Wine and mushroom celebration
John McReynolds and Stone Edge Farm invite mushroom enthusiasts and food and wine lovers to join in an epicurean adventure way up in the clouds at Silver Cloud Vineyard on Saturday, Jan. 21. The Stone Edge Farm Culinary Team will feature many wild and cultivated mushrooms from our region paired with Stone Edge’s signature wines.
Bring your boots and explore beautiful mountain vineyard along with a local mycologist on site who will answer questions and discuss how mushrooms grow in the wild and how they are related to the local flora.
Lunch will include Candy Cap popcorn, Porcini porchetta, mushroom bread pudding, assorted flatbreads, Acorn ravioli with celery root, mushroom ragout, Sable fish conserve, trumpet mushrooms, winter salad, wild pecans, Cara Cara oranges, Candy Cap churro, and dulce de leche, Valrhona chocolate. Silver Cloud Vineyard, 5700 Cavedale Road, Glen Ellen. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $95 for collectors, $125 for non-collectors (wine club members) RSVP to Kim Bandel by Friday, Jan. 13 at email@example.com. 935-6520.
Chinese New Year luncheon celebration
Sonoma Sister Cities Association invites everyone to join in welcoming the Year of the Rooster on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, with former longtime weatherman Joel Barlett as emcee, all to support Sonoma’s Penglai, China Sister Cities Committee.
Guests will enjoy lion and dragon dances and Morgan Harrington, known as the Red Soprano.
The multi-course Chinese feast, to be prepared by Bruce Riezenman of Park Avenue Catering, will include minced chicken lettuce cups; scallion pancakes with pickled vegetables and soy black vinegar dip; Shandong steamed Jiaozi chicken dumplings; black bean shrimp and Chinese broccoli; steamed rice; bamboo shoots with Wood-Ear mushrooms and braised Chinese cabbage with carrots and snow peas; Tee Pon braised pork shoulder with cucumber and bean sprouts; and mango pudding, all accompanied by Jacuzzi and Cline Cellars wines.
Proceeds, including ticket and silent auction revenue, will go toward building a Chinese-style pavilion, known as a “ting,” in Depot Park to honor forgotten Chinese laborers who built the Sonoma County wine industry in the mid-19th century in many cases. Both Buena Vista and Simi wineries tell stories of Chinese workers building lasting stone structures and caves. Noon to 4 p.m. 24724 Arnold Drive. Tickets in advance only at Sonoma Valley Box Office, 938-4626, ext. 1 or at sonomacommunitycenter.org.
Fondue at Starling Bar
Sheana Davis will offer a “Winter Fondue Pop Up” on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the new Starling Bar.
She will make fondue with Valley Ford Fontina, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company’s San Geranimo and Moonside Creamery’s Lunetta cheese. Enjoy live music by Kalei Yamanoha and Ben Weiner to accompany three fondue seatings at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. $20. Contact Davis at 235-9530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signups for Ramekins classes
There are openings coming up for Chef Pierre Lagourgue’s “Winter in France” class with Boeuf Bourguignon, salmon rillettes, Salade Niçoise, and lemon tarts on Friday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $95.
Chef Chat Mingkwan will teach how to make an eight-course “Chinese New Year Feast” on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $115, and Chef Michael Kalanty will show how to make bread three ways from one dough, i.e. into sandwich bread, chocolate swirl buns and onion rolls Sunday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $95. Reserve for all at ramekins.com.