In early November, Mendocino County celebrates fall's mushrooms with a full-on festival of mushroom-themed dinners, cooking classes, beer and wine pairing workshops, guided foraging excursions and celebrations aboard the Skunk Train. Cafe Beaujolais, the region's most widely acclaimed restaurant nestled in the center of Mendocino Village, often participates. But even in those years when it doesn't, how can you resist slipping away from the organized festivities to savor the atmosphere and cuisine of one of the coast's jewels? David Lamonica, chef and owner of Cafe Beaujolais, lets the ingredients, including mushrooms, inspire him, often deciding shortly before dinner begins exactly what he wants to do with, say, the lobster mushrooms that have just arrived. Lamonica pairs porcini with fresh papardelle, a wide pasta that is a perfect canvas for the mushroom's flavor, and shavings of Grana Padano. One of the restaurant's signature dishes features pan-roasted sturgeon, fresh tagliatelle, a m?ange of saut?d wild mushrooms and an emulsified truffle sauce. Paired with a delicate Pinot Noir from the Sonoma or Mendocino coast, the dish dazzles the palate with an array of flavors and textures. 961 Ukiah Street, Mendocino, 707-937-5614, cafebeaujolais.com.
Top 5 locations of last drink before DUI arrest
1) Home – 254
2) Friend’s House – 223
3) Relative’s House – 82
4) Graton Casino – 72
5) Car – 56
Source: CHP Last Drink Surveys 2015-2017
DUI arrests in Sonoma County by agency
Every day, on average, more than seven people are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Sonoma County. Two-thirds are arrested by two agencies: CHP and Santa Rosa police, The Press Democrat found in an analysis of 8,074 DUI arrests by 14 law enforcement agencies from 2015 to 2017. Here’s how they break down by agency.
CHP: 3,155 arrests, excluding the City of Sonoma and a good chunk of the Sonoma Valley, which are served by the CHP office in Napa.
Santa Rosa police: 2,000
Petaluma police: 839
Rohnert Park Public Safety: 469
Sebastopol police: 426
Healdsburg police: 394
Cotati police: 185
Sonoma police: 155
Windsor police: 139
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office: 100
Santa Rosa Junior College police: 87
Cloverdale police: 70
Sonoma State University police: 31
California State Parks rangers: 24