Nosh away at these summer events

It isn’t summer without a couple of intimate(ish) outdoor concert venues featuring great shows, but more importantly great food and wine. We’re smitten with Glen Ellen’s Broadway Under the Stars series, featuring favorite tunes from Broadway and beyond with actual Broadway actors. Get there early for noshes from Tips Tri-Tip, Ultra Crepes, Palooza Catering, Cookie Take a Bite (best chocolate chip cookies ever), Glen Ellen Star, Fork...

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West of the West Wine Festival
Jul14

West of the West Wine Festival

There are a handful of “dude” moments in a Wine Country food writers’ annual lineup of must-attend events. As in “Dude, you have to go to this.” West of the West Wine Festival Friday August 1st through Sunday August 3rd is one of them. It’s an all-star lineup of the Sonoma Coast’s best top vintners (Charles Heintz, DuMol, Failla, Flowers, LIOCO, Littori, MacPhail, and the list just goes on) along with incredible food throughout the...

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King of the Knife
Jun12

King of the Knife

Having the legendary bladesmith Bob Kramer teach a knife skills class at Sur La Table in Santa Rosa is sort of like having Meryl Streep teach a beginning acting class in your backyard. The Olympia-based master bladesmith is so revered by chefs that his hand-forged knives command up to $10,000 a piece, with a waiting list more than three years long. But there’s still hope for the home chef. Kramer has partnered with German...

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New at Oxbow: Five Dot Cookhouse
Jun08

New at Oxbow: Five Dot Cookhouse

Five Dot Ranch Cookhouse will open at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa this June, making it one of a dozen food stalls and restaurants in the ever-expanding space. Five Dot Ranch’s butcher shop has been a mainstay at the market, but the new Cookhouse restaurant (along with a smokehouse and to-go menu) will give non-local visitors a chance to experience Five Dot’s sustainable beef on-site. Coming soon: Breakfast rib sandwiches on a...

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Blue Hill Farm Chef to St. Helena’s Press
Jun06

Blue Hill Farm Chef to St. Helena’s Press

Press St. Helena steakhouse and restaurant (587 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helean, 967-0550)has named Chef Trevor Kunk as its new exec chef. What’s especially notable about the appointment? Kunk hails most recently from Blue Hill New York, one of the top restaurants in NYC, sourcing directly from Dan Barber’s legendary Blue Hill Farm in the Hudson Valley. So, uh, he’ll be pretty familiar with the whole farm-to-table thing we do out here....

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Suchernova Farm to Table Dinners
Jun05

Suchernova Farm to Table Dinners

On June 7, July 5, August 2 and September 6 2014, head to Cotati’s Suchernova Farm for a series of unforgettable outdoor summer dinners. Each month, local chefs will prepare unforgettable multi-course meals from the day’s bounty, spotlighting the strong links between community farming and the pleasures of eating. During the dinners, you learn about the 10-acre farms menagerie of animals, including Berkshire and Red wattle pigs;...

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