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Above the Brim

Rivertown rants, raves and reviews from a man of many hats

Rancho Meats

I’m a little disappointed by the local media outlets (KTVU, KPIX, etc) for not delving in a bit deeper, especially knowing that Petaluma is at the epicenter of the slow food movement.  But I can’t say I am surprised.  The more hype they can peddle, the better their ratings…although at the same time they seem to ignore that there might be a connection between that kind of business model and the fact that they are losing readership/viewership at an alarming rate.  … Read More »

Taste of Petaluma (2013)

Whether you are new to Petaluma, a Petaluma native, or are simply hankering for a walk around downtown, this weekend’s Taste of Petaluma is the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the final days of summer. Six years ago, I moved back to Petaluma, after living in various parts of the Bay Area for close to 20 years.  Although I visited on occasionally to see friends and family, I hadn’t realized how much the downtown had changed since my… Read More »

Speakeasy 2.0 (NOW SERVING BRUNCH!!!)

Along with being one of the only places in town serving food into the witching hours beyond midnight, Speakeasy now serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.  Yup, if you want a great brunch but don’t get up super early, you can mozy on down any time before 5pm for a world class brunch.  …and you get there after 5pm, you can expect an equally world class dinner. Four of us went to try Speakeasy’s new brunch so we could… Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day (Carol Porter)

Anyone that knows my mother knows that she is a giver.  She gives of herself to her family and gives of herself to her community.  It is the rare non-profit that doesn’t have her on their roster of volunteers.  She is the first one they call when they need someone smart, caring, and energetic.  And she doesn’t care what the task is, she fills in where ever she is needed.  Whether it is handle tickets sales at the Great Petaluma… Read More »

Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff…

…Salsa, and Beer Tasting! This Saturday, May 11th, marks the 16th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa and Beer Tasting.  The event has become a Petaluma institution and is always a crowd favorite.  This isn’t hard to believe with over 40 chili and salsa teams battling it out for top honors.  And don’t forget about the beer garden and the music and entertainment.   The event is held from 1pm – 5pm in and around Herzog Hall (Petaluma Fairgrounds) and benefits… Read More »

Wild Goat Bistro to donate 20% to Cinnabar Theater.

Haven’t been out in a while? Antsy to enjoy the nice weather? Head over to Wild Goat Bistro on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 for lunch or dinner and they will donate 20% of the entire bill to Cinnabar Theater. Additionally, they will give you a $10 off coupon for a future visit. This is a great way to support the local community two ways, all the while filling your belly with great food. Don’t miss their incredible ZERT menu. Personally,… Read More »


It only took two weeks to sell 150 out of 200 tickets for this event so if you want all-you-can-eat crab (striaght from crabbing boats out of our own harbors)  – cooked, cleaned, cracked, and brought to your plate, plus over $3,000 worth of awesome raffle prizes, you better get your tickets soon.  This will sell out – likely in the next few days. This event will be hosted at Lagunitas Brewing Company on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. … Read More »

Wine Country Helicopter Tour: The Perfect Christmas Gift

About this time last year, I came across a Groupon deal for a helicopter tour based out of the Petaluma airport.  The tour by Heloventure was offered for two passengers and was deeply discounted – more than what I normally find on Groupon.  If you don’t know, helicopter and airplane tours are quite expensive - something I have always considered far outside my budget, so this Groupon seemed like the deal of the century.  With Christmas coming up, I decided to treat myself and… Read More »

Christmas Experiment – Buying Local??? (Part 3)

Local Christmas Experiment: Part 3 – Ornaments, Hats, and Cards Did we find local ornaments?  Yes, we found local ornaments. We found a local artist with handmade ornaments, fashioned from recycled antique-y kinds of things, like bells and balls and books.  We could not have been more excited.  The prices were steep compared with Walmart and the Grocery Outlet, but we were being green …green squared.  We were buying from a local artist and were buying ornaments that used recycled… Read More »

Christmas Experiment – Buying Local??? (Part 2)

Local Christmas Experiment: Part 2 – Craft Fairs and Baked Goods How easy would it be to find a reasonably priced local tree and decorate it with locally crafted ornaments and lights?  The short answer? – not very.  And not without hitting our pocketbooks pretty hard. The first thing we did was check with a few downtown Petaluma shops to see if they carried anything from local artisans.  This proved fruitless.  We wrestled with the idea of getting no tree… Read More »