The Barlow makes Cosmopolitan’s list of To Dos in Sonoma County, CA
Before you head on to your next wine tasting, stop at The Barlow, an outdoor market in downtown Sebastopol with a sandwich shop, taqueria, ice-cream parlor, and a few breweries (like many other wine-growing regions, the craft beer movement is exploding in Northern California). I had the best BLT of my life at…
Cosmopolitan | November 5, 2019
Dog Friendly Restaurants in Sebastopol, CA
Sebastopol’s Fern Bar features ultra-cool cocktails in trendy space
I had stopped to admire a woman’s Border Collie at the entrance of Fern Bar, and after agreeing that he was one of the most handsome dogs in the universe, she asked me if I’d ever eaten at the Sebastopol restaurant, bar and lounge.
I said I hadn’t — though I’d been meaning to venture into the chic hangout in the Barlow for small plates and cocktails since its winter opening. She mused that she’d thought of giving it a shot, but didn’t “speak the menu language.”
The Press Democrat | June 7, 2019
A VISIT TO THE BARLOW
as you might have seen on instagram last week, i made a visit to the barlow in the very charming town of sebastopol, in northern california, just a short drive from san francisco. the barlow has been reinvented from a bygone apple canary, into a 12-acre bay area industrial-chic, outdoor market featuring locally made food, wine, beer, spirits, homewares and crafts — many of them made onsite by sonoma county artisans.
SF Girl by Bay | June 6, 2019
DARING FARE AT FERN BAR IN SEBASTOPOL’S BARLOW
You don’t have to understand impressionism to admire a Monet painting. Consider every doctor’s office or freshman dorm room they grace with blurry beauty. The chaotic overlapping drips of a Jackson Pollock, however, require a little more context to appreciate. Both are beautiful, but one takes a little more effort to understand. Fern Bar, which opened in October 2018 in Sebastopol’s Barlow, is beautiful and is a spot that needs a little context.
Sonoma Magazine | May 3, 2019
AFTER THE FLOOD: BARRIO REOPENING AT THE BARLOW
The teeth-chattering thrum of power washers on the sidewalk near Carlos Rosas’ cantina at The Barlow in Sebastopol are a hopeful sign of progress five weeks after disastrous flooding closed or damaged nearly half of the 40 businesses.
Though the road to rebuilding will be longer for some, Rosa’s Barrio Fresca Cantinawill be the first restaurant to reopen on Monday, April 8.
Sonoma Magazine | April 5, 2019
ELSIE GREEN NAMED ONE OF 10 BEST VINTAGE & ANTIQUE SHOPS
Vintage and Antique shops reinvent the old. We love this genre of shops because rather than discarding goods these shopkeepers repurpose and recycle them, making them relevant for our lives today. These objects have aged and patinated, possessing stories and former lives that no newly minted goods can compete with. Treasures to cherish and preserve. These 10 Best Vintage and Antique shops are found in cities and villages, such as London and Los Angeles, and upstate New York.
The Shopkeepers | February 25, 2019
Bespoke Sebastopol Blankets Make the Bed
From a small factory tucked into The Barlow a group of women and one loom they affectionately named Luna, are meticulously crafting what they hope are “the most beautiful blankets in the world.”
Far more than mere bedding, these bespoke blankets and pillows are “ethically sourced” and finespun from the soft wool of select breeds of sheep, some rare and endangered and a few raised and shorn on farms not far away in west Sonoma County.
Jessica Switzer Green is a self-described blanket girl and wool “nerd,” who recently launched JG Switzer with the simple goal of creating slow bedding — woolen blankets so luxurious and finely made that they will last not only a lifetime, but are worth handing down to a next generation.
Meg McConahey| Press Democrat | February 22, 2019
Off The Menu: An Evening At Fern Bar
Bob Cut ventured over to Fern Bar this season and logged a few hours in the moody, glamorous space. We got to watch the sausage being made, so to speak, as we arrived at the oh-so-cool spot before opening time. We saw the prep, the misting of plants, the hustle of staff much like the crew of a movie before the director calls action.
A movie set is truly a near-perfect description of this Sebastopol bar, as the aesthetic is strong and on brand, offering a transportive experience for restaurant-goers. From the music to the mood lighting and the living, breathing plants that blanket most surfaces, it’s easy to forget the world from where you came once you set foot in Fern Bar. Co-founder Sam Levy explained that from design to execution, the interior of Fern Bar was premeditated and intentional. The goal was to give Sebastopol something the town had never seen before.
Isabella Welch | Bob Cut Magazine | February 14, 2019
When Steph Curry Wins, Sales of Golden State Cider Spike
Golden State Cider’s success has a secret ingredient: the Golden State Warriors. While the only thing the drink and the basketball team have in common is their name, Golden State Cider has seen its fortunes rise with those of the reigning NBA champs, says the company’s chief executive officer, Chris Lacey. “When the Warriors are in the finals, a lot of people purchase GSC in stores, and many bars offer GSC specials as well,” he says. Lacey hasn’t met Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry, and doesn’t know if he drinks the cider, although the product is on the menu at International Smoke, the Bay Area restaurant co-owned by Curry’s wife, Ayesha. “We’re one degree of separation and a couple million dollars in sponsorship away from him,” says Lacey.
Kate Krader| Bloomberg | January 25, 2019
Splurging on sashimi: Barlow’s new Japanese restaurant worth it
Some people splurge on sports — Lakers tickets that average $170 to $2,500 per game. I put my sheckles into sashimi. Some people spend millions on a single painting, while I didn’t really think twice when I read that a Japanese fellow paid more than $3 million for a single fish the other week. It’s true: Kiyoshi Kimura, the self-titled “King of Tuna” and owner of the Sushi Zanmai restaurant chain in Japan, paid 333.6 million yen for a 612-pound bluefin tuna, translating to about $4,900 per pound.
