Planning Ahead for Artisano:
The Fourth Annual Artisano Grand Tasting and Harvest Dinner take place next Saturday, November 17, at the Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. If you want to join in the fun, you should probably get your tickets as soon as you can.
This year's Grand Tasting, held at Vintners Inn events center from noon to 4 p.m., features six artists, 19 food vendors, 30 wineries and two breweries, along with demonstrations by three chefs.
There is also a silent auction featuring wines, wine experiences, gift certificates to restaurants, artisan foods, art and unique adventures. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Ceres Community Project of Sebastopol, which prepares and delivers high-quality meals to individuals and families in Marin and Sonoma Counties who are struggling with life-threatening illnesses. Teen volunteers do most of the cooking.
The Harvest Dinner follows at 5 p.m. at John Ash & Co. The family-style meal features cured salmon and Waldorf salad; roasted sunchoke and escarole salad; roasted pork loin with butternut squash and sage butter; Devil's Gulch rabbit with onions, thyme and garlic; potato gnocchi with mushrooms and Achadinha's cheese; poached pears and cranberry pecan bread pudding.
Admission to both events is $140 per person; attended separate, the tasting and the dinner are $75 each. For tickets, call (888)878-6621 or visit artisano.org.
Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. are located at 4350 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa.
Late Harvest Farm Forum: The final farm forum of 2012 takes place next Thursday, November 15, at the Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Center (1670 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa).
Panelists include beekeeper Serge Labesque; teacher Wendy Krupnick; columnist Gaye LeBaron; Chuck Levine of Jack London State Park; Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Creamery; duck farmer Jim Reichardt; radio personality Ziggy Eschliman; Rian Reed, a "green" financial advisor; Mo McElroy, a tourism expert; and Michael Salinger, SRJC's hardworking culinary director.
As always, Clark Wolf and Marcy Smothers, who launched the forums last year, will moderate the discussion.
Things get started at 5 p.m. with a brief reception and a chance to mingle and wrap up at 7:30 p.m.
Crafts Fair Watch: On Saturday, a local chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)hosts a holiday crafts fair at Oakmont Gardens (301 White Oak Dr., Santa Rosa) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You'll find baked goods, jams and jellies, baby clothes, jewelry, books and more.
PEO, founded in 1869 by seven young women at Iowa Wesleyan College, gives education scholarships, loans, awards and grants to women. There are about 6,000 chapters in North America.
This sale is the local chapter's primary fundraiser of the year.
Big Bottom Market Welcomes Women Winemakers: Guerneville's Big Bottom Market has teamed up with VingDirect, a direct-to-consumer wine marketing company based in Santa Rosa, to launch a bimonthly discussion with women in the wine industry.
The first "Women on Wine — Unfiltered" takes place next Thursday, November 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the market (16228 Main St., Guerneville). Marimar Torres of Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery kicks things off. If you've not had a chance to chat with this extraordinary woman, this is a great opportunity.
The evening includes a discussion and a tasting of Marimar Estate chardonnays and pinot noirs paired with delicious nibbles by Crista Luedtke, co-founder of the market.