Sign up now for Penngrove Chicken BBQ
Although the Penngrove Independence Day Parade has been canceled for the second year in a row, the incredible Chicken BBQ is back for the second year in a drive-thru format. And although pick-ups are not until Saturday, June 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Penngrove Park, you will want to order early as I believe it sold out last year.
Volunteer cooks with the Penngrove Social Firemen will be hard at work from early in the morning hours to put together incredible barbecue chicken meals, with beans, macaroni salad and bread, all for just $20 per plate. And don’t forget that the Penngrove 4-H will be there selling desserts for just $1 each, a price I don’t think has ever gone up. So bring some cash to help support the 4-H, too. Ticket must be purchased by June 20 through either Eventbrite (chicken-bbq-penngrove.eventbrite.com) or, to avoid the service fee, take your cash or checks to JavAmore Café (794-1516, 10101 Main St., Penngrove) between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. and get your tickets in person.
The event, as always, is put on by the Penngrove Social Firemen as a fundraiser for club and park maintenance and to help support Penngrove events, such as the parades. penngrovesocialfiremen.org
Social media is all abuzz about two recently openings we announced here over the past couple of weeks. The first is Urban Deli, which is located on the Petaluma Boulevard side of Theatre Square. The exact address is 151 Petaluma Blvd. S., but with only a spot and a half in front of their location, the likelihood of getting a parking spot right out front is slim, so simply drive to Theatre Square, park, and you’ll find your way there. (There is free parking in multi-story parking garage on C Street, between 1st and 2nd streets.) It appears to be the old Subway sandwich shop location, but I have not visited yet, so cannot be sure. What I am sure of is all the rave reviews people have been posting about both their sandwiches and their Mediterranean cuisine. Having missed the grand opening announcement, and had some questions about whether they are a chain, franchise or are privately owned, I reached out to them through their Facebook page and received a nice and prompt response inviting me to come down to learn more about their shop. I do love me some good kafta, shawarma and kabob, so I can’t wait to try them. Visit eaturbandeli.com for more info, including the menu and online ordering.
The next surprise grand opening came from Pink Owl, located next to Whole Foods. Several members of the Petaluma Foodies Facebook group posted photos and positive comments about their experiences. “The Pink Owl was fantastic this afternoon! So hard to find a dry cappuccino without it tasting ‘burned',” posted Christine Bertino.
“Pink Owl lives up to the hype! My friend ordered a coconut and white chocolate latte that she’s been trying to recreate from a past favorite shop and they nailed it. My iced mocha was great and they have some outdoor seating so you can enjoy your concoctions,” posted Rachelle Fugitt-Schneider.
Father’s Day and Grad Sale
The Father’s Day and Graduation Bonanza Sale will be held this Sunday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Of the Woods, which is one of the vendors of this local and unique gift event. They offer handmade charcuterie boards, which is a growing topic of interest these days, now that the weather is warming up and small home gatherings are gaining steam. And if you’ve visited this outdoor parking lot sale before, you may want to give it a revisit as the vendors change monthly. The address is 210 F St., which is the parking lot that Of the Woods shares with Pinky’s Pizza.
Fun at the Fairgrounds
Transcendence Theatre Company is returning to the Petaluma Fairgrounds on June 6 for a live drive-in performance, all to help raise funds for Jack London State Historic Park. These are the folks that put on Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London Park. In the last 10 years, they have raised over half-a-million dollars for the park, in addition to working with our community on projects revolving around youth, education, health, arts and the environment. So, what is the food connection? Dino’s Greek Food Truck will be at the event taking orders for anyone who wants to enjoy some great food along with the great show.
Grads and margaritas (it’s not what you think)
Tortilla Real is celebrating the class of 2021 by offering 10% off student meals throughout the month of June to anyone who shows their senior student ID. While on the topic of Tortilla Real, we tried and loved their margarita when we were researching our recent Argus article but am glad to see we are not the only ones. Heather Holliday posted to Petaluma Foodies, “I dare all foodies that are margarita lovers to try the one at Tortilla Real. I think it’s the best one in Petaluma! And you’d never know there is no tequila (who knew sake could taste like tequila??). Would love to hear what you all think. I love this place!” That is certainly a challenge many were eager to accept, with some (like us) responding that they had sampled already and agreed with her assessment. Additionally, owner Chef Luis Flores recently announced, “You asked for it and we made it for you. Our mole plate is now part of our menu.” Check it out – it’s pretty incredible.