The holidays are not the holidays without good food. Here are several delicious events around the North Bay worth seeking out.
Napa's Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant offers a pre-Thanksgiving wine and cheese tasting Nov. 20. The cheese and selected wines are selected to pair with the full range of turkey day food. Ten bucks gets you a tasting of six wines and select cheeses. 601 1st St., Napa. 707.257.5200.
The first Thursday of every month (the next one is Dec. 4) Napa's beloved Fatted Calf holds a "butcher's happy hour." What's that? Taste local wine and brews while sampling fantastic cured meats from behind the counter while butchers butcher a few animals. Price? Free. 644 1st St., Napa. 707.256.3684.
At the Barlow in Sebastopol, Warped Brewing Co. will be celebrating its 1st anniversary with a chili cook-off and the release of their latest brew Clear the Flag. The event goes down Nov. 20 at 6pm. Five dollars allows you to sample chili and vote for your favorite. 6790 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.829.2061.
At the Marin County Mart in Larkspur, the excellent Belcampo Meat Co. hosts a Meat, Wine and Brew Fall Festival Nov. 15. The outdoor event includes a tasting of Belcampo meat and as well food and drink from local brewers, bakers, winemakers and more. A portion of proceeds will go to the benefit fire victims in Weed, Calif. Belcampo's cattle are raised near Weed. Tickets are $35 at the door or pre-order at brownpapertickets.com/event/889481 2405 Larkspur Landing, Larkspur. 415.448.5810.
On Dec. 6 from 1-3pm, nearby Diesel bookstore holds a "cookbook extravaganza" with four local authors: Josey Baker (Josey Baker Bread), Jean-Pierre and Denise Mouille (French Roots), Bryant Terry (Afro-Vegan) and Karen Solomon (Asian Pickles). Each will offer free samples from their books. 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.785.8177. —Stett Holbrook