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Mouthful: Washi Eggs, chocolate, champagne and seafood


Spring in an egg: Barbra Friedman is again offering her Washi egg workshops, just in time for Easter.

Washi Eggs, native to Japan, are eggshells — chicken, duck and turkey — decorated with beautiful handmade mulberry paper, ribbons and jewels.

The season's first class takes place at Riley Street (103 Maxwell Court, Santa Rosa) on March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. On March 17, a class takes place at Carolina and Co. (105 Third St., Santa Rosa).

On March 20, Coffee Catz (6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol) hosts a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., and on March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a class at Village Bakery (7225 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol.)

These classes are $35 per person. Tea and treats will be served at Village Bakery.

On March 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., Patisserie Angelica (6821 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol) hosts a $45 class with special teas and treats.

Friedman is also available to teach private classes in your home. She also sells Washi egg kits.

For more information and to register, visit barbrafriedman.com

Books, Cinema and Chocolate: On Thursday, the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation and Rialto Cinemas (6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol) presents an evening of Chocolate and Cinema in support of Sonoma County's Free Bookmobile.

Things get started with a chocolate tasting at 6:30 p.m. Several chocolatiers will offer samples of their truffles, bonbons and brownies.

At 7 p.m., there's a screening of the Hitchcock classic "To Catch A Thief," which stars Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.

Tickets are just $35; the price includes a free book. All proceeds benefit the Bookmobile.

For tickets, visit sonomacountybookmobile.com/blog.

Hope and Bubbles: On Saturday, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards (23555 Highway 121, Sonoma) hosts a Be Bubbly Bash from 7 to 10 p.m.

The theme of the event is "super foods," and the evening will feature an array of delicious nibbles, based around foods that are considered highly nutritious, including grape gazpacho bursts; bite-sized chicken and waffles; lamb pastilla bites with cinnamon and honey; mushroom-fontina spring rolls; Korean beef satay with pomegranate barbecue sauce; chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds; pomegranate Jell-O shots and extraordinary mac-and-cheese lollipops.

A makeup artist awaits you at a Primp Bar and you can capture the results at a photo booth, sipping Ferrer bubbly and still wines all the while. Coco Delice will offer a chocolate tasting. The evening concludes with a popcorn bar and guests will be sent on their way with a goodie bag.

Cost for the indulgent evening is just $20 per person. All proceeds benefit the Northern California Chapter of City of Hope, which is recognized world-wide for its care and treatment of cancer patients.

To snag a ticket, visit gloriaferrer.com.

The Fish Guys at Hess Collection: Next Friday, The Hess Collection winery and Seafood Watch of the Monterey Bay Aquarium are hosting a special dinner in the winery's private dining room.

The dinner celebrates the release of "In the Kitchen With the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips From the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish," (Penguin/Studio, $30)

The menu, created by Zoi Antonitsas, formerly of Santa Rosa's Zazu Restaurant and contestant on the fourth season of "Top Chef" and prepared by the winery's executive chef, Chad Hendrickson, and Antonitsas, begins with Hog Island oysters with cocktail sauce granita and Alaskan King salmon crudo with yogurt, cucumber and Moroccan spices.

Grilled rainbow trout with sage and pecan browned butter and seasonal vegetables will be served family style and followed by dessert or cheese.

Wines will, of course, flow throughout the evening, and each guest will receive a copy of the book.

4411 Redwood Road, Napa. Cost is $85; if you want to join in, call Ashley Cox at 255-1144 ext. 226 or email ACox@hesscollection.com right away, as there are just a few seats available.

Selfless acts of random deliciousness: Next Wednesday is Good Samaritan Day, a good time to invite a friend or two to dinner, especially if you know they're lonely or going through a rough patch. Or even just because.

The day is recognized on the anniversary of the killing, in 1964 in Queens, of Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, who struggled with her attacker on the street for almost 30 minutes while neighbors, secure inside their homes, heard and saw what was happening yet did nothing. Most later said that they "did not want to get involved," a comment that became a symbol for our disconnected society for quite some time.

Today there are Good Samaritan laws that both encourage people to offer assistance and protect them from legal action for helping.

There are no laws around inviting someone to dinner. Just do it.

Michele Anna Jordan hosts "Mouthful" each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. E-mail Jordan at michele@micheleannajordan.com. You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.