We've been open for a little over two weeks now and the response from the community has been incredible. The fancy "Friends and Family" opening we held one week ago was an absolute smash, with live music by Bob Appleby and Michael Haworth of Bottle Shock , delicious snacks donated by Viva Mexicana, The Ceres Project and Debbie at Patisserie Angelica, all washed down with excellent wine from Russian River Vineyards. Our hearts were bursting with gratitude after this phenomenal party... but nothing could have prepared us for the fantastic Grand Opening the following day! So many loyal regulars stopped in to tell us how eagerly they had awaited our re-opening, while first-time customers expressed their excitement at discovering such a fantastic shop. The mayor of Sebastopol, Sarah Glade Gurney, and members of the Chamber of Commerce even came to assist us in an exciting ribbon cutting ceremony!
We held drawings for prizes all throughout the day, with some very happy winners! We were utterly blown away by the excellent turnout. Michele Anna Jordan, our local food writer extraordinaire, also came to sign copies of her wonderful cookbooks! One of the greatest successes of the day happened when Miller and Kim Fallon of Sonoma Spice Company made a pot of heirloom Rancho Gordo beans, with lots of fresh garlic and a superb spice blend from Kim's delicious selection. They quick-soaked them and cooked them extra fast in a small Fagor Duo pressure cooker (stay tuned for more on pressure cooking and heirloom beans!). The piquant smell wafting onto the street drew curious visitors into the store, even enticing one to take a pressure cooker home with her! Nothing brings people together like good food and good friends, and we are so happy to cultivate both in this beautiful community.
Here is a peak at some of the lovely things we have for kitchen and home, as well as a snapshot of our fearless leader. Enjoy, and we hope to see you soon!