<strong>Parish Cafe Open This Tuesday: Parish</strong> Cafe (60A Mill St., Healdsburg), the North Bay's finest New Orleans eatery, is generally closed on Monday and Tuesday, but they will be open for Mardi Gras.
Doors open at 3 p.m., and the fun continues until 8 p.m., with live music by the Dixie Giants.
Instead of the regular menu and table service, there will be stations featuring beer, crawfish boil, gumbo, red beans and rice and more. Sales will be based on tickets, which are $5 each, which means you buy, say, four tickets and then just hang out, snagging a beer or a bowl of red beans or whatever else you like.
There will be no advance sales and no reservations. The cafe's regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can peruse the breakfast and lunch menus at <a href="http://theparishcafe.com" target="_blank">theparishcafe.com</a>.
<strong>Da Puna Bruddahs at Sweet T's:</strong> On Monday, Da Puna Bruddahs bring their breezy aloha tunes to Sweet T's for Happy Hour, from 4 to 7 p.m. You can enjoy a bit of island magic and indulge in some southern-inspired nibbles at the same time. Think of it as practice for Mardi Gras.
There is no cover charge for the music, but if you want a seat you should arrive earlier rather than later. The band has developed quite a following here. If you like to try before you buy, you can check them out on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/DaPunaBruddahs" target="_blank">youtube.com</a>.
Sweet T's is located at 2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa.
If you want to stay for dinner, reservations are a good idea. Make yours at <a href="http://www.sweettssr.com/" target="_blank">sweettssr.com</a> or by calling 595-3935.
<strong>Mardi Gras Beads for Bread:</strong> On Tuesday — that's fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras — from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Costeaux French Bakery (417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg) will trade you a loaf of bread for your Mardi Gras bead necklaces. All you have to do is show up and surrender your beads at the counter.
Each guest may receive one loaf of bread and the offer is good while the bread lasts.
If you're more of a morning person and not interested in surrendering your beads, wear them to the bakery between 7 and 10 a.m. Tuesday and receive a cafe au lait gratis.
<strong>Spring Farm Forum:</strong> Clark Wolf and Marcy Smothers are hosting their first farm forum of 2014 next Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Barlow Event Center.
The theme is "Farms and Farm Trails, A Taste of Sonoma's Farming Treasures."
This forum focuses on the tourism industry, especially Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTA), but is open to everyone. Speakers include Barney Aldridge of The Barlow; Paula Downing, manager of the Sebastopol Farmers Market; Lou Preston of Preston of Dry Creek; Carmen Snyder, executive director of FarmTrails; Ariana Strozzi of Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill; Evan Wiig, community organizer with the Farmers Guild and Duskie Estes, chef and co-owner of Zazu restaurant.
Cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for members of <a href="http://ctanetwork.com" target="_blank">ctanetwork.com</a>, who may sign up for a tour of The Barlow, which begins at 4:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to email@example.com.
<strong>Ruthy's Real Meals:</strong> For several years, Ruth Lefkowitz has delivered delicious home-style meals to Sonoma County families. Now she's opening a takeout shop and celebrating with a ribbon-cutting and open house Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.