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Smith: Our Gabi inspires a TV show

  • Gabi Moskowitz. (Ryan Sapper)

ABC has picked up a new comedy built around “a feisty young food blogger” named Gabi.

Any resemblance to Santa Rosa-born Gabi Moskowitz is highly intentional.

Gabi is the 2000 Santa Rosa High alum who's on fire as a cookbook author and San Francisco-based blogger on matters related to food and life. A recent post:

“I have been written about in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and TIME Magazine, and yet, nothing makes my father (Santa Rosa attorney Larry Moskowitz) giddier than when someone from his synagogue says something nice about me.”

Gabi played a role in the creation of ABC's “Young & Hungry.” The star of the show, Emily Osment of “Hannah Montana,” portrays a food blogger who yearns to be the personal chef to a young tech entrepreneur played by Jonathan Sadowski.

Production begins any day now in L.A.


But nearly three months after Healdsburg cook Joel Billman damaged his spine in a fall on Fitch Mountain he's working through the pain and feeling hugely thankful.

“It's kind of a slow, long road,” said Billman, who's 52 and was last on the kitchen crew at Chalkboard.

Largely paralyzed from the waist down, doctors tell him the pain and other sensations he feels in his legs are hopeful signs that he may regain the ability to walk.

Meanwhile, he wants Healdsburg firefighters and REACH copter crewmembers to know he credits them with his life. He also thanks everyone who's helped him or donated relief funds to PayPal through his wife Nance's email, peacenance@gmail.com.

“I'm not sure if I'm going to be cooking again,” Billman said. We'll hope.

STUPPIN EVEN BOLDER: Jack Stuppin, renowned for his audaciously vibrant landscapes, now is showing — big — alongside Highway 101.

The Sonoma County Museum chose his Russian River scene of blue hills and patchwork vineyards for its new billboard by the southbound lanes, between Coddingtown and College Avenue.

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