About Rivertown

My name is Houston and I am a Petalumaholic. If it has to do with Petaluma, I am reading about it, visiting it, playing in it, or eating it. I try to participate wherever I can in this community that I under-appreciated as a kid. A big fan of food, I revel in Petaluma’s vast and diverse restaurant, brewery, and winery scene and volunteer or visit every Petaluma food festival, event, or “feed” that I can. I am an Elite Yelp reviewer and in my free time blog as often as I can about the food, as well as the parades, festivals, events, people, and businesses that make Petaluma such a great place to live. I encourage your feedback and look forward to serving the community through my Petaluma 360 blog.

A Museum That Is Big On Power

So far I have found two little know private museums in the Petaluma area.  Before you jump to any blurry Monet conclusions, I warn you that they are not what most would expect from a museum, but in my book they are just as valuable for their art, history, and [...]

By | July 8th, 2010|4 Comments

Inaugural Strange Pie Challenge

Attending Penngrove’s “Biggest Little Parade” on July 4th built up an appetite that only the Penngrove Picnic could fill, and so we spent the middle of the day stuffing ourselves with pit beef, BBQ chicken and 4H Zerts (at $1 a piece, you can’t get just one dessert.)   If we [...]

By | July 7th, 2010|6 Comments

Parades, Picnics, Pies, and Fireworks

The Fourth of July again delivered better than promised.  A little hot for some, I think the weather was perfect.  It was warm early enough that short pants were in order, peaking midday with perfect picnicking weather, as long as you could find a good shade tree.  The [...]

By | July 5th, 2010|4 Comments

A Fourth of July Tradition

I grew up in Penngrove.  This isn’t an admission, it’s a proclamation.  I just returned from the Penngrove Firemen’s Breakfast, and am feeling especially nostalgic of Penngrove and am excited to attend tomorrow’s Fourth of July Parade.  I don’t know if it is dubbed the “Biggest Little Parade” because it [...]

By | July 3rd, 2010|5 Comments

Petaluma Weekend – July 2, 3, 4

Things to do in Petaluma this weekend. (Please feel free to contact me with any events you would like to see highlighted on upcoming editions of Petaluma Weekend.) Happy Birthday to US.  It is the Fourth of July weekend, which brings back three of my favorite events of the year.  Since [...]

By | July 2nd, 2010|3 Comments

Petaluma Connections

“In Petaluma, you are only three people away from having made-out with everyone,” says the 39 year old flight attendant, wife, and mother of two.  Pretty in high school, only to mature into a beauty that rivals any on the silver screen, she can get away with saying things that [...]

By | June 30th, 2010|2 Comments

Indian Burritos? Avatar’s Punjabi Opens.

After 20 years as a downtown staple, Aram’s has closed their doors.  Avatar’s Punjabi Burrito has opened in their place and offers a new twist on the burrito -- Indian cuisine wrapped in Punjabi flat bread.  The ingredients are local, the flavors are diverse, and from what little I know [...]

By | June 29th, 2010|16 Comments


I overheard someone claim that “prosciutto” is the Italian word for “expensive Bacon.”  “From a pig,” yes.  “Delicious,” of course.  “Makes everything better!” si signora   …but prosciutto is not bacon, expensive or otherwise.  Due to the unique dry curing process, prosciutto can be eaten without cooking, and comes from a different [...]

By | June 28th, 2010|3 Comments

Petaluma Weekend – Things To Do

June 25, 26, 27 (Please feel free to contact me with any events you would like to see highlighted on upcoming editions of Petaluma Weekend.)   The major event this weekend is the Sonoma-Marin Fair.  Along with many musical events, there is The Ugly Dog Contest, The Destruction [...]

By | June 25th, 2010|1 Comment

Petaluma Fair; My Favorite Things…

www.sonoma-marinfair.org The Sonoma-Marin Fair brings joy to countless thousands.  It is hard to know if it is the games, the rides, the animals, the food, or the exhibitors, but I am guessing it is a combination of them all, plus the chance to spend quality time with family and friends [...]

By | June 24th, 2010|1 Comment