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.