Awesome Wineries Close to Guerneville

If you live in or are visiting Guerneville you’ll likely want to head out and do some wine tasting. Almost every single day at the Market visitors ask us for recommendations on what tasting rooms to visit. Here are a few that we love. Keep coming back, because we will regularly feature our favorites. All of our features this week are either in or mighty close to downtown Guerneville.

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Crista Luedtke and Her Many Projects

Many of you already know Crista Luedtke, former partner and co-founder of Big Bottom Market, and a woman who has played an important role in helping to evolve the town of Guerneville. She opened boon hotel+spa and then boon eat+drink followed. Soon after she teamed up with Michael and Kate to open the Market and El Barrio followed. Although our team has bought her out, both Crista and her mother Sue, continue to be ardent supporters of all things Market related.
Beyond her businesses Crista continues to keep busy with creative side projects.
She has been a contestant on Guy’s Grocery Games, winning the first ever title of GGG grand champion. Since then she has recently moved to the other side of the table as a culinary judge. She’s become somewhat of a regular now and has more episodes airing in the fall and more filming later this year.  keep an eye on the Food Network to see her in action, eating and judging.

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Saucy Mama – The Perfect Pop-Up In Guerneville

This post comes at the perfect time. Why? Because tomorrow night at Three Alarm Grill Yvette Bidegain, otherwise known as Saucy Mama, will be cooking up soul food at Three Alarm Grill (707-604-6102, 16218 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446).

Every Monday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM you’ll find Yvette, her husband, and the rest of the crew serving up West County’s best soul food. Fried chicken, ribs, beans and greens, macaroni and cheese… the options are out of this world, the price is right and everything is made with a lot of love.

If you don’t know Yvette, this interview will give you a closer look at her roots and the people that inspired her soul food cooking.

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Nightingale Bakery Changes Hands

Florence Nightingale believed that nursing was her calling and similarly Beth Thorp, former nurse founder of Nightingale Breads in Forestville, turned the making of bread into her life work.  Her shop is named in honor of the famous caregiver.

Beth recently shared with the team at 20 Mile Radius that she would be passing the bakery on to a new owner. And while we are sorry to see her leave her passion she assured us that Jessie Frost, the new young and vibrant owner and baker, will honor her legacy and continue to make amazing breads and more.

We recently had the chance to sit with Jessie to learn more about her love of baking, how her career took shape and her plans for the new evolution of Nightingale Breads. Continue reading

People of West County – Wild Sage Yoga and Deneene Bell

This is our very first “People of West County” post. Within 20 Miles of our little hamlet there are thousands of people doing amazing things. We are so proud to feature our friend and member of the Big Bottom family Deneene Bell of Wild Sage Yoga.

In addition to Deneene being one of West County’s talented yogis her son is working at Big Bottom Market this summer. Join us on Wednesday nights through August 15th for Wilder’s Wing Wednesdays.

We are so proud of Wilder and absolutely excited to share the interview we conducted with Deneene about her yoga practice and what it means to her.

More detail on where you can participate in a Wild Sage Yogini session is below and please enjoy this interview as much as we did conducting it with our amazing friend who is also a peaceful and loving spirit.

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Kozlowski Farms – A West County Classic

If you have ever driven from Sebastopol, CA on the 116 heading west toward River Rd. you have likely passed Kozlowski Farms in Forestville.  For more than 50 years the Kozlowski’s have been running this agriculturally based local business and hand making food products from jams, vinegars and mustards to fresh apple pies. We recently sat with Carol Kozlowski-Every, who oversees some of the local and national and she invited us to sit with her and learn more.

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Olive Queen Estate Grown Olive Oils

It’s not hard to find exceptional olive oil in Western Sonoma County. Many of the wineries that dot our rolling hills also grow and harvest olives. The resulting oil and the flavor of each represents the unique soil, topography, and climate of the Russian River Valley or what is often referred to as the terroir.

Sixteen years ago, colleagues and friends of the Market, Rob Akins and Mark Berry bought an old apple farm with failing trees in Forestville. On a visit to Southern France and Italy the couple began tasting olive oil and fell in love with the idea of refurbishing the orchard and planting olive trees on the property. One year into the purchase of the property, Mark and Rob planted their first trees and have been planting more every few years. Their passion has grown into a thriving olive oil business — Olive Queen.

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