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A la carte: Battle of the Grill


The Westside Road Wineries Association’s second annual Battle of the Grill competition will heat up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the five participating wineries along Westside Road in Healdsburg.

Each winery will team up with a local chef to create a unique food-and-wine pairing, using a grill to cook the food. Guests can visit each winery to sample the pairing and vote for their favorite.

Participating wineries include Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery, VML Winery, HKG Estate Wines, Hop Kiln Vineyards, Thomas George Estates and Geyser Peak Winery.

Tickets are $70, $40 for designated drivers. To reserve, go to westsideroadwineries.com.

SANTA ROSA: Take tea at Luther Burbank Home

The Luther Burbank Home & Gardens will hold an afternoon tea at 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Memorial Garden.

The afternoon includes a wine reception, afternoon tea, silent auction, hat contest and table decoration contest. Free home tours will be offered at 2 and 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50, with proceeds going to preserve the historic home and gardens of world-famous horticulturist Luther Burbank. To reserve, call 524-5445. 204 Santa Rosa Ave. lutherburbank.org.

GUERNEVILLE: New seafood restaurant arrives

Seaside Metal oyster bar opened this spring in the former Hemp & Chocolate space at 16222 Main St., Guerneville.

Chef Mike Selvera of Bar Crudo in San Francisco, and his twin brother, Tim Selvera, have created a smaller version of the San Francisco seafood restaurant with a menu that ranges from a cream-based Seafood Chowder, made with fresh fish, mussels, squid and shrimp, to playful versions of crudos (raw seafood dishes).

“That’s what we’re known for down in the city,” said Sofia Laurin, general manager of Bar Crudo, who is helping out at Seaside Metal. “Our Arctic char has horseradish, creme fraiche, wasabi and dill. We do yellowtail with lemon curd and shallots and micro-basil.”

The restaurant also gives a unique twist to its Lobster Salad, combining the sweet lobster meat with burrata cheese, toasted hazelnuts, arugula and tomatoes or grapes.

The wine list concentrates on Sonoma County wines, and the bar serves a wide range of craft beers. Corkage is $15. The restaurant, which seats 30 to 35, boasts a marble counter, sea-blue walls, subway tiles and a partially open kitchen.

Seaside Metal is open through the summer for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Lunch is also served on Saturdays and Sundays.

For reservations: 604-7250. seasidemetal.com.

HEALDSBURG: Oakville Grocery celebrates summer

The Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg has launched a series of summer specials during the week that offer easy dinners, beverages and discounts for locals.

On Monday, a “Yappy Hour” from 4 to 7 p.m. serves up a Lagunitas bratwurst with sauerkraut, peppers and onions, paired with a Lagunitas IPA for $7. Dogs get a special treat.

On Tuesday, the patio turns into a raw bar, with oysters shucked for $2.50 and a glass of sauvignon blanc for $4. Or, buy a bottle of wine and throw in a house-made large pizza for just $10.

Wednesday is Locals day, with Healdsburg, Cloverdale and Windsor residents given a 20 percent discount, with photo ID.

Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. is Date Night, where you can enjoy a Rotisserie Chicken for two with roasted potatoes, green salad and a bottle of wine for $25. Reservations required.

On Friday, there is music on the patio from 4 to 7 p.m., with $4 draft beers and selected wines by the glass.

Oakville Grocery is located at 124 Matheson St. 433-3200. oakvillegrocery.com.

SONOMA: Summer fun by the pool

Are you looking to make a splash this summer? You can see and be seen at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, where a new monthly pool party celebrates summer with signature drinks, inspired bites from the Sante kitchen and a poolside DJ.

Splash Pool Parties will run 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 24, Aug. 14 and Sept. 25. They are a collaboration with 7x7 magazine, JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset and Buena Vista Winery.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is located at 100 Boyes Blvd. fairmont.com/sonoma.

ROHNERT PARK: Daily Grill teams up with Coppola

The Daily Grill at the Graton Resort Casino will hold a winemaker dinner with Francis Ford Coppola Winery at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rohnert Park restaurant.

The five-course meal will be paired with some of the wines from the Geyserville winery, and winemakers will be on hand to talk about the winery.

The dinner is $65. To reserve, go to coppolawinedinner.eventbrite.com. The Daily Grill serves up classic, American fare at accessible prices and has 17 locations in eight states. dailygrill.com.

GEYSERVILLE: Pair wine with cheese, chocolate

Foodies will want to partake in the “Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing” at deLorimier Winery.

There will be a pairing of five deLorimier wines with an assortment of cheeses and chocolates. Available times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on an ongoing basis, and tickets are $25 per person.

The winery is at 2001 Highway 128, Geyserville. For more information, call 800-546-7718.

SONOMA: 22nd Catalan Festival set for Gloria Ferrer

The 22nd Annual Catalan Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Sonoma’s Gloria Ferrer.

The Spanish festival is from noon to 4 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person.

It will be a day of traditional Spanish folklore, flamenco dancing, savory tapas and paella, as well as plenty of Carneros sparkling wines and estate wines to taste.

In addition there will be cooking demonstrations, educational seminars and a festive grape stomp.

The winery is at 23555 Highway 121 (Arnold Drive). For more information, visit www.gloriaferrer.com.

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.