SONOMA COUNTY: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend tix on sale
Tickets are on sale for the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend running Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at various locations throughout the region.
Highlights include a Sonoma Starlight dinner at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30, Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 and the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
The weekend is produced by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance in partnership with the Sonoma County Vintners. To reserve, call 855-939-7666 or go to www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com.
SANTA ROSA: Savory Spice to offer in-store demos
Savory Spice Shop in downtown Santa Rosa will give a series of in-store cooking demonstrations this summer with chef/instructor Jennifer Torrey.
All classes are held at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays and cost $30, including recipes. Here is the schedule:
Learn how to preserve the fruit and vegetable harvest on Aug. 4 with a class on "Uncanny Preserves."
Put up "Pickles and Pears, and Relishes Rare" on Aug. 18, just in time for the bounty.
Make your own barbecue sauce on Sept. 15 with "Get a Little Sweet, Spicy and Saucy."
Get ready for the holiday rush with sweet "Holiday Gifts in a Jar" on Sept. 29.
In addition, cookbook author Gitika Baveja will give a demonstration on Indian Cuisine at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Cost is $25. Her cookbook, "Indian Flavors to Savor," will be available for purchase.
To register for any of the demonstrations, call 284-1310 or stop by the store, 317 D St., Santa Rosa.
PETALUMA: Speakeasy hires Tafoya as new chef
Speakeasy, a late-night dining spot in Petaluma, has hired Patrick Tafoya, former chef/owner of P/30 in Sebastopol, as its new chef.
Tafoya has retooled the menu slightly, keeping many of the favorite dishes, including the Edamame Hummus, the Speakeasy Taco Trio, the Veggie Burger and the Lobster Mac & Cheese.
The new menu includes more small tapas dishes, including single servings of Jalape? Firecrackers and a smaller portion of Crispy Sweet & Spicy Pork Belly.
"It's a smaller portion for a smaller price," co-owner Roger Tschann said. "You can have more big pops of flavor and try more things."
Speakeasy is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly. 139 Petaluma Blvd. N. 776-4631.
SEBASTOPOL: Education programs at Dutton-Goldfield
Dutton-Goldfield Winery has added some new educational programs for those who want to learn about its single-vineyard pinot noirs and chardonnays.
The Classic Tasting, which features current release wines, is complimentary with wine purchase. Walk-ins welcome.
For the Seated Tasting, a host guides guests through a tasting of five limited-production wines while teaching about the vineyards and exploring the aromas using sensory jars. Cost is $25, or free with a $150 wine purchase. Reservations required.
For the Wine and Cheese Flight, guests are served four local artisan cheeses with four wines and education about the pairings. Cost is $30. Reservations required.
The Pinot and Picnic Flight includes a tasting of five, single-vineyard wines, plus a picnic lunch on the patio. Cost is $40.