A la carte: Food and wine events in Sonoma County

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SONOMA: Sunset weekend at Cornerstone

Watch the pages of Sunset come alive during the 2016 Celebration Weekend Saturday and Sunday at Cornerstone Sonoma, where you can tour the magazine’s new Outdoor Test Kitchen and Test Gardens, mingle with celebrity chefs, attend food seminars and enjoy fine food and wine.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will feature the new food truck from Sonoma’s The Girl and the Fig team, known as The Fig Rig.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door, children under 12 free. Wine seminars cost $20. To reserve, go to sunset.com/cw. 23570 Arnold Drive.


ROHNERT PARK: North Coast wine tasting

The gold medal-winning wines of The Press Democrat’s 2016 North Coast Wine Challenge Tasting will be poured alongside gourmet bites at a gala tasting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sonoma Mountain Village.

Celebrity chefs cooking at the event include Mark Stark of Stark Reality Restaurants, Armando Navarro of El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma, Christopher Ludwick of Earth’s Bounty Kitchen & Wine Bar in Santa Rosa, Daniel Kedan of Backyard in Forestville, John Franchetti of Franchetti’s Wood Fire Kitchen in Santa Rosa, Liza Hinman of The Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa, Crista Luedke of Boon Eat + Drink in Guerneville, Thomas Schmidt of John Ash & Co. in Santa Rosa, and Condra Easley of Patisserie Angelica in Sebastopol.

Tickets are $25 to $95 at northcoastwineevent.com. 1100 Valley House Drive.


HEALDSBURG: Preserve the season at Relish

Fermentation guru Jennifer Harris will give an introductory class on the basics of pickling at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Relish Culinary Center.

The class includes an overview of how to make vinegar at home with your own “mother,’ plus how to make both fermented and vinegar pickles and a Strawberry-Rhubarb Shrub spritzer.

The class costs $76, including jars of each kind of pickle and the shrub. relishculinary.com. 14 Matheson St.


FORESTVILLE: Bugs, Brews and Brass Band

Backyard will host the first annual Bugs, Brews and Brass festival featuring Moonlight Brewery and the Black Sheep Brass Band plus an authentic Crawfish Boil at 6 p.m. Friday at the Forestville restaurant.

The feast kicks off with Creole and Cajun passed hors d’oeuvres and continues with Mudbugs, Potatoes and Andouille; Dirty Rice & Beans; Hushpuppies; and Smoked Ham Braised Collard Greens. The meal will be paired with unique and unreleased beers from Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewery.

Tickets are $65. Stop by the restaurant to purchase or call 820-8445. 6566 Front St.


HEALDSBURG: Pantry pizza-wine fundraiser

The Healdsburg Food Pantry will throw a pizza and wine party at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Comstock Winery as a fundraiser for the food pantry.

Guests are asked to bring a minimum donation of 50 pounds of food, which may include black beans, pinto beans and rice from Costco; individual packages of instant oatmeal, hot cocoa, tea and coffee; Ensure/Boost nutritional drinks for seniors; dried fruits, canned tuna fish; cans of soup; or peanut butter. The winery is located at 1290 Dry Creek Road.

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

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