A West County Day With The Ladies

This evening we are hosting a “Saturday Night Family Dinner” at the Market. A few of our good friends are popping in for Chris’s Smoked Ribs, Wilder’s Wings, Diana Bell’s Salad, and Christian’s Scalloped Potatoes (we have yet to tell him he is making these for us). And for dessert, vanilla ice cream with Donna Starr’s Choco Espresso Cookies.

So, Diana, Deneene’s mom (we wrote about Deneene a few weeks back), and I decided to set out for a little shopping and meandering West County adventure. We posted about our fun on Instagram so check it out and if you’re not a follower take a moment to join in on the Big Bottom Market Instagram fun.

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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

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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Proper British Cheese From William Cofield Cheesemakers

We have a new event at the Market called Layover. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, we stay open until 9:00 PM and people “Layover” while waiting for a table at one of the great restaurants here on Main St. in Guerneville. Yummy bites are served along with $8 glasses of amazing wines.

Last Friday we decided to give people the chance to “upgrade” to a tasty dinner. The menu offered up lemon and rosemary roasted chicken wings; roasted potatoes, carrots and shallots; and tasty salad dressed with the Market’s Champagne Vinaigrette.

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West County Fungi From Gourmet Mushrooms, Inc.

Large nondescript buildings in Sonoma County often signal a wine storage facility or a winery sans tasting room. Nestled on the east side of the 116 near Occidental Road is one of these unusually curious outposts thathouses Gourmet Mushrooms, Inc. While you hardly notice the massive structure as you are heading for a day of wine tasting or recreation at the river, redwoods or cost, the contents and activity beyond the exterior are something to be seen (and tasted). You can skip to the end of this post for the Savory Mushroom and Onion Biscuit Bread Pudding recipe.

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