Giving the taste of Wine Country
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:40 p.m.
Dragonfly Farm Holiday Sale: On Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., several local artists will gather at Dragonfly Farm (425 Westside Road, Healdsburg) for a holiday sale.
As of press time, 15 artists were scheduled to join in, among them Mary Pat Ortega Rowan with twig figurines; Mackenzie Yuill-Thornton with handmade jewelry from recycled leather; Anne Bibbens Loarie with pressed flora and textiles; Katherine Plank with landscape paintings; Siobhan Loughery with barbed-wire peace signs and aprons and bags made of feed-sack cloth; Jimalee Plank with handmade books, boxes and altars and Dragonfly Floral itself, with wreaths, terrariums, tillandsia (a genus of the Bromeliad family) and succulents.
There are always surprises at Dragonfly Farm, too, so be ready to be delighted.
Make-Your Gift Baskets and the Artist Wonders Society: For many, Grapevine Trading Company's annual warehouse sale has become a holiday tradition. It takes place this weekend.
Here's how it works. The warehouse is set up so that you can select from among their specialty foods — we love the hibiscus vinegar — and other items, including discontinued candles, ceramics and more, priced well below cost to fill as many baskets as you like. Staff will then shrink-wrap each basket for you.
The sale takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you attend on Saturday, you'll want to take a look next door, too, where Artistic Wonders Society is hosting its annual “arts, craft and a whole lot more sale” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Both the Grapevine Trading Company and Artistic Wonders Society are located at 738 Wilson St. in Santa Rosa.
Planning Ahead for Fado: On Jan. 25, the Mission San Francisco Solano (located on the corner of Spain and First St. East, Sonoma) hosts a Fado performance featuring fadista Angela Brito, who is working on her first Fado CD, and David Silveira Garcia, a local favorite.
Fado is a musical genre from Portugal that goes back to the early 1800s. Fans of the genre are extremely passionate and surely would welcome a gift of tickets, which are $20 per person. We mention it now because these performances always sell out well in advance.
Tickets are available at the mission during normal business hours. For more information, call 938-9560.
LaSalette Restaurant, a few blocks from the mission, is taking reservations for dinner before the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 938-1927 to reserve a table. And don't wait; these reservations sell out early, too.
Thursday Nights at Cornerstone: The merchants at Cornerstone Sonoma are staying open late on four Thursday nights this month. There are two to go.
Next Thursday, Dec. 13, singer-songwriter Chris von Sneidern performs, beginning at 5 p.m. Artefact, Salvage & Design welcomes restaurateur Sondra Bernstein and chef John Tolouz, who will be available to chat about and sign copies of their book, “Plat due Jour.” A New Leaf Gallery will feature an exhibition by artist Gale Hart and Zipper Gifts will offer free tree trimming tips. Nicole Perullo, a local beekeeper and founder of Buddha Belly Honey, will talk about backyard beekeeping at Potter Green.
Keating Wines will offer a 25 percent discount on their cabernet sauvignon and visitors to Meadowcroft Wines will receive free tastings and big discounts on end-of-vintage cases.
If you enjoy dinner at Park 121 Cafe, you'll be offered a free dessert.
All this and more takes place next Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Cornerstone Sonoma is located at 23570 Arnold Dr. (Highway 121) in Sonoma. For more information, visit cornerstonesonoma.com.
Oliver's Markets CD Release Party: Oliver's Markets has gotten into the music business, at least sort of.
On Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Center (390 Morris St.), there's a celebration of “Real Music: A Taste of Sonoma County Music, Vol. 2.” The evening features 25 live performances.
The CDs are sold at Oliver's Markets and the music is also integrated into the house-music mix at all four Oliver's locations. Proceeds from sales of the CDs benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
Oliver's Markets is an enthusiastic support of Sonoma County foods and it makes sense that they have extended their reach to embrace and support local music, as well. It should be a fun evening.
Admission is $10 per person plus a can of food for the food bank.
Expanded Hours at Patisserie Angelica: Patisserie Angelica (6821 Laguna Park Way), the sweet little bakery in Sebastopol, is now open on Friday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There are a lot of new holiday specialties for both Christmas and Hanukkah, which you can preview at local.letthemmailcake.com.
In addition, the bakery has added several days for their popular Christmas tea. It will be offered on Dec. 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tea includes holiday sweets like linzer torte, gingerbread and peppermint brownies, along with a selection of yummy tea sandwiches, scones and more.
Cost is $26 per person and reservations are essential. For yours, call 827-7998.
How about a little aloha with your shopping? Hula On! Productions hosts its 13th annual Hawaiian Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Patrick's Parish Center (409 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur).
The sale features unique Hawaiian and Hawaiian-inspired gifts and a raffle of more than a dozen beautiful gift baskets full of everything from frangipane-scented soaps to premium wines. Some of the items are Hawaiian cloth bags ideal for carrying yoga mats; table lamps made of gourds; flouncy fleece scarves; Hawaiian Chile Water; gomashio; specialty teas; wood-burned wooden spoons and forks; gift cards; gourd ornaments; chutney; pineapple coconut cakes and a large “Hana Hou” table of gently used Hawaiian items.
As always at this sale, you can enjoy lunch — kalua pig and cabbage, curried vegetables, Chinese tofu salad, haupia — and relax to live Hawaiian music. There will be hula performances throughout the day as well.
Festa de Natal: This Sunday, members and guests of the Sausalito Portuguese Hall (511 Caledonia St., Sausalito) hosts its annual Christmas celebration, Festa de Natal, from 4 to 9 p.m.
La Salette Restaurant (452-H First St. East, Sonoma) has extended an invitation to Sonoma County residents and is selling tickets, which are $28 for anyone over 12; those 12 and under may attend for free, with an adult.
Dinner, which is served starting at 5 p.m., features petiscos (little appetizers), salada verde, alcatra (Terceira-Island-style pot roast), bok choy, finas batatas (potatoes), macarrao (pasta) and arroz doce (rice pudding).
A no-host bar will feature Portuguese beverages, including wines and cocktails.
For tickets, just stop by the restaurant.
Michele Anna Jordan hosts “Mouthful” each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM.
E-mail Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll find her blog, “Eat This Now,” at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/
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