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.
Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar is located at 1325 Broadway in Sonoma.
Christmas Eve at Vintner's Inn: John Ash & Co., located at the Vintner's Inn, will be serving Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m., with Hog Island oysters, roasted squash bisque, mushroom ravioli, pasta with duck confit, roasted sea bass, ginger-braised short ribs, pork tenderloin with tomato-bacon bread pudding, ribeye steak and black-pepper-braised lamb shank among the menu selections.
The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day.
For reservations, call 527-7687 or visit vintnersinn.com.
Christmas Dinner Options: If you're looking for a restaurant for dinner on Christmas Day, your options are limited. Hotels are a good place to look, as they have guests to feed.
For something more personal than a hotel eatery, host Herbert Zacher and chef Robert Buchshachermair of Cafe Europe would love to serve you. They will be open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from noon to 6 p.m. on Christmas day.
Menu highlights included beer-steamed mussels, Maine lobster, beef roulade with spaetzle, pork osso buco, roasted duck and much more. There are two prix fixe menus, a three-course menu for $38 and a four-course menu for $42; kids under 10 are half price.
You can see all the menu offerings at clickcafeeurope.com.
For reservations, call 538-5225.
Cafe Europe is located at 104 Calistoga Road in Santa Rosa.