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<strong>Where the birds are:</strong> Friday, the 2014 Hitchcock Film Festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a gala at the Bodega Harbour Yacht Club (565 Smith Brothers Road). In addition to a screening of "The Birds," the event includes a red carpet flanked by paparazzi, live music, appetizers, cocktails, a photo booth and popcorn.

Cost is $50 per person, and tickets are available at Gourmet au Bay, Candy and Kites, Bodega Bay Veterinary Hospital and brownpapertickets.com.

Black tie is optional but, really, isn't that a lot of the point?

On Saturday, there will be three screenings at the Bodega Bay Grange (1370 Bodega Ave.). At noon, it's "The Birds;" "Shadow of a Doubt" shows at 3:30 p.m. and the evening is capped off with "Psycho" at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 per movie or $25 for all three. Children under 12 pay $5, so, go ahead, take the kiddies to "Psycho."

Tickets are available at <a href="http://brownpapertickets.com">brownpapertickets.com</a>.

If scheduled events do not sell out, a few tickets will be available at the door.

Proceeds benefit local educational programs, including Bodega Bay Elementary, Pastures Preschool and Tomales Bay Elementary.

<strong>Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival:</strong> If for some reason Sebastopol's film festival isn't on your radar screen, there is still time to enjoy it. It kicked off on Thursday and continues through Sunday, March 29.

A few things that caught our eye include "More Than Honey," which tries to shed light on the worldwide die-off of bees, showing at 4:30 p.m. today at Rialto Cinemas #1; "Sleepless," a six-minute journey into insomnia, showing at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Rialto Cinemas #4 and Guy Madden's remarkable look at his childhood home, "My Winnepeg," which you can see at 9:30 p.m. at Rialto Cinemas #3.

For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit <a href="http://sebastopolfilmfestival.org">sebastopolfilmfestival.org</a> or stop by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (282 S. High St.).

<strong>Benefit for School Culinary Programs:</strong> Next Wednesday, April 2, wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow and the Sonoma County Lodging Association join together with high school students and local chefs, including Louis Maldonado of Spoonbar and Pazzando, for an entertaining benefit at the Vintners Inn Event Center (4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa).

Things get started at 5:30 p.m. and you don't want to be late, as appetizers are presented by local students.

Here's how it works. Seven high school teams, each paired with a local chef, have chosen a holiday and will prepare appetizers appropriate for that holiday.

Attendees vote on their favorite appetizers and one team will wine the People's Choice Award. Participating schools include Cloverdale High, El Molino High, Healdsburg High, Maria Carrillo High, Piner High, Sonoma Valley High and Windsor High.

Following dinner, Vintners Inn executive chef Thomas Schmidt will present a special holiday dinner.

The evening includes a live and silent auction and takeaway desserts.

Tickets are $85 each, plus <a href="http://brownpaperticket.com">brownpaperticket.com</a>'s service charge; sponsorship and reserved tables are also available. For tickets, visit <a href="http://chefsoftomorrow.org" target="_blank">chefsoftomorrow.org</a> or call 523-3728.

<strong>Heads up, whiskey lovers:</strong> On Wednesday, April 23, the Sonoma County Single Malt Society hosts its first traditional tasting of 2014 with Lorne Cousin, brand ambassador for Balvenie Distillery.

As of press time, there were five Balvenie single malts to be tasted, 12-year Double Wood, 12-year Single Barrel, 14-year Caribbean Cask, 21-year Port Wood and Balvenie 30 Year.

The tasting takes place at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel, with check-in at 6:30 and a 7 p.m. start.

Cost is $40 for society members and $60 for the general public; the price includes a tasting glass and nibbles to enjoy with the malts.

Reservations are required and you can make yours by emailing info@sonomasinglemalt.com; be sure to include contact information and the number of seats you would like to reserve.

If you cancel less than 72 hours in advance, there's a charge of $25 per seat to cover expenses.

The Society is the project of Michael Traverso and Red Thumhart. For information about membership, visit <a href="http://sonomsinglemalt.com" target="_blank">sonomsinglemalt.com</a>.

<strong>West County Previews:</strong> Word is spreading that chef Mark Hopper, whose cooking credits include The French Laundry, Bouchon and Farmshop, is opening what appears to be a sweet little eatery called Vignette in The Barlow.

The heart of the menu is pizza, with a handful of Neopolitan-inspired pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven, which is the only source of heat in the place.

There will be a few appetizers, a couple of desserts and a very focused selection of beer and wine.

It is not, however, a pizzeria. The pizza is available in a single size designed for one, they will not take phone orders and they will not sell slices. Hopper wants it to be a place to go, to linger, to enjoy, not to run in to grab a pie and make it home in time for the game. Ms. Mouthful is trilled by the concept.

The 62-seat restaurant — 40 inside, 22 outside — will be open daily.

Hopper, who is delightfully down-to-earth and enthusiastic, is hoping for an early July opening so stay tuned.

Dave Allen, formerly of the Valley Ford Hotel and other west county ventures, has taken over the charming roadhouse that has been at least five different locations in the last few years, including Apple Creek Cafe, Two Crows Road House, Saint Rose, Cafe Claudio and at least one other name we can't recall, on Highway 12 between Sebastopol and Freestone.

The new incarnation is called Stillwater Kitchen and Allen says to expect an early April opening. He promises the menu, which focuses on "heritage food," will be posted any day now at <a href="http://stillwaterkitchen.com" target="_blank">stillwaterkitchen.com</a>.

<strong>File Under Things We Shouldn't Tell You:</strong> This weekend, we tasted the potato salad, cole slaw, pastrami and chocolate babka of Goodman's Jewish Deli, a one-day-a-week eatery by chef Les Goodman of Adafina Culinary, a catering company based in Santa Rosa.

Oh my. Everything was absolutely extraordinary. Goodman's pastrami is the real thing.

Goodman, who worked briefly at Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, and his wife, Tara, spent several weeks this winter visiting Jewish delis and bakeries in Montreal and New York, Goodman's home state.

They somehow managed to capture the spirit of those delis in each bite we tried.

And there's a lot more than what we sampled, including a Reuben sandwich, schmaltz fries, breakfast selections and delicious options for both vegetarians and vegans.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that Goodman sets up shop at the West End Farmers Market (on Donahoe Street, adjacent to the DeTurk Park and Round Barn in west Santa Rosa) on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which means if you get a hankering for a pastrami on rye at any other time, you are out of luck.

It also means that there will likely be a long line from the moment the market opens. But it's worth it.

<em>Michele Anna Jordan hosts "Mouthful" each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 &amp;amp; 91.1 FM. E-mail Jordan at michele@micheleannajordan.com. You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at <a href="http://pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com" target="_blank">pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com</a>.</em>

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