Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, in partnership with McNear’s Saloon, Seared and Lagunitas Brewing, held a Phoenix Theater fundraiser on March 29. Along with live music from the Highway Poets, Dixie Giants, Dominic Bianco and Friends, guests met Tito of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
The evening was filled with games, raffles, drink specials and giveaways. Never skimping when it comes to fundraising, all proceeds from the night will go directly to helping save the Phoenix Theater, which must implement some serious upgrades in order to meet the city’s safety codes.
TAPS happy hour
TAPS has introduced a Happy Hour menu and it looks as great as their vast selection of craft beers. On weeknights, from 3-5:30 p.m., $5 will get you an order of chicken wings, available in five delicious flavors. I prefer the smoked wings and the salt and pepper wings, but for the hot heads in your group, TAPS is well known for their spicy wings.
Stage 1 Wings are their mildest, with Stage 2 being a medium-spiced wing. Not for the faint of heart, Stage 3 are super-fire sauced, so make sure you have a pint of something cool and frothy to help wash these down. Other menu items include Deviled Eggs, stuffed with whipped aioli, black truffle oil, chervil, chives, paprika and harissa; Deep-Fried Brussel Sprouts, tossed in sea salt and toasted pepper, served with a house-made Worcestershire aioli; and Chef Abe’s famous Mac-n-Cheese.
Help a food truck
From time to time, I run across a crowd-sourcing request that I feel is worthy of publication. Recently, I heard that Dimitri Katzoff, also know as “Miti” to his friends, was looking for help putting together a new food truck, and think his is not only a great idea, but that he is worthy of our support.
Dimitri is looking to start a food truck with a menu of unique and enjoyable food items that will bring the benefits of bone broth to the general public. Most ancient cultures have touted the benefits of bone broth for millennia, but only recently has it made it into semi-mainstream diets here in the U.S. But don’t be scared; Dimitri’s menu will look normal enough, with specials such as meat and veggie chili, Jambalaya, and Dimitri’s from scratch veggie burgers.
Dimitri is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, which explains why he is loved by so many. He is a local who truly appreciates what it means to be a Petaluman and is asking for our help in order to follow his dream by offer something that will help enhance our community. His campaign is on the web at www.gofundme.com/dimitrisfoodtruck.
Olive oil tasting and more
McEvoy Ranch is gearing up for another season of ranch tours, wine tastings, farm seminars and special events. As one of the largest U.S. producers of “estate-grown, certified organic extra virgin olive oil,” McEvoy is a yet another true gem in our diverse agriculture community. They also create some great wines to boot.