A la carte: Food news, events around Sonoma
SONOMA COUNTY: Winter Wineland Season
The 23 annual Winter Wineland is Jan. 17 and 18. This a great opportunity to meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines at wineries not generally open to the public. Some wineries will offer food pairings, and all wineries will have something on sale for the weekend. Tickets for the event, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, are $45 for the weekend and $35 for Sunday only. More than 140 wineries in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys will be participating. For more information, visit www.wineroad.com.
SONOMA VALLEY: A tasty season of the olive
The 2015 Sonoma Valley Olive season kicks off with all kinds of tastings, workshops and competitions.
Martini Madness returns to MacArthur Place Hotel at 5 p.m. Friday, with 10 local restaurants competing for the best olive-inspired martinis. Tickets are $45, including appetizers and martini tastes. VIP tickets of $95 include a three-course dinner at Saddles. 933-3183. 29 E. MacArthur St. www.macarthurplace.com
Other highlights include the all-new Olive Bash at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Sonoma Valley Inn’s Krug Event Center. The evening includes Sonoma wine and olive-inspired bites prepared by the Sonoma Valley Teen Services with Rocket Catering, and bossa nova music. Tickets are $25, to benefit the Sonoma Valley Teen Services. sonomavalleyinn.com. 550 Second St. W.
The Feast of the Olive Dinner, a collaboration between local chefs, winemakers and olive oil producers, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Ramekins Culinary School, 450 W. Spain St. Tickets are $150. For more information, go to www.olivefestival.com.
SEBASTOPOL: Find feast for St. Anthony at Zazu
Zazu Kitchen + Farm in Sebastopol will celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony on Jan. 16 to 18 with a special menu featuring housemade charcuterie and pasta, plus lots of pork products.
The feast begins with Sam’s Chicharrones + Dippers and a choice of starters, including Coppa Di Testa with pickled Grapes and Mustard Seeds. It continues with a choice of entrees, such as Mostaciolli Noodle with Ragu, followed by a “Smork” (s’mores and pork) dessert: a Chocolate Dipped Housemade Marshmallow, rolled in bacon and served with graham crackers.
The cost for the dinner is $55, not including beverage, tax or tip. Zazu Kitchen + Farm is located at 6770 McKinley in the Barlow Center of Sebastopol. Reservations: 523-4814.
GLEN ELLEN: All you need to know about olives
Don Landis will give a workshop on how to de-bitter olives at 11 a.m. Sunday at B. R. Cohn Winery.
Landis will discus the history of the olive, the varieties of olives, and three ways to de-bitter them: the Greek-style brine method, water method and dry salt method, all done without lye. A tasting of cheese and crackers follows.
Participants can roam through the winery’s 120-year-old olive orchard and receive a discount at its gourmet marketplace. Cost is $20 and RSVP required: 800-330-4064, ext. 124. 15000 Sonoma Highway. For more information: www.donsolives.com.
ST. HELENA: A taste of Abruzzo at Greystone restaurant
Guest chef Viola Marcelli will take over the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant in St. Helena Jan. 21 to 25, bringing a “Taste of Abruzzo” to the Napa Valley.
Abruzzo, located of the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy, is known for its simple yet hearty meals sourced from the sea and the mountain farmers, including Marcelli’s family, which owns a bio-agritourism farm, La Porta dei Parchi.