Is it any surprise, then, that I’m thrilled to welcome Koshō to The Barlow in Sebastopol? It’s a tiny jewel box, small plates Japanese restaurant with a brief dinner menu and even smaller lunch menu, and it offers some of the best sushi and sashimi I’ve had in recent history.
Carey Sweet| Press Democrat | January 18, 2019
YOU CAN’T GO WRONG AT THE FARMER’S WIFE IN SEBASTOPOL
It’s not a stretch to say that Kendra Kolling (aka The Farmer’s Wife) makes one of the best sandwiches in the Bay Area. In fact, a San Francisco food writer called it exactly that. Years ago, Kolling won best sandwich at the Battle of the Brews’ ’Wich Hunt in Santa Rosa after blowing the competition out of the water — or at least off the plates with her melty, crusty, munchie, oozy delicious melts.
After 10 years of slinging her spectacular sammies at farmer’s markets and festivals throughout the region, Kolling has a brick-and-mortar space in Sebastopol. She’s pretty excited this outpost doesn’t have to be folded up at the end of the day. In fact she’s got a roof, a door and some swanky wallpaper, as well, in her matchbox-sized storefront at the Barlow.
Sonoma Magazine | December 21, 2018
SIP MICHELIN-APPROVED COCKTAILS AT NEW SEBASTOPOL RESTAURANT
Wine country has a new cocktail destination in Fern Bar, which opened yesterday in Sebastopol’s outdoor marketplace The Barlow.
While the restaurant features appealing small plates and atmosphere, the main attraction is likely the cocktails from Sam Levy, former bar manager at three Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood.
“I always want people to feel comfortable and have drinks that taste really good with housemade ingredients. What makes me the most comfortable when I go out is seeing things that I recognize, twists on classics, drinks with recognizable ingredients but done in a way that has a great balance, is really refreshing, a little more refined, and for me, a little more acidic,” Levy says.
Janelle Bitker| SF EATER | December 21, 2018
Seismic Brewing in Santa Rosa wins Wine, Beer + Spirits Industry Awards for 2018
Andy Hooper came to Seismic Brewing Company in late 2015, as the venture was just emerging. With a biochemistry degree from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and brewery training at University of California, Davis, he had managed the laboratory at Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Mendocino County for six years.
Seismic was started by Christopher Jackson, son of Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson of Jackson Family Wines, and Patrick Delves. The 13,000-square-foot brewery opened in a southwest Santa Rosa industrial area in May 2017. It produced 1,500 barrels the first year and is on track to make 3,200–3,500 this year, with more growth planned with a retail venue next year.
Jeff Quackenbush| North Bay Business Journal | December 5, 2018
Bay Area-based Laurie Furber has been scouring the French countryside for the past few years, sourcing antique and vintage pieces for Elsie Green, her emporium featuring all things Gallic. Her wares, which include charming pieces like vintage grocer’s scales, copper cookware, and wire oyster baskets, are available both online and at her stores in Concord, in the East Bay, and now, in Sebastapol in wine country.
10 OF THE BEST SUSHI SPOTS IN SONOMA COUNTY
Barlow newcomer Jake Rand knows his sushi. The former Sushi Ran chef worked in top sushi restaurants for much of his life and studied in Japan. With practiced moves, he pushes the Tokyo-style red rice into the palm of his hand, flicks his wrists with feather-light pressure and a one-bite piece of nigiri magically appears.
Sonoma Magazine | October 31, 2018
SUSHI KOSHŌ BRINGS JAPAN TO THE BARLOW
The emphasis is on food, local ingredients, and sustainability at Sushi Koshō, a modern Japanese and sushi restaurant at The Barlow in Sebastopol, in western Sonoma County.
Chef Jake Rand brings 20 years of experience to this new venture. He has traveled to many of the famous markets in Japan, gaining a vast knowledge of selecting top ingredients and the freshest fish.
The restaurant is named for a condiment commonly found in Japanese cuisine, yuzu koshō. Known for its spicy, acidic, and balanced nature, yuzu koshō appears throughout the menu in a variety of forms, including Meyer lemon, grapefruit, and Satsuma orange koshō.
| www.sonomacounty.com | October 19, 2018
KOSHO: JAPANESE COMFORT FOOD IN SEBASTOPOL, FROM SUSHI TO PANCAKES
The seemingly simple act of making sushi is anything but. In Japan, apprentices sometimes spend decades perfecting things as mundane as washing the short grain rice properly and knowing the right proportion of vinegar to add to the warm-but-not-too-hot rice. And that’s before chefs can even think about touching a knife to fish.
Heather Irwin | Sonoma Magazine | October 15, 2018
SAM LEVY TO LEAVE MEADOWOOD, OPEN FERN BAR IN SONOMA
For the last seven years, Sam Levy has been hard at work building a truly unique cocktail program as Bar Manager of the three Michelin starred The Restaurant at Meadowood. This fall, Levy is set to return to his roots—literally and figuratively—opening his own place in his hometown of Sebastopol, CA.
“The Bar at The Restaurant at Meadowood provided an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the most creative people in the industry. We’ve won a lot of awards for hard work. It’s a life that we shared together,” Levy said. “There are things that I’ve gained and learned from that experience that will be with me for the rest of my life.”
