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This week's tasty food events in Sonoma County

HEALDSBURG: Explore the garden with Shed chef

Perry Hoffman, culinary director of the Healdsburg Shed, will lead a Summer Culinary Adventure at 10 a.m. June 18 with a foraging expedition for fresh herbs and edible flowers in the culinary gardens of the HomeFarm in Healdsburg.

Participants will learn and taste along the way, then share a simple lunch. Tickets are $110. To reserve, go to healdsburgshed.com.

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SANTA ROSA: Annual picnic at the BV Grange

If you've never made it to the annual Grange Picnic in Bennett Valley, held continuously since 1873, then perhaps this is your year.

The 144th annual picnic will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, with the down home theme, “Meet your Neighbor!”

The menu ranges from barbecue chicken and beans to watermelon and homemade desserts, with beer and wine for purchase from Ricardo's Bar & Grill.

Don't miss the 6th annual Cherry Pit Spitting Contest at 12:30 p.m., plus the live music by Jami Jamison Band, kids' activities and a silent auction.

Donation: $15s, $10 for kids 11 to 16, children 10 and under free with paying adult. Tickets available at the door. 41455 Grange Road.

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SONOMA: Wake up at Girl & the Fig

The Girl & the Fig restaurant has launched a breakfast menu, featuring indulgent classics and lighter fare served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The restaurant known for its French country food and seasonally-driven, local fare, now offers breakfast foods that range from a Croque Madame to a classic, Continental Breakfast. The restaurant is located at 110 West Spain St. thegirlandthefig.com.

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HEALDSBURG: Taste Brooklyn at Oakville Grocery

The Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg has stocked its shelves with an array of 75 products made in Brooklyn, New York's hippest borough.

Classic favorites include an all-natural fruit leather, Dona Chai's spiced orange tea concentrate and Bushwick Kitchen's Bees Knees Spicy Honey. Many of the products have only limited distribution in New York and are available in California for the first time. 124 Matheson St. oakvillegrocery.com.

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NOVATO: Jones cooks for Fresh Starts

Chef Bryan Jones of St. Francis Winery will cook a three-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, as a benefit for Homeward Bound of Marin.

The Fresh Starts Chef Events program costs $75, including dinner and tasting pours of three St. Francis wines. To reserve, call (415) 382-3363, ext. 243. The dinner will be held at The Key Room, 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway.

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ST. HELENA: Pizza & Vino at V. Sattui Winery

V. Sattui Winery will kick off its monthly Chic Pizza & Vino dinners at 6 p.m. June 9 at the St. Helena winery.

Michelin-starred Chef Stefano Masanti from Italy will create a variety of lavish pizzas in the winery's outdoor pizza oven on the winery picnic grounds. Each pizza will be paired with a wine.

Tickets are $65. To reserve, go to vsattui.com.

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com. 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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