Dining Out for Life
As we give thanks for whatever degree of health we enjoy, the Dining Out for Life program really is what it says: dining out for life, to improve HIV/AIDS sufferers’ chances at life and enjoying it as much as they can as well.
Once a year, a national network of restaurants agrees to give a percentage of diners’ bills to local food banks that specifically distribute to those suffering this unfortunate disease.
In Sonoma County, your donation through local restaurants will go to Food for Thought, headquartered and with its food bank in Sebastopol. They also have an excellent antiques and collectibles shop southwest of Sebastopol across the road from the Antiques Society collective.
Food for Thought’s services are free and confidential and include distribution of fresh produce and groceries weekly, vitamins, nutritional supplements, delivery to the homebound, frozen meals for the very ill, nutritional counseling, an organic gardening project, cooking and nutrition classes, recipes and occasional social gatherings. All this for 650, yes 650, Sonoma County residents suffering from this disease.
So check out these opportunities to give nourishment through eating at HopMonk Tavern, Mamma Tanino’s Ristorante, Maya Restaurant, Saddles Steak House and the Plaza Bistro. All of them have agreed to give 25 percent of what you spend to this cause. Rocket Sushi agreed to give a fixed sum.
Just a way to give thanks next Thursday, now that Thanksgiving leftovers have hit the compost pile or garbage bin.
Julie Atwood invites people to join her at Woodfour (woodfourbrewing.com) in Sebastopol’s the Barlow for lunch and at Handline for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. (handline.com).
Christmas Gala coming at Copia
The Napa-Sonoma chapter of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, led by Sonoma’s Gene Daly, will hold a spectacular dinner and pre-opening preview of the new CIA-Copia campus on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Napa.
Several Sonoma residents will enjoy the dinner in the new restaurant that includes hors d’oeuvres such as squid chip with smoked salmon roe and gougères, followed by thinly shaved Brussels sprouts with pear, walnut and cured egg yolk; seafood stew with tomato and sourdough broth, fennel and herb salad; pan roasted quail with sunflower seed risotto and roasted and puréed sunchokes; hay-smoked venison loin and sausage with sweet potato Romesco and coffee scented root vegetables; topped off with caramelized banana cake, coconut sorbet, chocolate soil and banana chips. Black tie. $275. Reception 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. 500 First St., Napa.
Santa’s Brunch at Ramekins
Just to steam up for Christmas and other holiday shopping, consider Ramekins’ Santa’s Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 11, complete with photos with Santa, cookie decorating and craft station for kids, and then there’s the food.
Dive into an omelet station with everything to put in yours from wild mushrooms to Black Forest ham, shrimp, broccolini an goat cheese, to a smoked bone-in ham carving station, to an overnight yeasted waffle bar, fruit, granola, butternut squash soup, and a buffet of kale salad, salad, frittatas, potatoes, maple glazed thick cut bacon and chicken apple sausage rum raisin bread pudding, and lots of fresh fruit, sweet and savory pastries, coffee, hot cocoa and pomegranate mimosas for grownups. Adults $65, kids $25, kids 5 and under free. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 450 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Register at ramekins.com or 933-0450.