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<strong> Honors for Chuck Williams at Ramekins: </strong> Chuck Williams, founder of the kitchenware retail icon Williams-Sonoma, will be honored during the annual Sonoma Valley Muse 2013 event at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Ramekins in Sonoma.

Produced by the Sonoma Community Center, the event honors a person who has made significant contributions to the culture and heritage of the Sonoma Valley.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a three-course meal based on some of Williams' favorite recipe.

Williams opened the first Williams-Sonoma store in 1956 in a hardware store on Broadway, just south of the Sonoma Plaza. Now 98 years old, Williams is an editor or contributor to nearly every cookbook from Williams-Sonoma.

The evening's program includes entertainment, a tribute to Williams and a brief, live auction.

Tickets are $235 and seating is limited. To reserve, go to www.sonomacommunitycenter.org. Ramekins is at 450 W. Spain St.

<strong>SANTA ROSA</strong>

<strong> Festa Italiana fun, food on Sunday:</strong> In honor of Columbus Day on Monday, the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation will throw its annual Festa Italiana from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall.

Lunch and dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the East Room, with children's activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Room.

Live entertainment by the Balliamo Dancers, Zighi Baci, Don Giovannis, Il Sole, Coro Allegro and the Viva Opera Ensemble takes place throughout the day. There will also be exhibits on the Roman Gladiators, a classic auto show and bocce instruction.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 at the door, free for 12 and under. www.nbicf.org. Maple Avenue at Brookwood.


<strong> Lifeworks Harvest Hoedown Saturday:</strong> Lifeworks Harvest Hoedown will round up some country fun from 4 p.m. until the cows come home Saturday at Trappe Ranch.

The afternoon includes square dancing and line dancing, country music Court'n'Disaster, organic food, wine and beer.

Tickets are $75, to benefit Lifeworks, a nonprofit that promotes the healthy, emotional well-being of children and families in the county.

To reserve, go to www.lifeworkssc.org or call 568-2300.


<strong> Fall festival at SRJC Shone Farm:</strong> The Santa Rosa Junior College's Shone Farm throws open its gates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for a free, family-friend Fall Festival.

The event includes children's games and petting zoo, sawmill and equestrian demonstrations, wine and olive oil tasting, apple pressing and tasting.

Students of the SRJC Culinary program will prepare a barbecue lunch made from Shone-grown products.

The farm is at 7450 Steve Olson Lane. www.shonefarm.com.


<strong> CeresFest benefit at Lagunitas:</strong> Celebrate Oktoberfest and support the Ceres Program with a CeresFest from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N. McDowell Boulevard.

The evening includes folk rock and jazz by The Skerries, a raffle and an Oktoberfest menu including vegan or organic chicken sausage, a raw sauerkraut bar, and seasonal pizza.

Tickets are $25, including food and one beer. To reserve, go to www.ceresproject.org/ceresfest or call 829-5833.

All proceeds go to the Ceres Community Project, which teaches teens to cook and provides healthy meals to local families facing a serious health crisis.


<strong> Benefit to help Sheana Davis:</strong> Friends of cheesemaker Sheana Davis will hold a benefit from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Maysonnave House, 291 First St. East.

Davis, who owns The Epicurean Connection in Sonoma, has struggled with medical issues for a long time, resulting in costly hospital bills.

The event will include foods from Wild Thyme Catering and the Depot Hotel, with beer from Uncommon Brewers and wine from Eric Ross Winery.

Tickets are $50. For more details or to donate: theepicureanconnection.com/sheana-davis-medical-fund.


<strong> Harvest party at Meadowcroft:</strong> Meadowcroft Wines will celebrate the harvest with a party in its pinot noir vineyard at noon Saturday at the Sonoma winery.

Resident chef and wine educator Darby Tarantino will prepare a gourmet lunch, which will be paired with Meadowcroft wines.

Tickets are $45. To reserve, call 934-4090. Meadowcroft is located at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr. 934-4090.


<strong> Taste of Freestone event on Sunday:</strong> Cheese, bread and wine ... What else do you need?

The village of Freestone will host a Taste of Freestone from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at various wine, food and hospitality venues.

Enjoy special appetizers paired with wine at Joseph Phelps' Freestone Vineyards Guest Center, enjoy express spa treatments and tasty treats at the Osmosis Day Spa and sample hand-crafted cheeses at the new Freestone Artisan Cheese Shop.

The Phelps wine pairing is $20. To RSVP, call 800-707-5789. To reserve a spa treatment, call 823-9241. Local cheesemakers will be at the cheese shop, along with food writer Michele Anna Jordan, who will sign copies of her latest book, "Vinaigrettes."


<strong> Harvest dinner at Gloria Ferrer:</strong> It's time to drink in the season at Gloria Ferrer's annual harvest dinner on Oct. 19 with winemaker Steven Urberg. The event will offer a food and wine pairing that incorporates selections of library wines. The evening will feature live music, sabering demonstrations, and a sampling of pinot noir. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and it's $150 per person.

Gloria Ferrer Winery is at 23555 Carneros Highway (121), Sonoma. For more information, visit the website at www.gloriaferrer.com.

<strong>ST. HELENA</strong>

<strong> Sunday brunch at Cook St. Helena:</strong> Cook St. Helena has added a new Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a menu that speaks with a strong, Northern Italian accent.

Chef Jude Wilmoth's "early menu" includes hearty dishes such as Soft Polenta with Poached Egg and Cavalo Nero, Slow Roasted Pork Hash with Yukon Potatoes and seasonal frittatas.

Wilmoth also offers a "late menu" brunch consisting of salads and sandwiches such as the B. L. T., with Cherrywood Smoked Bacon, Tomato, Focaccia and Arugula; and the "Cook Madame," with Fra-mani Rosemary Ham, Fried Egg, Caramelized Onions, Focaccia and Fries.

Born and raised in St. Helena, Wilmoth opened the 39-seat eatery in 2004 at 1310 Main St. www.cooksthelena.com.

<strong>FORT ROSS</strong>

<strong> Wine festival to celebrate new AVA:</strong> The Fort Ross-Seaview is one of Sonoma County's newest American Viticultural Areas (AVA), and there's a wine festival on Oct. 26 to celebrate it.

The event will be at Fort Ross State Park, 19005 Coast Highway in Jenner, with sweeping views of the Pacific.

The festival will offer the opportunity to taste coastal, cool climate wine produced from grapes grown on the steep coastal ridges above Fort Ross.

The grand luncheon is from noon to 2:30 p.m. at $95 per person, while the grand tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. and it's $35 per person.

For more information, contact info@fortross-seaview.org.

<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>

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