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<b>HEALDSBURG: Keane masters 'Top Chef'</b>

Healdsburg chef Douglas Keane won this season's "Top Chef Masters" contest last Wednesday, beating out former "Top Chef" contestant Bryan Voltaggio of Maryland and Jennifer Jasinski of Colorado on the popular Bravo series.

Keane, who owned the Michelin-starred Cyrus restaurant in Healdsburg with business partner Nick Peyton for seven years, won the top prize of $100,000 for his charity, the Green Dog Rescue Project of Windsor. The total he raised for the project over the course of the show was $120,000.

Keane stood out early in the show as was the only contestant to refuse to jump out of an airplane in the first episode. As a result, he lost one hour of prep time in the first challenge.

But he made up for it during the 10-week series, beating out 12 other chefs from across the country as the top toque.

The final challenge was for the chefs to cook something old (an early, signature dish), something new (a dish that sums up where they are now), something borrowed (a dish from an important influence) and something sous (a dish that honors the sous chefs that cooked with them during the show).

For the final challenge, Keane wowed the judging panel with dishes reminiscent of his days at Cyrus: Soup Billi Bi with White Wine, Saffron, Fennel Puree and Uni; Soba-wrapped Ocean Trout with Ginger Dashi; Duck Breast with Sake Roasted Onion; and Black Sesame Panna Cotta and Shattered Miso Custard.

Starting in early November, Keane will be behind the stove again at DK Wings, his new, counter-service restaurant at the Graton Rancheria Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, where he will serve comfort dishes like Fried Chicken and Crispy Chicken Wings.

<b>SANTA ROSA: Silvers closes Three Squares</b>

Josh Silvers and his wife, Regina, have closed the Three Squares Cafe in the City 205 building in Railroad Square.

The restaurant, which was opened in 1999 as the French-California bistro Syrah, has gone through several format changes recently, first to small plates as Petite Syrah, then to a casual breakfast and lunch cafe.

In 2009, the couple opened Jackson's Bar & Oven a block away, at Fourth and Davis streets, with a wood-fire oven and a full bar.

While Silvers said he feels bittersweet about the closure of his first restaurant, he is looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his son, Jackson.

<b>SONOMA COUNTY: Enjoy a Portuguese feast</b>

The all-new Portuguese Wine Country Weekend will bring traditional wine and food, music and dance to Healdsburg this weekend, courtesy of Cafe Lucia owner Lucia Azevedo Fincher and her brother, chef Manuel Azevedo of La Salette in Sonoma.

The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a celebration of Dia de Sao Martinho (an autumnal harvest feast) at Raymond Burr Vineyards, owned by Robert Benevides. The feast includes wine and Azorean-inspired food for $5 per person, plus music and dance. Raymond Burr Vineyards is located at 8339 W. Dry Creek Road. 433-8559.

A Fado Night featuring the bittersweet songs of Portugal will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Raven Performing Arts Theater in Healdsburg. David Silveira Garcia, Sandra Pinheiro Pacheco and Sete Colinhas will perform, with pre-show entertainment provided by the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band.

Tickets are $35 VIP, $25 general and $10 under 18, with proceeds going to the Healdsburg Education Foundation's music education programs. To reserve, go to www.raventheater.org.

During the weekend, both LaSalette in Sonoma and Cafe Lucia in Healdsburg will serve Carne de Porco a Alentejana (Alentejo-Style Pork and Clams), one of Portugal's most famous dishes. www.cafelucia.net and www.lasalette-restaurant.com.

<b>SANTA ROSA: Veggie Queen will teach a class on canning</b>

Are you up to your eyeballs in extra tomatoes and vegetables from the garden?

Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, will teach a class on canning at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Ginger Grille at G & G Market, 1211 W. College Ave.

The registered dietician will provide recipes and instructions for canning and pickling. Everyone will leave with at least one jar of canned produce.

The class costs $45. To reserve, go to www.gandgmarket.com.

<b>SONOMA: Schug Winery raises a glass to Oktoberfest on Saturday</b>

Schug Winery will raise a wine glass to Oktoberfest during a harvest celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its new outdoor tasting courtyard.

