The governing board of Sonoma Clean Power approved a 10-year power supply agreement with Calpine Energy Service in late November, which will provide around 10 percent of the agency’s power needs over the course of the contract term. It is the second power contract for the startup power provider, which also inked its primary, three-year power supply contract with Constellation Energy that month, expecting to purchase around 500,000 megawatt hours annually by 2016.
On November 18th, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley and Charbay Distillery hosted their fifth annual Wine Country Cocktail Competition and the first one in Sonoma, hosted by the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. The evening brought together top wine country mixologists and chefs in a team competition, pitting 12 establishments against one another. Top wine country restaurants and bars competing included: Press, El Dorado Kitchen, Goose & Gander, and Girl & The Fig. Competitors were provided four flavors from the Charbay spirits portfolio as well as the entire flavor line-up of The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley, including their new seasonal flavor Cranberry. Food and cocktails were judged on presentation, flavor, creativity and how well they paired together. Event judges were Brian Kropf, Editor in Chief (Mutineer Magazine), Bay area food and beverage journalist Virginia Miller and Daniel Ojinaga (Society House, Santa Rosa), the winner from this summer’s event held at the Andaz Napa. The first place prize of $500 was awarded to John Staley and Chef Nick Sherman of El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma. Second place prize of $400 went to Kyleen Krstitch and Chef Jason Toji of St. Helena’s PRESS Restaurant. Goose & Gander’s Joel Pfeifle and Chef Kelly McCown rounded out the winners, coming in third place for a cash prize of $300.
OpenTable , the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, announced the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. North Bay honorees include Bistro Vis A Vis in Larkspur and the French Laundry in Yountville.
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