A la carte: High tea, cheese, and cookbooks part of these Sonoma County food events

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SANTA ROSA: Tea and sweets

Enjoy a homemade goodies and a traditional tea menu during the Quaker Tea spills into Spring event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at Friends House retirement community.

The menu includes rainbow tea sandwiches, fruited scones with lemon curd and Devonshire clotted cream and other treats, including a Portingal cake and choice of coffee or tea.

Seatings are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:15 p.m., with guests encouraged to wear garden hats from grandma’s attic or grandpa’s vest and key fob. The servers will wear plain dress typical of earlier Quaker communities.

Reservations required at Tickets are $25. Tours of the gardens will be offered, and Guatemalan Textile Goods will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 684 Benicia Drive.


HEALDSBURG: Raw milk cheese

Cheese Expert Janet Fletcher will lead a tasting of some awesome American cheeses made with unpasteurized milk at 1 p.m. April 21, which happens to be Raw-Milk Cheese Appreciation Day.

Although regulatory pressures are making raw-milk cheeses increasingly rare, many cheesemakers continue to fight for their rights to make these cheeses.

Tickets are $65. To reserve: 25 North Street.


GLEN ELLEN: Earth Day hike

Benziger Family Winery will welcome the public at 10 a.m. April 22 for a special Earth Day hike led by Chris Benziger, who will share stories about the historic Benziger property with vineyards and gardens that have been farmed biodynamically.

The hike will conclude with a tasting of Benziger Estate Wines. Costs is $30. An optional lunch from the Glen Ellen Market may be ordered for an additional $20 per person.

To reserve: 800-989-8890. 1883 London Ranch Road.


RUTHERFORD: Pépin dinner

Culinary legend Jacques Pépin, author of a new cookbook, “A Grandfather’s Lessons,” will appear at Book Passage’s cooks with Books Series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Peju Province Winery.

The winner of 16 James Beard Awards will take about his book and enjoy a meal with guests inspired by the book, which provides culinary lessons to his granddaughter, Shorey, in preparing “food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun.”

Tickets are $145, including dinner, wine, tax, tip and a signed copy of the book.

To reserve: 415-927-0960 or


KENWOOD: Herb and wine experience

Paradise Ridge Winery in Kennwood will launch a new season of the Herb & Wine Sensory Experience starting on April 21 at the Kenwood tasting room.

The tasting includes a flight of four artisan wines paired with herbs from the garden.

The experience is offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays by Annette McDonnell, tasting room manager.

Cost is $25. To reserve, call 707-287-9020 or email 8860 Sonoma Highway.

Staff Writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or On Twitter @dianepete56.

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