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.