One of the worst-kept secrets for lunch in Santa Rosa is the SRJC’s Culinary Arts Center, which offers delicious creations, courtesy of students, for cheap. The place fills up quickly, which for late-coming, bill-savvy diners means dejection. But alas! Under the direction of program director and chef Michael Salinger, the SRJC culinary arts program is moving to its new, relatively humongous location next year. Four times the size of its current location, it’s already causing a buzz and it’s not even open yet. The program hosts a holiday fundraiser for the move with food, wine and holiday cheer on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Culinary Arts Center. 458 B St., Santa Rosa. Noon—2pm. $25. 707.576.0279.
I have never been as ashamed as I was the day my roommate came home to find me sprawled on the couch surrounded by an empty box of See’s candy and an even emptier bottle of wine. I lied—I said I had help in the gluttony that had ensued, when in actuality I was the only guilty party involved. The 24th annual Chocolate and Wine event provides a rare opportunity to leave one’s self respect at home while gorging on fine chocolates from 25 chocolatiers and wines from 25 wineries. Leave your belts at home on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Westin Verasa. 1314 McKinstry St., Napa. 3pm. $40–$45. 707.257.1800.