Options to consider for your holiday meal
Here is a round-up of some of the restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, both traditional and untraditional, on turkey day:
John Ash &amp; Co. in Santa Rosa will serve a special menu of traditional Thanksgiving favorites from 1 to 8 p.m., along with non-traditional autumn dishes and desserts worthy of grandma. 527-7687. 4330 Barnes Road, just off Highway 101 at River Road. vintnersinn.com.
Safari West in Santa Rosa will serve a Thanksgiving feast -- with a touch of Africa -- at noon and 4 p.m. $60 adults, $20 kids 4-12, including tip and tax. 3115 Porter Creek Road. www.safariwest.com.
The Big 3 in Sonoma will serve a Thanksgiving brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a special Thanksgiving menu from 2 to 9 p.m. Sante restaurant at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will serve a Thanksgiving buffet in the dining room from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Packages for lodging are available. 938-9000. 96 and 100 Boyes Blvd. www.fairmont.com/Sonoma.
Carneros Bistro &amp; Wine Bar in Sonoma will serve a special three-course Thanksgiving menu with choices for each course. $55, $30 for children. 1325 Broadway St. 935-6600. www.thelodgeatsonoma.com.
Brix restaurant in Napa will serve a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner from to 2 to 8 p.m. $65. Wine flight is an additional $35. 944-2749. 7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa. www.brix.com.
Fish Story in Napa is serving a "Lobster for the Price of Turkey" three-course, prix fixe menu from 2 to 7 p.m. featuring a Maine Lobster Boil with fingerling potatoes, green beans and butter. $45. (There is a turkey option as well.) 251-5600. 790 Main St. www.fishstorynapa.com.
Nick's Cove in Marshall will host a Thanksgiving dinner with three seatings featuring the bounty of West Marin farms and fishermen. Seatings are at 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $49. (415) 663-1033. 23240 Highway One. www.nickscove.com.
24 valley wineries holding open house
A holiday open house is this Friday and Saturday in Sonoma Valley, with 24 wineries opening their doors to celebrate the season.
The 29th annual event is put on by the Heart of Sonoma Valley Association. You'll be able to meet winemakers and tour wine properties, as well as shop for holiday gifts.
The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days and the fee is $45 for a two day pass. For more information about participating wineries and the event, call 431-1137.
25th anniversary at Peterson Winery
Peterson Winery will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a "wild" open house from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Healdsburg.
The Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund will hold two shows in the cellar at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday featuring Shoshone the mountain lion and his bobcat buddy, Takoda. To reserve a seat, call 431-7568.
During the weekend, the winery will donate 10 percent of any sales from its newly released 2010 Bradford Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel (it has a mountain lion on the label) to the WCECF.
During the open house, current release wines will be served, plus the newly released 2010 Petit Verdot, paired with lamb stew.