WRM News #219 – The Best Pasta Sauce?
Best Pasta Sauce?
Join the Product Trials
Taste of Autumn Ticket Sales
The North Bay’s Best Pasta Sauce In a Jar?
Over that past month or so I, along with friends from the Mendocino Grain Project, have put in some long, hard hours taste testing pastas and local area pasta sauces (well, and maybe some beer as well). Westside Renaissance Market, doing the hard work so you don’t have to. We have a few left to go. But, two of the sauces we tested so far were so unanimously/obviously outstanding that they landed in the “must get” category. So, last Thursday I stopped by VJB Vineyard & Cellars in Kenwood to meet Maria Gabriella ( a bit about Maria at
http://www.vjbcellars.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=81 ) and her son Henry Belmonte … and to get a few cases of her sauce. It is now on the shelf!! I’d try it if I were you.
Watch this space for more news about winners in the great pasta challenge.
I have gathered a LOT of other potential new products made in the North Bay … which to choose? That’s where you can help. The Westside Renaissance will be sampling a number of potential new products to see if they qualify to join our ever expanding collection of cool local products. When you come in, ask to taste something. In the sample zone at the moment are olive oil roasted almonds by The Olive Press of Sonoma and bread sticks made by Panevino of Saint Helena … right now we are sampling the bread stick with the (top notch) Fiscalini cheddar added in.
One early taste test winner is “Sonomic” an all new concoction that lands somewhere between red wine vinegar and a good balsamic. A wonderful twist as a straight dressing, over veggies, goes with ice great and or even as a finish on grilled meat. More at http://www.sonomicvinegar.com/index.html
It comes in two versions, one made with cabernet sauvignon grapes and another with Gewurztraminer. They should both be arriving sometime Tuesday (although waiting until Wednesday might be wise …). You will be able to taste these as well.
Speaking of tickets, you can come get your ticket to the Heartstone Village Taste of Autumn benefit. Music, auctions, hay rides, apple pressing, nature walks, organic & local food and wine tasting. It is Sunday, October 6 from 1-5pm at Frey Vineyards. Advance sale tickets are $20. It will be $30 at the door.
Pledge to Support the Ukiah Farmers’ Market
KEEP IT UP! We are still chasing Aptos. 96 pledges behind at the moment, exactly 14 days to go.
NEW INFO: YOU CAN PLEDGE AS OFTEN AS ONCE PER DAY. So, if you spend more than $10 at the market PLEASE pledge multiple times each week!!!
Go to www.LoveMyFarmersMarket.org Enter Ukiah, pick the Ukiah Saturday market and follow the prompts to make your pledge. Thanks!
Thanks to everyone who came to the Ukiah Farmers Market food stamp match benefit last Friday! It was a big success and raised a bit over $1500! Big thanks to Ben & Valerie from Russian Creek farm who organized it. Stop by and say high to them at the farmers market and maybe try some of their great pork.
Beer Looking For A Brave Host
I am looking for a central Ukiah home willing to host our next beer tasting. Anyone out there willing to risk their home for some free beer? Actually we are a relatively well behaved lot.
Blowout sale on the (absolutely 1st class) Brazilian Honey Cakes by Kika’s Treats. They retail for $9.50 and up elsewhere. We normally sell them for $7.50. Only $6.50 this week.
Salsa blowout. All three Wine Country Kitchen salsas (peach, verde and fire roasted corn) at a rock bottom $3.50.
Mendocino Grain project whole grain winter wheat 15% off.
In the foreign beer section, 15% off De Ranke’s Saison De Dottignies, available in both 11.2 fl oz and 1 Pt, 9.4 fl oz sizes. Into IPA? You owe it to yourself to try Knee Deep’s Simtra and it is 10% off this week. Help clear out Dead Guy Ale, Bison Hop Cuvee or Rogue Oregasmic Ale at 25% off.