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Keeping them fed with Christmas dinner

Evelyn Cheatham's Christmas Dinner: For the 23rd year, chef Evelyn Cheatham, founder and executive director of Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprenticeship Program (WOW), will prepare and deliver Christmas dinner to anyone who needs it for any reason. Friends of Cheatham's donate all ingredients, labor and transportation.

Do you know someone in Sonoma County who may not be well-fed on the holiday? If so, you can call Worth Our Weight at 544-1200 with their name, address, phone number and number of people to add them to the list of meal recipients. There is no means test and no explanation needed. A simple request is enough. Reasons vary from being down on your luck, recovering from an illness or injury, grieving the loss of a loved one or unexpectedly finding yourself alone.

The meal is both delicious and extremely generous. In most cases, the bounty lasts well beyond Christmas Day.

All meals are delivered in the morning and very early afternoon.

And when you sit down for your holiday meal, consider raising a glass to Evelyn Cheatham and her remarkable generosity all these years.

Heads up, beer lovers: Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar has been celebrating National Lager Week, which began on Dec. 15, and there's still one night to go, Friday. From 5:30 to 10 p.m., you can enjoy a special celebratory menu.

Dinner begins with wood-roasted mussels in a pilsner-fennel broth, paired with Moonlight Brewing Co.'s Reality Czeck Pils. Next comes a Berkshire pork chop brined in Bourbon and served with creamy grits, bacon and apples and paired with Sudwerk Marzen, an amber lager made in Davis.

Dessert features a warm green apple crisp with house-made cinnamon ice cream and caramel, with Session Fest, a strong Czech-style lager from Hood River, Ore.

The $57 per-person dinner features 6-ounce pours of each beer; a $65 menu comes with 12-ounce pours.

For more information and reservations, visit thelodgeatsonoma.com or call 931-2042.


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