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Congratulations to our long time partners, Roche Winery and Vineyards, for all their medal wins at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! This is the largest wine competition in America and this year received over 5,800 wine entries from over 1,500 wineries.

Roche Winery and Vineyards walked away with three gold medals and one highly desired “Best of Class” award for four of the winery’s extremely limited production wines. The Roche family’s wines awarded gold medals included the 2011 Roche Carneros Merlot Reserve, the 2012 Roche Carneros French Oak Reserve Chardonnay, and 2012 Roche Carneros American Oak Chardonnay. Awarded a “Double Gold” medal and the prestigious “Best of Class” award was the family’s 2012 Roche Carneros Chardonnay.

So, congratulations from our family to theirs as this now makes it 10 years in a row Roche Winery has received a gold or better in this competition. Well done!

At the Inn Marin we have recently learned about a non-profit organization in Marin County called ExtraFood.org. The mission of ExtraFood.org is to help end hunger in Marin County. To quote from their website; “How often have you seen good, prepared food go to waste — at your company, at a favorite restaurant or grocery store, at social events? 64 million pounds of food waste fills Marin County’s landfills each year. And yet more than 28,000 residents of Marin don’t have a secure food supply.”

ExtraFood.org helps end the hunger and keeps some of this food out of the landfill by picking up donations of prepared food from local organizations and delivering the food immediately to non-profit programs in Marin that feed the hungry.

Organizations that donate extra food — such as caterers, grocery stores, schools, congregations, and restaurants — reduce waste, receive a tax deduction and are protected from liability by federal and state laws. Community food-service programs receive high-quality food donations matched with their programs’ needs. And, their volunteers make a difference in our community through in-person connections with community members. It’s a collaborative team of dedicated people connected across many organizations in our community. It’s food recovery with “the human touch.”

To learn more about ExtraFood.com, the Good Samaritan Laws that protect donors, and how your organization can donate extra prepared food or funds, or how you can volunteer please visit their website, extrafood.org
They can also be reached via e-mail at extrafood.org@gmail.com or by phone 415.482.9579.

Our partner Relish Culinary Adventures is planning a series of Wild Mushroom Foraging courses beginning December 29th.

wild mushroom foraging in north bay area MarinNow that the rains have begun we will soon be able to find wild mushrooms. Northern California is known for having the best edible wild mushrooms in the world! Tromp through the woods with chef/forager Elissa Rubin-Mahon and learn about these amazing gifts from the earth. After the foray, you will return to the warm confines of Relish where you’ll enjoy a four-course wild mushroom lunch with wine.

Wild mushroom foraging classes are offered monthly; the next event is Sunday, December 29. Register here.

For more information on the programs offered at Relish please visit their website, relishculinary.com

wild mushroom foraging in north bay area with relish culinary wine

Community Partner Program in MarinTotal proceeds from Rickey’s Community Partner Program distributed to date are $9,479 through the end of August! Remember your favorite community organization (School Fuel, Marin Humane Society, Relay for Life Novato, Novato Theater Company and Bridges Foundation) when dining out and use your partner logo’d cards. Rickey’s donates 15% of the check total to our community partners. There are no restrictions on when you dine in Rickey’s just present your card at the conclusion of your meal we swipe it to record the dinning transaction.

If you would like a community partner card just ask for one at the Rickey’s hostess stand.

On Wednesday, August 28th, Rickey’s Restaurant will be hosting a Dine and Donate for Our Lady of Loretto School in Novato. Please call for dinner reservations at 415-883-9477 or reserve online now. Dining service is from 5:00-9:00pm.

Dine & Donate in Marin

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The Marin Humane Society urges pet guardians to leave their animal companions at home during warm weather days. Pets, cars and warm days don’t mix. Running into the store for “just a minute” can be dangerous for an animal left in a car.

When you turn off your car, all ventilation stops. A car’s interior can reach 160 degrees in a few minutes, even on mildly warm days! Animals in hot cars are at risk for brain damage, heat stroke—even death. If you have errands to run, it’s best to leave your dog at home.

It is against the law in Marin County to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle on a warm day. Any law enforcement officer can and will use whatever means are necessary to remove a pet from a vehicle if an animal is in distress.