However, it is time to move on. So, together with several old friends, Levy will soon launch his Fern Bar in Sonoma County. The bar maestro describes his new endeavor as 100 seat “bar focused restaurant.”
B.E. Mintz | Neat Pour | September 8, 2018
The “Works” sandwich from Sonoma County purveyor the Farmer’s Wife was our favorite Outside Lands offering from last year. The merguez sausage melt is just as satisfying, and slightly less messy. The hearty patty is griddled between two buttery slices of bread with sharp, melty cheese and a bright chimichurri sauce. If you’re only going to eat one sandwich this weekend, make it this one.
Esther Mobley | San Francisco Chronicle | August 11 2018
have you heard the big news? well, if not allow me the pleasure of letting you know that vintage shop extraordinaire elsie green is now open at the barlow. if you’ve not been to elsie green’s original location in the east bay’s concord, it’s very dreamy, too and if you have then i think you’ll agree the barlow is an ideal spot for location #2! the barlow is a favorite stop of mine on the way to wine country and quickly expanding with great shops and cafes, so i’m excited to visit the new elsie green on my next visit.
A visit to reseller and retailer Elsie Green’s new store in Sebastopol’s Barlow is a master class in housewares curation and home design.
The new location, the first addition to the brand’s successful Concord store, offers what one might expect from a purveyor of French vintage finds, but Elsie Green takes everything a beautiful step further.
FAMILY GENERAL STORE COMING TO THE BARLOW
Grace Estrada, a Chicago Art Institute graduate, opened Kitty Hawk Gallery on Sebastopol’s Main Street in 2014 because she was “craving” the aesthetics from home, a style of arts and products she describes as “a little out there.
In April, Estrada closed Kitty Hawk Gallery and joined forces with her illustrator/artist husband Oliver Estrada to create their expanded retail vision: a general store selling clothing and wares of interest to the whole family.
Karen Kizer | Sonoma Magazine | June 2018
WHY YOU NEED TO VISIT CHARMING SONOMA WINE COUNTRY
Slow food, anyone?
Explore a seemingly endless variety of dining, drinking and shopping experiences at The Barlow, a culinary and arts center in nearby Sebastopol. For a true slow food experience, visit the award-winning Zazu Kitchen + Farm and enjoy farm-to-table at its finest. The owners grow much of the produce served and also feature their own line of charcuterie.
USA TODAY | July 17, 2018
TWELVE BEST PIES IN SONOMA COUNTY
Happy Pi Day. Or is it Happy Pie Day?
Either way, we think celebrating pi (3.14 etc.) on 3/14 is a good enough reason to grab a piece of pie and ponder the mathematical universe. But really, is there ever a reason not to celebrate pie? In honor of Pi and Pie, we offer up a dozen of our favorite Sonoma County pie shops, and a few of our favorite slices therein. Click through the gallery above for details.
| Sonoma Magazine | March 2018
IN SEBASTOPOL, CALIFORNIA, RECYCLED JUNK SCULPTURES WITH A WINE COUNTRY BACKDROP
The foodie scene is booming, from ambitious cafes and restaurants to the Barlow, a 13-acre market district whose local vendors sell flowers, clothing, art, soap, cheese and home goods. Beer is brewed, spirits are distilled and wine is made on the premises….
Washington Post| February 23, 2018
HOW TO SPEND THE PERFECT DAY EATING AND DRINKING IN SEBASTOPOL
Covered in picturesque apple orchards, plum trees and vineyards, Sebastopol is perfect for a laid back weekend away. Nestled in western Sonoma county, day-trippers will have plenty of gourmet restaurants, distilleries and cafes to peruse in this sleepy town in Wine Country. Here are some of our favorites…
Time Out| January 25, 2018
SLOE AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
Because of its overseas origins, it has been hard to find good sloe state-side. This has changed as high-end cocktail establishments and caliber restaurants have been offering real sloe gin on its own or mixed in unique and traditional mixological combinations.
Thankfully, there is now a U.S.-based producer of sloe gin, and they happen to be located in our Northern California backyard, in the town of Sebastopol…
ABV Magazine| January 21, 2018
A LESSON IN TRUE MEXICAN CUISINE AT SEBASTOPOL’S BARRIO FRESCA COCINA
Dishes here deserve a bit of explaining: Achiote sauce, for one, or salsa de Chile Seco; Frida Kahlo microgreens he picked up at the market this morning, or the homemade chorizo mixed with salsa de chile Morita. Take the time for a lesson in history and culture that will make every bite all the more delicious…
By Heather Irwin, Sonoma Magazine | December 19, 2017
Sebastopol’s Spirit Works Distillery wins Distillery Supplier Award
Five years ago Ashby and Timo Marshall combined their love of new-world whiskey (she is a native Californian), old-world sloe gin (he is from England), and other spirits to launch the Spirit Works Distillery at The Barlow in Sebastopol…
By Gary Quakenbush, North Bay Business Journal| December 4, 2017
20 INCREDIBLE BAKERIES IN SONOMA COUNTY
Village Bakery – European-style bread, marzipan-covered Princess cakes and buttery desserts (not to mention the world’s tastiest English muffins), this iconic bakery is a staple for both Santa Rosa and more recently at the Barlow in Sebastopol.
By Diane Peterson, Sonoma Magazine| September 29, 2017
Cowboy Creamery – Old friends make good cheese
In case you hadn’t noticed, the North Bay’s cheese scene is dominated by women…
But here come the dudes! Old friends Keith Adams and Rob Hunter teamed up to open William Cofield Cheesemakers in Sebastopol last year. There’s something else that distinguishes the duo, besides their gender: the cheese.
