Last days of Restaurant Week
Your last opportunity to take advantage of Sonoma County’s Restaurant Week comes this weekend through Sunday, March 12. This is an annual event where certain restaurants offer prix fixe menus at lunch and dinner with two-course lunches from $10 to $15 and/or three-course dinners priced at $19, $29, and $39.
Sonoma Valley restaurants where you can enjoy your favorite dining spot or try one new to you include Plaza Bistro, Palms Grill, Café Citti in Kenwood, Yeti in both Glen Ellen and Santa Rosa, the Girl and the Fig, Mamma Tanino’s, Café LaHaye, Maya, Shiso Modern Asian Kitchen, HopMonk Tavern, Della Santina’s and Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar. For links to participating restaurants go to sonomacounty.com/restaurant-week/restaurants or directly to their individual websites.
CocoaPlanet now serving wine
With lots of additions to its modern French gluten-free menu, CocoaPlanet just started serving French aperitifs and carefully selected local wines. They also offer wine and chocolate pairings with flights of each.
Additions include porcini mushroom soup with leeks, Yukon Gold potatoes and celery served with cheese gougères, chicken Caesar salad, and an authentic French Dip sandwich using Black Angus prime rib on a gluten-free baguette served with French potato salad, a cup of classic au jus for dipping and a small dish of horseradish. Now you can order the grilled cheese sandwich with sharp cheddar or French Gruyère cheese with tomato on request, served with green salad, and the Croque Monsieur with Parisian ham, gruyere cheese or add a poached egg for a Croque Madame, also served with green salad. 921 Broadway, Sonoma. 343-7453.
If you want to start celebrating St. Paddy’s Day this weekend, check out Sonoma Valley Rotary’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash on Saturday, March 11, at the Moose Lodge.
Bagpiper 5 to 7:30, dinner of corned beef brisket, wilted cabbage salad with onions and bacon, Irish potatoes, buttered baby carrots, bread and butter, coffee, tea, beer and cheers. $40 at the door includes two drink tickets, DJ, and raffle of trip to Ireland. Moose cash bar open.
‘Dig In’ reminder
Help all public school children continue to learn valuable lessons in their school gardens by attending the Sonoma School Garden Project’s fundraiser, Saturday, March 11, at Ramekins Culinary Center.
Sarah Anderson has donated the space at Ramekins, executive Chef Kyle Kuklewski will prepare the entrée, and a host of local restaurants and chefs are donating to the cause. Fabulous silent auction items. $75 includes two drink tickets. Reception and silent auction at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. All funds go to school gardens. Go to ramekins.com, scroll down to “Let’s All Dig In,” and click on Eventbrite.
Pink Peeps Oreos?
Many of us have friends who cannot make it through Easter without their Peeps. Originally little yellow marshmallow “chicks,” they now come in many colors and forms made for most holidays.
Made by the Just Born candy factory founded by Russian immigrant Sam Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Peeps have now married Oreo cookies, this season producing a vanilla cookie filled with pink marshmallow, “flavor crème” made from sugar, high fructose corn syrup, gelatin, Red No. 3 food dye, and 14 other ingredients. (I counted them.) Only six sugars, 40 mg sodium, 1 gram of fat, and 70 calories per cookie.