A la carte: Spring lunches, markets and more in Sonoma County

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Seasonal farm-to-table lunches at Lynmar Estate

Lynmar Estate has greeted spring with its seasonal Wine and Food pairing, a farm-to-table lunch offered Thursdays through Sundays, with one seating at 11:30 a.m.

The Lynmar Lunch Pairing, which will be available through Nov. 3, is a three-course menu with a starter of Warm Organic Popcorn paired with chardonnay.

The spring menu by Estate chef David Frakes includes a Spring Vegetable Risotto with Crisp Feuille de Brick paired with the 2016 La Serenité Chardonnay; Rice-Crusted Tenderloin of Lamb Marinated in Lebanese Spices with the 2017 AMDG Pinot Noir; and a Warm Bliss Meyer Lemon Clafouti. It costs $95.

The tasting bar offers a snack menu of Seasonal Provisions, ranging from artisan cheese and warm organic popcorn to grilled garden toast and a charcuterie and cheese platter. The menu is offered every day but Tuesday, and dishes cost $5 to $49.

The winery also offers Pinot & Pizza once a month on select Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. Dates include May 19, June 16, July 14, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. Cost is $85.

Reservations are required for lunch and pizza. Call 707-829-3374. The winery is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with wine tasting by appointment only. 909 Frei Road.


Adventurous weekend for foragers on coast

The Mendocino Coast offers all kinds of seafood and seaweed, mushrooms and other incredible edibles.

To help you find and preserve this bounty, the Little River Inn is offering a Mendocino Coast Forage and Ferment Experience from May 10 to 12.

There are a limited number of spots available for the two-day, two-night adventure, which includes welcome reception and a cooking demonstration from Greg Fonts of FreediveShop/Triton X on May 10. A forage in the woods with archaeologist Kevin Smith and Countryman Forager, a packed lunch at Van Damme Beach and a seaweed forage with Rising Tide Sea Vegetables will take place on May 11, culminating with a preservation workshop and communal feast prepared by Chef Marc Dym, featuring the day’s haul.

The cost is $500 per person, not including accommodations. Two night’s lodging for two starts at $490. For reservations, call 707-937-5942.

Guests must purchase a California fishing license if they wish to participate in Saturday’s tide-pool excursion.


Mycopia expands open house with Ceres project

For the past few years, Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. — also known as Mycopia — has hosted an annual open house event to engage with the community and share the goodness of mushrooms. Like last year, this year’s event on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be a fundraiser for Ceres Community Project, helping teens who cook for the nonprofit meal service learn how to use mushrooms in healthful cooking. This year, in an expanded program, teen chefs can participate in a friendly cooking competition and attendees will be invited to vote on their favorite dish.

Founded in Sebastopol in 1977, Gourmet Mushrooms was the first to commercially grow Shiitake in the U.S. Today, under the Mycopia Specialty Mushrooms brand, they grow Alba Clamshell, Brown Clamshell, Trumpet Royale, Forest Nameko, Velvet Pioppini, Nebrodini Bianco and Maitake Frondosa.

Admission with the tasting package is $30, which includes shuttle service to the event from the parking area and entry to all the events (food, wine and beer tasting, live music, the mushroom cooking competition). A silent auction includes a dinner for two at Single Thread in Healdsburg.

Tickets can be purchased at fungifest2019.eventbrite.com


Get dressed up for annual ‘Derby After Dark’

The Council on Aging will hold their annual benefit, “Derby After Dark,” at 5 p.m. May 4 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds’ Grace Pavilion.

The event will begin after the televised Kentucky Derby, and guests are encouraged to wear derby attire for the dinner with live entertainment, dancing, champagne and oysters, martinis and gaming.

Tickets are $250, to benefit Meals on Wheels — Council on Aging. For reservations, visit councilonaging.com/derby.

Meals on Wheel is the largest meal service in the county, providing 285,000 meals annually.


Tuesday Night Market poised to open for season

The Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market will open for the season from 5:30 p.m. to dusk on May 7 on the plaza.

There will be farmers ranging from The Patch to Viveros Farm, prepared food and packaged food vendors, wine and beer plus artisan craft makers.

The market will continue through the last Tuesday in September. For more information, visit sonomaplazamarket.org.


Cinco de Mayo pig roast at Gravenstein Grill

Gravenstein Grill will host a pig roast on the patio from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 5 in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Chef Bob Simontacchi and Sous Chef Misael Aguirre will prepare an array of traditional, Mexican side dishes to go along with a whole hog from Leland Street Farm of Sebastopol. There also will be craft tequila and Mexican beer, plus live music. Tickets cost $60. For reservation, visit eventbrite.com. 8050 Bodega Ave.

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

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