“We’re British-inspired cheesemakers,” Adams says. “No one is doing anything like this here.”
By Stett Holbrook, Bohemian | September 13, 2017
Mole is The Tie That Binds
The Rosas family will soon have another kitchen under their direction. After years of looking for a great location, they found a home at The Barlow in Sebastopol. “We wanted a seated restaurant, where we can serve wine and mezcal. And to show people that Mexico is not just mariachis and tequila,” says Rosas, “but also poetry and art and opera.”
By Christina Mueller, Edible Marin & Wine Country | August 25, 2017
Made in Sonoma: Top 10 Iconic Foods and Where to Find Them
Maine is famous for its lobster, New Mexico for Hatch chiles and Iowa for corn.
But in the magical foodshed that is Sonoma County, we’re renowned for so many wondrous things, it’s tough to keep track.
Each season pulls its own delights from Mother Nature’s larder, from winter citrus to spring strawberries, summer tomatoes and fall figs. The bounty is so rich that many local restaurants tend their own farms, like the girl & the fig, Handline and Peter Lowell’s, Barndiva, zazu kitchen + farm and Single Thread…
| September 2017
New federal report offers historic view of Sonoma County’s economy, housing
Having survived the tech bubble bursting and the brutal Great Recession, the rural county is now seeing job growth increasingly coming from food production and hospitality… Keith Adams and Rob Hunter may have planted themselves right at the intersection of those two sectors. This summer they began releasing their first cloth-bound aged cheddar cheese from William Cofield Cheesemakers in Sebastopol…
| September 3, 2017
Even though there are many styles and tastes, when you’re traveling about the country it’s always smart to try the local pie. Chef Mark Hopper [Vignette Pizzeria] worked in fine dining (and alongside chef Thomas Keller) for nearly 30 years before returning to his favorite childhood food…
| September 2017
The Sonoma Difference: Staying True to Its Roots
Imagine a food incubator in which budding molecular gastronomists, bakers, and cheesemakers learn from each other while perfecting their wares. Now imagine they’re actually seasoned pros—and their workspaces are open to the public. That’s one way to envision the Barlow…
| August 2017
30 Best Sonoma & Napa Restaurants for Wine Lovers, Wine Spectator 2017 Winners
Bacon haven Zazu holds down its Award of Excellence for the 14th year in a row. Their carefully crafted list of 90 wines focuses primarily on surrounding winemaking regions and wines produced in Sebastopol.
| July 2017
Sebastopol’s The Nectary wins North Bay Maker Award
“When people make a living doing what they love, happiness and growth are inevitable. We are raising the consciousness of community residents and visitors by providing liquid sunshine nourishment that truly feeds mind, body and spirit.”
| July 2017
Briana Reyes of The Barlow wins Facilities Manager Award
“My main role is to support our team, The Barlow. To build relationships with our Makers in an effort to foster a sustainable Barlow community, build tenancy, and maintain the campus as a safe and enjoyable place to be.” -Briana Maughan Reyes…
| June 2017
All You Can Eat in Sebastopol: The Best Snacks, Meals, Sweets + Drinks
Often overlooked thanks to its proximity to better known nearby wine and foodie locales, the quaint little town of Sebastopol actually firmly holds its own as an epicurean treasure trove and emerging enclave for disillusioned hipsters who’ve recently fled the city. Sebastopol even has its own answer to San Francisco’s Ferry Building: The Barlow is a one-stop for the gastronomically inclined…
7x7 | June 2017
8 Epic California Road Trip Stops
Don’t overlook Napa’s sister county, a region rich in mom-and-pop establishments, artisanal wineries, towering Redwood trees, and charming small towns. … Drive to Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve for a hike and then spend an afternoon at The Barlow, an adaptive reuse of a large-scale apple cannery plant filled with craft breweries, distilleries, food producers, and art galleries (for dinner, we love Zazu, the beloved restaurant of celebrity chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart)…
Conde Nast Traveler | May 2017
Runners chase their suds at inaugural Beer Mile Invitational in Sebastopol
Canned or bottled? Warm or chilled? Beer brand. Pour angle. Cap-removal technique. Post-race hurl.
There’s a lot more to running and drinking than the average person might suspect.
But these were no mere amateurs participating Saturday in the inaugural Beer Mile Invitational at The Barlow in Sebastopol…
The Press Democrat | April 2017
Inaugural IPA 10K & Beer Mile Comes to Sonoma County
| March 2017
Farm-to-Table Life: Zazu Kitchen + Farm
It was just another Sunday morning at the Stewart-Estes home in rural Forestville. John Stewart fed the pigs, rabbits, chickens and duck, as Duskie Estes made breakfast for the couple’s two daughters and the family dog, Chloe. … For the duo, who opened zazu 15 years ago, energy trounces easy. Even in Sonoma, land of handmade, farm-to-table food, this couple goes to the extreme. Best known for their artisanal ways with pig, their menus often read simply, such as bacon-wrapped dates drizzled in sweet saba, chitarra pasta draped in slow-simmered pork-cheek sugo, and golden roasted pork chop atop faro and fagioli beans…
| February 2017
Sebastopol Ped Line one step closer to reality
The City of Sebastopol received approval from CalTrans to move forward with four color-coded, self-guided walking tours. Known as Ped Lines, these walking tours create safe paths for pedestrians to take around the city, instead of driving. … The city required Caltrans approval, as the sidewalks and streetscapes along Highway 116 are owned by the state transportation agency. The Barlow development, which owns the sidewalks along McKinley Street, also gave Cittaslow permission for Ped Line markers to be placed on the sidewalks…
| February 2017
Get Your Goat: Sebastopol Brewery Rides IPA Wave
If there is such a thing as “peak IPA,” it hasn’t happened yet. Crooked Goat, a microbrewery and tap room that opened in Sebastopol’s Barlow last August, already has plans to open a second tap room in March. Located on the opposite end of the unit, with the brewing facility in the middle, the new space will have more lounging options, according to head brewer Will Erickson (pictured), in contrast to the spartan, metal-shop setup of the current bar…
| February 2017
Vacation With Your Valentine: America’s Most Romantic Retreats
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, chances are you have already made plans to stay at a romantic retreat with your loved one. But if you’re still undecided, there’s really no time to waste, with the availability of lodging and dining reservations across the country are disappearing nearly as fast as you can say “Happy Valentine’s Day.” For a few last minute suggestions, here are five of America’s best places to consider visiting for your next romantic getaway…
| January 2017
These 5 Ice Cream Spots in Wine Country Are Worth Braving the Cold
We don’t care that it’s cold outside. These only-in-Wine-Country artisanal ice creams made from bourbon, goat milk, sheep milk, or nitrogen, are worth the risk of frost bite.
