A la carte: Food news and events around Sonoma County
HEALDSBURG: Cooking classes with local chefs
This winter, Relish Culinary Adventures will bring back the Healdsburg Chef’s Table, a Monday night cooking class and four-course dinner showcasing some of the best chefs in Sonoma County.
The series kicks off Feb. 9 with Billy Reid of Hopmonk Tavern in Sonoma, Sebastopol and Novato. The chef, who worked in Las Vegas restaurants before moving to Wine Country, has helped make the restaurants a success with his big-flavor comfort food. Each course will be paired with beer.
On Feb. 16, Louis Maldonado of Spoonbar and Pizzando in Healdsburg will be sharing the innovative secrets of his regular and live-fire kitchens. The chef made a name for himself in such San Francisco restaurants as Aziza and Cortez and was discovered by the world last year on the Bravo TV series, “Top Chef.”
On Feb. 23, chef and restaurateur Mark Stark, owner of five (soon to be six) restaurants in Sonoma County, will share the secrets of his restaurant empire and his savvy with seafood and small plates.
On March 16, Todd Knoll of Jordan Winery will provide a preview of a Sonoma spring dinner, featuring delicacies such as Sonoma lamb, baby vegetables, asparagus and morel mushrooms. The chef is known for his exquisite, private events at the winery.
Classes start at 6 p.m. and cost $99, including one glass of wine per person and recipes. relishculinary.com or 431-9999. 14 Matheson St.
SANTA ROSA: St. Francis kicks off new “Tastemakers”
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards will kick off a new series of “Sonoma Tastemakers” at 1 p.m. Saturday with Bloomfield Organics, an award-winning organic vegetable, fruit, herb and egg farm in west county that offers a year-round community-supported agriculture program.
The series will continue on Feb. 28 with Costeaux French Bakery of Healdsburg and continue on March 28 with Laura Chenel’s Chevre of Sonoma.
The series celebrates the best of “Made in Sonoma” products, from award-winning Sonoma County producers and companies. The monthly programs are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free to the public.
For more information, go to stfranciswinery.com. The winery is located at 100 Pythian Road.
BODEGA: Benefit dinner for long-time chef Malicki
Long-time Sonoma County chef Mark Malicki, who worked at Truffles and Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol before opening his own restaurant, Cafe St. Rose in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, has recently been cooking at the Casino Bar & Grill in Bodega.
Malicki was recently diagnosed with late-stage Crohn’s disease and has been hospitalized for several weeks. Family and friends, who are optimistic about his recovery, will throw a benefit dinner for the chef at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Casino Bar & Grill in Bodega.
Cooking the three-course, prix-fixe dinner will be chefs Brian Anderson of Bistro 29 in Santa Rosa, Josh Silvers of Jackson’s Bar and Oven in Santa Rosa and Jenny Malicki, pastry chef at Zazu in Sebastopol. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.
Suggested donation for the dinner is $50, cash only, but no one will be turned away. Reservations are not required. If you would like to help and you can’t make it to the dinner, you can make a donation to Malicki at www.gofundme.com/Weloveyoumalicki.
SANTA ROSA: SRJC cafe, bakery now open
The Santa Rosa Junior College Cafe and Bakery at 1670 Mendocino Ave. has opened its doors for the spring semester.
The Culinary Cafe opens for lunch at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, serving a menu of seasonal salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, entrées and desserts prepared by Culinary Cafe students. Reservations: 522-2796.
The SRJC Bakery serves morning pastries and Bella Rosa coffee between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Baked goods, breads and desserts for take out can be purchased until 2 p.m. those days. All the baked goods are prepared by the students in the school’s baking and pastry program.
GLEN ELLEN: Italian wine dinner at Aventine
Chef/owner Adolfo Veronese will present a five-course dinner paired with Masi wines from Italy at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Aventine Glen Ellen.
Masi wines have roots in Valpolicella, one of Italy’s best wine regions, located in the northern province of Verona.
The menu includes appetizers such as Sautéed Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp, Veal Tartar with Quail Egg, Risotto Radicchio e Pancetta, Osso Bucco di Agnello, followed by Fat Bottom Girl Sheep Cheese and Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, with condiments.
The dinner costs $85, plus tip and tax. Reservations: 934-8911. 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, in Jack London Village.
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