There are still tickets available for Sunday’s conversation with Bruce Aidells, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the beautiful and rustic Windrush Farm in Petaluma. When I wrote my first blog post about this event, entitled “What Do Downton Abbey and Sausage Baron Franco Dunn have in common?”, I did not know that Franco Dunn, who sells his extraordinary sausages at several local farmers markets, had been Bruce Aidells’s roommate and, in addition, was Aidells Sausage’s first employee.

Today, the two remain great friends and Franco is thrilled to attend the event, which is a benefit for the Sonoma County Book Festival. He will join in the conversation between Bruce and me, though there will be plenty of time for Bruce to talk about his upcoming book, The Great Meat Book, too.

Bruce Aidells is a engaging, entertaining storyteller, prone, by his own admission, to exaggeration.

Bruce is a consummate storyteller and with his former roommate on hand to ignite his memory, expect delightful tales of the earliest years of the sausage revolution.

There will be plenty of sausages at the event, many of them from Yanni’s Of Penngrove, which is closing for the day. Yanni is thrilled to be able to serve his sausages to the man who inspired him. Full Circle Baking is provide bread and there will be delicious St. George cheese from Joe Matos. There will be pizza from the outdoor oven, plenty for vegetarians and wine and beer to wash it all down.

Cost is a sliding scale of $40 to $60, all of which benefits the book festival. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. For tickets, visit, call J. J. Wilson at 707-795-9028 or email

Windrush Farm, a working ranch, is lcoated at 2263 Chileno Valley Rd. in Petaluma.