Sonoma, California 95476
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Why We Like This Place
For those who consider eating well-prepared food and drinking fine wine to be just this side of a religious experience, Sonoma County must seem like the Promised Land. A year-round cornucopia of fresh produce is available even in the most remote corners of this fertile region, contributing to an abundance of award-winning restaurants and wineries. One of the most intriguing of these is Ramekins, a combination home-cooking school, inn, and convivial event facility.
Located just a few blocks from Sonoma’s historic town square, Ramekins’ architecture reflects the area’s Spanish heritage with its tile roof, rammed-earth walls and second-story balcony. Its interior, however, reflects an altogether different heritage: one based on the culinary arts. Unless you’ve recently consumed a substantial meal, your thoughts will gravitate to food as soon as you pull open the fork-and-spoon-handled doors. Paintings line the walls, some of luscious fruits and vegetables, some of people engaged in a multitude of food-related pursuits. The day we visited, the irresistible fragrance of baking bread perfumed the entire building!
The first floor of Ramekins houses two kitchens: one, a beautifully appointed demonstration kitchen; the other, a restaurant kitchen used for full-participation, hands-on classes and commercial baking. But the heart of the facility is the Vineyard Room, the preferred spot for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and other festive gatherings. Despite its grand moniker and generous proportions, the Vineyard Room has the coziness of a living room. Here you’ll find a bar, an oversized fireplace, tile-and-carpeted floors, and an earthy color scheme full of appetizing tans, taupes and beiges. The two-foot-thick rammed earth walls give the space a comforting solidity, as do the unusual trussed wooden beams supporting the peaked ceiling. Potted topiaries, paintings, and Oriental rugs add more visual interest. Doors open onto a sunny garden patio, which can be used in conjunction with the Vineyard Room. Shaded by trees and market umbrellas, and brightened by a wealth of potted flowers, it’s a delightful place to mingle before dinner. In the evening, the patio’s twinkle lights echo the candles on the tables, and scents from a sprawling herb and flower garden blend with the tantalizing aromas of cooking food.
No matter how scrumptious the food, a special event needs the support of an attentive and caring staff to be memorable, and the folks at Ramekins pride themselves on their outstanding service as much as they do their food. Their Special Events Director will work with you to make sure that your event runs as smoothly as crème anglaise. Of course, at Ramekins, you need do nothing more than relax and savor the gustatory wonders prepared by the executive chef and his talented staff. Speaking of relaxing, let’s not forget the inn side of this facility. You and your closest family and friends can stay overnight here in extreme comfort. The "decorator showcase" guestrooms include features like antique pine furniture, fireplaces, cozy sitting areas, balconies, great views and lots of thoughtful amenities. Really, for a Wine Country getaway, this place is in a class by itself.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 350
- Max. Seated: 150
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Courtyard holds up to 150 seated or standing guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Ballroom holds up to 150 seated or 200 standing guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
The facility fee, due at the time of contract signing, is required to reserve your date. 50% of the estimated event total is payable 150 days prior to the event and the balance is due 14 days prior. This includes, but is not limited to, food and beverage costs as well as outside rentals and bar charges on hosted bars. Facility rental fees range $4,000–6,000 May–October and $3,000–4,500 November–April. The special Monday–Thursday rate is $1,500. The facility rental includes a 1-hour ceremony rehearsal prior to the wedding date, outdoor ceremony site, 5-hour reception, tables, chairs and linens. Meals start at $80/person. Tax, beverages, alcohol and a 20% administration fee are additional. Full in-house bar packages are available.
For corporate events and meetings, a $1,000 deposit is required. Room rental fees range $500–1,500. Meals start at $50/person. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are available.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: stone dance floor on site
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: on-site parking
Accommodations: 6 guestrooms
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: wood-fired oven
Cleanup: provided, extra fee
Other: table decorations, extra fee; wedding planner is required
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: full bar package or wine corkage $15/bottle
Wheelchair Access: yes
Smoking: outside only
Insurance: liability required
Music: amplified OK indoors, acoustic only outdoors
Alternate Info: ramikins