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The evening began with a cooking demo in Yountville, where Florence, with the assistance of Chiarello, whipped up some recipes from his latest cookbook, "Family Meal." The Whites also got to sample Florence's not yet released cabernet sauvignon. "Tyler eloquently taught us how to make seared salmon and brussel sprouts with yukon chips," said Annette in her blog on Sugo's website. "Midway through the demo, Michael Chiarello entered saying, &‘Hey, what are you doing in my kitchen?' From there on, it was a humorous bantering between chefs that was more entertaining than the actual dish they were cooking. We stayed after the demo for the meet-and-greet that followed, taking advantage of hobnobbing with the guests of honor." After the demo, the audience headed across the way to Chiarello's restaurant, Bottega, where the duo prepared a prix fixe meal for everyone attending. "Needless to say, dinner was a fabulous treat, only to be followed up by the handsome pair showing up tableside to see how they had done. I was starstruck and speechless, like a silly teenager who had just run into Justin Bieber."

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus: On the Monday following Christmas, Kimberly Jensen took her 86-year-old mother, Virginia Meyer, to Kohl's to return a present. When Jensen unloaded the shopping cart and helped her mother into the car, she neglected to take her mother's purse out of the cart. The mother and daughter returned a half hour later and found that the purse had been turned in to customer services. All its contents were intact — credit cards, checkbook, driver's license, everything. Both mother and daughter want to thank the good Samaritan. Of course, Meyer has known for more than 80 years that there really is a Santa Claus.

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No. 2 with a bullet: "Detour Ahead," a CD released by the Oster-Welker Jazz Alliance in September, continues to get heavy airplay on jazz radio stations. The CD is a collaboration between trumpeter-composer Peter Welker and vocalist Jeff Oster. When the CD was released on the Jazzed Media label, it debuted at No. 38 on Bob Parlocha's Top 40 New Releases chart. Recently it climbed to No. 2 on the chart. Parlocha is a nationally known jazz expert and disc jockey. The CD is in medium to heavy rotation on more than 20 radio stations. Meanwhile, "Detour Ahead" received an honorable mention for Jazz Vocal Release in the "Best of 2010" by All About Jazz-New York magazine. And New York jazz writer Dan Singer wrote, "What a hip CD this is! Jeff Oster is a sensitive jazz singer who knows no limits." The full 11-piece Oster-Welker Jazz Alliance will be playing Jan. 31 at Yoshi's in Oakland.

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Putting the dishes away: The Buzz just heard that Le Gourmet Chef in the Petaluma Village Premium Outlet mall has closed its doors. An employee with the store confirmed that the closure is part of the kitchenware chain's decision to downsize.

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Remembering Vietnam: More than a month after the closing of the Petaluma Museum's exhibit "The Vietnam Experience: A Soldier's Story," the moving tribute to the men and women of the war continues to make headlines. On Jan. 3, KPIX channel 5 aired a special segment, "Vietnam: Revisited," with reporter Thuy Vu, which highlighted the Petaluma Museum's exhibit. "Pretty cool to see the topic is getting the dialogue it deserves," said Joe Noriel, director of the Petaluma Museum.

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A musical surprise: Madison Street resident Phyllis Sharrow and family got a yuletide surprise during a Christmas party on Dec. 19. While they were busy celebrating, the doorbell rang. "It wasn't a doorbell ditcher, but Christmas carolers!" said Sharrow. "In all of my 39 years in this house, we have never had so many houses lighted up, nor have there ever been Christmas carolers. They were wonderful and we'd like to thank them."

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