Kathleen Hill: Beer club, farewell Emily’s Kitchen and lots of meat
Three Fat Guys and Picazo on ABC7
Sonoma native Tony Moll was identified on ABC7 several times last weekend as “a former NFL player.” That is true, but so is his new life as winery owner, beekeeper, husband and dad. But an articulate one he is, complete with bandit-like bandana face covering. Smart too, to invite the Chavez family to bring their Picazo food truck down to Three Fat Guys’ tasting room on lower Broadway on Friday evenings.
Wineries can now open as long as they serve food as their main feature. Since only Ram’s Gate, Mayo and St. Francis wineries have permits to cook and serve food, other wineries are allowed to bring in catered food or food trucks. So Three Fat Guys scored an early touchdown on that one. By the way, all three “fat guys” were former professional football players.
Reel & Brand reopens with new chef and menu
Reel & Brand, in the old Little Switzerland building, reopens next Wednesday, June 3, with a new chef and new menu. Remember, they have a large deck and even larger patio with well-spaced tables and a play area for kids.
Managing partner Kevin Kress says that the new chef is Chris Loberg, who began cooking professionally at age 19. His most recent gig was as chef de cuisine at three Healdsburg restaurants at once: Spoonbar, Rooftop at Harmon Guest House and Pizzando, after traveling the country and world to gain experience.
By email, Kress said, “We are upping our game once again. When we took over, we were told one came for the music then the food. Then we were told now people come for the food and the music. Now, we want people to flock (here) for the cuisine, and we will delight their senses with the music on top.”
When they open next week they will have a smaller menu than before while they and the staff work out the kinks. Watch for oysters on the half shell, shrimp ceviche, cantaloupe gazpacho, grilled peach and heirloom tomato salad, grilled artichoke, Mexican street corn, and fried chicken wings for appetizers.
They are bringing back fish & chips, a Carolina gold barbecued pulled pork sandwich, a pork belly bahn mi, their chef’s burger with smoked gouda, bacon, caramelized onion and vegetables, grilled fresh fish of the day, and their grilled flat iron steak with Bourbon glaze, baby rainbow carrots, asparagus, grilled peaches.
Reel & Brand will also continue their curbside pickup and delivery service of both food and cocktails. 401 Grove St., Sonoma. 938-7204.
Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. forms beer club
All of our local friends are looking for ways to survive in these tough times while things are starting to open up.
Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. recently launched a Fresh Beer for Friends Club so it “can continue making beer that people like” and keep their small team together and employed. Hence, the Fresh Beer for Friends Club by which fans and even new customers can commit to buying a mixed case of their beer a month for six months.
Each case includes three to six beer styles, four to eight in 16-ounce cans for a total of $100 per case per month. Apparently that amounts to spending $600 over six months on beer, kind of a “futures” investment similar to what some wineries offer to keep cash and wine flowing.