Last night, I attended the Canvas Connect event at CornerStone in Sonoma. “Canvas” stands for the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma. This association organizes the hospitality community of Wine Country. The goal is to make resources easily accessible while supporting relationship building and networking.
CornerStone Sonoma is an eclectic collection of shops, wineries and a gourmet cafe set amidst nine acres of garden installations created by the world’s leading landscape architects. You can see my photos of the gardens here.
Several caterers and food vendors were offering samples at the event. For me, the Sweet Lauren Cakes were truly exceptional. Based in Bernal Heights, these are delicious bites of cake on a stick. The chocolate flavor was very moist and tasted like fudge dipped in a mildly sweet, pleasing frosting. Absolutely delicious and so very cute! Check out her blog here.
Other culinary indulgences were Pisco cocktails, chicken empanadas, gourmet rice and beans, beef nachos with chipotle salsa and organic lemon sorbetto from Noci Gelato in Marin County. Finally, there were complimentary hand-rolled cigars for event guests. This was a perfect accoutrement to a stroll in the elaborate and contemporary gardens. This is could be a great place to take your kids on a weekend. Parents can check out the little shops while kids explore the expansive gardens.
All in all, I really enjoyed the evening. It was very well organized, well attended and offered exceptional food in a charming venue with an easy going live salsa band. The complimentary transportation to and from San Francisco to the event made it very convenient and relaxing, despite rush hour traffic. I’ll definitely attend another Canvas Connect event soon.