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The Latest Stories By Diane Peterson

One local woman put her detail-oriented skills and social media savvy to work to identify fire victim families, then paired them with a volunteer.
A Sonoma County bartender shares do-it-yourself cocktail recipes that will transport you and your sweetie to a tropical beach or a seaside Italian patio for the night.
Michael Christie is the fifth and final music director candidate to audition to succeed Bruno Ferrandis. Press Democrat writer Diane Peterson reviews his tryout over the weekend.
Michael Christie, the fifth and final music director candidate to try out with the Santa Rosa Symphony, will lead the orchestra Feb. 10, 11 and 12 at the Green Music Center.
From an artisan cheese fest in Santa Rosa to a crab dinner in Healdsburg, check out these upcoming events in Sonoma County.
Power bowls made with fresh vegetables, whole grains and a dressing or sauce are popular among healthy eaters.
A round-up of holiday fun, from Valentine’s Day to Mardi Gras.
Cassoulet is a labor of love, using multiple techniques that put it at the apex of French home cooking. Here are three different versions for a cozy winter day.
Food and wine events this month include Sonoma Valley Delicious!, Napa Craft Beer and Spirits Festival, Meatless Monday at Muir’s Tea House, and various crab feeds around Sonoma County.
Self-described 'soup shaman' and author Rebecca Katz tells all in her latest cookbook.
Food and wine events this month include Winter Wineland, a food/farm film festival, a fire benefit dinner and more.
An interview with Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director Candidate Graeme Jenkins of England, who will conduct the orchestra Jan. 13-15, in a concert of Haydn, Mozart and Bartok.
It’s a new year, and time to try a few new tricks and tips in the kitchen to up your cooking game. We consulted with chefs, instructors and home cooks around Wine Country for a few brilliant hacks.
Classes in the new year to help you get healthy after the indulgent holidays.
Hometown sweethearts, Charles and Sara Rippey forged a successful and adventurous life together that spanned two centuries.
Check out these food and wine events, including the Taste of Yosemite, featuring Sonoma County chefs.
Just in time for the holidays, Chef Dustin Valette has come up with an ideal entree to showcase that big, tannic cab. Impress your guests with these hearty dishes.
Here are a few fun ideas for gifts for the foodies on your list.
Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Aldridge and 35 other residents were trapped on Mark West Springs Road the night of the fire, but he was able to keep them calm for five hours in a parking lot until help arrived at dawn.
The Good Food Foundation has announced the 279 finalists for the 2018 Good Food Awards, including 16 North Bay businesses.
New cookbook 'American The Great Cookbook' features Wine Country icons such as Amelia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards and Williams-Sonoma Culinary Director Amanda Haas.
A list of holiday events this month, from a chocolate workshop in Yountville to a gingerbread house workshop in Healdsburg.
Give back this holiday season by gifting one of these items, each raising money for North Bay fire relief.
Food and wine events this month include a holiday tea at Healdsburg Hotel and a talk by 'City of Vines' author at Healdsburg Shed.
The holidays are a difficult time to keep your healthy eating on track. Here are some ideas for healthy treats and beverages that won't blow your food goals.