<strong>SANTA ROSA: Southern style on way to Fountaingrove</strong>
Dennis and Ann Tussey plan to open Sweet T's, a Southern restaurant featuring the regional cuisine of South Carolina, next month in the former Santi space in Santa Rosa's Fountaingrove Village, 2097 Stagecoach Road.
Although there are plenty of Southern barbecue joints in Wine Country, Sweet T's will highlight the fresh seafood and farm-to-table cuisine from the Low Country, a defined region of South Carolina's coast.
"It's where Low Country meets Wine Country," said Dennis Tussey, who has been working in the mortgage business. "We're going to do Shrimp and Grits and Frogmore Stew" (boiled shrimp with potatoes and corn).
The restaurant will also feature Southern staples like smoked meats and sides of okra, collard greens and mac'n'cheese.
Former Santi Chef Doug Richey has signed on as the executive chef of Sweet T's, after eating his way through restaurants from Charleston, S.C., to Savannah, Ga., a few months ago.
The Tusseys hope to open the restaurant in late October. They are currently remodeling the space, adding a smoker for meats, a pressure fryer and a couple of TVs for folks who want to watch a game at the full bar.
"We're going to try to make it more of a neighborhood bar," he said. "We'll have five or six beers on tap, and some microbrews, including a few from the South."
The restaurant will be open continuously from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Monday. It will be open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Brunch will be served at 10 a.m. on Sundays. It will be closed Tuesdays.
<strong>HEALDSBURG</strong>: <strong>Villa Chanticleer canning workshop</strong>
Do you have too many tomatoes? You can share your surplus and learn how to preserve it, too, during Let's Preserve, a community canning event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg.
Merrilee Olson of CAM FoodWorks will lend her expertise to the canning event, and jars of freshly preserved tomatoes will be taken to the Healdsburg Food Pantry for distribution.
Participants are asked to drop off tomatoes and canning jars in advance from 8 a.m. to noon Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Healdsburg Food Pantry, 1505 Healdsburg Ave.
The canning will be done in two shifts, with a potluck lunch served from noon to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Soroptimists of Healdsburg and Farm to Pantry.
<strong>SONOMA</strong>: <strong>Cocktail artists go head to head</strong>
The 5th annual Sonoma Bar Battle will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 8 at the Sonoma Veterans Building in Sonoma.
There will be a dozen local bars and restaurants battling it off in the cocktail competition, which includes a Sparkling Cocktail Contest hosted by Gloria Ferrer. Food and spirits, live music by Train Wreck Junction and The Gentlemen Soldiers and a silent auction rounds out the evening.
Tickets are $30, to benefit The Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #111 and Jack London American Legion Post #489. sonomabarbattle.com.
Schools back in session next week
Santa Rosa City Schools reopening Oct. 27:
—Brook Hill Elementary
—Hidden Valley Elementary
—Maria Carrillo High School
—Piner High School
—Proctor Terrace Elementary
—Rincon Valley Middle School
—Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School
—Steele Lane Elementary
Districts reopening schools Monday:
— Bennett Valley
— Oak Grove
— Roseland (It’s temporarily moving its Roseland Collegiate Prep students to two of its elementary schools)
— Sonoma Valley (except Dunbar, which opens Oct. 24)
Districts reopening schools Tuesday
— Kenwood (tentative)
— Rincon Valley
Districts reopening schools Wednesday
— Geyserville (tentative)
SOURCES: Santa Rosa City Schools, Sonoma County Office of Education