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Shed opens with programs, movie, supper

Shed, a cafe, marketplace and events center located under one roof, is scheduled to open this week at 25 North St. in downtown Healdsburg.

Dry Creek Valley residents Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton built the 9,800-square-foot building as a celebration of the land and the people who grow our food.

At Shed, the couple plans to keep alive the spirit of an old-fashioned grange hall with an array of Sunday suppers, environmental films and workshops.

Here is the schedule of events through April:

Vegetarian cooking expert Deborah Madison will talk about her new cookbook, "Vegetable Literacy," with food writer Michele Anna Jordan at 2 p.m. Saturday. In her new book, Madison draws on her deep knowledge of cooking, gardening and botany to reveal the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers and herbs within the same botanical families. The talk will be followed by recipe samplings and book signing. Tickets are $15.

A screening of the documentary, "Queen of the Sun, What are the Bees Telling Us?" at 7 p.m. April 25. $10.

Introduction to biodynamic beekeeping with Michael Thiele, 10 a.m. April 27. $30.

The first Sunday Supper with the Bernier Farm Family, 7 p.m. April 28. $40.

To reserve tickets to any of these events, go to http://healdsburgshed.com/gather/events/.


Get on your Gatsby for Jazz Age soiree

In a nod to a new film coming out, Madrona Manor will travel back to The Jazz Age on the afternoon of May 5 to serve up its first-ever "Great Gatsby Soiree."

The afternoon of appetizers and cocktails, inspired by passages from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," will also preview the new "The Great Gatsby" film from director Baz Luhrmann, opening May 10.

Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren will serve up tasty tidbits such as Crispy Local Oyster Wrapped in Spiced Ham, Waldorf Salad, Suckling Pig "Pork Pie," Lobster Hash and Cold Fried Chicken with Goat Milk Biscuits.

Dessert and two varieties of vintage cocktails will be served. There will be a cash bar for beer, wine and other beverages.

The 1920s-style lawn party, complete with swing music for dancing, runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $65, available at www.gatsbyatmadrona.eventbrite.com.

Madrona Manor is located at 1001 Westside Road. Dress in 1920s-style fashion. For a special occasion, you can book a lodging package for $350, which includes a room on Sunday night, two tickets to the party and a buffet breakfast. 800-258-4003.


Meals on Wheels Derby Day

Grab your hat and your best flowered frock. The 14th annual Meals on Wheels Derby Day will herald spring from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 4 at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards in Windsor.

The popular fund-raiser, held on the same day as the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby, kicks off with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception.

Culinary Director John Ash will coordinate a four-course luncheon inspired by Southern cuisine.

For the first course, Jennifer McMurry of Viola Pastry Boutique and Cafe will make a Maple Glazed Pork Belly and Homemade Pimento Cheese on Buttermilk Biscuits.

For the second course, Jeff Mall of Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg will serve up Bourbon Glazed Pork with Grits from Falls Mills, Virginia.

The third course, prepared by Mark Stark of Stark Reality Restaurants, features Southern-style surf and turf: Roasted Sea Scallops with Tasso Ham Gravy, Vidalia Onion Soubise and Wilted Mustard Greens.

For the sweet finale, John Ash & Co. Pastry Chef Casey Stone will prepare Kentucky Chess Pie with Bourbon Blueberry Jam, Corn Tuile and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream.

Prizes will be given in the Best Dressed and Most Fabulous Hat contests, and KZST's Brent Farris will serve as auctioneer for the live auction. The event culminates with a simulcast of the Kentucky Derby.

Tickets are $150 per person. 525-0143, ext. 112, or www.councilonaging.com. The winery is located at 4401 Slusser Road.


After renovation, Sant?re-opens

Sant? the fine dining room at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, has opened its doors following an extensive renovation.

The dining room's sleek, new design reflects the property's minimalist style, incorporating natural light, exotic woods, local art and contemporary furniture. The renovation includes the addition of the Sant?Terrace, with 56 outdoor seats. The newest addition, a Lobby Bar, will open in July.

This spring, Sant?has launched a series of monthly winemaker dinners, starting this Thursday with Landmark Vineyards.

Upcoming winemaker dinners include Flanagan Wines on June 13, Envolve Winery on July 18, Keating Wines on Aug. 22, and Kamen Estate Wines on Oct. 10. Prices vary. To reserve for the winemaker dinners: 939-2415.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa is located at 100 Boyes Blvd. in the Sonoma Valley. 938-9000. www.fairmont.com/sonoma.


Hall Winery hosts cabernet cookoff

Teams of chefs will serve up their best "small bites" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 during the 4th annual Hall Cabernet Cookoff at Hall Winery in St. Helena.

Throughout the afternoon of food, wine and music, guests will taste dishes from each chef-team and vote for the e People's Choice award.

A panel of professional chef judges includes Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani from Terra, Ken Frank of La Toque and Brandon Sharp of Solbar. The winning team will receive a cash prize to donate to a local charity of their choice.

Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at www.hallwines.com/cabernetcookoff. 401 St. Helena Highway S. 967-2626.


Culinary pros honor Waters

The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced its 2013 awards last week in San Francisco, honoring the best in food writing, photography and design over the past year.

In the coveted cookbook awards, "Vietnamese Home Cooking" by Charles Phan of San Francisco took home an award in the Chefs and Restaurants category.

Thomas Keller and Sebastian Rouxel's "Bouchon Bakery," featuring photos by Deborah Jones, won in the Food Photography and Styling category.

Cookbook of the Year was given to Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's "Jerusalem: A Cookbook," which also won in the International category.

"The Cookbook Library," by Anne Willan, Mark Cherniavsky and Kyri Claflin, also won two awards: the Jane Grigson Award and the Culinary History award.

Joanne Weir of San Francisco was recognized as Culinary Tour Operator of the Year, and Alice Waters of The Edible Schoolyard Project and Chez Panisse of Berkeley was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The IACP, which boasts 2,000 culinary professionals as members from 32 countries, capped its 35th annual conference with the awards ceremony.

For the complete list of winners, go to www.iacp.com.com

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