<strong> North Bay producers land Good Food Awards:</strong> The 2014 Good Food Award winners have been announced, with several North Bay producers given the nod for taste and responsible production.
Here are some of the Wine Country winners:
- Bear Republic Brewing Co. of Healdsburg won in the Beer category for its Cafe Racer 15, a seasonal ale that's a double IPA.
- Bellwether Farms of Petaluma won in the cheese category for two cheeses: Whole Milk Ricotta and Carmody, a buttery, cow's milk cheese.
- Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. of Point Reyes Station won in the cheese category for Toma, a buttery cow's milk cheese.
- Flying Goat Coffee of Healdsburg won in the coffee category for its Ethiopia Wote Konga.
- Tallgrass Ranch of Sonoma Valley won in the oils catgory for its Tallgrass Ranch Estate Blend extra virgin olive oil.
- Wine Forest Wild Foods of Napa won in the pickles category for its Pickled Sea Beans.
This year's 130 winning food ad drink producers were selected from 1,450 entries from all 50 states in a blind tasting held in September.
For a complete list of winners, go to <a href="http://goodfoodawards.org" target="_blank">goodfoodawards.org</a>.
<strong> Crab feed season still in full swing:</strong> It's time to dive into a few crab feeds this winter while the delicate Dungeness are still being caught offshore in the eelgrass beds. Here are a few to consider:
The 25th annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest, to benefit the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Sonoma County Fairgrounds' Grace Pavilion. $75 includes wines, hors d'oeuvres, fresh crab with all the accompaniments and a live auction. 544-3575 or sonomafb.org.
Sbragia Family Vineyards will hold a family-style feast of fresh crab with chardonnay and live music at 6 p.m. Saturday at the winery, 9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville. $90. To reserve: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AAUW Santa Rosa Branch Crab Feed will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Saturday Afternoon Club, 430 10th St., Santa Rosa. $45, includes crab, salad, dessert and wine and benefits the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund and Sonoma State University scholarships. To reserve: 542-1050 by Feb. 4.
The Penngrove Social Firemen Crab Feed starts at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Penngrove Community Clubhouse. Dinner includes crab, pasta, salad, bread and a no-host bar for $40. Tickets available at JavAmore Cafe in Penngrove. 794-1516.
<strong> Dry Creek Passport tickets on sale Saturday:</strong> Tickets to the 25th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley, April 26-27, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday and are expected to sell out quickly.
Fifty wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley participate in the two-day event and feature wine tasting, gourmet food and live entertainment.
A two-day passport costs $120, a Sunday-only passport is $70. To reserve, go to <a href="http://wdcv.com" target="_blank">wdcv.com</a>.
<strong> HopMonk plans Feb. 9 beer dinner:</strong> HopMonk Tavern will celebrate San Francisco Beer Week at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 with a special beer dinner attended by Dave Adams, director of beer education at the legendary Green Flash Brewing Company of San Diego.
Five ales from Green Flash will be paired with a menu prepared by HopMonk Executive Chef Billy Reid. Dishes include Peruvian Style Ceviche, Grilled Endive Salad, Chocolate Dusted Beef Wellington and a Butterscotch Mousse over Vanilla Crisps.