A la carte: Take time out for tea and other holiday treats

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Holiday tea and treats

The Hotel Healdsburg will be serving a festive Holiday Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 for families and friends who want to create a new seasonal tradition.

The menu prepared by Executive Chef Scott Romano includes petit sandwiches, housemade pastries, custom blend teas and a choice of specialty cocktails like the Hot Tea Toddy or the Poinsettia Sparkler.

Served in the Fireplace Lounge, the tea welcomes adults and children. Cost is $45 for tea service and food, or $55 with cocktail; $25 for children with choice or tea, cider or hot chocolate. Tax and tip not included.

To reserve: call 707-431-2800 or email dck@hotelhealdsburg.com. 25 Matheson St.


Crab season is here

Enjoy the sweet treat of winter — Dungeness Crab — at Cinnabar Theater’s benefit Crab Feed at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Lagunitas Beer Garden.

The feast includes fresh crab, salads, pasta, bread and dessert. Cost is $55, $65 at the door, not including beer and wine. To reserve: cinnabartheater.org/events, 1280 North McDowell Blvd.


Dickens Dinners begin

Madrona Manor will host the celebratory Dickens Dinners this Friday through Christmas Day at the Michelin-starred restaurant.

The five-course feast from Chef Jesse Mallgreen will be punctuated by strolling carolers in 19th-century garb serenading diners throughout the evening.

The menu includes Smoked Egg Sabayon with Estate Watercress and Prosciutto Syrup and Potato; Beef Wellington and Mashed Potatoes with Red Wine Reduction; Osetra Caviar with Black and Alba white truffles; and “Candy Cane” Peppermint Creamsicle with Chocolate and Peppermint.

Prices range from $90 to $170 per person. To reserve: 707-433-4231. 1001 Westside Road.


Signature tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale to the Signature Sonoma Valley wine tasting event May 16 to 19 hosted by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance.

The Signature weekend is centered around The HUB in the heart of Sonoma’s historic Plaza. Tickets: $65 to $350. For a complete schedule and to reserve: sonomavalleywine.com


Learn to make mini treats

The Artisan Baking Center at Keith Giusto Bakery Supply will hold two classes on sweet finales the weekend of Dec. 14-15.

Rosetta Costantino will teach “Southern Italian Desserts” at noon Dec. 14 at the teaching kitchen. Tickets: $114.

Andrea Koweek will teach a class on “Holiday Dessert Displays” at 10 a.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $135. The class teaches how to bake and display miniature sweets for your holiday guests.

To reserve: centralmilling.com/artisan-baking-center. The Artisan Baking Center is located at 1120 Holm Road.


Crab dinner at Spoonbar

The h2hotel’s Spoonbar restaurant will host its first Crab Feed Dinner at 6:30 tonight to toast the opening of the Dungeness crab season and support victims of the Camp fire in Butte County.

The family-style meal paired with wine includes roasted Dungeness crab served with grilled lemon, pearl potatoes and caramelized fennel with platters of Brussels sprouts, truffled mac‘n’cheese, a winter chicory salad and housemade focaccia.

Tickets are $65, not including tip or tax. To reserve, call 707-433-7222. 219 Healdsburg Ave.

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

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