“A Pleasant Time in Pleasanton” 

By Robert W. Bone

An enthusiastic group of about 25 BATW members and guests braved triple-digit temperatures to attend the July meeting in the atmospheric village of Pleasanton, about 35 miles east of San Francisco.

Gathering in a private section at Sabio, a leading restaurant on Pleasanton’s leafy Main Street, attendees enjoyed a special lunch of seasonal and signature dishes created by owner Jim McDonnell and Executive Chef Francis X. Hogan. Both were also on hand to answer questions about the restaurant, the menu, and the neighborhood.

The charms of the up-and-coming recreational area were also heralded in a short talk by Barbara Steinfeld, president of Visit Tri-Valley. The booster organization represents attractions which include more than 50 wineries (plus a Beer Trail), nature hikes, and other features in the historic towns of Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville, and Dublin.

Following the meeting, the assembly split into two parts, one group taking a self-guided walking tour of downtown Pleasanton, and the other, taking part in a special tasting at the Steven Kent Winery in Livermore. There the sample wines were presented by Steven Kent Mirassou, the proprietor and winemaker.

Special thanks to Tom Walton, of Fortune Public Relations, for coordinating this fabulous event.