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.