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A la carte: This week's food and wine events


HEALDSBURG: Sofia opens self-named Greek restaurant

Chef/owner Sofia Petridis-Lim plans to open Taverna Sofia, an authentic Greek restaurant, next week in the former Bovolo space behind Copperfield's Books at 244 Healdsburg Ave.

The restaurant will serve rustic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast and lunch and take-home dinners for busy families.

"Taverna Sofia is my vision for being able to share authentic Greek and Mediterranean food with everyone who walks through the door," Petridis-Lim said. "I also want people to have a place to pick up a delicious, healthy meal."

The chef, who has studied administration management and international studies in the past, graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College's Culinary Arts program in July 2012.

At the restaurant, breakfast includes fresh baked goods such as Bougasta, a Greek pastry made of flaky phyllo dough, along with Greek coffee or local Taylor Maid Farms tea or coffee.

The lunch menu offers traditional dishes such as Spanakopita, Tiropita, Moussaka and Baba Ghanoush, plus daily specials. Desserts include the chef's own recipe for Baklava, made with pistachio and walnuts. All menu items are priced under $20.

Inside, the restaurant seats 20 people, with additional seating for 40 outdoors on the patio.

Taverna Sofia will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesday. 431-1982. tavernasofia.com.

SANTA ROSA: Cheatham buys Cook House property

Evelyn Cheatham, executive director of Santa Rosa's Worth Our Weight culinary apprentice program, has purchased the property that houses The Cookhouse at 327 South A St. with the help of a silent partner.

Cheatham plans to turn the tiny diner into a graduate program for the young culinary apprentices who have already trained at the WOW Cafe on Hahman Drive, across from Montgomery High School.

"Hahman Drive is the training ground, and at the new location, they will be able to have a job and get paid," she said. "It will be the graduate program."

The Cookhouse, a beloved greasy spoon that dished up generous portions of country-style breakfast dishes for decades, is located across from the new Spinster Sisters restaurant in Santa Rosa's artsy A Street neighborhood.

"It's a little shack that I've wanted for a long time," Cheatham said. "Our cart can go over to Juilliard Park for the events there."

Cheatham purchased the property from the G. K. Hardt Foundation. Since 1989, the Cook House has been run by Larry and Rose Vivier. Larry died a year ago.

The current tenants have a two-year lease, Cheatham said.

HEALDSBURG: Skateboard demo before dinner

Hobo Winery of Healdsburg will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a skateboard jam and Harvest Dinner Saturday to benefit Team Inspiration, a charity for people living with cancer.

Hobo winemaker/owner Kenny Likitprakong was inspired to hold the event after watching his cousin, Jessica Hensley, battle cancer.

The Pro Skate Demo will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sebastopol Skate Garden Park, 6840 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol.

Following the demo, there will be a dinner at the Healdsburg winery from 5 to 9 p.m. prepared by Tara Wechtel of Zazu restaurant and her husband, Les Goodman, formerly of the Dry Creek Kitchen.

Likitprakong and Chaylee Priete, wine director from The Slanted Door in San Francisco, will pour a retrospective wine list from the last 10 years, including wines from Hobo, Folk Machine, Banyan, Make-Work Wine Co. and Ghostwriter.

There will be live jazz by Doppler Trio and a silent auction. Tickets are $100. To reserve, go to hobowines.com. The winery is located at 1141 Grant Ave.

GLEN ELLEN: Menu changes with season at Star

The Glen Ellen Star is celebrating the change of seasons with a new fall menu that includes vegetables and fruits such as beets and sunchokes, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, pumpkins and persimmons.

Chef Ari Weiswasser has also created a special menu for parties of eight or more that includes feasts of Suckling Roast Pig, Salt-Baked Thanksgiving Turkey and Whole-Raosted Christmas Duck and Goose.

The family-style feasts are $75 per person, and include side dishes and homespun ice cream. The restaurant requires at least 72 hours notice for the special menus.

Glen Ellen Star is located at 13648 Arnold Drive. It is open 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To reserve: 343-1384.

SONOMA COUNTY: Good Food Hour recipes contest

KSRO's Good Food Hour, hosted by chef John Ash and co-host Steve Garner, invites home cooks to enter their annual recipe contest, "Bacon Celebration!"

The deadline is Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Four finalists will assemble at G&G Supermarket at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 for a taste-off during the Good Food Hour broadcast.

Prizes include cookbooks, gift certificates, wine and cooking classes.

To enter, mail or e-mail your original recipes to: KSRO Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 2158, Santa Rosa, CA, or steve@ksro.com.

SONOMA: Harvest dinner at Gloria Ferrer

Crazy about crush? Why not celebrate it by stepping out to a harvest dinner at Gloria Ferrer Saturday, Oct. 20th? The evening will begin with a sparkling wine reception on the Vista Terrace, followed by a multi-course dinner paired with Gloria Ferrer wines.

The dinner is from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the fee is $95 per person. For more information, call 933-1931. The winery is at 23555 Arnold Drive.

HEALDSBURG: Plaza pinot festival

Here's an irresistible offer: Pinot on the River. This event on Sunday, Oct. 21st offers an afternoon of sipping pinot noir with the winemakers and other pinot-loving consumers, focusing on limited-production West Coast pinot noirs. Sunday's Pinot Noir Grand Tasting is from noon to 4 p.m. and it features more than 100 wineries plus guest artisan food vendors. The fee is $75 per person, and the event is at the Healdsburg Plaza. Call 922-6362 for more information or visit www.pinotfestival.com to purchase tickets.

SAN FRANCISCO: Dry Creek Valley winemaker's cruise

Looking for an unusual way to celebrate the harvest?

A Dry Creek Valley winemaker cruise on the San Francisco Bay departs from Pier 3's Hornblower Landing in San Francisco at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 with 18 top wine producers in the Dry Creek Valley.

The cruise includes unlimited wine tasting, gourmet grazing and a special keepsake glass designed by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.

There will also be panel discussions on wine, a DJ spinning tunes and a chance to win one of a dozen limited-edition magnums.

The cruise is hosted by The Right Blend, offering personalized events and wine education experiences. Tickets are $150. To reserve, go to http://drycreekvalley.eventbrite.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.)