Food Restaurant community rallies to help Wine Country relief efforts

19:07  11 october  2017
19:07  11 october  2017 Source:   SF Gate

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As the sky over Wine Country carries the smoke of numerous fires sprinting across portions of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, initial recovery efforts are taking shape in the Bay Area, including a handful spearheaded by local restaurants, breweries and bars.

In Sonoma County, Pearl’s Diner opened for service. The staff was slim on Tuesday morning, with one employee working the front of the house and only a few cooks in the kitchen. By 10 a.m. they were serving a sizable crowd, said an employee.

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In Santa Rosa, a post on the city’s official Twitter account called for “licensed and available food truck vendors” to help feed people in the area.

Brandalyn Tramel with the city’s finance department said 12 food trucks and counting have responded to the request.

“I have 150 city of Santa Rosa employees working on 24-hour shifts,” she said. “Hopefully we can give them something better than peanut butter sandwiches.”

In Petaluma, the Lagunitas Brewing Company taproom was giving away water at the brewery. The company says it hopes to extend the hours later this week, but since a number of its employees were affected by the fire, staffing may be limited.

Several miles away, McNear’s Saloon has been providing free meals to families affected by the fire, and will continue to do so for the next few days.

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“Since we’re connected to the Mystic Theater, we’re having breakfast, lunch and dinner served over there for anyone in need,” said chef Joe O’Donnell. “The crowds haven’t been that big so far, but we hear shelters are filling up. We might look into sending lunches to other areas for people to have.”

Through Thursday, Round Table Pizza is offering free pizza at shelters in Petaluma (333 Casa Grande Road), Rohnert Park (5401 Snyder Lane), Sebastopol (650 Analy Ave.), Santa Rosa (1351 Maple Ave.) and San Rafael (3501 Civic Center Drive). The Concord pizza chain outpost is also delivering pizzas on demand to first responders.

At Napa’s Oxbow Market, the Fatted Calf gave sandwiches to folks in need. In San Francisco, chef Dominique Crenn said on Twitter that her restaurant staff at Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn would make cheese sandwiches to be delivered to fire victims. At the Alembic (1725 Haight St.), the public can drop off donations of food, blankets, clothing, medical supplies and pet food, from noon to close throughout the week.

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Equator Coffee co-founder Helen Russell said she has employees living in the fire-affected areas, including one who lost a home. The chain is partnering with Urban Remedy, the organic food company, and Flour Craft Bakery to bring coffee and pastries for 200 people to the Marin County Civic Center, which is being used as a shelter.

“None of us have ever experienced anything like this. It’s just devastating for so many people,” Russell said.

Since the fires began, there have been 25,000 evacuations, with nearly 5,000 people in shelters, according to the Sonoma County sheriff’s office.

The gestures big and small are a show of solidarity in the Bay Area’s food and drink scene, illuminating the intrinsic connection between the local, urban food and wine industry and its more rural counterparts — chefs operating within San Francisco’s 49 square miles and those outside city limits.

Justin Phillips is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Twitter: @JustMrPhillips Email: jphillips@sfchronicle.com


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