Take Action
Help! A dog is in a hot car. What do I do? See Red Rover

To report an animal in distress, call the Marin Humane Society at 415.883.4621

Keeping pets safe in Marin

After 14 months of construction by owners Andy and Liz Podshadley and their team of 14 college and high school students, Trek Winery and Tasting room opened in Old Town Novato last September.

Trek, an Urban Winery and Tasting Room is not your traditional wine tasting facility. Its construction reflects the Podshadley’s love of nature. The 11,000 square foot building has public and private tasting rooms, laboratory and an 1,800 square foot patio featuring a waterfall, koi pond and aspens.Trek Winery also has private event space in its barrel room and can work with custom crushes up to 10,000 tons of grapes.

Trek is open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday noon to 10:00pm and Sunday 1:00 – 7:00pm.

The Inn Marin has incorporated Corporate Social Responsibility into our business since the day we opened our doors. The Inn Marin is a leader in CSR in four areas: Green Initiatives, Community Involvement, Community Give-Back and Employee Enhancement and Retention.

We have talked about our green initiatives in other issues of our newsletter and on our blog, so in this post we wanted to focus on Community Involvement and Community Give Back programs.

Our team members have served thousands of volunteer hours on boards and committees of the following community organizations:

* Novato Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors as well as Tourism, Art and Wine Festival, Golf , and Women in Business Committees
* Rotary- Board of Directors and Committees for both Ignacio and Novato Rotary
* Leadership of Meeting Professionals International Northern CA Chapter Board of Directors and Committee Chair
* Society of Government Meeting Planners (SGMP) Membership
* Marin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors 12 years
* Cub Scouts Leader
* Guide Dogs for the Blind Canine Heroes Gala
* Green Meetings Industry Council Northern CA Chapter Board of Directors for Education
* Education – volunteering in our children’s schools

We talk about Rickey’s Community Give back programs in a lot but you might not know that:

* The Inn Marin joined Hotels that Help in July of 2009 proceeds, are donated to Marin Community Food Bank.
* Partnered with the Green Industry Meeting Council Northern CA to create a half day educational conference Green Meetings – Making it Real featuring keynote speaker Hunter Lovins, Time Magazine’s 2000 Hero of the Planet
* In the past 12 years the Inn Marin and Rickey’s have donated gift certificates worth over $350,000.00 to non-profit organizations.
* To enhance the economic development of Novato and Marin County we have hosted three press familiarization tours bringing over 70 travel writers to show what Marin County has to offer as a destination to the world.

What’s in a Name?

For the Novato Theater Company, the answer is easy. Talent. Energy. Dedication. Backed by 90 years of history, they are committed to providing outstanding community theatre to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Their origins are in 1919, as a section of the Novato Improvement Club. In 1947, they were incorporated as a non-profit corporation under the title of Novato Community, Inc.–better known as the Novato Community Players! In 2004 they changed their name to Novato Theater Company.” In 2006 they finished construction of their new theater, the Novato Theater Company Playhouse.

Today, the NTC draws casts and audiences from all over the San Francisco Bay Area, who enjoy their our quality productions. You can contact Novato Theater Company at http://novatotheatercompany.org

We support the Novato Theater Company through our Community Partner Program at Rickey’s and you can too! Contact Gary Gonser at (415) 290-1433 to get your Community Partner card and we’ll give 15% of your Rickey’s dining bill to the Novato Theater Company!


Rickey’s Restaurant is celebrating its fifth anniversary by launching a year-long community giveback campaign. Throughout the year, Rickey’s will feature a line-up of local non-profit beneficiaries who will each be the recipient of their designated monthly fund-raising campaign.

Here’s how it works: on the second Wednesday of each month, 40% of food and beverage revenue in the restaurant that day will be donated to the designated non-profit of the month. Inn Marin will complement this special promotion by launching a hosted (open-to-the-public) appetizer reception from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Guests will then be invited to order off of Rickey’s regular menu, while two non-profit representatives sit close by at a table hosted by the restaurant.

Non Profit Partners for 2009:

January 14 North Bay Children’s Center

February 11 Marin Agricultural Land Trust

March 11 Big Brothers and Big Sisters

April 8 Novato Youth Center

May 13 Lifehouse

June 10 Marin Humane Society

July 8 Homeward Bound

August 12 Marin Food Bank

September 9 School Fuel

October 14 Buck Institute for Aging Research

November 11 Wildcare

December 9 Novato Human Needs

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