A La Carte: Third Rosso opens doors on Dutton

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Chef-owner John Franchetti and co-owner Kevin Cronin have opened their third Rosso restaurant, Rosso Rosticceria + Eventi, in the former Sassafras restaurant space at 1229 N. Dutton Ave.

The casual restaurant, inspired by the tradition of Italian street food, serves breakfast, lunch and happy hour food. It is currently open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The early morning menu includes pastries, Rotisserie Hash, Farm Fresh Frittata and a Breakfast Sandwich.

From late morning on, guests can choose from a wide range of small plates, fresh salads, sandwiches and big plates that range from Rotisserie Porchetta to Lamb Rosticcini.

There is also a selection of thin-crust pizzas and piadines (salads wrapped in pizza crust), with a choice of meat, greens and roasted veggie toppings. Individual, gluten-free pizzas are also available.

Craft beers, local and Italian wines make up the restaurant's "Old World Medicine" list. Taylor Maid iced tea and housemade cucumber/mint lemonade round out the refreshments.

The spacious dining room, which boasts a big-screen TV, ping-pong table and lounge seating, can also be rented for private parties in the evenings.

Next month, the restaurant will open on select evenings for special winemaker dinners, Italian-style family dinners and other celebrations.

A family-style dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a winemaker dinner will be held 6:30 p.m. June 11. Soccer fans won't want to miss the World Cup Kick-off party on June 20.

Rosso on Dutton also serves as the company's catering kitchen, with special menus available for morning, lunch and "anytime" meetings. 526-1229.

<strong>SONOMA COUNTY: Metes & Bounds al fresco dinners</strong>

Metes & Bounds, a portable catering kitchen based in Petaluma, has launched a series of summer dinners set amid the fertile fields and vineyards of Sonoma County.

Led by chef Heath Thomson and sommelier Drew Duggan, the Metes & Bounds team takes the table back to the farm in an effort to meld fine dining with an al fresco picnic.

The team cooks each meal onsite, using a refurbished school bus and a versatile griller/smoker.

The team, which also includes sous chef Kingsley Fuller and cook Alicia Deal, has experience at some of the country's best restaurants, from Spruce and Boulette's Larder in San Francisco to the Herbfarm in Washington state.

Upcoming dinners include a Community Farm Dinner at Bernier Farms in the Alexander Valley at 5:30 p.m. Sunday; a Community Farm Dinner at Tierra Vegetables in Santa Rosa at 5:30 p.m. June 7; a Solstice Winemaker's Soiree at Porter Creek in Healdsburg at 6 p.m. June 19; and a Winemaker Dinner at Copain Wines in Healdsburg at 5:30 p.m. June 28.

Dinners cost between $175 and $225. To reserve, go to <a href="http://metesandbounds.co" target="_blank">metesandbounds.co</a>.

<strong>HEALDSBURG: Vineyard meals planned at J</strong>

J Vineyard has scheduled an al fresco dinner series this summer set amid the winery's estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley.

Led by winemaker Melissa Stackhouse, the dinners include five courses of locally sourced cuisine prepared by J executive chef Erik Johnson and include education about J estate vineyard soils, trellising and sustainable practices.

The dinners kick off June 14 at the Tear Drop Vineyard, then move to Nicole's Vineyard on July 19, the Bow Tie Vineyard on Aug. 16 and the Robert Thomas Vineyards on Sept. 13.

Tickets range from $180 to $195 per person. To reserve, go to <a href="http://jwine.com" target="_blank">jwine.com</a>. J Vineyards & Winery is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway.

<strong>SANTA ROSA: Strawberries and ice cream</strong>

Tierra Vegetables will celebrate the height of strawberry season with an ice cream social at 1 p.m. Sunday at its Santa Rosa farm stand.

Guests will be served homemade ice cream with fresh strawberries on top. Donations to the White Barn Fund will be accepted.

The farm stand is located at 651 Airport Blvd. at Highway 101. 544-6141. <a href="http://tierravegetables.com" target="_blank">tierravegetables.com</a>.

<strong>SEBASTOPOL: BBQ, Brews & Barn Dance</strong>

Sonoma County Farm Trails will hold a benefit BBQ, Brews & Barn Dance at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Dutton Ranch in Sebastopol.

The evening includes a beer and cheese reception, barbecue dinner by chef/owners Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire of Backyard in Forestville, live music by Adama Passow, and dancing to the Northern California roots music of Cahoots.

The all-local feast consists of bread from Nightingale Breads and cheeses from Redwood Hill, Pugs Leap Farm, Gypsy Cheese Co. and Weirauch Farm & Creamery; Grilled and BBQ Glazed Chicken from Green Star Farm, Grilled Lamb Merguez from Weirauch Farm, Spiced Tri-tip from Stemple Creek Ranch; Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Mixed Greens and Sorrel Salad from Laguna Farm; plus Buffalo Milk Gelato from Double 8 Dairy.

Refreshments include Sonoma County wines, cider from Tilted Shed and Devoto Orchards, craft beer from Woodfour Brewing Co., Honey Mead from The Kefiry & Hector's Honey Farm and coffee from Taylor Maid Farms.

Tickets are $80. To reserve, <a href="http://farmtrails.com" target="_blank">farmtrails.com</a>. Dutton Ranch is located at 10717 Graton Road.

<strong>PHILO: Domaine Anderson</strong>

Domaine Anderson Winery in Anderson Valley's Philo has been launched. Behind the venture is the Rouzaud family of Louis Roederer and its American team. Its goal is to focus on prized pinot and chardonnay to express the terroir of Anderson Valley. The winery has produced two estate wines: Domaine Anderson, 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and Domaine Anderson, 2012 Anderson Valley Chardonny. Its two single vineyard wines are Domaine Anderson, 2012 Dach Vineyard Pinot Noir and Domaine Anderson, 2012 Walraven Vineyard, Chardonnay. There will be exclusive offerings for wine club members through <a href="http://www.domaineanderson.com" target="_blank">www.domaineanderson.com</a>.

<strong>SONOMA: Sebastiani's new La Chertosa wines</strong>

Sam Sebastiani, the patriarch of one of California's best known wine families, has released a new family of wines in Sonoma — La Chertosa Wines. The name comes from the 14th-century Renaissance monastery in the Tuscan valley of Farneta, Italy, where the Sebastiani ancestral roots began. For more information about La Chertosa wines, visit <a href="http://www.lachertosawines.com" target="_blank">www.lachertosawines.com</a>.

<strong>MARSHALL: Nick's Cove opens farm and garden</strong>

Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages will open an on-site farm and garden, the Croft, to the public starting this Sunday.

Over the past year, the Croft has been nurtured by Nick's Cove's master gardener Ross Barlow with the support of Nick's Cove general manager Dena Grunt.

Barlow was invited to join the team in February 2013 to tame a sloping, overgrown space across Highway 1 from the restaurant.

The garden has evolved into a working farm with chicken coop, two acres of vegetable beds, coastal fruit trees and an extensive herb garden.

The Croft also boasts two bocce ball courts and a seating area for guests. Nick's Cove guests can enjoy their coffee and breakfast there, or watch the sunset over Tomales Bay after dinner.

Nick's Cove is at 23240 Highway 1 in Marshall. <a href="http://nickscove.com" target="_blank">nickscove.com</a> or 415-663-1033.

<em>Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com, and Peg Melnik, who can be reached at 521-5310 or peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com.</em>

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