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Business Beat: 02/15/2014

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Bradley Routh, café manager, shows off the menu at the new Wine Country Cafe & Deli on Sonoma Hwy.

Wine Country Café & Deli now open

There’s a lot going on at the Valley of the Moon Plaza at Sonoma Hwy. and Melita Road, and the newest addition is the Wine Country Cafe & Deli.

Focusing on local food sources, caf manager Bradley Routh has developed a menu that’s sure to satisfy cravings for quality breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals.

Wine Country Cafe & Deli hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., with deli food available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And, there’s a drive-thru for those who need something on the go. You can even order a sandwich ahead of time, and have it ready at the drive-thru window by the time you arrive.

“It’s a cafe for relaxed socializing and eating fine Wine Country food,” said Routh, a Sonoma County local who graduated from Montgomery High School and Santa Rosa Junior College.

There’s a full coffee bar with espresso drinks, all using Jeremiah’s Pick Coffee, and you can get a wide range of pastries from Healdsburg-based Costeaux Bakery, or a choice of breakfast burritos from Heirloom Fine Food in Santa Rosa. Loose leaf teas come from Infusions Tea House in Sebastopol.

Sandwiches range from all the deli standards, to specials like a veggie, Reuben, or prosciutto and brie on buttered sourdough. There are also a variety of homemade salads to choose from.

Wine Country Cafe & Deli also does catering, so they can supply your next party or event.

To reach Wine Country Cafe & Deli, call 230-2462.

The Valley of the Moon Plaza is located at 5875 Sonoma Hwy. at the corner of Melita Road. The plaza recently reopened a gas station on the premises with a convenience store. Other tenants in the shopping center include The Gallery frame shop, and King’s Dry Cleaners, and the owner of Valley of the Moon Plaza is working on filling up the three remaining spaces.

French classes available in Glen Ellen

Glen Ellen resident Yannick Ponte is offering French classes in Glen Ellen.

Classes are customized for each student. Yannick will teach French conversation, and wine language for business or fun in a friendly atmosphere.

College students or children in need of tutoring are welcome too.

You can contact Yannick at 938-0321 or email her at

Tree shaping workshop

Wildwood Farm Nursery in Kenwood will feature a hands-on introductory tree shaping workshop on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. Experts Joe and Ricardo Monte will give a tour of the nursery to observe the characteristics of various trees and how pruning has enhanced their structure.

There is a fee of $25, which includes a tree of your own to work on and take home with you. Class is limited to 12 and reservations are encouraged. Also, bring your own clippers and gloves.

Call 833-1161 to make a reservation. Wildwood is located at 10300 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. For more information, go to

“Seeing Red” at gallery in Glen Ellen

The ARThouse Gallery in Glen Ellen is featuring the color red during the month of February. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the many ways the gallery’s artists have used this exciting and enticing color.

The ARThouse Gallery is located at 13758 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen. For more information, call 933-9883, or go to

Sonoma County Restaurant Week

Sonoma County Restaurant Week, Wine Country’s tastiest time of the year, will be held March 10 through 16 and will feature a wide variety of restaurants, including some in the Kenwood and Glen Ellen area. The annual event offers culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices.

“Last year’s Sonoma County Restaurant Week brought in over $2 million for Sonoma County, and participating restaurants and diners were thrilled with their experience,” said Ben Stone, director of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, the organizer of the event.

New for the Fifth Annual event, some participating restaurants will be featuring specific two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20. This new lunch option allows diners more opportunities to explore restaurants and dining options. The traditional three-course prix-fixe dinner options are still offered for $19, $29 and $39. Both meal options feature excellent cuisine from Sonoma County’s world-class chefs and delicious local ingredients.

Tips, beverages, gratuity, and tax are not included in the price.

Local restaurants that are part of Restaurant Week so far are the Glen Ellen Star, Olive & Vine, the fig caf & winebar, Yeti, Vineyards Inn, and Caf Citti. Nearby restaurants participating include The Villa and Caf Europe.

Don’t miss out on Sonoma County’s most delicious week of the year. Look for more information about participating and eating out at

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