SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE – Planting The Seed: Sonoma Local Collective Feeds Community And Supports Employees At The Same Time.


Many heroes have emerged during COVID-19 to ensure that as we shelter in place we are all healthy and fed. In Sonoma, known for its organic, farm-to-table restaurants and wineries, Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group has been working with local farmers to provide healthy meals for the community and to support their employees during the shelter in place mandate was issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The local collective includes popular destinations, including Cornerstone Sonoma, Cottage Inn & Spa, Ramekins Catering, Venue and Inn, Sonoma’s Best Mercantile, Wine Shop & Guest Cottages, and Harrow Cellars.

Since March 25, Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group has served free meals to any member of the Sonoma community in need. Meals are prepared by the chefs at the Ramekins Catering Kitchen using food provisions that Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group purchased from local restaurants in need of revenue sources and from local farmers in need of buyers. Many restaurants and farmers have perishable, high-quality ingredients that are prioritized in order to help support local businesses and prevent unnecessary spoilage.

Since the shelter-in-place mandate, Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group’s goal has been to provide essential food resources to the community utilizing all the resources at their disposal, including mobilizing their chefs, kitchen, waitstaff, and drivers to meet the urgent needs of the community while sustaining work for their employees.


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