<strong>Soul Food, Soul Music:</strong> On Saturday evening, the North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce hosts "A Tribute to the Hidden Roots of Black Music" at the Finley Center (2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa) from 6 to 9 p.m.
Musician Mohammed Bilal serves as the evening's emcee and will lead guests through a musical journey that begins in the 19th century and concludes with a tribute to contemporary black entertainers, including Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
Ric Alexander, a songwriter, producer and saxophonist, will be part of the festivities, along with local gospel groups, guest speakers and performers from throughout the Bay Area.
Red Rose Catering of Santa Rosa will serve jambalaya, hush puppies, red beans and rice and bread pudding for the occasion, which also will include wine tasting and dancing.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $35 for the general public, $25 for members of the North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce and free for kids under 12. For tickets and more information, visit <a href="http://nbbcc.org" target="_blank">nbbcc.org</a>.
<strong>Fat Tuesday's a-Comin':</strong> There should be plenty of options for Mardi Gras celebrations in the North Bay and we'll feature several next week. For now, here's one that may sell out well in advance.
On March 4, Jack and Tony's (115 4th St., Santa Rosa) celebrates with a special menu featuring gumbo, blackened catfish, broiled oysters, crawfish etouffee and shrimp po'boys. Special cocktails for the evening will include the Sazerac, the Hurricane and the French 75, along with Dixie Beer.
You can make reservations via <a href="http://opentable.com" target="_blank">opentable.com</a> or by calling 526-4347.
<strong>Fermentation Fans:</strong> On Saturday, Shed (25 North St., Healdsburg) hosts a workshop on kombucha, kefir water and lacto-fermented sodas with Jordan Lancer, Shed's fermentation master.
If you love carbonated beverages but understand the health risks of drinking commercial sodas, this is a great class for you. Lacto-fermented fruit drinks are delicious and healthful.
The workshop will explore the entire process and students will go home with a starter kid for making kombucha at home.
The three-hour class begins at 1 p.m.
Cost is $50. Tickets are available at Shed and through <a href="http://healdsburgshed.com" target="_blank">healdsburgshed.com</a>.
<strong> We all love an after party:</strong> Next Wednesday, February 26, Healdsburg Jazz presents Jazz on the Menu, an annual fete that benefits Jazz Education Programs.
At the heart of the event are dinner performances throughout town. You can find a full schedule at healdsburgjazzfestival.org.
Our favorite element is the after party at Costeaux French Bakery (417 Healdsburg Ave.), which takes place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and features the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band and the George Marsh Quintet.
Tickets are $15 and they are available at the Web site. If the fete does not sell out, they will be available at the door, too, but if you want to attend you might not want to leave it to luck.
For more information, call 433-4644.
<strong>Rasta Dwight at Quincy's &amp; Twin Oaks Tavern:</strong> Rasta Dwight has been cooking in Sonoma County since the mid 1980s, including at his own restaurant in Cotati, which he closed a number of years ago, primarily to spend more time with his young daughter.
Several months ago, he quietly reappeared on the scene, serving lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Quincy's Cafe and Pub (6590 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park).