West Petaluma Living

Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary’s 2014 Mardi Gras Celebration – A Benefit for the Petaluma Music Festival

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Feb• 13•14


Mardi Gras at Lagunitas Le Bon Temps Roule!

Come join the Mardi Gras Party at the Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary ─ a benefit for the Petaluma Music Festival ─ on Monday, February 24th, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.


The Church Marching Band and The Dixie Giants will be providing the New Orleans second line music and good times.  Tickets are only $25 for adults over 21, $10 for under 21, and free for kids 12 and under.


Ticket includes a Mardi Gras dinner by Belly Left Coast Kitchen ─ jerk chicken, Carolina pulled pork, Cajun grilled fish, red beans and dirty rice, black eyed pea salad, and roasted garlic bread.


Tickets available online by clicking here, in person at the Lagunitas Brewery Store, or at the door.  All proceeds benefit the music programs in all Petaluma area public schools!

Cinnabar’s Crab Feed Cracks a Cold One at Lagunitas Tap Room and Brewery – Jan 28th, 2014

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Dec• 16•13

Next month, two Petaluma icons team up for one great event when Lagunitas Brewing Company hosts a Crab Feed for Cinnabar Theater. Enter the beer garden, step into a heated tent, and enjoy loads of freshly caught crab along with salads, bread, and desserts.

Cinnabar’s Crab Feed takes place on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Get your claws on some delicious crab and crack a cold one at a feast that benefits Sonoma County’s beloved professional theater.

“Everyone knows that Lagunitas makes great beer,” said Cinnabar’s executive director, Terence Keane. “What you may not realize is how generous they are with local nonprofits. We’re tremendously grateful for their support as we continue offering terrific activities for local kids and exquisite plays, operas, and concerts for our community.

“So come on a culinary adventure with Cinnabar. But be sure to buy your tickets early, because last year sold out!”

Tickets for Cinnabar’s Crab Feed are  $55. To purchase a ticket, or for more information, call 707-763-8920 or visit cinnabartheater.org. Lagunitas Brewing Company is located at 1280 North McDowell Boulevard in Petaluma.



Oysters, Herb Crusted Salmon, Risotta Stuffed Poblano Peppers & More at Tea Room’s December Laughing Crow Dinner

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Dec• 11•13

Laughing Crow December Dinner

i Leoni’s First Annual Amateur Baker’s Christmas Cookie-Bake-Off to Benefit COTS

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Dec• 05•13




Help a Petaluma Octogenarian Continue Home Care for His Wife this Holiday Season – Rebuilding Together Petaluma Pressing Call to Action

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Dec• 03•13



Rebuilding Together Petaluma, one of our favorite local non-profits, reminds us that the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is traditionally set aside to highlight GIVING as a meaningful part of the holiday season.

And the good people who have so tirelessly pulled the community together to complete 44 home repair projects for people in need in Petaluma this year alone, hope you’ll consider making your tax deductible Giving Tuesday (or any day) gift to Rebuilding Together Petaluma www.rtpetaluma.org

The non-profit’s most pressing need right now is to raise $2500 to install a shower for an 81 year old gentleman who can no longer bathe his wife who has Alzheimer’s in their claw foot bath tub. RBTP has two other clients with critical health and safety home modification needs that must be taken care of this winter.

You can make a significant difference in how warm or safe a Petaluma elder with very limited income will be living this holiday season.

Donate any amount online at www.rtpetaluma.org  call 707-765-3944 or mail to:

Rebuilding Together Petaluma
402 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma, CA  94952


Plans for $18 Million Historic Downtown Luxury Boutique Hotel Project Submitted to Petaluma City Planning Department for Formal Approval

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Nov• 05•13

The Petaluman


An official planning application for ‘The Petaluman’, a long-awaited, landmark 54-Room luxury boutique hotel in downtown Petaluma’s bustling historic shopping district was submitted for formal approval to the City of Petaluma Planning Department, on Thursday, October 31st, 2013.

Owner/Architect and Developer, Ross Jones and his Petaluma-based creative team have designed the showcase project as a legacy, landmark property intended to serve the community as a contemporary hub of hospitality and innovation, as well as providing an extraordinary, state-of-the-art respite for visitors.

Speaking to the history of the people of Petaluma, with a refreshing, modern approach, this exemplary, four-story property is poised to transform a prime, empty corner lot of Petaluma Boulevard South and B Street, with a projected opening in December 2015. “The Petaluman is designed to be the heart of soul of downtown,” says Jones, who, along with his project development team, has spent the past seven months working with focused community input to further refine and enhance initial, ambitious plans for a boutique hotel with unprecedented high quality caliber of architecture, art and service.

Jones anticipates a six-month time frame from submission of plans to the first public hearing. Once City Planners give the green light for groundbreaking, an estimated 150 construction jobs will activate a hive of activity on the empty lot that formerly housed a Chevron Gas station owned by the developer’s grandmother.

“Once The Petaluman is open for business, our focus will be on hiring around 24 full-time employees as hotel concierge/ambassadors with exemplary knowledge of the Petaluma area and its history,” says Jones, whose primary goal is to showcase the agrarian flavor of the city and surrounding communities in a first-class facility built to last and packed to the solar-paneled rafters with original, made-in-Petaluma art and eco-friendly design.

“It’s all about healthy living, providing a warm welcome with extraordinary comforts, community involvement, slow food and friendly service,” says Jones. The hotel’s design team, the hotel’s design team, under the direction of Monica Binsfeld of Petaluma-based Ecco Mi design, has incorporated plans for a 100-person capacity, underground Warm Cave Bar, a farm-to-table themed Streetside Bistro, Rooftop Juice Bar and Cocktail Lounge, rooftop event space for parade viewing, private parties and receptions, plus a Rooftop Urban Farm for youth training and community service.

The Petaluman will be unique in its value as an amenity within the community,” says Binsfeld. “Picture the sort of sophisticated yet casual boutique hotel with public bar and restaurant with a vibe that you’d expect to find in a city like Chicago.”

“The Cave Bar will be visible from street level and its ambiance is designed to appeal to people of all ages,” says Binsfeld. “That’s the beauty of this hotel.”

Another unique element that incorporated into the plans for The Petaluman is the presence of five designated Wellness Units – rooms that provide a home-from-home environment for guests who might benefit from sleep therapy stays in which the environment is entirely

allergen and mold free, clean air contained, offering aromatherapy, chromatherapy bath or shower facilities and some physical therapy.

Exterior of The Petaluman will feature earth tones and sustainable materials, balconies overlooking Petaluma Boulevard and B Streets and a plaza at the corner of two prominent downtown streets, anchored with a monumental metal art sculpture sourced from contemporary American sculptor, Carole Eisner. “The sculpture we have selected is Eisner’s ‘The Dancer’, currently housed at Syracuse University, in New York,” says Binsfeld

The Petaluman has been carefully designed to represent the best of early 21st Century architecture so that future generations of Petaluma will have a continuing high benchmark in which to aspire in its classic downtown redevelopment.

Mark Your Calendars for Petaluma Fabulous Women’s Festival of Trees 2013

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Oct• 25•13

Fall Festival in the Square – Nov 2nd 2013

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Oct• 23•13


El Dia De Los Muertos Petaluma – Taste of Mexico Mole Extravaganza Sunday October 13th

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Oct• 10•13

mole poster

Aqus Mixer for Movers and Shakers in Construction, Home Improvement, Real Estate – Oct 15th

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Oct• 10•13

Aqus event