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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 & 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 & 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.

The winery is located at 4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. petersonwinery.com.


Sip, Savor, Shop at B.R. Cohn

B.R. Cohn Winery is welcoming the holidays with a Sip, Savor and Shop program on weekends through December at the Glen Ellen winery.

Artisan vendors will sell food products, jewelry, clothing and other gifts during tasting room hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekend, with 10 percent of proceeds donated to charity.

This weekend through Dec. 9, the winery will also accept donations for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. If you bring a new toy, the wine tasting is free.

B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12. www.brcohn.com.


Seasonal menu at Centre du Vin

Centre du Vin at the Ledson Hotel in Sonoma has changed its seasonal menu. Executive chef Anthony Schumaker has added comfort dishes such as Vegetarian Risotto, Beef Bourguignon and Grilled Pork Chop to the fall menu.

This winter, the Centre du Vin will also feature dinner specials during the week: Meat Loaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy on Mondays, Crispy Pork Chops with Oven-Roasted Potatoes on Tuesdays, Slow-Cooked Beef Stew on Wednesdays, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken on Thursdays.

The restaurant is located at 480 First St. E. on the Sonoma Plaza. Reservations: 996-9779.


Enriquez Wines at Petaluma Gap

Enriquez Estate Wines is one of Petaluma Gap's newest wineries. It features pinot noir, tempranillo and a blend of sauvignon blanc, muscat and chardonnay.

The winery and estate vineyard is at 3062 Old Adobe Road in Petaluma, and it's open for tasting by appointment. The Enriquez family immigrated to the United States from Mexico two generations ago, and Cecilia Enriquez, a Boston University graduate, is at the helm after moving to California from the East Coast. For more information, call 347-9719.


Dessert Boot Camp at culinary institute

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone will hold a three-day Dessert Boot Camp on Dec. 3 to 5 for foodies of all skill levels.

The camp includes a demonstration by Master Chocolatier Ann Czaja from Lindt & Sprungli, a leading producer of premium chocolate. Czaja is the co-author of "Lindt Chocolate Passion," a history of chocolate and of Lindt Master Chocolatiers.

Students will learn how to prepare all kinds of desserts, from homemade cream puffs to cupcakes. The classes run from 2 to 8:30 p.m. all three days. Cost is $1,995. For more information, go to www.ciachef.edu/enthusiasts.

Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com, and Peg Melnik, who can be reached at 521-5310 or peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com.

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