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SRJC to celebrate Shone Farm's 40th

Santa Rosa Junior College will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Shone Farm, a 365-acre farm in the Russian River Valley, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at an autumn harvest party at the farm.

The public is invited to the free festival, which features you-pick pumpkins and vegetables, heirloom tomato tastings, wood milling demos, wine tasting, apple pressing, hayrides and scarecrow building.

Students will be leading tours of the farm during the event, and there will be "Shone grown" products for sale, including the farm's own wine and olive oil.

The "Shone grown" lunch will include hamburgers from the ranch, lettuce and tomatoes, plus potato salad.

The farm provides hand-on learning opportunities to students in animal health and livestock management, sustainable agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, winemaking, natural resource management and conservation.

The farm is located at 7450 Steve Olson Lane. shonefarm.com.


Eight Cuisine & Wine opens

Steve Zhao, owner of Peking Chef and Sushi Tozai in Sebastopol, has opened a new restaurant, Eight Cuisine & Wine, in the former Thai Issan space at 7501 Healdsburg Ave. in Sebastopol.

The Asian fusion bistro serves Chinese classics such as Mangolian Beef and Cold Shanghai Chicken, along with Southeast Asia street fare such as Singapore Laksa and Malaysian Chicken Curry.

Appetizers ($4-$12) range from Sichuan Salt and Pepper Calamari to Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups. Soups and salads ($3-$13) include favorites like Sizzling Rice Soup and Mango with Grilled Lemongrass Prawn Salad.

The lunch menu ($9 to $13) includes a selection of Asian salads and soups, Chinese wok dishes and street foods of Southeast Asia.

Desserts include Green Tea and Mochi Ice Cream and Alina's Cheesecake, drizzled with mango glaze and riesling dessert wine reduction.

The bar serves a wide selection of local and Asian beers, on draft and in the bottle, along with sake, sparkling wine and local and European wines, by the glass and by the bottle.

Zhao has done an extensive remodel of the space, adding sustainable wood floors and walls to the dining room and bar space, an array of Asian painting and pottery, and an outdoor patio.

Eight Cuisine & Wine is closed Tuesdays; open 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.

For reservations, call 823-8189.


Harvest Party at Gary Farrell Winery

Gary Farrell Winery will hold its 2012 Harvest Party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a special tasting of new releases.

A catered dinner by Zin restaurant of Healdsburg and live music by Crazy Famous round out the harvest party.

Cost is $105. To reserve, call 866-277-9463. 10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg.


Inman Family Wines marks 10th year

Winemaker Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines has launched a year-long celebration of the winery's 10-year anniversary. The winery hand crafts small lots of estate-grown pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris.

The celebration begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 13 with a retrospective, vertical tasting of pinot noir from 2003-2009, followed by a dinner paired with wine.

Tickets are $125. To reserve, call 293-9576. 3900 Piner Road, inmanfamilywines.com.


Treats on the Terrace at J

Here's an irresistible offer: Treats on the Terrace at J Vineyards on Friday.

There will be light refreshments from executive chef Mark E. Caldwell paired with two glasses of J's sparkling wine.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $40. Call 431-5430 for reservations. The winery is at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg.


Seghesio plans pizza-wine party

A wood-fired pizza and a splash of wine is a delicious combo. This Friday at Seghesio's Healdsburg winery, you can make good on that match.

There will be two pizzas featured, including a vegetarian option, along with a sandwich and salad of the day. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the cost varies. Call 395-3609 for more information. The winery is at 700 Grove St.


Looking for homemade pies

Sonoma Ecology Center will hold a homemade pie competition as part of its annual Harvest Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sonoma Garden Park.

Pies must be 8 to 10 inches in size and can be any flavor, but must be homemade. After the contest, you can buy slices of pie, with optional ice cream on the side.

Contest registration is accepted in advance or at the door. Entry per pie is $5, and pie contestants enjoy free admission to the festival.

Prizes will be judged by 11-year-old Twin Chefs Audrey and Lilly Andrews and former Mayor Ken Brown. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entrants.

General admission to the festival is $12 in advance, $5 children 6 and up, at sonomaharvestfestival.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets at the door are $15 adult, $7 children 6 and up. 19996 Seventh St., Sonoma.


Celebrate abalone in Noyo Harbor

This is not not your average abalone feast.

The World Championship Abalone Cookoff and Festival, celebrating this North Coast seafood, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg.

The delicious mollusk will be tasted in wild abalone dishes and judged in the all-important abalone cook-off competition. Beer, wine, food and music round out the savory celebration.

Tickets are $60. 937-4700 or mendoparks.org/abalone.


Retrospective at Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros will celebrate its 25th harvest anniversary with a retrospective sparkling wine tasting every Friday in October.

The tasting, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., includes three library sparklers as well as current sparkling wine releases. All wines will include food pairings.

The cost is $55 per person. Reservations required: 257-0101, ext. 135. 1240 Duhig Road, Napa. domainecarneros.com.

Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com, and Peg Melnik, who can be reached at 521-5310 or peg.melnik @pressdemocrat.com.

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