First-time author John McReynolds, culinary director at Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma, was doubly recognized by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in its 2014 Cookbook Awards.
McReynolds' "Stone Edge Farm Cookbook," a 6-pound, 372-page tome with more than 100 original recipes, won the First Book Julia Child Award as well as the prestigious "Cookbook of the Year" award.
Stone Edge Farm is owned by Leslie and Mac McQuown, who believe fine wine should be enjoyed with fresh, wholesome food. The 16-acre farm produces award-winning cabernet sauvignon wines and more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables as well as olive oil, honey, herbs and eggs.
"I wanted this cookbook to be about place, because Stone Edge Farm is such a lush, diverse and special place," McReynolds said. "I guess we needed something this big to capture the beauty, bounty and scope of the farm."
<strong> 'Barefoot Contessa' speaking Wednesday:</strong> Chef and Food Network host Ina Garten, the "Barefoot Contessa," talks about the pleasures of good food, cooked with passion, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
A former White House nuclear policy analyst, Garten is known for designing recipes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and time-saving tips. She started her culinary career with a retail store, then expanded into cookbooks, magazines and TV.
VIP tickets ($125) include a pre-show reception with Garten and an autographed copy of her newest book.
Regular tickets are $45-$65. To reserve, go to <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a> or call 546-3600. 50 Mark West Springs Road.
<strong> Dog-friendly dining at Nick's Cove:</strong> Nick's Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar will celebrate man's best friend in April with all kinds of al fresco dining.
A dog-friendly patio overlooking Tomales Bay has gotten a facelift and is re-opening this month as the Waterfront Lounge, with outdoor couches and tables for enjoying drinks and oysters with four-legged friends.
The adjoining dog-friendly beach is steps away, where guests can enjoy bonfires during sunsets every night, weather permitting. In addition, the dog-friendly Boat Shack on the pier is available for cocktails with your pooch by the cozy wood-burning stove.
Nick's Cove Restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner, and weekends for brunch. 23240 Highway 1, <a href="http://nickscove.com" target="_blank">nickscove.com</a>.
<strong> Winesong early bird tickets now for sale:</strong> Tickets are now on sale for Winesong 2014, a food and wine fundraiser celebrating the event's 30th year, Sept. 5-6 on the Mendocino Coast.
On Sept. 5, Winesong will offer an insider's view of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir at a special tasting at the Little River Inn.
On Sept. 6, guests can taste through an array of wine and food at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens with live music.
A silent auction will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gardens, followed by a live auction from 2 to 5p.m., with an optional Celebrity Chef Lunch.
VIP tickets, including the auction lunch and wine and food tasting on Sept. 6, are $225 early bird, $250 after June 1.
Tickets, including festival seating at auction and access to wine and food tasting on Sept. 6, are $125 early bird, $150 after June1.