| January 2017
Mendocino’s Alsace Wine Festival
A spirited club: We’re hard pressed to name any winery without its own wine club. Now, it seems, distillery memberships are the next new thing. Sebastopol’s Spirit Works Distillery just launched a Spirits Club for customers who sign up for four, eight or 12 shipments per year.
The Mercury News | January 2017
Spirit Works Distillery Announces Promotion of Lauren Patz to Head Distiller
Sebastopol, CA, January 5, 2017 – California grain-to-glass craft spirits pioneer Spirit Works Distillery announces the promotion of Production Manager/Distiller, Lauren Patz, to Head Distiller. With the elevation of Patz into production and distilling leadership, Ashby Marshall, Distillery Co-Founder and former Head Distiller, is shifting to a new role as Brand Director, responsible for leading the overall brand vision, direction and voice of the Distillery as it continues to grow and evolve.
| January 2017
A guide to Sonoma County Distilleries With Public Tasting Rooms
William Faulkner, who fancied mint juleps and hot toddies, said “civilization begins with distillation.” With this in mind, Sonoma County is a great civilization, a burgeoning mecca for craft spirits producers. Sonoma County has approved more distillery licenses than any county in California, said Francesca Schott of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, and the number of distilleries grew roughly 200 percent between 2013 and 2015. To help fuel your holiday spirit, we’ve set you up with a tour of spirits producers with public tasting rooms where you can sample the goods.
Press Democrat | December 2016
West County Wishlist: Six Women-Owned Shops Worth Your Dollar
With its winding two-lane roads, picturesque farms and quirky small towns, West Sonoma County is one of the most alluring regions of the North Bay for day trips and getaways. It’s also a fantastic destination for shopping, thanks to a recent crop of unique galleries and boutiques founded by awesome local entrepreneurs. Here are six West County shops where you’ll find exceptional gifts to delight your loved ones or to treat yourself, while supporting small businesses and artisans…
Sonoma Magazine | December 2016
Local Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
Are you working away on your holiday gift list and stumped for ideas? Here are some of my favorite items from around Sonoma County. There’s something on my list for everyone!…
Sonoma Magazine | December 2016
50 Best Dishes in Sonoma County
Fifty Sonoma County dishes may seem like a lot, but to be honest, it wasn’t easy to whittle down our list from the hundreds of incredible and iconic meals we’ve had from Cloverdale to Cotati…
Sonoma Magazine | December 2016
9 Under-the-Radar Chefs to Know in the SF Bay Area
With so many outstanding restaurants in the Bay Area, it’s tough for chefs to stand out…Together, these nine unheralded chefs are playing a key role in helping our local food scene continue as one of the most enriching anywhere in the world…
Zagat | December 2016
Food & Wine: Ultimate Holiday Handbook – 53 Recipes You’ll Want to Share
If you’re planning a holiday party for a crowd, stick to stunning roasts, simple side dishes and make-ahead appetizers. Whether you need…
Food & Wine Magazine | December 2016
72 Hours in Sonoma County: The Ideal Wine Country Intinerary
When you live in Sonoma County, you’re never lonely for out-of-town visitors. Family, friends, college roommates, even casual acquaintances, are all eager to catch up with you and take in all the region offers. Thanksgiving through New Year’s is high season for houseguests, with the number of invading out-of-towners larger than the kids’ gift lists…
Sonoma Magazine | December 2016
Highway 116: 9 Essential Stops Along the Russian River
Fall and winter, when the summer crowds are gone, is an ideal time to travel Sonoma County’s Highway 116 between Sebastopol and the coast — past harvest-colored vineyards and groves of redwoods. This route is known as the Gravenstein Highway (although names on signage will change a number of times) after the Gravenstein apple, once a mainstay of the local economy…
San Francisco Chronicle | October 2016
The 2016 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink
Fortune and Time Inc. sister publication Food & Wine teamed up to bring you our third annual list of the women who had the most transformative impact in the last year on what we eat and drink. This group of entrepreneurs, activists, and idealists is making its mark up and down the food chain.
Fortune | September 2016
Retro Fashion for Real Women at Mad Mod Shop
Fans of vintage-inspired clothing should make a mad dash to Andrea DeTrinidad’s Sebastopol boutique Mad Mod Shop in The Barlow. Filled with carefully curated items- clothing, accessories, even some home decor items- shoppers step back in time to an era when women’s clothing was designed to flatter figured of all sizes…
Sonoma Magazine | July 2016
The Best Sonoma County Wineries & Restaurants
About an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is an unfussy California wine destination that suits the entire gamut of wine drinkers, from oenophiles to dabblers. More than 7 million people visit the region each year, giving Sonoma its proper notoriety as America’s number one wine region.
