A la carte: Food and wine fun this week in Sonoma County

SONOMA: Wine tour and tasting

Three wineries that won 2016 Preservation Awards from the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation will host the first annual Preservation Icons of Sonoma Tour and Wine Tasting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28 in the Sonoma Valley.

The event includes tours and tastings at Buena Vista Winery, Pangloss Cellars and Three Sticks Winery, lunch at the Sonoma Depot Hotel and coffee and sweets at the Maysonnave House at the end of the day.

The tours each last 90 minutes and focus on architectural restoration and preservation along with wine tasting. Tickets are $225, with proceeds going to benefit the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation.


MENDOCINO COUNTY: Crab, wine and beer

Have you not had enough crab yet?

If not, Mendocino County's Crab, Wine & Beer Festival can help out, with crab feeds and cioppino, food and wine pairings, special dinners and crabbing adventures scheduled from Jan. 20-29 at various venues throughout the county.

The ever-popular Crab Cake Cook-off will be held Jan. 28 in a big, white tent at Main and Spruce streets in Fort Bragg. You can taste crab cakes prepared by Mendocino County chefs and vote for your favorite crab dishes and crab-pairing wine. Tickets are $100 adults, to benefit the Mendocino Coast Clinics.

For a complete list of events, go to or call 707-964-9010.


SANTA ROSA: Norwegian feast

The Freya Lodge, Sons of Norway will host its annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Norway Hall.

The traditional menu includes the Lutefisk (dried cod), meatballs in brown gravy, vegetables, lefse (potato flatbread), almond cake and coffee.

Tickets: $32 adults, $10 for kids 6-14. or call 800-838-3006.


SONOMA: New chocolate cafe

CocoaPlanet, a chocolate company founded four years ago by CEO Anne McKibben, has opened the CocoaPlanet Factory and Tasting Room at 921 Broadway, a few blocks south of the Sonoma Plaza.

The tasting room includes a modern, French cafe featuring savory starters and plates, soups and salads, along with desserts that highlight or complement the CocoaPlanet chocolates.

The menu, which is gluten-free and peanut-free, includes savory dishes such as Gougeres ($7), Cassoulet ($15), Croque Monsieur ($14) and Crepes de Compté (Paris ham, gruyère cheese, caramelized onions and mixed greens.) Desserts range from a CocoaMint Chocolate Brownie ($8) to Orange Christmas Cake ($9).

There are also flights of the CocoaPlanet Chocolates ($11 for 5) and beverages such as the Cocoa-Planet Hot Chocolate ($4). The coffee drinks are made with lactose-free milk and almond milk, and all of the cocoa is Fair Trade Certified.

The cafe offers seating indoors and outside in the garden lounge. Open 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. 707-343-7453.


SEBASTOPOL: Happy birthday Rabbie Burns

Muir's Tea House in Sebastopol will hold its annual celebration of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns along with its gala second-year anniversary Jan. 27 and 28 at the Sebastopol cafe.

The weekend includes special menu items, a few surprises and a free piece of cake for anyone who dines at the tea room. 330 S. Main St. 707-634-6143.

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 521-5287 or On Twitter @dianepete56.

Diane Peterson

Features, The Press Democrat

I’m interested in the home kitchen, from sheet-pan suppers to the latest food trends. Food encompasses the world, its many cultures, languages and history. It is both essential and sensual. I also have my fingers on the pulse of classical music in Sonoma County, from student mariachi bands to jazz crossover and symphonic sounds. It’s all a rich gumbo, redolent of the many cultures that make up our country and the world.

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