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SEBASTOPOL: Farm Trails barbecue at Dutton Ranch

Sonoma County Farm Trails will hold a BBQ, Brews & Barn Dance at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. May 30, at Dutton Ranch in Sebastopol.

The evening includes a barbecue dinner by Chefs Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire of Backyard in Forestville, live music by Cahoots and a dance floor.

Tickets are $75. with proceeds going to the 42nd annual Gravenstein Apple Fair in August. The first alcoholic beverage is free, refills are $5. To reserve, go to farmtrails.org or brownpaperTtckets.com. Dutton Ranch is located at 10717 Graton Rd.

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GUERNEVILLE: Seaside Metal reopens for season

Seaside Metal Ales & Oysters, a spin-off of Bar Crudo in San Francisco, has re-opened in Guerneville after taking a three-month hiatus earlier this year.

Chef/owner Mike Selvera is back in the kitchen again, turning out all kinds of raw seafood dishes, from oysters to Peruvian Bay Scallop Ceviche.

Small plate items include a Brandade Fritter in tomato sauce and Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs. Main dishes include comfort food such as Beer Steamed Mussels and a signature Seafood Chowder with fish, mussels squid, shrimp, chopped clams, potatoes, bacon and cream.

The dessert menu ranges from Strawberry Crumb Tart with buttermilk ice cream to a Chocolate Pot de Creme with orange cream and cashew brittle.

The bar offers a selection of 16 rotating beers on tap, as well as a wide array of bottled beers, many sourced from Sonoma County.

The wine list includes a variety of red, white and sparkling wines. The restaurant is open for dinner on Wednesday through Sunday. Happy hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. 16222 Main St., Guerneville. 604-7250. seasidemetal.com.

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SANTA ROSA: Tickets on sale for K-J Tomato Fest

Tickets to the 19th annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival on Sept. 26 are now on sale.

The festival, held at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens, is an epic celebration of all things tomato-related and includes garden tours and seminars, wine and food tasting, a chef’s challenge and live music.

Tickets are $95, to benefit the Ceres Community Project, a nonprofit that teaches teens how to cook healthy meals for those suffering from critical illnesses. kj.com.

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SONOMA: Wine education at Gloria Ferrer

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard will hold a summer food and wine pairing at 11 a.m. June 7 at the winery south of Sonoma.

The private tasting, held in the outdoor arbor overlooking the vineyards, includes award-winning sparklers and estate varietals paired with various bites that vary in taste and texture.

Cost is $65. gloriaferrer.com. 23555 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. 996-7256.

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SANTA ROSA: Tastemakers at St. Francis Winery

Each month, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards hosts a Sonoma County producer to share their artisan products and stories from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

This Saturday, John and Lauren Bowne of the Gypsy Cheese Co. in Valley Ford will share their goat cheese, including a raw goat cheese and a traditional feta.

On June 27, TWG Barbecue Company will provide samples of their award-winning, gourmet barbecue sauces.

On July 25, Weirauch Farm & Creamery will share samples of their farmstead sheep cheese as well as their organic cow and goat cheese.

On Aug. 29, Harverton Hill Creamery of Petaluma will share some of their artisinal products, including sheep’s milk, ice cream and butter.

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards also serves as a designated CSA (community supported agriculture) pick-up location for boxes of produce from Bloomfield Organics.

Participants can pick up their boxes twice a month on Thursdays at the winery’s tasting room. Cost is $23 for a small box, $33 for a large box, with additions of fresh eggs available for $7 per dozen or $4 per half dozen.

To sign up, go to farmigo.com/join/bloomfieldorganics#Step=1.

St. Francis Winery is located at 100 Pythian Rd. st.franciswine.com.

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SANTA ROSA: Tierra expands farmstand hours

Tierra Vegetables has expanded its farmstand hours for the summer season.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The farm stand is located at 651 Airport Boulevard. The farm’s weekly CSA program will kick off on Tuesday June 2. For more information, call 544-6141 or go to tierravegetables.com.

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GLEN ELLEN: Aventine introduces spring menu

Aventine Glen Ellen has changed its menu for spring, adding seasonal dishes to everything from the antipasti to the pizza and pasta portions of the menu.

Items of note include a Caprese Salad with heirloom tomatoes, roasted pear tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, balsamic reduction and micro basil ($15); Grilled Asparagus with shaved Parmigiano and lemon vinaigrette ($9), an Italian Fennel Sausage Pizza with mozzarella, tomato sauce and fresh oregano ($16) and a Gnocchi di Patate with oven roasted tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and micro basil ($15).

Aventine has a full bar, dining inside and out, a Taste Tuesdays Menu with happy hour pricing all night, a Wine Wednesday with half-priced bottles of wine, a Live Thursdays with free music and a Weekend Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

It is open for dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday.

Location: 14301 Arnold Dr. 934-8911.

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