Beat/Position: Food and wine, classical music and entertainment
Married to Chris Smith, Press Democrat columnist. Mother of Maxwell Smith, student at the University of Oregon. Graduate of Brown University, 1978, and the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 1982. Plays violin in the Felix String Quartet of Santa Rosa.
Recent Articles By DIANE PETERSON
Published October 15, 2013
Award-winning cook Laurie Figone shares recipes.
Published February 28, 2013
Petaluma composer Nolan Gasser debuts new piece commissioned by San Francisco Opera.
Published October 1, 2012
The crescendo of excitement surrounding the grand opening of Weill Hall reached a climax Sunday with a dawn-to-dusk, all-American trio of concerts spanning the heights of local and national talents.
Published May 9, 2012
Eric Lee has become a part of TV's “Food Network Star” history.
Published March 22, 2012
Local cheesemakers gear up for California's sixth annual Artisan Cheese Festival this weekend.
Published March 9, 2012
Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Alison Krauss among headliners to perform.
Published October 24, 2011
Risibisi and Cucina Paradiso named Bib Gourmand restaurants by Michelin for good value.
Published September 14, 2011
First-ever National Heirloom Exposition kicks off at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Published March 6, 2011
Once selling seeds out of his house, Seed Bank dealer now looms large in locavore circles.
Published February 18, 2011
Tips for short, inexpensive trips to the coast, the city and the Napa Valley.
Published December 19, 2010
Michi Adams beat out 4,000 other Peet's employees to win annual competition.
Published December 6, 2010
Denise Redeker of Petaluma throws a “turkey party” at her house to help the needy.
Published February 4, 2010
Sold-out crowd hears writer talk about his latest book, “Food Rules: An Eater's Manual.”
Published November 28, 2009
Douglas Gayeton of Petaluma has been rushing around the country for the past few months, promoting his new book, "Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town" (Welcome Books, 2009), a collection of essays and sepia-toned images of the faces and foods of Pistoia,...
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