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SONOMA COUNTY: Eateries talk turkey for Thanksgiving

If cooking is not in the cards this Thanksgiving, leave the basting to the professionals and snag a reservation at one of Wine Country’s fine-dining restaurants. Here are a few eateries that feature a special Thanksgiving menu, complete with pumpkin pie and all the sides you could possibly imagine.

Bay View Restaurant & Lounge, 800 Highway 1, Bodega Bay: Choices of starters, entrées and desserts from an a la carte menu include Dungeness Crab & Corn Chowder, Traditional Roasted Turkey with all the fixings and Pumpkin Pie. 875-2751.

Dry Creek Kitchen, 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg: Chef Dustin Valette serves up a three-course, prix fixe menu from 2 to 7 p.m. that includes Sugar Pie Pumpkin Soup and a Classic Turkey Dinner (slow roasted breast, dark meat confit, cranberry jus, Yukon gold potato puree and stuffing) plus Pumpkin Pie Pavé for dessert. $65, or $25 for kids 12 and younger. 431-0330 or

The Fig Cafe & Winebar, 13590 Arnold Drive, Sonoma: A festive, three-course menu will be served from 1 to 6 p.m., with choice of starters, entrées and desserts for $45, or $20 for kids 10 and younger. Wine pairing is an additional $15. 933-3000, ext. 13. (Starting Dec. 1, the cafe will be closed temporarily for renovations.)

French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol: Chef Arturo Guzman will serve a four-course menu from noon to 6 p.m. featuring soup, salad, and a buffet that includes a vegetarian entree, a chef’s carving station for turkey and prime rib, side many dishes and choice of desserts. 824-2030.

The Girl & the Fig, 110 Spain St., Sonoma: This rustic, French bistro offers a special, four-course menu with choice of starters, entrées and desserts from noon to 8 p.m. for $57, or $20 kids 10 and under. Wine pairing is an extra $18. 938-3634.

John Ash & Co., 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa: A three-course, prix fixe menu served from 1 to 8 p.m. features a choice of favorite autumn dishes for first course, entree and dessert. $65 adults, $35 kids 12 and younger. 527-7687 or

Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg: Chef Jesse Mallgren cooks up a festive feast from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $165 per person, plus $80 for wine pairing. 433-4231.

Saddles Steakhouse, 29 E. MacArthur St., Sonoma: Chef Dana Jaffe will serve a five-course menu with choice of entrees and desserts from 3 to 7:30 p.m. for $60, or $27 for kids 12 and under. 933-3191 or

Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg: Chef Louis Maldonado blends tradition with innovation from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a four-course feast that starts with Roasted Gem Lettuces with Walnuts and Pickled Raisins and continues with Roasted Scallop with Brussels Sprouts and Pear and a Slow Roasted Roulade of Turkey, Fingerling Potato Puree, Gravy, Swiss Chard, Cipollini Onions and Rutabagas. The meal concludes with Dark Chocolate Pavé with Caramel Ice Cream and Passion Fruit Consommé. $65, $25 for kids 12 and under. 433-7222 or

SANTA ROSA: Vegan potluck Thanksgiving

The first ever Compassionate Thanksgiving Feast will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at Monroe Hall, 1400 West College Ave.

Participants in the vegan potluck and celebration are asked to bring their best holiday vegan dish to share (no meat, dairy, eggs or honey) and their own plate, cup, fork and spoon.

The meal is sponsored by Compassionate Living, a volunteer organization formed in 2008 to work for a world where no animal has to suffer at human hands.

Volunteers who would like to help set up, decorate and clean up can call 540-1760.

SANTA ROSA: A taste of Africa for holiday

Safari West welcomes hungry humans to dine among the grazing giraffes and lemurs on Thanksgiving Day.

There will be two seatings, at noon and 4 p.m., and a menu that offers a touch of Africa. $65 adults, $25 kids 4 to 12. 579-2551.

SEBASTOPOL: Pie from Zazu

Zazu Kitchen + Farm can fulfill your Thanksgiving dessert dreams by offering six kinds of pies baked by pastry chef Jenny Malicki.

The pies to go, which must be ordered by Friday Nov. 21, include Sugar Pie Pumpkin + Bourbon, Sebastopol Apple + Cranberry and Pecan + Chocolate Chunk. Cost is $35 each.

You can also add on a quart of housemade Cinnamon Stick or Crystal Ginger gelato for $15. The pies and gelato must be picked up by 10 p.m. Nov. 26.

Zazu is located in the Barlow Center at 6770 McKinley St. 523-4814.

PETALUMA: Order fresh bread from Della Fattoria

Della Fattoria bakery in Petaluma can spice your Thanksgiving table with an array of fresh pastries, pies, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and wines to go.

Thanksgiving orders must be made by 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Della Fattoria Cafe, 141 N. Petaluma Blvd. Pick up must be made by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26. 763-0161.

COTATI: Turkey dinners to go from Ruthy’s

Ruthy’s Real Meals is offering Thanksgiving meals for home delivery as well as pick-up from the Cotati shop in the Apple Valley Plaza, 8492 Gravenstein Highway.

The Thanksgiving feast includes a Diestel turkey dinner with all the fixings and sides, an Adobo Turkey with Mole and Cornbread Stuffing, and a choice of vegetarian entrees and desserts.

For Thanksgiving, orders must be made by Nov. 21. Delivery will be made on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Turkey dinners start at $29, and vegetarian entrees start at $18. 888-0128.politan pies for purchase, and DaVero wines will be for sale for the glass and bottle.

Bring the in-laws, the kids and the Frisbee, plus your well-behaved dogs. The event is free and no reservations are required. 766 Westside Road.

SONOMA COUNTY: Gina Gallo wins award

Gina Gallo of the E&J Gallo Winery joked that she left harvest, trading jeans for a skirt, to accept the American Wine Society’s 2014 Award of Merit at the organization’s national conference in Concord, N.C., earlier this month.

Gallo, the granddaughter of company co-founder Julio Gallo, was credited for the Gallo Signature Series, limited production wines made with the best grapes from her estate vineyards.

Founded in 1967, the American Wine Society (AWS) is the largest consumer-based organization in the U.S. with more than 4,300 members, from novice to expert.

GLEN ELLEN: Dine in a wine cave

Dining in a cave is a great way to kick off the holidays, and the Benziger Family Winery will be hosting a dinner in its cave Dec. 5. The four-course meal will be paired with Benziger wines, and the Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble will be performing for the diners. The event is at 6:30 p.m., and the fee is $175 per person. For more information, visit The winery is at 1883 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen.

Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or, and Peg Melnik, who can be reached at 521-5310 or

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