There will be live polka music plus a German menu provided by Olive & Vine Catering that includes grilled lamb sausage with dried fruit compote and grilled bockwurst with mustard and baked potato salad.

The German special of the day will be the German onion tart known as Zwiebelkuchen, served with a cabbage salad. And for dessert, slices of Almond Toffee Apple Cake will be served with the winery's Late Harvest Riesling.

To complement the food, the winery will pour some of its well-known pinot noirs and other wine varieties, including the partially fermented, effervescent wine Federweisser, which can only be served during harvest.

Winery founders Walter and Gertrud Schug started celebrating the end of their harvest many years ago with an Oktoberfest in order to share the family's German heritage.

Tickets are $35 per person, $10 for kids 10 and under. www.schugwinery.com. Schug Carneros Estate, founded in 1980, is located at 602 Bonneau Road, Sonoma.

<b>KENWOOD: Landmark Winery to celebrate with a party on Saturday</b>

Landmark Winery in Kenwood will celebrate harvest with a party on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that includes live music, horse-drawn wagon tours and wood-fired pizza made by Rosso Pizzeria.

Rosso will also serve seasonal side dishes with the pizzas, alongside some of Landmark's favorite wines. Adam Traum's trio will entertain.

Cost is $25. The winery is located at 101 Adobe Canyon Road. 833-0120.

<b>FORESTVILLE: Calabash to be celebrated at Food for Thought</b>

Calabash — a Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden — will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Food For Thought in downtown Forestville.

The event, which supports Food For Thought, Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank, features tours of the organic gardens and a silent auction of fine gourd art.

Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. To reserve, call 887-1647. 6550 Railroad Ave.

<b>KENWOOD: Belmontes to give cooking class at VJB Vineyards</b>

Maria Belmonte, executive chef of VJB Vineyards and Cellars, will give a cooking class with her son, Henry, at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Kenwood winery.

The Belmontes will demonstrate how to make risotto with sausage and white beans, stuffed salmon filets and peaches with chocolate and ladyfingers.

The students will enjoy a four-course lunch with wine pairings and receive recipes and a copy of Maria Belmonte's cookbook.

Cost is $120. To reserve, call 833-2300. 60 Shaw Ave. www.vjbvineyards.com.

<b>SANTA ROSA: World Championship Grape Stomp on Friday at fairgrounds</b>

The World Championship Grape Stomp is Friday through Sunday at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, part of the annual Harvest Fair.

The stomper will go barefoot and stand in a barrel full of grapes, squishing out the juice. Meanwhile, the "swabby" will stand below the barrel and keep the juice flowing in the jug.

People are encouraged to wear costumes, and there's even an award given for the most creative costumes at each stomp. The fairgrounds are at 1350 Bennett Valley Road. Times and prices vary. For detailed information, visit harvestfair.org/grape-stomp or call 545-4203.

<b>SONOMA: Foodie film favorites screened at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art</b>

A couple of foodie film favorites will be paired with treats from each movie to share with the audience on Oct. 10 and again on Nov. 7.

It's all part of the Sonoma International Film Festival. Tickets are $20 each and the films screen at 7 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

Here are a couple of the delicious pairings: Oct. 10, "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992) with Betty Kelly of Wine Country Chocolates and chef Dana Jaffe, of Saddles restaurant, in Sonoma. Nov. 7, "Julie and Julia" (2009), with chefs Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze, both of the Girl and the Fig restaurant, Sonoma. For more information, visit: sonomafilmfest.org.

<b>KENTFIELD: Marin County Dinner set for Saturday night</b>

The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) will host its third annual Marin County Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Marin Catholic High School.

The evening features hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, auctions and a chance to compare fish stories.

"By the time this dinner happens, the fish gods should have rewarded the fleet with a bountiful year," said Victor Gonella, president of GGSA. "But our challenges remain and we need your support."

Tickets are $75, available in advance at 855-251-4472 or www.goldengatesalmonassociation.com.

GGSA is a coalition of salmon advocates. Its mission is to protect and restore California's largest salmon producing habitat comprising the Central Valley rivers that feed the Bay-Delta ecosystem.

<i>Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com, and Peg Melnik, who can be reached at 521-5310 or peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com.</i>

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