Kathleen Thompson Hill has collected antique kitchen utensils for more than 40 years, calling it her “quirky obsession.” With degrees in French and Italian from U.C. Berkeley and the Sorbonne, she cut classes in Paris to talk her way into auditing at the Cordon Bleu and the Louvre. Following another interest, she earned an MA in Political Psychology at Sonoma State University where she and her late husband co-taught various courses.
Kathleen has taught American Politics & Government at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Sonoma State, and U.C. Berkeley where she was also a Visiting Scholar and staff member.
Currently, she serves on the boards of Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS), KSVY-SVTV, Sonoma Valley Historical Society, the Agricultural Advisory Board at Sonoma Valley High School, and Canadian Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Recently she served nearly 14 years as Food & Wine Editor and columnist for the Sonoma Index-Tribune and has hosted the Kathleen Hill Show on KSVY 91.3 FM for 15 years. She has also written 42 books, most with her late husband Gerald Hill.
Her 3,500-piece Kathleen Thompson Hill Kitchen Memories Collection is now in residence at Elizabeth Spencer Winery in Rutherford as a “permanent rotating exhibit.”