<strong>Flavorful happenings in Napa Nov. 20-24:</strong> Flavor Napa Valley, a charity wine and food festival, returns to the Napa Valley Nov. 20 to 24, with five days of seminars, hands-on workshops and gala tastings featuring celebrity winemakers and chefs.

The lineup of participating chefs includes well-known restaurateur Todd English, originally of Boston; Roy Choi, who started the food truck craze in Los Angeles; and Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, restaurateurs from New York. Returning Napa Valley chefs include Michael Chiarello, Christopher Kostow, Masaharu Morimoto and Cindy Pawlcyn.

Among the wine experts speaking will be Karen MacNeil, chair of wine studies at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and Master Sommeliers Andrea Robinson and Larry Stone.

Participating winemakers from the Napa Valley include Mike Grgich of Grgich Hills Estate, Ashley Hepworth of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Genevieve Janssens of Robert Mondavi Winery, Juliana Laks of Cakebread Cellars and Michael Martini of Louis M. Martini.

One of the highlights of the event — Appellation Trail: Tasting Napa Valley — will return to the CIA's Greystone Campus in St. Helena at 6 p.m. Nov. 15. Cost is $165.

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<strong>Nick's Cove celebrates crab with dishes and a contest:</strong> In honor of the arrival of the recreational Dungeness Crab season in Northern California, Nick's Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar is hosting the second annual Crab Catch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Throughout the day, there will be a crab-centric menu and activities for crustacean lovers of all ages, including a crab-catching competition, cooking demonstration and lunch by executive chef Austin Perkins.

The crab-catching contest will begin at 10 a.m. for children and adults alike, with prizes awarded to both age groups. Those who return to the patio by 2 p.m. will be eligible to win an award for "heaviest haul."

There is no entry fee for the Crab Catch, but participants are asked to RSVP that morning to

Participants must bring their own boats, bait, crab pots and buckets, plus a crabbing license if they are over 16.

Perkins will demonstrate how to cook Dungeness Crab Risotto at 11 a.m., followed by a three-course lunch for $65, including tax and tip and T-shirt. To sign up for the demo, go to

Nick's Cove is at 23240 Highway 1. <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.


<strong>Art of Chocolate and Wine benefits Petaluma Arts Center:</strong> The Art of Chocolate and Wine, a benefit for the Petaluma Arts Center, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Center, 230 Lakeville St. Chocolate samples, wine, music and a silent auction round out the delicious afternoon.

Viva Chocolat owner Lynn Wong will give a chocolate seminar at 2 p.m., and chocolates will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. To reserve, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 762-5600.

<em>Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or, and Peg Melnik, who can be reached at 521-5310 or</em>