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Business Beat: 01/15/2017

Business Beat

TriTip Trolley
Susie Pryfogle and the Tri Tip Trolley, Highway 12 and Adobe Canyon Road.

TIPS Roadside taking over old Vineyards Inn space

The owners of the Tri-Tip Trolley food truck you see parked at various events in Sonoma Valley and beyond will be opening a new restaurant at the corner of Sonoma Highway and Adobe Canyon Road, the former Vineyards Inn location.

The name for the eatery? TIPS Roadside.

“We always wanted a restaurant,” said proprietor Susie Pryfogle. “It's in our blood.”

The space is currently undergoing a big remodel, with the Pryfogles, who reside in Glen Ellen, aiming for a spring opening. At the moment, you can see one of their mobile kitchen trolleys in front of the building, offering breakfast and lunch to go, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For breakfast, grab a coffee and a tri-tip breakfast burrito, eggs and ham on a biscuit, or “Sugarloaf Sticks” (French toast). At lunch, order a veggie or tri-tip bowl, Mac n' cheese, or chili, just to name a few selections.

When TIPS Roadside opens for sit-down dining, the restaurant will start with breakfast and lunch, with an eye toward dinner later in the year.

The Pryfogles and Executive Chef Thaddeus Palmese described the menu as “wine country comfort food,” with an inspiration from the American South. Andrew Pryfogle's mother grew up in Alabama so he grew up on southern cooking. Chef Palmese has run his own restaurants in New Orleans and Sebastopol, with influences including American, French Creole, Latin and Southern cuisines.

“We could not be more excited, said Susie Pryfogle. “We want to be the place that everybody goes.”

The Pryfogles take over a space where the Vineyards Inn restaurant operated for 35 years with Steve and Colleen Rose at the helm.

Steve Schukler, whose family has owned the property for decades (it was a gas station once), acknowledged the long success of the Roses, and, is looking forward to the next chapter with the Pryfogles.

For more information, go to

Kunde Wine Cave
The Wine Cave, a signed and numbered print by Kent Sorensen, was taken at Kunde Family Winery

Photography exhibit brings attention to stunning Kenwood vineyards

The vineyards of Kenwood are on display at Sonoma Grille this month, which is featuring an exhibit from acclaimed local photographer Kent Sorensen. Photos on display include those taken at Kunde Family Winery and Kenwood Vineyards.

Sorensen has been captivated by photography since his father first allowed him into the darkroom to see how he processed photographs. After several successful business ventures in the biomedical and international housing fields, he became a world traveler, which inspired him to follow his passions of writing and photography.

“[Viewers] are getting a glimpse of Kenwood as one of the most scenic vineyard landscapes in the country,” said Sorensen. “For me, the vineyards in Provence would be a fair comparison.”

Sorensen lives in Sonoma. In addition to photography, he also manages the Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen.

Visit his website at for more information.

Join Spann Vineyards on the Rhone River

Betsy and Peter Spann, owners/winemakers at Spann Vineyards, will lead a wine and cultural cruise on the Rhone River in southern France, Aug. 10-17, that will pass through the wine regions of Beaujolais, Rhone and Provence.

In addition to winery and vineyard visits, land tours will explore ancient villages, Roman ruins, truffle farms, olive groves and walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. The Spanns will host wine dinners pairing both southern French wines and their own Sonoma Valley wines made from southern French grape varieties, with local dishes. Their connection with the wines and foods of France goes back 40 years. Betsy spent a year in Bordeaux in 1975 and Peter worked in French restaurants in New Orleans for many years. Both worked for French wine importing companies prior to starting Spann Vineyards in Glen Ellen in 2001.

Information can be found at their tasting room in the Kenwood Shopping Center at 8910 Sonoma Hwy., on their website at, or via their tour agency at or 714-988-6408.

