You?ve got recipes: On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Viva (7160 Keating Ave., Sebastopol) hosts a cooking class for kids aged 9 to 11.
The class will be taught by Francoise Dudal Kirkman and Jerry DiVecchio, who worked together at Sunset Magazine, Kirkman as art director and DiVecchio as food editor.
At the core of the class is a delightful new cookbook, ?You?ve Got Recipes,? which Kirkman and DiVecchio co-authored. The book focuses on the adventures of Sophie Souris, a Parisian mouse, and two San Francisco raccoons, Cleo and Henry, who exchange recipes via e-mail.
Cost of the class is $50, which includes a signed copy of the book. For reservations, call Heather Cruciano, program coordinator, today at 824-9913.
Dragonfly seasonal classes: Dragonfly Farm kicks off its season of classes Sunday with a wreath workshop form 10 a.m. to noon and a centerpiece design class from 1 to 3 p.m. Additional classes will be held Nov. 15 and 22 and Dec. 6, 13 and 20, with one workshop from 10 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Classes are scheduled this way so you can take both workshops in a single day. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy during the break.
Cost is $70 for one class and $125 for both. The price includes all materials, but you may want to bring a container for your centerpiece design.
The farm is located at 425 Westside Road in Healdsburg and includes complete floral design services and a farmstand, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.
To register, call 433-3739. For more information about the farm and its services, visit www.thedragonflyfarm.com.
Mushrooms, skunks and wine: There are still seats available on the Wine & Mushroom Train, which leaves the Willits train station (299 E. Commercial St., Willits) at 10 a.m. Saturday for a two-hour ride on the famous Skunk Train to Camp Mendocino, where travelers will enjoy a special luncheon with entertainment and an auction.
Lunch includes applewood-grilled chicken with a porcini-shiitake herb blend, handmade fettuccini with sauteed chanterelles, cream sauce and Oregon truffle oil, vegetable saute with Velvet Pioppini mushrooms and, for dessert, pound cake with Candy Cap mushroom ice cream and plum sauce.
About a dozen wineries will be on hand, too, including Esterlina Vineyards and Winery, Handley Cellars and Dunnewood Vineyards. There also will be plenty of time to explore Camp Mendocino and enjoy Noyo River and the beautiful redwoods.
Things begin at the Willits Depot at 9 a.m., with Thanksgiving brand coffee, muffins and fruit. When the train departs at 10 a.m., Greg Schindel, train singer, will provide entertainment. The Bassics entertain at Camp Mendocino.
The train departs for the return trip at 3 p.m. and arrives at the Willits Depot at 5 p.m.
Cost of the excursion is $125, which includes everything except what you may purchase at the auction. Proceeds directly benefit the Hospital Building Fund.
Although you can just show up at the Willits Depot, you might have a less stressful drive if you reserve your tickets by calling 459-2777.
For more details and to read about Jack Czamecki, the colorful chef who inspired the menu, visit www.howardfoundation.com.
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