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September, 2004 E-Newsletter

E-Newsletter: September, 2004
Sally's Place

This newsletter is dedicated to Julia Child, who passed away on August 13, two days before her 92nd birthday.  The culinary world mourns her passing. Julia was an inspiration to many of us.  I remember being in Paris over 10 years ago for an International Association of Culinary Professionals food conference and coming down to board a bus at 5 a.m. to visit the Rungis Market.  This is the VERY large market about 45 minutes outside of Paris that supplies food to the city of Paris.  There was Julia!  Ready to go and willing to stand still for all the admirers who wanted to have a picture taken with her. I saw her do this many more times, both signing books for hundreds of admirers waiting in line and taking pictures with her loyal fans:

I also remember being at the 1996 Symposium for Professional Food Writers at The Greenbrier resort.  I was sitting next to Julia in one of the writing sessions when the instructor told us to write for one minute about the word "butter."  Then he said to exchange papers with the person to your left.  And guess who was to my left.  So, we both began to write and I didn't know which was worse, me having to grade her paper or her grading mine. When we finished our comments Julia signed and dated the bottom of her work and I framed it for my kitchen.  Fond memories:

On to life as we know it, September is back-to-school month, of course, plus all the great fall foods are coming into season: apples, figs, dry and shelling beans, and hard squash, to name a few. Remember there is a season for each crop, a time when fruits and vegetables are at their peak.  Learn to look forward to each season and the excitement of vegetables just out of the field, fruit right off the tree and hand picked for premium ripeness and flavor.


AKA Gourmet is a delightful resource for California favorites featuring
wine country gifts made in Napa, Chocolate Gift Baskets (my favorite) and Chocolate Gift Towers (you can never make these high enough) and much more.

Appetizerstogo.com makes entertaining easy and affordable. Now you can create the perfect party for under $5.00 per person! All you need to do is bake, serve and impress. And, you'll save up to 60% vs. a caterer. They ship fast, fresh and FREE with guaranteed overnight delivery direct to your door. So check out their links and let the party begin!

Gotfruit.com: Their fruit is hand-picked, hand-sorted and hand-packed.
They pack to order each and every gift on the day of shipment - there is
no pre-packing - unlike other fruit gift sellers.

Mrs. Fields Gifts, Inc offers MANY products online such as gift
baskets, corporate gifts, decorated cookies, chocolates, student care
packages, and e-Gift certificates.

Pfaelzer Brothers: premium steaks, specialty meats, seafood, and monthly gourmet gift plans makes Pfaelzer special.

ThePopcornFactory.com: Fun Gifts For Every Occasion!


Just in time for its first anniversary celebration, Harvest & Rowe, a "farm fresh cafe" in downtown San Francisco, California, specializing in artisan salads, soups and sandwiches has teamed with Thanksgiving Coffee and Straus Family Creamery to offer the first totally organic and fair trade espresso bar in the city. Takeout or eat in Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Friday, Office delivery and Catering 415-541-7771

Just in time for its one year anniversary celebration, Tablespoon restaurant, a Top Ten Restaurant by the San Francisco Chronicle and Food and Wine Magazine, will be offering its guests two great promotions.  Every Sunday Tablespoon will feature a three course dinner for only $22.09.  And for those looking to nosh on some elegant fare after the theater, Tablespoon will offer a $10 menu beginning at 10:00 PM and serving until midnight Monday through Saturday.  Select wines to accompany the late night menu will be offered by the glass and in carafes for $10.  Tablespoon is located at 2209 Polk Street at Vallejo.  Dinner served nightly, Monday-Saturday 6:00PM-Midnight, Sunday 5:00PM-10:00PM. 415-268-0140.

The Monterey County Vintners and Growers Associations celebrates its 8th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend Thursday, November 11 through Sunday, November 14. The highlights of the weekend include; an opening reception gala, wine and food pairings along with other educational seminars, open houses at the wineries, narrated bus tours, winemaker dinners throughout Monterey County, silent auction and the grand finale at the Inn at Spanish Bay.
http://www.montereywines.org/ or 831-375-9400

Overstock.com offers many Kitchen and Dining specials such as appliances, cookware and cutlery, kitchen linens and decor, storage and tabletop.


We have posted several new Sally's Place Internet Radio Network interviews in our Studio Section:

Clinton Smith, American Landscape Photographer, Mendocino, California:

Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association Members,
Monterey, California...

Jane Beery, Tasting Room General Manager, San Saba Vineyards:

Dexter Farm, Tasting Room Sales, Blackstone Winery:

David E. Fleming, Winemaker, Paraiso Vineyards:

Rhonda Motil, Executive Director, Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association:

Pamela Storrs, Winemaker, Storrs Winery:

Judy Toyota, Assistant Tasting Room Manager, Clos LaChance:

Jennifer Dianto, Seafood Watch Program Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium:


"The Story of Sourdough: It's the Culture -- How the 49ers Struck Culinary Gold" by Robin Donovan:

Monty Preiser backs up his July 26th article in this article, "Napa/Sonoma All Star Team":

The July 26th article is "Early Criticism of 2003 Vintage May Be Flawed" by Monty Preiser debates the value of the 2003 grapes in California:

Caroline Carter recently updated one of our most popular articles: "Taking Time for Tea in San Francisco" -- it covers the usual and the unusual:


Sally and Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School are offering 4 fall tours at the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace. We have "Talks & Tastes" at several food and wine shops including Scharffen Berger Chocolates, McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil, Tsar Nicoulai Caviar and the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.  We also visit Book Passages. A three course pre-arranged lunch is our grand finale:

Fall tours dates are: September 21, October 7, November 9, and December 9. These tours cost $95.00 each and lunch will be at MarketBar.

Register online at:

Sally is also booking private tours for groups who want their own tour or cannot accommodate the Ramekins dates. If you'd like to book a private tour, call Sally at 415.518.8221 or email: sally@sallybernstein.com


Sally will be teaching cooking classes in the quaint California coastal town of Mendocino in conjunction with the AAA 4-Diamond Joshua Grindle Inn on these nights: Thursday, September 30th ( Italian Food) and Thursday, October 28th (French Fare).  (We just held our first class last week and it was a BIG success!):

On Saturday, November 20th and Saturday, December 18th Sally will be back in Mendocino teaching classes with Executive Chef Alan Kantor of the MacCallum House Restaurant.  These classes will be taught in the newly remodeled kitchen at the MacCallum Suites. November 20th is a complete 4 course mushroom class and December 18th is a holiday food class including Beef Wellington:


National Chicken Month, National Honey Month, National Rice Month, National Papaya Month, National Biscuit Month, National Potato Month, and National Mushroom Month.

September 6:  Labor Day
September 8:  National Date Nut Bread Day
September 10: Hot Dog Day
September 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13: Fortune Cookie Day
September 14: National Cream-filled Donut Day
September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day
September 19: National Butterscotch Pudding Day
September 20: National Punch Day
September 22: Autumnal Equinox -- First Day of Fall/Autumn
September 26: National Pancake Day, Johnny Appleseed Day
September 29: Poisoned Blackberries Day

Happy September,

Sally Bernstein
Editor in Chief

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