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Mouthful: Delicious events with soul

<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.


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