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Winemaker (and skateboarder) Kenny Likitprakong

Kenny Likitprakong’s dad is the general manager of Domaine St. George winery in Healdsburg, so he grew up around wine and always knew he wanted to be a winemaker. He began his personal brands, including Banyan and Hobo, in 2002. 

Kenny calls Sebastopol home, and he shares some of his favorite things in Sonoma County.

“I love Terrapin Creek [Café], out in Bodega Bay,” he says. “It’s fine dining, but not pretentious. The food has a slightly Asian influence that appeals to me. 

“For lunch, I often go to Tomi Thai, in Windsor. I pretty much always get the duck noodle soup. Once in a while, we’ll go to Willow Wood Cafe in Graton for brunch.

“One place I really like is Peter Lowell’s, right here in Sebastopol,” he says. “It’s a casual, less expensive Chez Panisse-type of place. (It focuses) on organic ingredients, not fanfare in the kitchen. 

“Sebastopol also has this whole new Barlow thing going on—a renovated warehouse with wineries, a distillery and brewery, grocery store, a ton of stuff. It will be a big attraction in the food and wine scene that Sebastopol never had.”

Sonoma also provides Kenny with opportunities to indulge in the outdoors activities he loves. 

“For mountain biking, I’ll go to Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa,” he says. “People always talk about how good Marin County is for biking, but this place kicks anything in Marin. 

“For skateboarding, we’ll hit the parks in Windsor, Sebastopol or Santa Rosa. At 37, it’s getting harder for me to skate in the streets! 

“If I’m in the mood for surfing, I might head out to North Salmon Creek in Bodega Bay,” he says. “And I like to bring out-of-town visitors to some of the great breweries here: Bear Republic (Healdsburg), Russian River Brewing Co. (Santa Rosa), Third Street Aleworks (Santa Rosa).”Steve Heimoff

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