Winesong 2014: This year’s Winesong, a benefit for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital, takes place on Friday, September 5, and Saturday, September 6.
Narsai David, who has long served at the event’s master of ceremonies, is this year’s celebrity chef, too, serving as inspiration for the auction luncheon’s menu.
On Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Little River Inn hosts a celebration of pinot noir, with more than two dozen regional wineries participating. General admission to this part of Winesong is $50.
The Winesong Wine and Food Tasting takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the beautiful Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Here, wineries from Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa Counties are joined by dozens of Mendocino food purveyors for a walk-around tasting with live music by nine different groups.
Following the tasting, the Winesong Charity Auction continues the fun from 2 to 5 p.m.
General admission for the tasting and auction is $150 per person. If you’d like reserved seating in the auction tent, a three-course luncheon, a tote bag and a commemorative glass and tray, you’ll need to pony up $250.
For complete details, tickets and to view auction items, visit winesong.org.
Harvest Table, Calistoga-Style: Next Sunday, September 7, downtown Calistoga will be closed to traffic so that tables can stretch the length of Lincoln Ave. for the first Calistoga Harvest Table.
Here’s how it works. Diners choose among 15 participating restaurants and purchase tickets in advance.
As of press time, a few were sold out, with La Prima Pizza, Barolo, Boskos Trattoria, Brennan’s Grill, the Calistoga Inn, the CIA at Greystone, Hydro Grill and Kopio still selling tickets.
Prices vary by restaurant, with a range of about $65 to $150, which includes tax and gratuity.
Beverages will be available for purchase at several bars along Lincoln Avenue and winemakers from the Calistoga appellation will join in the evening’s merriment.
Participating wineries include Bennett Lane Winery, Canard Vineyard, Dutch Henry Wines, Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Larkmead Vineyards, Schramsberg Vineyards, Ziata Wines and several others.
The fun gets started at 5 p.m. and wraps up around 9 p.m., about the time the nearly full Harvest Moon will be overhead.
For tickets and complete details, go to visitcalistoga.com.
Outside alcoholic beverages and pets are not allowed.
Fishstock Festival: On Sunday, August 31, Jenner Community Center hosts the Second Annual Fishstock Festival from noon to 5 p.m.
This free kid-friendly event takes place outside at the Jenner Community Club (10398 Highway 1, Jenner) and features wild Pacific King salmon, barbecued oysters, chowder, an ice cream bar, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, live music and more.
Friday Night Fun: On Friday, August 29, Red’s Apple Roadhouse (4550 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol) features live music from 6 to 9 p.m. with Kevin Russell, Cori Wood, Markie Sanders and, possibly, some surprise guests.
The west county eatery has music on Wednesday and Friday evenings, with a schedule — subject to change — posted at redsappleroadhouse.com.
Red’s Apple Roadhouse is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The menu features hearty, rustic foods, including a pulled pork sandwich, a pastrami burger, Hot Brown, fried chicken, mac n’ cheese and, at breakfast, grits, biscuits and gravy, cornmeal cakes and chicken friend steak and eggs.