Dr. Guy Delorefice
Dr. Guy Delorefice

Concierge doctor at your service

Dr. Guy Delrefice is taking over the Sonoma office of the late Dr. Rolf Olness, and is building a concierge medical practice. Delorefice, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, has been practicing in Sonoma County since 1999. He has extensive experience in hospital medicine and is well respected throughout the medical community, being voted a top physician in Sonoma County by his peers for 2016. He is now accepting new patients.

The concierge model allows patients more time and accessibility to their doctor, permitting physicians more time to facilitate care of their patients and advocate for them.

Delorefice received a degree in biology from St. Mary's College of California, then attended Creighton University for medical school where he received his M.D. degree. While at Creighton he participated in programs to set up medical clinics in third world countries. After graduating, he did his internship and residency at Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Delorefice is fluent in Spanish.

The practice is located at 370 Perkins St., Sonoma. The office staff has been with Dr. Delorefice for decades, including Marie Kiser, RN, (31 years) and the office manager Gretchen (21 years).

Delorefice and his wife, Rebecca, have been married since 2001 and have two children, Milan and Capri. His main hobby is spending time with his family, but he also loves the outdoors and a good adventure. He enjoys road biking, mountain biking, abalone diving, hunting, fishing and skiing. For more information visit or call the office at 938-1255.

Vermouth Release Party at Orpheus Wines

Orpheus Wines has collaborated with Petaluma herbalist Aaron Jenks to produce a Vermouth of exceptional taste and quality. Celebrate its release at a Roaring Twenties-themed party, Friday, Jan. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Orpheus Tasting Room in the Kenwood Shopping Center. Jenks and winemaker Marc Krafft will be blending specialty cocktails as well as offering wine tasting, light hors d'oeuvres, and fashionably old-fashioned Speakeasy spark. Flapper dresses, boas, top hats and tails are encouraged. Free. Located at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

Jack London Lodge and Saloon changes hands

As of Dec. 15, ownership of the venerable Jack London Lodge, its saloon and Wolf House Restuarant have passed from long-time proprietors Linda and Tom Richards to Mehul Patel, who lives with his family in Danville. The Richards have owned the place for nearly 30 years.

A saloon at that location first opened its doors in 1905, the same year Jack London arrived in town to scout out potential sites for his dream farm. He eventually picked out 1,400 acres about a mile up the hill from thriving downtown Glen Ellen, then a resort town sporting five hotels and several saloons, all serviced by the railroad with service (via ferry) to San Francisco and points beyond.

Richards, who comes from five generations of farmers in Southern California, was practicing law in the Sacramento area and renovating properties on the side, where she discovered managing real estate projects dovetailed nicely with the skill of her law background.

Richards began to take on more projects and practicing law part-time. After the Richards purchased the Bodega Harbor Inn in the mid-80s, a real estate agent suggested a property with potential in Glen Ellen that included a hotel, restaurant and bar. “The hotel had been built in the '70s and had green shag carpeting, single-pane aluminum windows, but it did have a tile roof,” said Richards in an interview with the Sonoma Sun. Nevertheless, the Richards purchased The Jack London Lodge, saloon and restaurant. Today the Lodge has 22 rooms and a guest cottage. The Wolf House offers regular dining and special events on its creekside patio and the saloon has become a favorite hangout for locals and tourists alike. No immediate changes are planned for the lodge, saloon or restaurant.

Business Blurbs

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery in Glen Ellen is having a storewide 20 percent off sale Jan. 19-23. Shop for cool gifts and fun art. Hopscotch is located at Jack London Village.… The Kenwood Inn & Spa is looking to modify its use permit to allow non-guests to eat in its dining area. Currently, dining is available only for guests of the 36-room luxury inn. The inn is asking to open up dining for non-guests for lunch and dinner if seating is not already reserved by guests of the inn. Sonoma County planning officials will have to sign off on the change… Palooza Gastropub in the Kenwood Shopping Center has been busy over the holidays doing a remodel of the restaurant. They are now back open so check it out. Find the latest info on… Larson Winery won the Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Contest with a creation featuring their three Labradors - Bubba, Buster and Pete. All of the 2016 gingerbread entries, along with a few behind-the-scenes construction shots, can still be viewed at

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