By Lindsay | Food & Wine | January 2016
The Barlow Arrives- Sebastopol Wine, Food and Art Mecca
The official opening of the Barlow in Sebastopol was just about two years ago. We have visited The Barlow several times since, but not until last week could we simply state, “The Barlow has arrived!” This time the Barlow was a bevy of activity, with each of the artisan purveyors having enough customers and clients to keep them busy and thriving. There are still some empty storefronts, but those promise to be in operation soon. So what exactly is The Barlow? For those old timers, Sebastopol was once the area of many apple orchards…
By Joe Becerra | Wine Country Getaways | October 2015
12 Delicious New Experiences in Sonoma
While Sonoma’s claim to fame is wine, the region’s latest crop of farm-to-fork fare—from a drive-thru restaurant from an organic-foods pioneer to a food-centric complex lined with eateries—is just as layered with ingenuity. From the hip, bustling plaza in Healdsburg to tasting rooms on postcard-perfect landscapes across the valley, here are must-stops for every foodie’s palate…
By Kristine Hansen | Fodors.com | October 2015
Where to Eat & Shop at The Barlow in Sebastopol
In Sebastopol, about an hour north of San Francisco, a development called The Barlow has replaced a 12.5-acre industrial site largely devoted to apple processing with an artisan-friendly commercial district. It’s now home to wineries, a distillery, microbreweries and boutique producers of everything from soap to furniture. Planters filled with herbs and vegetables edge newly plotted streets separating buildings clad in corrugated metal. An outdoor fire pit, bocce court and public lawns invite lingering on the campus, which also has restaurants and tasting rooms. A hotel with rooftop pool is on the drawing board…
By Elaine Glusac | NY Times | August 2015
This is The Barlow in Sebastopol, California. At twelve and a half acres it’s about the same size as many other shopping centers. But it’s different in several important ways… First, The Barlow is built on a brownfield site. The land was part of a century old warehouse district adjacent to a defunct railroad depot. Some of the existing structures were retrofitted while new buildings filled in other parts of the property…
By Granola Shotgun | Granola Shotgun Blog | August 2015
Barlow Developer Revises Plan for Sebastopol Hotel
The Barlow developer Barney Aldridge is moving forward with revised plans for a 90-room boutique hotel at his artisanal commercial center in Sebastopol, though it will be at least two years before the inn and spa could be ready to accommodate lodgers, he said. Forced back to the drawing board because of shortcomings in his previous plan for mitigating flood risks to ground-floor guest rooms…
By Mary Callahan | Press Democrat | August 2015
Sebastopol Boutique is Designer’s Chance to Cultivate Collection
The Barlow, Sebastopol’s newest shopping and dining project, is warehouse upon warehouse of sophisticated eateries, galleries and breweries. Located on the edge of this industrial grid, Tamarind boutique offers its own interpretation of urban chic. Owner Andrea Kenner, an ex-New Yorker, fills the bright, welcoming space with clothes and accessories by local and internationally acclaimed designers…
By Flora Tsapovsky | San Francisco Chronicle | August 2015
72 Hours in Sonoma: Day III
Generally, wine-tasting experiences are structured to maximize quantity rather than quality. More often than not, one books a tour bus for a tour of wineries in the region, buckling in for a madcap day of hasty visits. But after the second winery, the taste of the wines becomes all but indistinguishable. For a clearer experience of the glory of Sonoma wines, I recommend spending a luxurious amount of time visiting at most three wineries in a day, with at least a couple of hours between each…
By Asha Yoganandan | TheDailyMeal | May 2015
Weekending in Sebastopol
Sebastopol is a laid-back town famed for Gravenstein apples and wineries, but over the years the landscape has shifted as apple orchards have been replanted with vineyards. There are still a few left, though, and a growing number of artisanal hard cider producers are preserving and showcasing the area’s apple wealth with an annual Apple Blossom Festival in April and Gravenstein Apple Fair in August. The hip, artisan “village” of The Barlow comprises a series of edible businesses, from distillery and coffee house to restaurants…
By Virginia Miller | Zagat | March 2015
Sebastopol’s Barlow: Five Ways to Eat, Drink, Play
In just 18 months, The Barlow, an upscale food and wine playground in the heart of Sebastopol, has become home to 38 artists, food purveyors, winemakers, distillers and brewers — and a destination for locals and tourists alike. A mix of renovated warehouses and new, farm-style steel barns — a nod to Sonoma County’s agrarian roots — is spread out over 12.5 acres, along with patios, a garden and edible landscaping. The campus is abuzz with activity seven days a week…
By Mary Orlin and Jay Brooks | San Jose Mercury News | February 2015
Best Romantic Getaways on a Budget Near The Bay Area
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you are thinking of heading off for a romantic weekend, there’s really no time to waste. While you may have postponed making reservations because you’re on a budget, a romantic interlude doesn’t have to include a pricey dinner and pricier hotel or vice versa. Indeed, even the most popular Bay Area destinations can be quite affordable as long as you do a little advance planning. Here are some suggestions on visiting five romantic destinations in the Bay Area on a budget.
