What if you got a cross-section of West County restaurants, purveyors and wineries together for an evening of outdoor dining in a postcard-perfect vineyard setting—what would that taste like? A lot like Taste of West County, a first-of-its-kind community event showcasing what makes western Sonoma County so delicious.
The food and wine on tap for the event reads like a who's who of West County: Backyard, Boon, Corks, Forchetta/Bastoni, Fork Catering, French Garden, Patisserie Angelica, Peter Lowell's, Redwood Hill Farm, Seaside Metal, Sub Zero Ice Cream, Village Bakery, Whole Foods, Burnside Road Vineyard, Claypool Cellars, Cobb Wines, Dutton Estate, Dutton-Goldfield, Hook & Ladder, Korbel, La Follette Wines, Miramar Estate, O'Connell Vineyards, Paul Mathew Vineyards, Red Car Winery, Russian River Vineyards and Sandole Wines. There will be raffle to win a wine cellar, and silent and live auctions with host Ziggy the Wine Gal.
"Lots of people have been exposed to the wines and food of Napa and Sonoma, but we have many great food and wine producers right here in our backyard," says event organizer Kira Martin. "I wanted to bring these people forward while raising money for important programs for our kids at the same time."
Taste of West County will be held at Sebastopol's Vine Hill House May 18 from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. Guests must be 21 and over. All proceeds will support arts and education programs at Sebastopol Charter School. (Disclosure: my kids go to the school). Sebastopol Charter School is a nonprofit public K–8 school that provides a Waldorf-inspired education. The event is open to the public. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteofwestcounty.org.