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Olive Season kicks off with Martini Madness

The Sonoma Valley Olive Season is officially under way, with lots of savory and spirited events planned this month for fans of the brined fruit.

Martini Madness gets the party started at 5 p.m. Friday at Ramekins Culinary School as bartenders from Sonoma's best restaurants and bars shake up artisanal martinis for a cocktail tasting with small bites.

Vote for your favorite drink, then move across the street at 7:30 p.m. for a three-course dinner at the General's Daughter restaurant.

The menu prepared by Ramekins chefs will include s Chicory Salad, Pork Tenderloin with Polenta and Swiss Chard, and Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spiced Caramel and Creme Fraiche.

Tickets to Martini Madness are $40; $92 with dinner. To reserve: 933-0450.

The signature Feast of the Olive Dinner, bringing together the talents of 19 chefs in the Sonoma Valley, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ramekins cooking school. The chefs will prepare a multi-course, olive-inspired feast, with teams of chefs preparing different courses for each table.

Participating chefs include Bruno Tison and Andrew Cain of Sant?Restaurant at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, John Toulze of the Girl & the Fig, and Ari Weisswasser of the Glen Ellen Star, among others.

Tickets are $150. To reserve, call 996-1090, ext. 108. olivefestival.com.

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