From coffee art to abundant holiday spirit


Although an art lover, I don’t usually talk about it much here – after all, it’s a food column. However, Petaluma Coffee & Tea will be hosting a local artist on Friday November 18 from 5-7pm, so here we have a little cross between food and art. This artist is one of my favorites anywhere, and lucky for me, he’s also a local, which means I can see his work all the time.

Jonny Hirschmugl’s name may not yet sound familiar to all readers, but chances are you’ve seen his paintings around town, especially the mural on the front of Petaluma Coffee & Tea and the many paintings hanging on the walls over the years at Maureen Mcguigan. Mail Depot at 4th and C. One of our favorite “murals” of Jonny’s is the electrical/telephone booth that stands near the intersection of Washington and Boulevard at the corner of Lemongrass Thai Noodle. It may be a matter of ‘terroir’, but for some reason Jonny’s paintings always grab my attention and resonate with me.

Miracle Bar returns

Have you ever looked at the island of Christmas decorations and lights at Costco or Grocery Outlet and thought that there would be just about enough of them to properly cover the inside and outside of your home? Well, that’s pretty much what the Miracle Bar at Brewsters Beer Garden ( is all about. Returning for its fourth year, Brewsters’ Miracle Bar will be in effect from November 21 to January 6, with a tree lighting ceremony on Monday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The larger Miracle Bar phenomenon exploded onto the bar scene in the mid-2010s, when a New York bar owner was in the midst of a renovation and his mother suggested he have fun on the holidays and do an explosion of ornaments. After its initial success, they expanded the idea to several more bars and, in just a few years, were now global. Brewsters was one of the first West Coast bars to be licensed as a Miracle Bar, which offers holiday-themed drinks in Santa Pants and Santa-Rex souvenir mugs.

However, before you start thinking that there is no method to madness and it is just an ornament and a burst of light, there is real order in the chaos . Imagine that each lighted house along B and D streets was superimposed and intertwined. When first entering Brewsters it can be a bit overwhelming, but as you enjoy your first drink and snack things will start to come into focus and you will start to notice themes throughout the decorations. My favorite past was the platoon of Santa Claus and the elves parachuting over the bar.

At the end of this year’s season, Miracle Bar says, 10% of all proceeds from the sale of Santa Pants, Christmas Carol Barrel and signature Santa Heads glassware will be donated to the Seva Foundation, a global eye care organization. nonprofit that works with communities around the world.

Two holiday fairs

Barber Cellars, always the arbiters of community goodwill, will host two holiday food and craft fairs this year, the first being the sixth annual Petaluma Holiday Food Fair on Tuesday, November 22 from 4-7 p.m. in the Ballroom. from the Petaluma Hotel. . Tickets are required, but free, and will include your choice of timed entry so you can connect with family and friends while visiting your favorite vendors. It’s a great way to stock your pantry for your holiday table with local produce and maybe pick up some holiday goodies for the foodies in your family.

Although it’s a kind of covered farmer’s market, there will be no indoor food tasting this year, but there will be vendors offering tasty treats in the hotel courtyard . “There will be meat, charcuterie, cheese makers, jams, wine, whisky, bread, pastries, chocolate, honey, sweets, everything!” organizers say. “This is a super specialty farmer’s market grocery experience to help set your Thanksgiving table and help our local food artisans continue to thrive.” For ticket reservations and more information, including an updated list of vendors, visit This event benefits Petaluma People Services.

The second of the fairs organized by Barber Cellar is the Holiday Makers Gift Fair, also held in the ballroom of the Petaluma Hotel, but this one takes place on Tuesday, December 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Get all your holiday shopping done early while supporting over 20 local manufacturers. This fair benefits North Bay Animal Services, which will hold its Santa Paws event in conjunction with this event. The organizers also hope to have singers on site. This event also requires tickets, but they are also free and can be obtained at


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