SEBASTOPOL: Lynmar Estate launches lunches

Lynmar Estate has launched the Lynmar Lunch, a seasonal food and wine experience created by Chef David Frakes. It will be served through October from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays on the tasting room courtyard overlooking the estate vineyards and gardens.

Frakes works closely with the gardening team to plan the menus, incorporating ingredients from the estate’s vegetable and fruit gardens as well as from local farms. There will be three menus that run for about six weeks. Each lunch menu includes organic popcorn sprinkled with extra-virgin olive oil and flavored salts; a salad and an entrée; choice of sweet dessert or cheese course; and an Estate chardonnay and pinot noir.

The first seasonal menu will be offered through June 26. Cost is $65, including lunch and wine. Reservations required: 3909 Frei Road.


SANTA ROSA: Benefit for teen culinary programs

The Sonoma County Lodging Association will present Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa.

The event partners students from nine local culinary art programs with top chefs from throughout Sonoma County for an appetizer competition plus live and silent auctions.

Guests can vote for their favorite appetizers, then enjoy a dinner from the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel. Tickets are $85, available at 170 Railroad St.


KENWOOD: Derby Day at Chateau St. Jean

The 17th annual Meals on Wheels Derby Day is raising the bar this year, offering a VIP-level experience from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the picturesque Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood.

Tickets include live music, a grilled and raw oyster bar, hors d’ouevres, mint juleps, Chateau St. Jean wines, live and silent auction, a live-streamed viewing of the Kentucky Derby, horse betting and a four-course lunch on the lawn.

Chefs preparing the lunch include Chris Harman of Fig & Vine in San Rafael, Robert Negoesco of Eli Grace Catering in Santa Rosa, Jamil Peden of Santa Rosa, Jose Navarro of Sazon in Santa Rosa, JC Adams of Kin in Windsor and Christian Sullberg of Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg.

Tickets are $250, to benefit the Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers hot meals to frail, home-bound seniors throughout Sonoma County. To reserve, go to 8555 Sonoma Highway.

In honor of the Council on Aging’s 50th anniversary in 2016, guests are asked to arrive in vintage or contemporary Derby Day attire. Judges will award prizes for “best dressed” and “most creative” outfit.

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