Saturday was Gala Night at The Sonoma International Film Festival. Everything in the day was building up to the giant evenings' entertainment and the Spotlight Award featuring Robin Williams who isn't exactly a stranger around here, and original proto-supermodel Lauren Hutton.
The whole town was abuzz, waiting for the evenings festivities. I had been eating all sorts of things I usually wouldn't eat in a given day since Thursday, but was bravely soldiering on.
Saturday involved yet another trip to the Backlot Big White Tent, with my All Access Jury Food Pass. Who did I find at one of the booths, but cheesemaker Sheana Davis.
It turned out that Sheana was serving her delicious Delice de la Vallee cheese with both rose petal jelly and also with pesto.
The evening found us at the historic Sebastiani Theatre for the presentation of the Spotlight award and a conversation with Lauren Hutton and Robin Williams.
The Gala evening event followed at Ramekins.
Wine, champagne and volcanic water (you should have heard Robin Williams' comments about that!) were served in the patio.
A few hours later as I found myself in my stiletto Manolos which I had not worn since moving here from LA three years ago (you can imagine how that felt) holding a martini glass of hot mashed potatoes topped with wild Sonoma mushrooms and home cured pancetta....somehow I knew it was time to leave the party. Also, to get hold of any photos of me holding said glass and eating hot mashed potatoes with an iced tea spoon in the middle of a Gala.
We decided to call it a night.
This morning with aching feet, we reported to the Jury Brunch and the final days' events. More to come.