A la carte: This week's Sonoma County food and wine fun



Salmon dinner

Some of Sonoma Valley’s best chefs will filet, cook and serve up lots of fresh, wild salmon at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, during the Golden Gate Salmon Association’s 4th annual Salmon Dinner at the Cornerstone Event Center.

The dinner will honor Sonoma Valley dairy and wine farmers, the Mulas Family of Sonoma, who use recycled water for their dairy farm and fields, along with Schell Vista’s first responders.

Proceeds will be split with fire relief efforts. Participating chefs include Carlo Cavallo of B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille in Sonoma, Adolfo Veronese of Aventine Glen Ellen, Ed Metcalfe of Shiso in Sonoma and Kyle Kuklewski of Ramekins in Sonoma.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $125. To reserve: 855-251-4472 or 23570 Arnold Drive.


Beer dinner for relief

Cooperage Brewing Co. and Peloton Culinary & Catering will join forces to create an epic beer dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday,, Nov. 9, at the Santa Rosa Brewery to benefit families affected by the wildfires.

The evening includes appetizers and a family-style meal paired with craft brews from Cooperage. A raffle of beer will also help raise money.

The dinner costs $65, with all proceeds going to the King Ridge Foundation and the Sonoma Pride campaign. 981 Airway Court.


Wine dinner at Spinster

Smith Story Wine Cellars of Philo will pour a selection of its wines from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at The Spinster Sisters.

Guests can try a taste and a snack, or sit down to a multi-course dinner with pairings.

For reservations, call 707-528-7100. 401 South A. St.


Mini film fest

The Reel Fish Shop & Grill will host a Sonoma International Film Festival “Mini Reel” program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Sonoma restaurant.

The event features a welcome breakfast. lunch, documentary and feature films and a shorts program. $75. 401 Grove St.


Harry Potter Week

Muir’s Tea Room will host its 3rd annual Harry Potter Week this Saturday, Nov. 11, through Nov. 19, as the Scottish tea house transforms into a magical version of Hogwarts.

Characters from the books will greet you as you enjoy chocolate frogs, cauldron cakes, pumpkin juice, pasties and other sweet and savory treats. In addition, the restaurant is offering a pot of tea and tea service for anyone who suffered a loss from the fires.

Muir’s Tea Room is located at 330 S. Main St. 707-634-6143 or


“France is a Feast”

The Napa Valley Museum will celebrate the opening of its exhibit, “France is a Feast — The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Yountville museum.

The exhibit showcases the rarely seen black-and-white photographs taken by Paul Child in France between 1948 and 1954. It is inspired by the new book, “France Is A Feast” (Thames & Hudson) by Alex Prud’homme and Katie Pratt.

The celebration is free for museum members, $20 for non-members. The museum is located at 55 Presidents Circle and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.


New tasting room

The Girl & the Fig has opened the Rhone Room, a new tasting room at 20816 Broadway, at the entrance to the Sonoma Valley.

Part wine studio, part lounge and part working farm, the tasting room will offers the restaurant’s house Rhone wines in addition to lesser-known offerings from local, regional and French varietals and blends.


Cooks with books

Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli of “Valerie’s Home Cook” show will appear at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at Lianna Estates Winery as part of the Book Passage Cooks with Books series.

Tickets are $120, or $195 per couple. Each ticket includes dinner, wine, tip, tax plus one signed copy of her cookbook, “Valerie’s Home Cooking.”

Lianna Estates is located at 2750 Las Amigas Rd. in Napa. To reserve: 415-927-0960 or

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