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Rian Rinn and Jenine Alexander, owners of Wyeth Acres farm in Healdsburg, have opened the Sonoma County Meat Co. in a former tire shop at 35 Sebastopol Ave., just west of Highway 101.

Sonoma County Meat is a USDA- and state-approved processor and butcher shop.

"Our core is providing cutting and wrapping for other farmers," Alexander said. "Farmers with grass-fed cattle can now pick up their meat and sell it at the farmers market."

Rinn, who was raised in the Dry Creek Valley and has worked as a butcher for 10 years, breaks down the animals and smokes bacon, sausage, ham and beef jerky with wood chips in a federally inspected smokehouse.

He sells his sausages, bacon, ground beef and other meat products at the retail butcher shop in front and through a monthly community-supported agriculture program, offering 5-, 10- and 15-pound boxes of lamb, pork and beef cuts.

The pair plan to offer a daily panini for sale in the retail butcher shop, which carries locally raised beef, along with beef from the Midwest, in order to keep prices affordable.

The retail shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Look for the cheerful, red-and-white striped awning over the door. 521-0121. sonomacountymeatco.com.

<b>HEALDSBURG: Outdoor cafe back for season</b>

Cafe La Brezza, the seasonal cafe at Seghesio Family Vineyards, has opened for the summer on the winery's outdoor terrace.

The cafe, featuring Mediterranean-inspired small plates by Executive Chef Peter Janiak, is open on weekends through mid-October.

The menu includes small plates such as oven-roasted shrimp with salsa romesco, roasted beets and red quinoa with Point Reyes blue cheese and Tuscan-style ribs with balsamic and rosemary.

The food is designed to pair perfectly with Seghesio wines, which can be ordered by the glass or by the flight.

The hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The winery is at 700 Grove St., Healdsburg. 433-3579. seghesio.com.

<b>SEBASTOPOL: Bistro expands space, hours</b>

After undergoing a major remodel this winter and spring, K&L Bistro at 119 South Main St. has reopened with an expanded dining room and hours.

Chef-owners Karen and Lucas Martin have moved into a few adjacent spaces in the brick building they have occupied since October 2001. The dining room has grown from 35 to 80 seats.

Along with an enlarged kitchen, the restaurant now boasts a long, copper bar for serving cocktails, beer and wine. A new raw bar provides oysters on the half shell and other delicacies from the deep.

The dinner menu includes creative appetizers such as fried shishito peppers ($9.50), fresh salads such as roasted beet and carrot ($11) and classic entrees such as sole meuniere with french fries ($23.50) and housemade Boudin Blanc sausages with apple-endive salad and french fries ($21).

Seafood lovers won't want to miss the Crispy Chesapeake Bay Soft Shell Crab appetizer, now in season.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, with a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. 823-6614. klbistro.com.

<b>HEALDSBURG: Dry Creek Kitchen honors vineyards</b>

The Dry Creek Kitchen will launch a celebration of single vineyard diversity and terroir the first Sunday of each month through the fall.

The Les Clos Series will pay tribute to Bacigalupi Vineyards on July 6, Hirsch Vineyard on Aug. 3, Durrell on Sept. 7 and Gap's Crown on Oct. 5.

Les Clos at Dry Creek Kitchen begins with a walk-around tasting of wines from winemakers sourcing from the same well-known vineyard plots, followed by a four-course dinner prepared by Chef de Cuisine Dustin Valette paired with Sonoma County wines.

The tasting costs $60; tasting and dinner is $150, not including tax or tip. To reserve, call 433-0330 or e-mail DCK@hotelhealdsburg.com. 317 Healdsburg Ave.

<b>KENWOOD: Come out and smell the lavender</b>

Enjoy the lavender fields in full bloom during the Sonoma Lavender Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 and 29 at the Sonoma Lavender Barn in Kenwood.

The activities include lavender cuisine, Sonoma Valley wines, beer by Lagunitas and Broadway songs by Transcendence Theater. Live music, a marketplace of lavender products, lavender seminars and u-cut fresh lavender round out the activities.

Cost is $15, to benefit the Education for the Arts program at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Children under 12 free. 8537 Sonoma Highway. Turn east at Chateau St. Jean and follow the signs. 523-4411. sonomalavender.com

<b>SONOMA: HopMonk hosts beer dinner</b>

HopMonk will host a beer dinner with Heretic Brewing Company's Brewmaster Jamil Zainasheff at 6 p.m. June 26 at the tavern in downtown Sonoma.

Executive Chef Billy Reid will prepare a menu to pair with six of the beers from Heretic Brewing, which is based in Fairfield and specializes in bold and flavorful beers.

The cost is $65, including tax and tip. To reserve, go to hopmonk.com. HopMonk Tavern is at 691 Broadway. 935-9100.

<b>KENWOOD: Farmers market at Plaza Park</b>

The new Kenwood Community Farmers Market has opened at the Kenwood Plaza Park on Warm Springs Road between Channing and Park Row.

The market is open noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 14, offering fresh produce from Sonoma Valley farms such as Rose Ranch and beyond.

The market is a spin-off from the Glen Ellen Community Farmers Market, which is no longer in operation.

<b>HEALDSBURG: Rodney Strong concert series set</b>

The lineup is set for Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concert Series that runs from June 21 to August 31. It kicks off with Jazz Attack, followed by Chris Isaak on July 13, Mindi Abair on July 26, Chris Botti on August 16, and Tower of Power on August 31.

You can bring a picnic and graze on the lawn, or buy food from local purveyors on-site. The first concert on Saturday is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and tickets are $60 per person.

For more information, visit www.rodneystrong.com. The winery is at 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg.

<i>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. </i>

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