256 North of Rosen will be handed over to new management with the departure of John Rosenthe founder and current owner.
According to Jan and Alice Kilgore, one of Jan’s long-time employees, Alice and her family hope to take over the reins as soon as all transfer details and paperwork, including the ABC license, can be settled. At a farewell party last Saturday, Jan expressed her gratitude to all of her longtime customers, many of whom have become like family over the years, and that she had always dreamed of handing the restaurant over to an employee. worthy. She is confident that Alice and her family will do a great job.
Alice tells me there are still a lot of balls in the air so nothing is set in stone yet, but she hopes to have more information for us shortly. The restaurant is scheduled to reopen on August 23 and will be much the same as before. Obviously, over time, she’ll put her fingerprints on the restaurant, but some things will stick around for sure, like Jan’s Pot Pie and their award-winning burger.
Tara Firma Farms will host an annual barn dance, the first since the pandemic, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at its I Street expansion facility. An announcement from the farms said, “Enjoy an evening of live music, dancing and barbecuing at our beautiful family farm. Help us celebrate 12 years of Tara Firma Farms! A fundraiser for the Tara Firma Farms Institute to help fund our nonprofit and agricultural education. We hope to see you there!”
Food will be provided by Holistic Ag and there will be a beer and wine bar. And don’t forget to bring warm clothes, although we hope the current heatwave will continue into the evening hours, giving us one of our rare annual warm nights, which would be so perfect for a dance of barn. Tickets are only $30 ($25 for members) and are available at tarafirmafarms.com up until a few hours before the dance or at the door.
No dogs or food or drink outside except wine, which is allowed with a $10 corkage fee.
The Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival is back in its 26th year and will be held August 27-28 at Watts Ranch in what is now Bodega. (The address is 16855 Bodega Highway), which contrary to popular belief, is not the “Bodega” avenue most of us refer to when identifying the road we take at cost. This Bodega Avenue title actually ends when the road passes Two Rock, at which point it becomes Valley Ford Road, not Bodega Highway.) This event normally draws over 10,000 people for art, music and food and drinks.
Tickets are $25 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $20 at bodegaseafoodfestival.com. Wine, beer, cider and spirits tastings can be purchased separately.
More than 50 beverage vendors will flock throughout the weekend and the food will range from dim sum and Mexican to sausages, garden-fresh delicacies and seafood, of course.
Tortilla Real’s The brunch offering has been around for a while, but we only recently learned about the menu specials at this authentic downtown Mexican restaurant.
Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, the menu includes Chilaquiles Divorciados (fries cooked in a mixture of half tomatillo sauce and half red sauce, topped with sour cream, queso fresco and white onions, served with two scrambled eggs), Huevos Rancheros (homemade organic corn tortilla topped with refried beans), Oaxaca cheese and two sunny-side-up eggs, and ranchera sauce, served with a side of whole beans and pico de corn gallo, Huevos con Chorizo (scrambled chorizo with two eggs, served with a side of country potatoes, organic corn tortillas and salsa molcajete), Breakfast Tacos or Breakfast Burrito (both with the same toppings – scrambled eggs, country potatoes, black beans, Oaxaca cheese and pico de gallo), Corn Pancakes (available in a small and a large order) and Torta Ahogada (chili sauce, tomato sauce, pulled pork, beans and onions marinated.) I believe all dishes can t be prepared vegetarian, on request.
While we were talking about Tortilla Real, we discovered a new dish the last time we dined with them and have been thinking about it ever since. It was their Camarones a la Diabla, which isn’t on the regular menu, but I’m told it makes regular appearances on the specialty menu. Although spicy, it wasn’t too much, but it was the subtle roasted flavor that caught our attention.
Owner Luiz Flores told us all the peppers that go into the recipe and confirmed that one of them is lightly roasted to give it a flavor like the one he remembers from home. We also noticed when ordering that Tortilla Real has Taco Tuesday pricing, but every day of the week for Happy Hour — all tacos are only $2. We’ve all had them and we all love them, but the fish and prawns are our favorites.
Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen recently posted on the Petaluma Foodies page on Facebook that for the first time in a long time she and her husband dined at Tortilla Real instead of ordering delivery, and they loved it. We noticed recently that they took down their tent, making the patio more open, and also changed their dining area, making it much friendlier.
Owner Luiz told me that people constantly come asking if this is a new restaurant, not realizing that Tortilla Real has been open for a year and a half and maintains a 4.5 star rating on Yelp .
One of the things Stephanie particularly enjoyed in person was the hibiscus, pineapple and cinnamon agua fresca, which was perfectly refreshing and tasted like a cocktail. Susan West really made us laugh with his recent review on social media of his first visit to Tortilla Real. “Damn Bob! We just tried Tortilla Real for the first time and can’t wait to go back!! We had the Birria and Carnitas plates, and each tried a fish taco. Wow! Wow! Wow! Everything was out of this world!
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