a troupe that entertains in care facilities and hospitals.

Also in the office are Stephen Brescia and his wife Rafaela Morillas. Brescia has three years in real estate and is a former teacher at Sonoma Country Day School. Morillas has over 20 years experience in interior design and real estate marketing. The couple are founders and former owners of the popular “Staged Right” staging company.

RE/MAX Leading Edge is located at 6576 Oakmont Dr., Ste. B in Oakmont. For more information, call 537-6727, or go to

All the happenings at Muscardini

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., join some of the talented performers from Transcendence Theatre Company (Broadway Under the Stars) for an Open Mic/Talent Show. Now's your chance to sing, dance, strum, do a little comedy, you name it. All talent levels welcome. There will be a food truck and, of course, award-winning wines.

The Jami Jamison Band plays Friday, Aug. 23, 5 to 7 p.m. Begin your weekend at Muscardini's with a glass of wine and live music.

And on Aug. 30, 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a Winemaker Dinner. Meet the Muscardini family and be among the first to dine in their new tasting room. You'll have a unique culinary experience that begins on the patio. Catherine Venturini of Olive & Vine Restaurant will be the chef. Tickets are $150 per person. Go to to buy tickets.

Muscardini Cellars is located at 9380 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. Call 933-9305 for more information, or go to

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