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<strong>SANTA ROSA</strong>

<strong> Winery chefs compete for top honors:</strong> Four of Sonoma County's top winery chefs will prepare a four-course dinner meal paired with wine at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. The Best Winery Chefs of Sonoma County event will feature Erik Johnson of J Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg, Justin Brukert of Ledson Winery in Kenwood, Tim Kaulfers of Arista Winery in Healdsburg and Kolin Vassoler of Simi Winery in Healdsburg. A wine reception will precede the dinner, which benefits the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club. A silent and live auction follows dinner. Tickets are $160. To reserve, go to <a href="http://bestwinerychefs.com" target="_blank">bestwinerychefs.com</a>.

<strong>WINE COUNTRY</strong>

<strong> Michelin reveals 2014 Bib Gourmand awards:</strong> A week before announcing which restaurants will receive stars in the Michelin Guide San Francisco 2014, Michelin announced its Bay Area Bib Gourmand awards. Bib Gourmand restaurants are places where you can get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, not including tax and tip. A total of 83 restaurants made the list, including 19 from Wine Country, the most Bib Gourmand selections since the San Francisco guide was first published by Michelin in 2006. Last year, 70 restaurants garnered the award, including 17 from Wine Country. Wine Country newcomers to the list include Backyard in Forestville, Chalkboard in Healdsburg and the Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen. K &amp;amp; L Bistro of Sebastopol was included last year but didn't make it this year. Here are the 2014 Bib Gourmand restaurants from Wine Country, defined as the "inspectors' favorites for good value": Backyard in Forestville; Bistro Jeanty in Yountville; Bistro 29 in Santa Rosa; Boon Eat + Drink in Guerneville; C Casa in Napa; Chalkboard in Healdsburg; Cook St. Helena in St. Helena; Cucina Paradiso in Petaluma; Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen; Hot Box Grill in Sonoma; LaSalette in Sonoma; Monti's Rotisserie in Santa Rosa; Oenotri in Napa; Redd Wood in Yountville; Risibisi in Petaluma; Sazon in Santa Rosa; Scopa in Healdsburg; The Girl &amp;amp; the Fig in Sonoma; Willi's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa. The Michelin Guide San Francisco 2014 will go on sale Oct. 23.

<strong>HEALDSBURG</strong>

<strong> Tastings galore at Pinot on the River:</strong> The 10th annual Pinot on the River festival will uncork from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Healdsburg Plaza. The grand tasting includes 100 small-production and artisanal pinot noir producers from the Russian River Valley. The tasting costs $75 in advance, $100 at the event, to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. To reserve, go to <a href="http://pinotfestival.com" target="_blank">pinotfestival.com</a>.

<strong>SONOMA</strong>

<strong> Olive expert Landis gives free workshop:</strong> Don Landis will give a free workshop on how to "de-bitter" olives at 11 a.m. Sunday at Cline Cellars in Sonoma.

Landers will talk about the history of the olive and give a description of how to make it edible, including the Greek-style brine, water and dry salt methods. There will be a tasting of olives, cheese and crackers. The winery is located at 24737 Arnold Drive. RSVP required: 940-4025.

<strong>HEALDSBURG</strong>

<strong> Winery Farm Harvest Feast at Spoonbar:</strong> Spoonbar Executive Chef Louis Maldonado will cook up a Winery Farm Harvest Feast at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the restaurant, featuring wines and foods from Preston Vineyards, VML, Front Porch Farm and Idlewild Wines. The family-style meal includes a selection of vegetables and baby lettuces, a Smoked Chicken Leg Cassoulet, Ham and Potato Gratin, Chanterelle Mushrooms with Bone Marrow and Bordelaise Sauce, Goat cooked three ways, Brie Baked in Puff Pastry and Creme Caramel. The cost is $80, not including tax or tip. To reserve, call 433-7222.

<strong>HEALDSBURG</strong>

<strong> Learn how to make your own kimchi:</strong> Cooking instructor Mei Ibach will give a three-hour workshop on Do-It-Yourself Kimchi at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Shed in Healdsburg. Ibach will demonstrate how to make the traditional cabbage kimchi as well as seasonal variations, including a Tofu Kimchi Soup. The workshop at 25 North St. costs $55. To reserve, go to <a href="http://healdsburgshed.com" target="_blank">healdsburgshed.com</a>.

<strong>SANTA ROSA</strong>

<strong> Alton Brown at Wells Fargo Center:</strong> Alton Brown, who hosts the Food Network's game show "Cutthroat Kitchen," will speak at 8 p.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

Brown has launched his first national tour, "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour," which features stand-up comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music and "extreme" food experimentation. The author of seven books, Brown has served as the culinary commentator of "Iron Chef America" for 11 seasons and host of "The Next Iron Chef" for five. He hosted "Good Eats" for 13 years on the Food Network, now airing on the Cooking Channel. Tickets are $45-$85. To reserve, go to wellsfargocenterarts.org or call 546-3600.

<strong>SONOMA</strong>

<strong> Sonoma Chili Cook-Off at Carneros Brewing:</strong> The second annual Sonoma Chili Cook-Off will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carneros Brewing Company in Sonoma.

The benefit for Meals on Wheels of Sonoma will offer everything from chili con carne to chili verde. Judges include John Toulze of the Girl and the Fig, brewmaster Jesus Ceja of Carneros Brewing Company, and Sue Holman and Susan Weeks, co-directors of Meals on Wheels of Sonoma. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 22985 Burndale Road.

<strong>SONOMA</strong>

<strong> Harvest festival at Robledo Family Winery:</strong> The Robledo Family Winery will celebrate the bounty of grapes and olives at its 10th Annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 26. The event is the official release of the winery's 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon amid plenty of activities: a grape stomp competition, an Aztec dance performance and live Mariachi music. The festivities will be from noon to 4 p.m.; the price is $65. The winery is at 21901 Bonness, Sonoma. For more information, visit <a href="http://robledofamilywinery.com" target="_blank">robledofamilywinery.com</a> or call 939-6903.

<strong>SONOMA COUNTY</strong>

<strong> Wineries play host to Wine &amp;amp; Food Affair:</strong> A Wine &amp;amp; Food Affair will offer great sips and bites on Nov. 2 and 3 in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Each participating winery will prepare a favorite recipe for you to sample, paired with wine. Ticketholders will receive a cookbook, tasting glass and wristband upon check-in. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. To peruse participating wineries, visit <a href="http://wineroad.com/events/wine_and_food_affair/6" target="_blank">wineroad.com/events/wine_and_food_affair/6</a> or call 433-4335.

<strong>BODEGA</strong>

<strong> Bodega Land Trust annual dinner, auction:</strong> The Bodega Land Trust will hold its annual Dinner and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at McCaughey Hall in Bodega. The dinner features ingredients from local farms and ranches. Tickets are $20. To reserve: 874-9001 or events@bodegalandtrust.org. The Bodega Land Trust works with private landowners to preserve and protect the farmlands of coastal Sonoma County from development.

<strong>SANTA ROSA</strong>

<strong> Sunday Supper at Tierra Vegetables:</strong> Millennium Restaurant of San Francisco will hold a Sunday supper with La Folette Winery on Sunday afternoon at Tierra Vegetables, a Santa Rosa farmstand. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. with a farm tour and pumpkin carving. The five-course, family-style dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Cost is $60. To reserve, call (415) 345-3900, ext. 13. The farmstand is located at 651 Airport Blvd.

<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>