A la carte: Changes to Harvest Awards Gala

  • Jordan Borowicz, of Santa Rosa, enjoys a glass of Longboard Vineyards cabernet at the 2008 Harvest Fair Sonoma County food and wine awards gala. (Photo: Erik Castro/for the Press Democrat)

SONOMA COUNTY: Harvest Awards Gala changes

Sonoma County Harvest Awards Gala will debut its new format Sept. 28, with the public invited this year. The gala also has a new location. It formerly was held at the Grace Pavilion of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, but this year it will be at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a gala wine and food reception, featuring award-winning wines and small-bite appetizers from the Harvest Fair’s professional competition. The awards ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. A formal dinner, provided by John Ash & Co., will follow at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Harvest Awards Gala celebrates the region’s top winemakers, growers, microbrewers and culinary artists, while paying tribute to Sonoma County’s role as a leader in American agriculture. There will be plenty of suspense at the gala when organizers announce which wineries won this year’s coveted sweepstakes awards from the Harvest Fair’s Professional Wine Competition and which eateries will take home the top Restaurant Competition prizes.

In addition to honoring local pioneers for their wine and culinary excellence, the evening will celebrate Sonoma County’s agricultural leaders for their achievements. Honorees include: Healdsburg grape grower Al Cadd for Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture; David Stare, founder of Dry Creek Vineyards, for the Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry “Methuselah Award”; Carlos Chavez, co-owner of Safety Environmental Compliance Associates, for Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture; Lise Asimont of Francis Ford Coppola Winery for Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness; and Cameron Mauritson of Mauritson Wines for the Outstanding Young Farmer award. Ticket prices for the public are $125 each and are available at harvestfair.org or at the Box Office, which is located at 1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. Cocktail attire is recommended. To find out more, call 545-4200.

GEYSERVILLE: A seafood feast at Trentadue

Seafood fanatics, here’s an indulgence you won’t be able to resist. Trentadue Winery is hosting a Lobster Feast on Saturday, Sept. 13. There will be food, music, entertainment, dancing, sunset gondola rides and award-winning wines. The event is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $110 per person. The winery is at 19170 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. For more information, visit trentadue.com.

SONOMA VALLEY: Join the excitement of the crush

Tickets are available for the three-day Sonoma Valley CRUSH event Sept. 26-28. Fifteen wineries throughout the Sonoma Valley will be offering a variety of harvest activities each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They include grape sampling in the vineyards, crush pad tours, as well as tasting fresh-pressed juice. To purchase a $35 ticket, visit heartofsonomavalley.com or call 431-1137.

SANTA ROSA: Fountaingrove chef wins pairing crown

The winner of the Greenwood Ridge Vineyards tasting competition is from Santa Rosa. Paul Schroeder, executive chef at Fountaingrove Golf Club, won the contest, which had a new format this year.

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