TIPS Roadside taking over old Vineyards Inn spaceThe owners of the Tri-Tip Trolley food truck you see parked at various events in Sonoma Valley and beyond will be opening a new restaurant at the corner of Sonoma Highway and Adobe Canyon Road, the former Vineyards Inn location.
The name for the eatery? TIPS Roadside.
“We always wanted a restaurant,” said proprietor Susie Pryfogle. “It's in our blood.”
The space is currently undergoing a big remodel, with the Pryfogles, who reside in Glen Ellen, aiming for a spring opening. At the moment, you can see one of their mobile kitchen trolleys in front of the building, offering breakfast and lunch to go, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For breakfast, grab a coffee and a tri-tip breakfast burrito, eggs and ham on a biscuit, or “Sugarloaf Sticks” (French toast). At lunch, order a veggie or tri-tip bowl, Mac n' cheese, or chili, just to name a few selections.
When TIPS Roadside opens for sit-down dining, the restaurant will start with breakfast and lunch, with an eye toward dinner later in the year.
The Pryfogles and Executive Chef Thaddeus Palmese described the menu as “wine country comfort food,” with an inspiration from the American South. Andrew Pryfogle's mother grew up in Alabama so he grew up on southern cooking. Chef Palmese has run his own restaurants in New Orleans and Sebastopol, with influences including American, French Creole, Latin and Southern cuisines.
“We could not be more excited, said Susie Pryfogle. “We want to be the place that everybody goes.”
The Pryfogles take over a space where the Vineyards Inn restaurant operated for 35 years with Steve and Colleen Rose at the helm.
Steve Schukler, whose family has owned the property for decades (it was a gas station once), acknowledged the long success of the Roses, and, is looking forward to the next chapter with the Pryfogles.
For more information, go to www.tipstritip.com.
Photography exhibit brings attention to stunning Kenwood vineyardsThe vineyards of Kenwood are on display at Sonoma Grille this month, which is featuring an exhibit from acclaimed local photographer Kent Sorensen. Photos on display include those taken at Kunde Family Winery and Kenwood Vineyards.
Sorensen has been captivated by photography since his father first allowed him into the darkroom to see how he processed photographs. After several successful business ventures in the biomedical and international housing fields, he became a world traveler, which inspired him to follow his passions of writing and photography.
“[Viewers] are getting a glimpse of Kenwood as one of the most scenic vineyard landscapes in the country,” said Sorensen. “For me, the vineyards in Provence would be a fair comparison.”
Sorensen lives in Sonoma. In addition to photography, he also manages the Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen.
Visit his website at www.kentwsorensen.com for more information.
Join Spann Vineyards on the Rhone RiverBetsy and Peter Spann, owners/winemakers at Spann Vineyards, will lead a wine and cultural cruise on the Rhone River in southern France, Aug. 10-17, that will pass through the wine regions of Beaujolais, Rhone and Provence.
In addition to winery and vineyard visits, land tours will explore ancient villages, Roman ruins, truffle farms, olive groves and walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. The Spanns will host wine dinners pairing both southern French wines and their own Sonoma Valley wines made from southern French grape varieties, with local dishes. Their connection with the wines and foods of France goes back 40 years. Betsy spent a year in Bordeaux in 1975 and Peter worked in French restaurants in New Orleans for many years. Both worked for French wine importing companies prior to starting Spann Vineyards in Glen Ellen in 2001.
Information can be found at their tasting room in the Kenwood Shopping Center at 8910 Sonoma Hwy., on their website at spannvineyards.com, or via their tour agency at www.toursandwine.com/spannvineyards or 714-988-6408.
Concierge doctor at your serviceDr. Guy Delrefice is taking over the Sonoma office of the late Dr. Rolf Olness, and is building a concierge medical practice. Delorefice, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, has been practicing in Sonoma County since 1999. He has extensive experience in hospital medicine and is well respected throughout the medical community, being voted a top physician in Sonoma County by his peers for 2016. He is now accepting new patients.
The concierge model allows patients more time and accessibility to their doctor, permitting physicians more time to facilitate care of their patients and advocate for them.
Delorefice received a degree in biology from St. Mary's College of California, then attended Creighton University for medical school where he received his M.D. degree. While at Creighton he participated in programs to set up medical clinics in third world countries. After graduating, he did his internship and residency at Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Delorefice is fluent in Spanish.
The practice is located at 370 Perkins St., Sonoma. The office staff has been with Dr. Delorefice for decades, including Marie Kiser, RN, (31 years) and the office manager Gretchen (21 years).
Delorefice and his wife, Rebecca, have been married since 2001 and have two children, Milan and Capri. His main hobby is spending time with his family, but he also loves the outdoors and a good adventure. He enjoys road biking, mountain biking, abalone diving, hunting, fishing and skiing. For more information visit www.drguysonoma.com or call the office at 938-1255.