Something's missing at the W.O.W. cafe

Before we get to the crime, it's important for all food lovers to know that their Sonoma County dining repertoire is incomplete without a visit to Evelyn Cheatham's W.O.W.

The full name of this donation-only culinary jewel on Hahman Drive, between the Montgomery Village Shopping Center and Montgomery High, is Worth Our Weight.

Cheatham created it (worthourweight.com) as a food-

industry apprentice program for under-served youth. Open Fridays through Sundays, W.O.W. boasts wonderful food, enthusiastic students and no posted prices. Patrons eat what they want to eat, then pay what they want to pay.

So, W.O.W. is a good thing, an extraordinary thing. But bad things do happen, and the other day somebody took off with the sweet, 1950s teardrop travel trailer that Cheatham had parked out front.

She bought the 13-foot cutie a few months back as a mobile bakery. Her apprentices were going to fill it with turnovers, scones and such and haul it every week to the farmers market.

The theft is a hurtful blow to Cheatham and W.O.W.'s students, who are preparing once again to prepare and deliver Christmas Day meals to hundreds of people in shelters, under bridges, in children's homes and elsewhere.

"Just because we have hard times doesn't mean we have to steal from each other," Cheatham said.

She remains ever hopeful. Won't it make for a great Christmas story if the little trailer comes home?

FEAR NOT: You'll never guess what Maya Parmer of Petaluma did in a dark, old house in Argentina, and you don't have too. You can see for yourself on TV.

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