Food news and events

  • Greeting friends, Chuck Williams (cq)( in his 90's and still involved in the kitchenware company he founded in Sonoma in 1956)in front of his original store location Tuesday March 20during a reception celebrating the company's 50th anniversary. (Press Democrat/ Mark Aronoff)


<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.

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