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Business Beat: 07/15/2020

Business Beat -- July 15, 2020

Restrictions put back on local businesses

 For over a month indoor seating in restaurants had been allowed, with safety precautions, and wineries and tasting rooms had welcomed back indoor visitors by appointment.Local restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms and the like must be feeling déjà vu as the state Department of Public Health has added Sonoma County to a group of counties that need to put Covid-19 health and safety restrictions in place.

While things aren't totally shut down as they were in March, the new rules that came out July 13 do not allow indoor dining, but outdoor dining is okay, as well as take-out. Wineries and tasting rooms must operate outdoors only, and serving food is not a requirement.

Other indoor activities also stopped include bars, museums, and family entertainment centers like bowling alleys and arcades.

With the step back, it's even more important to support your local businesses. And wear a mask while you're doing it, except to eat and drink of course!

Sensory exploration of Cabernet Sauvignon

Randall Watkins

Laurel Glen Vineyard in Glen Ellen will offer the first of a series of virtual wine classes on July 23, at 5 p.m., via Zoom.

The first course will be A Sensory Exploration of Cabernet Sauvignon Through the Ages. Bettina Sichel and winemaker Randall Watkins will lead participants through an evaluation of the color, aroma and flavor of 1984, 1997, 2003, 2012, and 2016 vintages of Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grown on Sonoma Mountain. 

The price includes the 5 wines individually packaged in vials. Wines featured in the class can be picked the day of the class from the Laurel Glen Tasting Room, 13750 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen.

Call 933-9877 with any questions, or email to find out how to sign up.

New Executive Chef at St. Francis Winery

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Peter Janiak joins St. Francis Winery & Vineyards as the new Executive Chef, managing the estate pairings, winemaker dinners, private engagements, and its ever popular and nationally acclaimed food and wine pairings. Janiak will also oversee the winery's two-acre organic vegetable and herb gardens, providing fresh and accessible ingredients to support the dining experiences at St. Francis.

Janiak comes from the New England Culinary Institute, and has a background in the culinary arts with experience serving as Culinary Director at Crimson Wine Group and Executive Chef at San Francisco's distinguished Presidio Social Club. Janiak is touted for influencing "a sense of place" in his cuisine, with a deep appreciation for sourcing ingredients locally and seasonally with farmers and fishmongers.

"Not only will we continue to grow our own fruits and vegetables to pair with our wines," said Janiak, "But we will become more scrupulous in selecting varieties that accentuate their elegance and structure. Everything we grow will be meticulously cared for just like our wine grapes."

For more information, go to

Transcendence Theatre's summer camps discount

Transcendence Teens 

Transcendence Theatre's virtual summer camps are coming up, and now you can get a 10 percent discount.

"Virtual Kids Camp" for ages 7-12 will take place July 27-31. Join professional teaching artists, Broadway performers, and kids from across the country for a week of fun-filled workshops in acting, dancing, and musical theatre creation.

"Virtual Teen Intensive" for ages 13-18 is slated for July 20-25. This will be a week of master classes with Broadway and professional artists, and is designed to prepare teens for a career in the performing arts. Broadway training right in your living room!

To sign up, go to

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