Fun at The Locals: Friday, Dec. 28, The Locals, which opened at 90 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa on Nov. 2, is hosting its first live performance from 6 to 8 p.m.
Scott and Aleena, a local duo that specializes in all manner of jazz, are featured at the inaugural event.
The Locals, the second restaurant for Dave and Mary Kenady, who also own Center St. Cafe in Healdsburg, serves breakfast all day, along with lunch and dinner. The new eatery is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Beer and wine are available, with special attention paid to the selection of beers.
This performance is the first of what will be many live performances.
For more information, call 623-9505.
Gloria Ferrer Celebrates Three Kings Day: On Sunday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 6 p.m., Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards celebrates the Epiphany with "El Dia de los Reyes Magos," or Three Kings Day. The afternoon event features a performance; Rosca bread, a Spanish holiday tradition; sparkling wine for grown-ups and hot chocolate for children.
The performance takes place in the caves.
Cost is $15. Children 12 and under may attend for free. This popular tradition usually sells out well in advance, so get your tickets soon or risk losing out.
For tickets, call 933-1917, visit gloriaferrer.com or stop by the winery's visitor center at 23555 Carneros Highway 121, Sonoma.
Last meal of the year: If Santa didn't take you to Paris for Christmas, you can take yourself to Santa Rosa's Bistro 29 (620 Fifth St.) for New Year's dinner and wake up feeling like you've been transported. The sweet little restaurant is like a trip to France every time you walk through the door.
The New Year's Eve menu begins with a mini gougere, which is followed by parsnip and chestnut soup with candied chestnuts, anise brown butter and an onion marmalade brioche tartine.
For your second course, you'll choose from chilled asparagus with grilled bread, warm Dungeness crab salad and a poached egg; a crispy duck confit cake with chanterelle mushroom broth and mache salad or a layered vegetable terrine with sauce vierge , black truffles and beet greens. For entrees, there's a choice of filet mignon with daube ravioli, wilted greens and cabernet jus; grilled quail with black truffle cream, duchess potatoes and braised leeks or pan-seared scallops with salsify puree, roasted shallots, sauteed monkfish liver and Cognac cream.
There's a trio of desserts, a chocolate covered raspberry sorbet bon bon; a chocolate cream puff and a warm chocolate fondant cake with salted caramel whipped cream.
Cost is $65; add an additional $35 for wine pairings with each course.
For reservations, call 546-2929
More New Year's Eve Options: Most restaurants are open and very busy on New Year's Eve so if you have a favorite destination, call and make your reservations pronto. If you want to do something a bit different, there are plenty of options.
In Sebastopol, you can go out to dinner and still make it to Aubergine (755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol) for their Artists & Models ball, featuring live models and other performers, exotic dancers and the evening's very special guest, artist Stanley Mouse.