A la carte: Harvest some fun with these food, wine events

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Oliver’s turns 30

Oliver’s Market will celebrate its 30th year as a Sonoma County independent grocer with a free celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Cotati’s La Plaza Park.

The party will feature live music, vendor sampling, a kids’ area and a tasting of local wine and beer to benefit the Humane Society of Sonoma County. There will be food for sale from Oliver’s Barbecue and Deli.

Oliver’s Market was founded in November 1988 by Steve and Ruth Maass, who opened the first market in Cotati after operating produce stands around the Bay Area. Oliver’s now has four locations, is employee-owned and has more than 1,000 employees.

Customers receiving Oliver’s emails will receive daily specials through the month of September. For details on the festivities or to sign up for the email list, go to oliversmarket.com. La Plaza Park is located at Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra streets.


Medrich on flours

Alice Medrich, the First Lady of Chocolate, will give a demonstration class on baking desserts with non-wheat flours at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Artisan Baking Center in Petaluma.

This class will introduce flavorful flours, including rice flour, corn flour, buckwheat flour, oat flour and teff, as alternatives to the all-purpose gluten-free flour blends.

Beginners and professionals are welcome. Cost is $115. 1120 Holm Road. centralmilling.com


Carneros expanded

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger has announced the debut of its new Jardin d’Hiver, a conservatory-style addition to the terrace of the elegant chateau.

The glassed-in addition, featuring skylights and indoor-outdoor fireplaces, offers guests a warm space to enjoy wines while being shielded by the winds that define the sparkling wine region’s cool climate.

The winery also expanded its tasting experiences with “The Art of Sparkling Wine Pairing: Asian Bites with Bubbles.” The five-course food and wine pairing is designed to showcase the versatility of sparkling wine.

The tasting is offered at 11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. Cost is $85. To reserve: 707-257-0101, ext. 135, or reservations@domainecarneros.com. Domaine Carneros is open to visitors for tours and tastings by appointment only daily. domainecarneros.com


Cooking with Jessica

Jessica Battilana, author of the cookbook “Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need,” will share her simple yet elegant recipes during a hands-on class at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Healdsburg SHED.

In addition to recipes like simple stovetop chicken and rice pudding, she will talk about the most important techniques in the kitchen to master before building a repertoire of your own.

Cost is $75 ($90 with cookbook.) 25 North St. healdsburgshed.com


Harvest with HANNA

Celebrate the season with the annual Harvest with the HANNAS Winemaker Dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the HANNA Alexander Valley Winery.

The evening includes a vineyard and garden tour hosted by President Christine Hanna and Winemaker Jeff Hinchliffe and a farm-to-table dinner from Chef Heidi West of Heidi West Catering, paired with limited production HANNA wines.

Tickets are $120. To reserve: 707-431-4310, ext. 124, or wine@hannawinery.com. 9280 Highway 128.


Cowgirl cottage cheese

Cowgirl Creamery, now settled into their newly-completed Petaluma creamery, has relaunched their popular Clabbered Cottage cheese.

One of the first cheeses Cowgirl Creamery produced in 1998, the cottage cheese offers a tender and creamy texture with a deeper flavor that comes from a slower, multi-day process.

The Clabbered Cottage Cheese is incredibly versatile in the kitchen, serving as a dip for chips, a snack with avocado and olive oil or an ingredient to lighten up pancakes. You can order it or find who carries it at cowgirlcreamery.com.

You can reach Staff Writer Diane Peterson at 707-521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @dianepete56.

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