Welcome back, Wishbone in Petaluma
In their first Facebook post since March, Wishbone hinted on Aug. 21 that they might have a big announcement in the works. Then on Sept. 3, they posted that they will once again “open the doors for an extended encore performance,” surely in reference to the fact that they kept their doors open for quite a while last time while looking for a buyer of their restaurant. They announced that starting this Friday, Sept. 10, Wishbone will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for good coffee and a limited and “lovely” menu, for both café counter and patio service. On Sept. 4, they continued with, “The espresso machine will be singing, the griddle will be cranking, the music will be slightly too loud and the mimosas will be flowing.” (841 Petaluma Blvd. N. Their website is not currently up.)
Table Culture Provisions
So, if you are like me, your first questions upon hearing the Wishbone news was whether Table Culture Provisions was sharing the space, as they did when they first started at the location, or if they had moved on. I got a chance to catch up with TCP co-owner/chef Stéphane Saint Louis just prior to press and this is what he could share with me. The deal for the business simply did not work out, but TCP and Wishbone parted as friends and wish each other the best. Additionally, although tight lipped about the details, he promised to keep Petaluma readers in the loop about some even bigger news that is just over the horizon for TCP. You heard it here first, and Chef Stéphane promises you all will the first to know once they can make their announcement public.
Petaluma Educational Foundation’s “BASH” had to be switched again from a live event back to virtual but that doesn’t mean the celebration will be any less. The BASH is PEF’s big yearly fundraiser, usually raising several hundred thousand dollars for their programs. (Visit pefinfo.com for more information.) The BASH will livestream their event broadcast on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 6 -7 p.m. Currently, the online auction is open and although the Taste of Town raffle tickets are sold out, the “Restaurant Raffle” may be a different offering. Additionally, along with some great vacation packages, and a plethora of other prizes, there are a lot of restaurant gift certificate auction items still up for grabs. For those that may not win an auction or raffle item, please consider still giving by choosing the “Give” button on the BASH’s event site – pefbash2021.afrogs.org.
Keller Estate harvest celebration
It’s harvest celebration time at Keller Estate, one of the most beautiful vineyards in the area. On Sunday, Sept. 12, starting at 11 a.m., Keller will be pouring their newest release – 2018 brut rose, along with a selection of other Keller favorites. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., paella will be served by Paella del Reyes. We have attended this event several times in the past and have always had a wonderfully relaxing time. And as we have found out over and over again, Keller’s wines pair well with everything, from fine dining to paella to barbecue ribs when we judged the Ribs for Kids competition with Anna Keller. Tickets are still available for sale at kellerestate.com for $75, however, club members get two tickets complimentary. So, if you have ever been interested in joining, this is as good of an excuse as any.
Flamenco at Grand Central
Always keeping things exciting, Grand Central Petaluma (226 Weller St.) has just announced tickets for their Sept. 26 “Flamenco! Live!” event. The show starts at 3 p.m. and tickets are $25. Food will be available to purchase, likely including Grand Central’s recently announced selection of warm empanadas. The event is not yet listed on their website, so visit their Facebook page for more information.
Rumor has it that McDonald’s, after a quick remodel, has their McDowell location back up and running. Sure, it’s slick and modern looking, much to the chagrin of those who prefer the nostalgic old versions, but hey, it’s their money so they can spend it how they want. As I have written before, and although I have not been a consumer of fast food for over two decades, partially out of habit and partially out of a desire to spend my money at “mom and pop” restaurants. But this particular location is iconic for anyone who grew up in Petaluma in the 1970s, ‘80s and 90s. And after posting my article on their remodel a few months ago, the owners of the property (but not the franchise) were kind enough to offer me some keepsakes from the demolish. I now have several bricks, some steel spikes and a couple of the red roof tiles that were synonymous with the McDonald’s buildings of the last century. I haven’t figured out what to do with them yet, so for now, they sit alongside several bricks from the Big Yellow House in Santa Rosa and several bricks from Mendocino Brewing Company’s original Hopland taphouse.