Outside dining now available
Patrons, appropriately socially distanced, enjoyed the patio at Salt & Stone in Kenwood on May 23. Photo by Alec Peters.
Thanks to the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions by county health officials, restaurants that are able to, can offer outdoor sit-down food and drink service.
The same goes for wineries, tasting rooms, brewpubs, breweries and bars. Alcohol sales for these entities must be part of a "meal" transaction, not sold separately. Food service may be contracted by an outside vendor, like a caterer. Tasting rooms, wineries, and brewpubs that do not provide a meal service are not allowed to open.
After these latest changes became official at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 23, restaurants scrambled to create an outdoor dining experience that followed the many rules laid out by the county.
Some, like Salt & Stone in Kenwood, were up and running by lunchtime, with a steady stream of patrons all day long. Others with patio service available took another day or so to organize their facility.
Among the guidelines are spacing of all tables a minimum of six feet apart, limiting tables to no more than 10 people, all of whom have to be from the same household, ensuring social distancing if people are waiting, no self-service buffets, frequent disinfecting of high contact touch points (door handles, phones, etc.), limiting entrance points, and no sharing between tables of items such as condiment bottles, or salt and pepper shakers.
For all the details about reopening, read the county order at socoemergency.org/amendment-no-3-to-health-order-no-c19-09/.
To find out if any local restaurants, tasting rooms or wineries are open for outdoor food service, check their websites or Facebook pages.
State of the North Bay webinar
In the midst of the biggest disruption to the economy in the last century, how do we get through this pandemic and reset the economy to fix inequities and make it more resilient for all people? While they don't have all the answers, two speakers will share ideas and hope for a better tomorrow at a June 11 webinar, 7:30-9:30 a.m., sponsored by the North Bay Leadership Council.
Dr. Micah Weinberg, CEO, California Forward, and Chris Dombrowski, Acting Director for the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will provide new insights and fresh data on the North Bay's economic resilience and what key factors will be shaping our future.
The cost is $25. To sign up, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-state-of-the-north-bay-conference-tickets-104066708326.
Locals receive business awards
The North Bay Business Journal recently announced its "Forty Under 40" awards, given to rising leaders in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties who are under 40 years of age.
In northern Sonoma Valley, awards went to Lauren Benward, 39, co-proprietor at Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, and Jamie Benziger, winemaker at Imagery Estate Winery in Glen Ellen.
In Sonoma, recognition went to Logan Harvey, 32, the mayor of the city of Sonoma.
For the complete list of winners, go to www.northbaybusinessjournal.com.
Speaking of awards...
The Kenwood Press recently won a couple of awards.
In this year's California News Publishers Association contest, Jay Gamel received a First Place in the "Coverage of Local Government" category for his story in the Dec. 15, 2019, issue, "KFD Tables Consolidation Effort," about the Kenwood Fire Department and the reorganization of local fire districts in Sonoma Valley.
And our former employee Sarah Phelps, who moved on to greener pastures at the end of 2019, won second place in the same category for her May 15, 2019, story, "Sounding the Alarm," about the potential use of sirens in an emergency.
Congratulations to both of them!