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Have a backup plan for Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving Dinner: It's always good to have a few options at hand in case something goes wrong as you're preparing Thanksgiving dinner. You just never know: The power goes out, your host comes down with a virus, the sewer line breaks, you accidentally overcook the turkey.

Here are a few options; you'll find more at "Eat This Now" at pantry.pressdemocrat.com.

Mateo's Cocina Latina (214 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg) is serving a special menu from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and menu highlights include butternut squash bisque with Dungeness crab flambe; traditional turkey with local chestnuts, bread stuffing and cranberry salsa; and, for dessert, blue corn tacos with vanilla ice cream, fruit salsa and sea salt. For reservations, call 433-1520.

Stark's Steak and Seafood (521 Adams St., Santa Rosa) is open from 2 to 7 p.m., with a special menu for $26 per person, which includes Willie Bird turkey, andouille sausage and mushroom stuffing, giblet gravy and pomegranate-cranberry relish. Call 546-5100 for reservations.

Farm (at the Carneros Inn, 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa) is serving from 1 to 8 p.m. Cost is $69 for adults and $35 for children under 12; there is no charge for children under 4. Menu highlights include traditional organic turkey, cast-iron corn bread and apple-sage fritters with caramel sauce. A to-go menu is also available; cost is $240 for 6 to 8 people. For reservations, call 299-4880.

Artisano this Saturday: As of press time, there were still tickets for Saturday's Artisano event. The Grand Tasting takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the events center of Vintners Inn. Cost is $75 in advance, and if the event does not sell out, tickets will be available at the gate for $90.

Artisano's Harvest Dinner follows the tasting at 5 p.m. and requires advance tickets. The dinner is limited to just 75 guests. Cost is $75 per person.

For more information and to buy tickets online, visit artisano.org.

Winterblast 2012: One of our favorite nights of the season is coming up Saturday, when South A Street gets all gussied up for the 8th annual Winterblast.

From 5 until 8 p.m., there will be street food, live music, art, all manner of lights, magic, kids activities and more on South A Street and Sebastopol Avenue.

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