<strong>Valentine's Dinners at Two Dierk's:</strong> Brothers Roger J. and Mark Dierkhising are teaming up, sort of, for dinners next Friday night.
Mark's menu will be served at Dierk's Parkside Cafe (404 Santa Rosa Ave.). The prix fixe menu begins with crab cakes with Meyer lemon aioli. Next comes a salad of arugula, roasted vegetables, blue cheese and blood orange dressing.
There's a choice of entree — ribeye steak with wild mushrooms and a bed of roasted root vegetables; seared wild salmon with citrus, spinach and mushrooms and a saffron sauce or roasted leg of lamb with red wine glaze and scalloped potatoes.
There will be a trio of chocolate desserts. Cost is $127 per couple ($63.50 per person), plus gratuity and beverages.
If you'd like to a bring a special wine of your own, there is no corkage fee at Dierk's, ever.
For reservations, call 573-5955. Seating is between 5:30 and 7 p.m.
A few blocks away at Dierk's Midtown Cafe (1422 Fourth St., Santa Rosa), Roger will preside over a menu that kicks off with live Maine lobster, leek and mushrooms and tarragon mariniere, followed by a salad of frisee, arugula, beets, a blue feta cheese and blood orange-caraway dressing.
For your entree, you'll choose from roasted filet of beef with cabernet-shallot sauce and pomme frites; sauteed wild salmon with soba noodles, Asian vegetables and ginger-blood orange beurre blanc or seared duck breast with wild rice pilaf and pomegranate sauce.
Dessert options include chocolate lover's souffle for two, raspberry creme Anglaise and petit fours.
Cost is $60 per person. For reservations, call 545-2333.
<strong>Valentine's Day at Paradise:</strong> Paradise Ridge Winery Tasting Room is hosting a Valentine's Day fete next Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with seatings available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Here's how it works. Each couple will enjoy three glasses of wine — Blanc de Blanc, 2010 Posse and 2009 Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon — and three nibbles, Mt. Tam, a triple-cream cheese, with strawberries; Point Reyes Blue Cheese crostini with fig preserves and cabernet-infused truffles and raspberries.
Cost is $30 per couple or $25 if you're a member of the wine club. Reservations, available at 528-9463, are required.
This same option is also available at the Kenwood Tasting Room (8860 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood). For reservations, call 282-9020.
<strong>Giddyup!</strong> The Redwood Empire Chinese Association will host its annual Chinese New Year Celebration early this year, on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa (1351 Maple Ave.).
Doors open at 5 p.m., with a social hour and an opportunity to preview raffle and silent auction items. At 6 p.m., the buffet begins and is followed by entertainment, including the spectacular dragon and lion dances, along with performances of traditional dance, song, martial arts and more.
Tickets are available in advance only; none are sold at the door. Admission for children aged 3 to 10 is $10; all others are $25. You can get tickets at Asia Mart (2481 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa), G &amp; G Supermarket (1211 West College Ave., Santa Rosa) and from Nancy Wang (576-0533) and Judy Cheung (528-0912).
The Year of the Horse began with the new moon on Jan. 31.
Proceeds from the event benefit the organization's scholarship fund, which provides assistance to graduating seniors of Asian descent or who are RECA members. March 31 is the application deadline; for more information, call Mirin Lew at 545-6173.
Press Democrat Poll
What type of warning did you receive about last October’s fires? (Multiple responses allowed)
Official alert on my landline: 5 percent
Official alert on my cellphone: 17 percent
Neighbor warned me: 14 percent
Family member or friend warned me: 28 percent
Police or fire came to my home to warn me: 5 percent
None: 43 percent
Don’t know: 1 percent
In the future, how would you like to be notified about a fire or other impending disaster?
Phone call: 31 percent
Text message: 30 percent
Email: 1 percent
Air raid siren: 28 percent
Other (specify): 7 percent
Don’t know: 3 percent
Do you think Sonoma County is more prepared today to warn you about fires or disasters than it was last year?
Yes: 54 percent
No: 31 percent
Don’t know: 15 percent
SOURCE: The Press Democrat Poll/David Binder Research