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Business Beat: 12/15/2017

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Party Palooza-style

Ring in the New Year in Kenwood when Palooza Brewery and Gastropub hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Party, Dec. 31, starting at 10 p.m.

Cost is $40 per person. Includes delicious bites all night, four drink tickets, champagne toast, DJ and dancing. Ages 21 and older only. Palooza now has a full bar, its own homemade craft beer on tap, and will be serving a full menu till 10 p.m. that night.

Buy tickets at

It is located in the Kenwood shopping center at 8910 Sonoma Hwy. To reach Palooza, call 833-4000. Visit their website at

New Salt & Stone
Salt & Stone is getting underway, open for dinner seven days, lunch soon. Photo by Alec Peters.

Salt & Stone now open

Salt & Stone (at the site of the former Kenwood Restaurant) is now open for dinner seven nights a week from 5 to 9 p.m. (closed on Christmas).

Proprietors Diane and David Lamonica report that it hasn’t really been the “soft” opening they anticipated, since word travels fast and lots of patrons are coming in to check it out. Diane said that several diners have already been there three or four times to taste what comes out of Executive Chef Arturo Guzman’s kitchen, assisted by Sous Chef Mario Curci.

General Manager/Sommelier Krista McCracken has put together an impressive wine list and hired an experienced staff, several of whom lost their previous jobs due to the fires.

“I’ve been on the floor each night meeting the community and I’m amazed and touched by the amount of hugs of gratitude that I’ve received for opening the restaurant and for giving the locals ‘their place back,’” said Diane. “This community has welcomed us with open arms and have been so amazingly gracious while we polish our act.”

The Lamonicas, former owners of Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino, hope to start a happy hour, weeknight bistro menu, and lunch in the near future. Check out their website at for updates.

Call 833-6326 for reservations. Salt & Stone is located at 9900 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

Kenwood Vineyards project on tap

A public hearing will be held on whether to approve a request by Kenwood Vineyards for a new tasting room. The county’s Board of Zoning Adjustments will hear the use permit request on Dec. 21, 1:15 p.m. in the hearing room of the Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD), 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa.

The proposal asks for a use permit to build a 4,232-square-foot tasting room and retail sales building, and a new access driveway and parking lot with 42 parking spaces for the tasting room. The new tasting room would replace the existing 2,100-square-foot tasting room now located at the winery.

The project also proposes a total of 33 annual events, 22 of which would be promotional marketing events, as well as 11 days of industry-wide agricultural events.

A total of 1.36 acres of existing vineyard would be removed to accommodate the new facility.

Details of the project and any environmental documents are available at the PRMD office, 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa.

Written comments regarding the project can be submitted prior to, or at the hearing. Comments can be sent to the project planner handling the application, Brian Millar at He can also be reached at 530-902-9218.

Technology and water

Sustainable grape growing is a priority for many California vintners, particularly with regard to water management. The Sonoma County Winegrowers will host a sustainable viticulture forum on Jan. 9 at Shone Farm in Forestville to focus in the wine industry’s major sustainability challenges in water, and discuss how and where innovation and technology solutions can help solve problems. Topics will include scaling innovative irrigation technology and practices, including remote sensing, precision irrigation and water use; improving water supply reliability while mitigating physical and regulatory water risks; and addressing challenges and barriers to adoption of technological innovations. Shone Farm is located at 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville. Contact Cora Kammeyer with questions at or go to

Yoga and wine

Molly Vogel hosts Yoga in the Vineyard on Jan. 14 at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood. Vogel will teach an indoor yoga class 10:30-11:30 a.m., followed by a tasting flight of Landmark wines and cheese and cracker snacks. This all-levels yoga class will be held in Landmark’s event space, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the property. Dress in layers and bring a yoga mat, yoga blanket/towel and water. Cost is $30. You may purchase tickets ahead of time, or if you bring cash day of event, please email and let Vogel know you plan to attend at Landmark Vineyards is located at 101 Adobe Canyon Road.

Dollars & $ense seminar

Join Sonoma County Winegrowers for the 27th Annual Dollars & $ense Seminar and Trade Show on Thursday, Jan. 11,  7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts located at 50 Mark West Springs (behind the Sutter Hospital).

Registration and Trade Show open at 7 a.m.

This is one of the North Coast’s longest running and most widely attended wine industry tradeshows for grape growers and vintners – a great opportunity for growers to gather as a community.

The theme is “Sonoma County Strong and Sustainable” and will focus on Sonoma County Winegrowers’ major initiatives for 2018 and beyond.

Tickets range from $35 to $60, depending on what portion of the event you are attending. To purchase tickets, go to

For general information about the seminar contact Andriana Duckworth, relationships and programs manager at

Business Blurbs

Swede’s Feeds in Kenwood is having a Customer Appreciation Holiday Sale, one day only, on Dec. 16. Enjoy hot cider, wine, and snacks while you shop. Bring your family and friends!... Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery in Glen Ellen will be moving to Healdsburg in the new year, so the last day to get your local Hopscotch fix is Dec. 23… Lion Heart Yoga has a new location at the Kenwood Depot. Visit for class schedule … First Community Bank, with a branch in Oakmont, is now known as Poppy Bank. According to their website, there were too many other “First Community Banks” across the country and the business wanted to have a unique name to differentiate itself. The bank first opened in Santa Rosa in 2005… Magical Massage at 14300 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen is giving the gift of relaxation for the holidays. A 90-minute special includes hot stones, organic facial, chocolate cabernet exfoliating foot scrub, aromatherapy, and hot towels (regularly $185, now $120). Or one hour magical massage (regularly $100, now $80). Offers available through Dec. 23. Call 225-2671... The Mystic & The Monk is a new small specialty shop that just opened near Tags & Co. at 9255 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. The shop features designer vintage decor, recycled materials, antiques, household designer goods, locally made arts and specialty crafts, and bath and body care. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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