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A Cookbook Fundraiser for Wine Country Wildfires

by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

October Wine Country Wildfires affected our community in innumerable ways.  Each week, we discover a new bruise to be healed. And a place to work to step forward.

At a recent cooking class, Sondra Bernstein, Founder of the girl & the fig, heard four Sonoma Valley residents talking about losing their homes and their cookbook collections. The kitchen, food and cooking are such an  essential part of our days, hearts and homes here in Wine Country, it really struck home for Sondra, as she  treasures her own cookbook collection and can’t imagine what it would be like if she were to have lost her own.

Sondra reached out to friends Kathleen Hill, Author and Culinary Historian, and Laura Havlek, Owner of Sign of  the Bear, to brainstorm how we as a community build “new-old” Cookbook Collections to give away. We’d love  to do one thing for so many friends rebuilding different parts of their lives. And we’d love fire survivors to see  Sonoma County’s love for them for decades as they browse recipes and share the joy of conversation and food  with dear ones.

From now until April 4th, donations of Cookbooks in English or Spanish in ​VERY GOOD​ condition (please only gift  books you’d be proud to give a close friend) may be dropped off at the following locations;
the girl & the fig​ (110 West Spain Street – Sonoma – any day before Noon) 
The Sign of the Bear​, (435 1st Street West, Sonoma – any day before Noon) 
The Rhône Room​. (20816 Broadway, Sonoma – Friday – Sunday – 12pm – 3pm) 
Sonoma Visitors Bureau.​ (453 First Street East, Sonoma – any day – 9am – 5pm) 
Ramekins Cooking School​ (450 West Spain St, Sonoma – Tuesday – Saturday – 9am – 4pm) 
the girl & the fig​ ​CATERS!​, (21800 Schellville Road, Suite C – Sonoma – Tuesday – Friday – 10am – 2pm) 

Visit ​​ for updated locations and information. New donation locations will be added, those interested in adding their location to the website, please email  Sondra at

On Sunday, April 8th, Fire Survivors in Wine Country will be welcomed at Suite D, to create a new collection for themselves. The event will run throughout the day starting at 9 am.
Fire Recovery is not a sprint, but a marathon. We hope our community’s efforts keep pushing out love for folks for  years to come. We’d love to fill every kitchen with tangible reminders how grateful we are for the people who are  the very best part of our Valley and region.

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