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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept. 6: Telmo Faria at Toby's Feed Barn

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM

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Always a popular feature at the farmers market, this week’s Chef Booth at Toby’s Feed Barn features tempting taco dishes and a demo from Telmo Faria, executive chef and author of Tacolicious. The San Francisco—based taqueria of the same name that Faria runs is a nontraditional twist on the Mexican staple. The menu features exotic ingredients served in a sophisticated and urban manner, and Faria’s new book of recipes offers readers a chance to liven up their own taco game at home. Faria shares his secrets when he reads and demos on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 10am. Free. 415.663.1223.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aug. 16: Sonoma County Wine & Swine in Railroad Square

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

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Food, drinks, art, vendors—there’s something for everyone at this year’s Sonoma County Wine & Swine event. Pork is highlighted in a delectable selection of locally sourced livestock and catered by a bevy of barbecue masters. Sonoma County fine wines are paired with artisan plates, and activities abound in this family-friendly atmosphere. The North Bay Hootenanny curates an afternoon of homegrown music with Mississippi Mike, the Sam Chase and the Easy Leaves rocking out on the outdoor stage. Vendors from Railroad Square will be out with a big sidewalk sale, and local celebs face off in a charity pie-eating contest. Saturday, Aug. 16, in Railroad Square, Fourth and Wilson streets, Santa Rosa. 11am. Free. 707.490.5039.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April 2: Ina Garten at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Ina Garten, better known as the Barefoot Contessa, has authored several cookbooks and, since 2002, has been one of the Food Network’s most popular TV personalities. She focuses on homemade recipes but gives viewers the option of using ingredients purchased from a store, if they must. Some of the lesser known (read: completely fake) allowances she’ll permit include substitutions for ingredients in wine-braised short ribs (“If you don’t have 15-year-old Cabernet Franc made with grapes from your own vineyard, store-bought is fine”), mac and cheese (“If you don’t have a certified organic cow to milk for fresh cheese curds, store-bought is fine”) and lavender sugar cookies (“If you don’t have fresh lavender picked by monks in your serenity garden, store-bought is fine”). Garten appears in conversation April 2 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $45—$65. 707.546.3600.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Feb.14-17: Cloverdale Citrus Fair

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

A tradition going back to 1924, the Cloverdale Citrus Fair is the annual event for all things citrusy. Just going down the list of events, from pygmy goat shows to orange-juicing contests, this fair has it all. A parade? They got it. Gourmet chefs? Got it. Carnival rides? Oh, you know they got it. Building the fair around this year’s “Fair’ly Country” theme, the event also boasts performances from the Cabaret Players and country-western dancing complete with line-dancing lessons. Family-friendly, fruit-focused and fun all around. Did I mention the giant 3D models and exhibits made entirely out of citrus? That’s worth the ticket right there. The Cloverdale Citrus Fair runs Friday, Feb. 14, through Monday, Feb. 17, at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale. $5—$7. 707.894.3992.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feb. 9: Sausalito Herring Festival at Cass Gidley Marina

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

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As Bubba once said, “Herring is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There’s herring-kabobs, herring Creole, herring gumbo. Pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple herring, lemon herring, coconut herring, pepper herring, herring soup, herring stew, herring salad, herring and potatoes, herring burger, herring sandwich. That, that’s about it.” While I might have gotten that slightly wrong, come find the real story on this delicious, nutritious fish at the Sausalito Herring Festival. Taste the action from the best chefs around, plus music and general merriment. The festival happens on Sunday Feb. 9, Gabrielson Park, Sausalito. 11am. Free. 877.809.1659

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Jan. 4-5: Sonoma Valley Olive Festival

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

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Everyone knows that, as a Mediterranean climate, Sonoma County is perfect for growing grapes. But what about that other Mediterranean fruit, the olive? Alas, we once had many olive farms in the region, since replaced, like the ill-fated Gravenstein apple, by the more-buck-per-pound grape. Enter the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, which aims to restore the local olive to its throne. While there’s the Blessing of the Olives on Jan. 4 at the Sonoma Mission (11am; free), we direct your attention to olive guru Don Landis and his free workshop on curing olives in the home. Landis shares his personal recipe for “no lye” curing, and there’s a whole gang of samples on Sunday, Jan. 5, at Cline Cellars. 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Free; RSVP to Don Landis (olivedon@hotmail.com). For more info, visit www.olivefestival.com.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Oct. 5: Mollie Katzen at Toby's Feed Barn

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

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Berkeley local Mollie Katzen is a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement. With years of experience in the garden and the kitchen, and with over 6 million books in print, the author of the Moosewood Cookbook helped bring the vegetarian palate to the American dinner plate. Katzen’s most recent book, The Heart of the Plate, offers inventive vegetarian fare for the new generation. Her early recipes packed with rich ingredients like butter, cheese and sour cream have been replaced with healthier and tastier alternatives; learn some of Katzen’s techniques when she talks about her new book on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Toby’s Feed Barn. 11250 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 10am. Free. 415.663.1223.

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Oct. 4-6: Harvest Fair at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

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Harvest time means something else entirely for our good buds in counties north, but in Sonoma and Napa, it’s grape-stompin’ time. At this week’s Harvest Fair, attendees can roll up their blue jeans, throw off their boots and stain their calves purple in the World Champion Grape Stomp. Sonoma County’s food and wine culture flourishes with port and chocolate pairings, tasting pavilions, wine judging, biodynamic garden tours, chef demonstrations, cooking competitions and wine, wine, wine. Get juicy on Friday—Sunday, Oct. 4—6, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Oct. 4 at 4:30pm; Oct. 5—6, noon. $50—$90. 707.545.4200.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sep. 10-12: National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

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Giant pumpkins can grow to be bigger than humans. Forget jack-o’-lanterns—one could carve a nice little reading nook out of a giant pumpkin. But these and other amazing plants might not be around forever. Seed preservation is becoming more and more important in the world of monoculture and bioengineering of our food, a fact that led Dr. Vandana Shiva to create Navdanya almost 20 years ago. She and over a hundred other food experts speak at the National Heirloom Exposition, a three-day festival featuring over 3,000 heirloom varieties and 300 food vendors (and, yes, a giant pumpkin contest), on Sept. 10—12, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 11am. $10. 707.545.4200

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Aug. 11: Zucchini Festival and Antique Show at Windsor Farmers Market

Posted By on Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

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Chop it, steam it, bake it, fry it—there really isn’t much that can’t be done to zucchini. What better way to honor the multifaceted summer vegetable than to throw a party for it, and heck, why not throw in some antiques as well? The Zucchini Festival & Antique Show appears this weekend and, boy, is it packed with the zest of life. Zucchini lovers can view a veggie garnishing and carving demo with SRJC chef Lauren Helvajian, enter the Biggest Zucchini Contest and race zucchini cars. Antique lovers can view showcased treasures from pre-1975 and have their own antiques viewed by certified appraiser Phil Eagle. Live music, food and a Kidz Corral round it out on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Windsor Certified Farmers Market. 701 McClelland Drive, Windsor. Free. 9am. 707.838.5947.

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