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<strong>KENWOOD: </strong>Chef/owner Max Schacher is in the process of selling his landmark eatery, Kenwood Restaurant, to restaurateur William Foss of Windsor.

Foss, who also owns Fish Restaurant in Sausalito, said the transfer of ownership is expected to happen by mid-September, at which point he will be doing some renovations.

"Our intention is to go in and give it a light facelift and redo paint," said Foss, who likes the fact that the ranch-style building is a native California architectural style "Anything we do is designed to make it be more visible."

Foss, who also owns a seafood company in Sausalito, plans to keep the name but shorten it to The Kenwood. The menu will reflect the fresh produce and the multi-cultural melting pot of the area.

"The goal is to create Sonoma regional cuisine," he said. "We're trying to say this is a very important region, just as important as Provence and Spain, and we're trying to define what it is and use local products to make Sonoma food."

The popular roadhouse - the former Bunny's Country Kitchen that served fried chicken in the 1960s - has a garden and vineyard onsite. Foss said he hopes to serve "quality mixology" at the full bar.

Schacher, who was born in Switzerland and has cooked all over the world, said he plans to "take it easy for awhile" after running the restaurant for 26 years.

Kenwood Restaurant is located at 9900 Highway 12. 833-6326. <a href="http://www.kenwoodrestaurant.com" target="_blank">www.kenwoodrestaurant.com</a>.

<strong>SANTA ROSA: </strong>The National Heirloom Exposition will celebrate the bounty of the North Bay harvest on Sept. 10, 11 and 12 with a potpourri of speakers, exhibits, tastings and contests at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Now in its third year, the non-profit event that benefits school garden projects will showcase 4,000 varieties of produce and more than 350 booths featuring garden and sustainable-living products.

The list of speakers includes India's leading supporter of the pure-food movement, Vandana Shiva, and GMO-free activist Jeffrey Smith, among others.

The old-timey atmosphere will be supported by traditional and bluegrass music and historic acts that include Sourdough Slim, Fly by Night and Poor Old Shine.

Admission is $10 adults, $25 for a three-day pass. Kids 17 and under are free. <a href="http://www.theheirloomexpo.com" target="_blank">www.theheirloomexpo.com</a>.

The exposition is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd. 773-1336.

<strong>HEALDSBURG:</strong> Alexander Valley Vineyards will celebrate the 2013 harvest with an all-day party Sept. 14 featuring grape-picking, brunch, blessing of the grapes, a grape-stomp competition, bocce ball tournament, barbecue and live music.

Reservations are required. Cost is $75. To reserve, go to <a href="http://www.avwine.com" target="_blank">www.avwine.com</a> or call 800-888-7209, ext. 108. 8644 Highway 128.

<strong>SANTA ROSA:</strong> Tickets are on sale for the 17th annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate &amp;amp; Gardens.

The celebration of Sonoma County's seasonal bounty includes 175 varieties of heirloom toamtoes, a chef competition featuring Bravo's Top Chef contenders, and tomato-inspired dishes from nearly 50 restaurant chefs and food purveyors.

Guests will also enjoy wine tasting, live music and educational wine and garden seminars. Culinary gardener Tucker Taylor will lead tours of the recently expanded gardens.

Tickets are $95, to benefit Guy Fieri's Cooking with Kids Foundation. <a href="http://www.kj.com" target="_blank">www.kj.com</a>.

For the first time, there is also a VIP package for $150 that includes exclusive wine and food pairings, a private lounge tent and valet parking.

<strong>HEALDSBURG:</strong> Topel Tasting Room will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 11 to 7 p.m. Saturday with live music, gourmet fare and complimentary tastings of Topel wines.

There will also be hourly drawings, with a special grand prize giveaway of a membership to Club Topel.

Creative writers are invited to enter a poem, haiku or limerick about wine to the poetry contest, with bottles of wine as prizes.

The tasting room is located at 125 Matheson St. and is dog-friendly. <a href="http://www.topelwines.com" target="_blank">www.topelwines.com</a>.

<strong>YOUNTVILLE:</strong> Richard Reddington of Redd Restaurant will honor the memory of his mother, Ann Reddington, during a special fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Redd Restaurant.

The dinner will feature food from top culinary talents like Thomas Keller, David Kinch, Christopher Kostow, Corey Lee, Roland Passot and Michael Tusk, paired with world-class Napa Valley Wines.

Tickets are $1,000, with proceeds going to some of his mother's favorite pediatric charities: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and Crosby's Fund.

Starting at 10:30 p.m., there will be an after-party at Redd Wood with chefs Donald Link of Cochon in New Orleans and Mitch Rosenthal of Town Hall in San Francisco. The event is included in the ticket price, or you can only attend the after-party for $50.

Redd Restaurant is located at 6480 Washington St. Redd Wood is located at 6755 Washington St. <a href="http://www.reddnapavalley.com" target="_blank">www.reddnapavalley.com</a>.

<em>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.</em>