More Mardi Gras Fun: On Feb. 23, the Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa hosts Fete du Mardi Gras at the Vista del Lago Clubhouse (3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa).
Chef and instructor Christine Piccin, students of the culinary arts department of Santa Rosa Junior College, La Gare French Restaurant, Madame de Fromage , Galaxy Desserts and Fabrique Delices will offer crepes, a selection of main dishes, cheeses, desserts, hard ciders and wines.
There will be a silent auction, raffle, music and more. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and costumes.
All ages are welcome, but anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost is $35 in advance and $5 at the door. Sonoma State University and SRJC students pay $20 and children under 16 pay $10. To secure your spot, mail a check to AFSR, 4525 Montgomery Drive, Suite 2A, Santa Rosa, 95409. To qualify for the advance price, your check must be received by Feb 19.
All proceeds benefit the activities of the Alliance. For more information, visit afsantarosa.org.
Hula & Homicide: This year's Cloverdale Citrus Fair (1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale), taking place Friday through Monday, has an island theme, "A Polynesian Affair." In keeping with the theme, the fair's Murder Mystery Dinner features "Hula and Homicide."
The dinner takes place in the Citrus Fair auditorium on both Saturday and Sunday evening.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m with a no-host bar of tropical cocktails. Dinner, catered by a member of the local Rotary Club who lived in Kauai for a time, is a traditional luau, with kalua pig, macadamia nut chicken, pineapple cake and more on the menu.
There will be appetizers, as well, and a bottle of wine on each table.
The murder and its solving takes place on stage and begin when a popular leader of a hula competition is founded dead on Kikiwi Beach. A retired surfer, two competing dancers, a judge and others are among the suspects. The audience helps solve the crime, and the first table to figure out who did it wins a prize.
There will be a mother-daughter hula performance during the show. There will also be a performance of Polynesian dance at the fair on Sunday by a group based in Rohnert Park.
Cost is $40. For tickets, call 894-3992 or visit cloverdalecitrusfair.org, where you'll find a complete schedule for the 2013 fair.
Visiting Chef Series at WOW: Next Thursday marks the beginning of a monthly series of dinners at Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprenticeship Program (1021 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa).
There will be one seating, at 6 p.m., and a $55 prix fixe menu. Guests may bring their own beverages, including wine, if they like.
The first dinner features Liza Hinman of The Spinster Sisters and Franco Dunn of Franco's One World Sausages.
These monthly dinners will be hosted by Clark Wolf and Marcy Smothers and will continue indefinitely. If you or someone you know is interested in participating as a guest chef, call (212) 571-7080.
Each dinner is limited to 50 guests, so if you'd like to join in make your reservation soon by calling 544-1200.
Pu-erh Tasting on Saturday: This month's tea tasting at Many Rivers Books and Tea features what may be most alluring teas in the world, those known as pu-erh.