By Randy Yagi | CBS Local | February 2015
Trendy Food Halls Across the USA
Food courts aren’t what they used to be. Forget cafeteria-style meals, bad lighting and unappealing decor. Urban food courts of today, often called food halls (because that just has a better ring to it), will wow you with local delicacies, food-focused learning and carefully planned entertainment, all with an international flair. Some feature big-name chefs, others feature up-and-comers, but one thing is certain: they put a ton of culinary choices all under one roof, and people can’t get enough of ’em. …
USA Today | August 2014
Raising The Barlow
So the other day you were at this pizza barn on that old apple-factory land in Sebastopol, when— What’s that? You weren’t at the pizza barn? You didn’t know about the pizza barn? Okay, let’s back up a little. So there’s this new pizza place called Vignette Pizzeria, and it’s inside a barn in wine country, and it’s now open from a couple of Farmshop vets.
Urban Daddy | July 2014
New Sonoma County-Style Street Fair at The Barlow in Sebastopol
When The Barlow officially opened last year in Sebastopol, developer Barney Aldridge envisioned periodic street fairs along the avenues lining the 220,000-square-foot culinary and art center in the former Barlow Apple Factory at Sebastopol Avenue and Morris Street. Wish granted. And in a big way. Running every single Thursday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. through October 30, Aldridge shutting down McKinley St. in the heart of The Barlow, and taking to the streets for a community celebration…
By Carey Sweet | www.sonomacounty.com | July 2014
San Francisco Best of the Bay: Things To Happen To Sebastopol
“FOOD HALL When the Barlow opened last winter, the artisan megaplex bestowed a slew of shops upon a growing hamlet that desperately needed them”…
By Jenna Scatena | San Francisco Best of the Bay | July 2014
Inaugural Thursday Night Barlow Street Fair
‘After an overwhelmingly positive response from our Grand Opening street fair event in November, it was clear that this is what the community wants; a place to come, spend time together and have fun, and this is what the Barlow and the street fair are all about,’ said Barney Aldrige, founder of The Barlow. ‘So we made some calls and invited some of the best food and artisan vendors from the North Bay to join us”…
By Kimberly Kaido-Alvarez | Sonoma West Times and News | June 2014
North Bay Scene Setters
While it doesn’t have the size or support of the local food movement, the North Bay’s local fashion scene is home to a growing coterie of designers…
By Flora Tsapovsky | Bohemian | June 2014
4 New Shops Open at The Barlow
Fast on the heels of its official grand opening this fall, The Barlow of Sebastopol is nearly fully leased out, making it one of the best destinations in Sonoma County, and one of the finest arts and culinary centers in America. Four new tenants recently signed up for space in the shopping, dining and wine tasting campus at Highways 12 and 116, and are under construction for a scheduled summer debut…
By Carey Sweet | www.sonomacounty.com | May 2014
73 Summer Weekend Getaways
“We’re bringing the artisans out of the woods and into the town center,” says Barney Aldridge owner of The Barlow…
Sunset Magazine | 2014
The Barlow Center: Treats, Art, Eat
Sebastopol has always been hip, but with the addition of The Barlow Culinary and Arts Center, it’s now got a whole new groove. Downtown is a lot bigger. Just next door to the Rialto Cinemas on McKinley Street, there’s a place to share fine food and enjoy art and wine. In fact, there are at least 38 exclusive experiences to choose from...
By Sarah Amador | 101 Things to Do | 2014
Pig Love: In Pork We Trust featuring Zazu
When guests dining at ZaZu Kitchen + Farm in Sebastopol, California, take a bite of the signature dish called the Whole Pig, they immediately receive a burst of flavor which covers every part of the mouth. But to say the dish is delicious is an understatement. For beyond the meaty taste of pork, each bite represents the entire pig, including a mixture of meats…
By Christopher Sawyer | Clever Root | 2014
The Crowing Cap of 2013: The Barlow
With the opening of The Barlow on Hwy. 12 near Hwy. 116 this fall, Sebastopol became a hot destination nearly overnight. Packed with a dizzying array of marvelous stores, wineries and restaurants, the 220,000-square-foot, $23.8 million culinary and arts center stands to rival San Francisco’s Ferry Building and Napa’s Oxbow, with one unique twist…
By Carey Sweet | Pure Luxury | December 2013
Insider Guides: The Barlow Attraction
“We’re bringing the artisans out of the woods and into the town center,” says Barney Aldridge, owner of The Barlow, a 13-acre retail park that packs a week’s worth of West Sonoma County destinations—cafes, community markets, tasting rooms—under 17 farmhouse-style roofs. Some two dozen shops are set up in the former apple factory, with more to come, as well as an outdoor stage for concerts…
By Jenna Scatena | Sunset Magazine | May 2013
8 Bucket List Things To Do at The Barlow in California
While spending time in the neighboring town of Sebastopol, it was confirmed that sometimes you don’t need to travel far from home to find bucket list worthy adventures. Just fifteen minutes from my Northern California house there was a place that quenched my new experience thirst, The Barlow. This is not your typical shopping center, which is perfect because I am not a typical shopper. There has to be something unique to get me to stray from my convenient online spending habits.
