Pig out at Cochon Volant this weekend
Rob Larman is offering half off your entire bill Friday through Sunday to celebrate his first year with Sonoma Valley’s only surviving real barbecue joint. Great kale and wedge salads as well, and don’t miss Lizzie’s cookies. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 18350 Highway 12, Boyes Hot Springs. 509-5480. Cochonvolantbbq.com.
Dungeness crab season opens part way
The recreational crab season has opened, with real fans and sport crabbers reserving campsites and spots a year ago and hanging over coastal piers, hoping that last year’s disastrous season didn’t repeat itself.
State health officials have warned consumers “to remove the body cavity including the guts or viscera from crabs caught north of Point Reyes before cooking.” Apparently the toxins would be in that part of the crab.
Commercial crabbers are hoping for the go-ahead next week, assuming the toxins are under control.
Potter Green extravaganza at Cornerstone
Nina Gerety and Tom Wright will stage a “Celebration of Color & Light … and Jazz” at the green barn just east of the Sunset gardens at Cornerstone this Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Gerety’s Potter Green & Co. is a garden concept shop that combines elegance and a certain funkiness from water features to clothes and imported bells to call the kids for dinner.
Gerety says, “The magic of color and light are what many people first experience when they visit our amazing Sonoma Valley.”
Artists featured include Nancy Granger, “who is obsessed with the interplay of water and light,” according to Gerety. Granger also has represented the artwork of several big name musicians as well and, incidentally, is married to Cline and Jacuzzi winemaker Charlie Tsegeletos. Photographer Don Kellogg of Marin, a winner of many international photography awards, will show his view of light and shadow through his camera lens, as textile artist Susan Stark weaves earth colors into landscapes.
Sip Cline wines to the music of well-known international jazz greats Mad & Eddie Duran. Free. 23586 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 996-8888.
Sonoma cookbook authors at Ferry Plaza
Paula Wolfert, Laurie Figone and Cowgirl Creamery’s Sue Conley and Peggy Smith will be signing their cookbooks at San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Sunday afternoon along with some of the country’s other best women chefs in the Les Dames d’Escoffier San Francisco chapter’s “Literary Feast.”
Each author will provide tastes from their books including the great Diana Kennedy, Leslie Sbrocco, Jerry Anne Di Vecchio, Renee M. Shepherd, Tanya Holland, Margo True, Ann Evans, Dorie Greenspan, Linda Carucci, Amy Guittard, Joyce Goldstein, Georgeanne Brennan, Linda Lau Anusasananan and myself. Sales via Book Passage benefit LDEI scholarships for young women culinary students and writers. $10, culinary students $5. 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets at cellarpass.com/a-literary-feast-tickets-1801.
Ramekins class openings
Sign up quickly for a hands-on “Soup it Up” class Thursday, Nov. 17 with Jill Silverman Hough from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Pierre Lagourge’s “Delicieux French Cooking” demo Friday Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a hands-on Japanese Cooking with Tea with Donna Lo on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a fun hands-on parent and child class with Hollie Green on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. More info at ramekins.com.