By Annette White | Bucket.List.Journey. | December 2013
Sebastopol’s The Barlow A Smart Fit for Crossroads
It has taken seven years, but at last developer Barney Aldridge has the project he envisioned for Highway 12 and Morris Street in downtown Sebastopol. Welcome to the Barlow. The 220,000-square-foot, $23.8 million culinary and arts center celebrated its official grand opening with a street fair on Saturday, boasting 28 tenants in place, and room for only a few more plus a boutique hotel that’s currently being negotiated…
By Carey Sweet | SF Gate | November 2013
Barlow Center Sebastopol Ramps Up for April 2013 Opening
The Concept: An 222,000 square-foot artisan marketplace and production facility. The Pitch: “The Barlow will also incorporate a carefully chosen selection of restaurants to create a comfortable, fun atmosphere where the community can come together and enjoy, art, wine and time with one another”…
Bite Club Eats | January 2013
Sebastopol OKs Hotel Zoning for The Barlow
The Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously to approve a zoning amendment that could clear the way for a 60-room hotel at The Barlow development on the eastern edge of downtown. An initial concept calls for a two-story, 34,000-square-foot “boutique” hotel on three acres of vacant space at the site of the former Barlow Company cannery, recently redeveloped into a regional hub for food and wine business for West County…
Dverel | North Bay Business Journal | July 2013
Wine Country Holiday Crawl: The Barlow in Sebastopol
If you’re looking for unique, artisanal and locally-made gifts this season to place under the tree, stuff stockings, or give a host or hostess, plan on heading to The Barlow in Sebastopol. In this community of makers, you’ll find a diverse range of art, décor, fashion and wine, plus plenty of cozy eateries to fuel your excursion…
By Annette Hamani | California Home+Design | December 2013
Wine Country Holiday Crawl: The Barlow in Sebastopol
To call The Barlow in Sebastopol a “business park” is to conjure up a beige landscape of prefab buildings. But since the businesses in this new development are all artisanal producers and restaurants–ten of which are now open to the public–the complex merits a proper eating expedition…
By Jonathan Kauffman | Tasting Table | August 2013
Barlow Project Turns Idle Sebastopol Plants into Artisan Food Center
New steel-framed buildings are rising and old metal-sided warehouses are getting refurbished in Sebastopol this summer in a $23.5 million project that supporters tout as a new public marketplace and production center for local food, wine and art. The 12-acre Barlow project amounts to the biggest development in Sebastopol in years, as well as the culmination of a multi-year debate over how to redevelop an old apple packing district on the eastern edge of the downtown…
By Robert Digitale | Press Democrat | June 2012
A two-alarm blaze that closed Highway 12 and brought scores of gawkers to downtown Sebastopol on Friday destroyed a large section of The Barlow, an old-time apple processing plant at the center of a 12-acre project that will serve as a hub for local wineries, food producers and artists. The front half of the two-part metal frame building and mounds of bundled vintage clothing that filled the 10,000-square-foot warehouse burned for hours…
By Mary Callahan and Bret Wilkison | Press Democrat | June 2012
Reinventing The Barlow
Thousands of people driving the stretch of Sonoma County’s Highway 12 that flows into and out of downtown Sebastopol every day, but most probably never really notice the piece of the town’s agricultural history tucked away within the fading warehouses just east of Main Street. That will change this summer with the opening of The Barlow, a community of food, beverage and art producers setting up shop in the town’s old canning district.
By Juliette Porton | North Bay Biz | March 2012
Sebastopol Complex: Barlow Project Underway
Construction on a Sebastopol development that aims to bring together local vintners, food makers and artists began Wednesday, a day after the project received a $23.5 million construction loan from Wells Fargo Bank. The Barlow, a 220,000-square-foot complex of about a dozen commercial structures, is being developed on the site that formerly housed the Barlow Apple Factory, near the intersection of Highway 12 and Morris Street…
Press Democrat | December 2011
Construction on a Sebastopol development that aims to bring together local vintners, food makers and artists began Wednesday, a day after the project received a $23.5 million construction loan from Wells Fargo Bank. The Barlow, a 220,000-square-foot complex of about a dozen commercial structures, is being developed on the site that formerly housed the Barlow Apple Factory…
By Cathy Buzzewitz | Press Democrat | December 2011
Hoping to Revitalize a Relic
People heading west on Highway 12 into Sebastopol are still greeted by the rundown remains of the defunct Barlow processing plant — a relic of the town’s historic apple industry. Now a developer is making another attempt to revitalize the town’s rundown cannery district with major plans to refocus the area into a hub of boutique manufacturers and redraw city streets to better improve traffic…
By Nathan Halverson | Press Democrat | April 2011
Barlow Center Aims to Break Ground in Fall
The Barlow Center, a mixed-use industrial project with a focus on food, wine, art and sustainable retail in downtown Sebastopol, has announced plans to break ground this fall. Looking toward a summer 2011 opening, the 6.5-acre campus hopes to include the long-running Sebastopol Farmers Market at its center, along with possible restaurant, retail, artisan food producer and wine production tenants. Sebastopol farmers market manager Paula Downing confirmed that she hoped to move to the more spacious site once it was completed…
By Heather Irwin | Press Democrat | July 2010
New Council Rejects Development of Apple Packing District
After five years of meetings and $500,000 spent on planning, the Sebastopol City Council has decided to drop a controversial plan to redevelop the town’s old apple packing district. The city’s planning director said Wednesday the five-member council had directed staff at its Tuesday night meeting to “terminate” work on the plan. The plan, which called for buildings of two to four stories featuring shops below and residences above, suffered a decisive blow last fall when two candidates critical of the plan won election to the council. That produced a new majority of four council members with concerns that the plan would allow too much development and result in too much traffic for the town of 7,700 people…
By Robert Digitale | Press Democrat | March 2009
New Council Rejects Development of Apple Packing District
Key landowner Barney Aldridge wasn’t present, but his year-old architectural renderings caused a stir at a recent Sebastopol council meeting after critics unveiled them to show how the retired loan company executive might transform the town’s old apple packing district. The council hearings resume tonight, and the disagreement continues over the significance of the drawings of four-story buildings and tree-lined sidewalks and civic squares…
By Robert Digitale | Press Democrat | June 2008