Food: St. Patrick’s Day events

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At least one day of the year many of us indulge in the high-sodium delights of corned beef and cabbage, along with Irish whiskey and green beer. And that is on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

But since March 17 is a Sunday this year, some local groups are cooking their corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots as fundraisers on Saturday, March 16. Don’t forget the mustard and horseradish.

On St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland people might indulge in brown soda bread and scones, a roast dinner of beef or lamb cooked with potatoes and carrots and maybe cabbage, apple tarts and even what some call a “Hangover Cure,” a potato chip sandwich on white bread washed down with stale 7-Up diluted with warm water.

Rotary of Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Rotary’s biggest annual fundraiser, its Luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day Party, will again fill the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge with some with Irish backgrounds and lots of us who become Irish once a year.

Rotary’s celebration will run from 5 to 10 p.m. with loads of entertainment, hilarious bad jokes, beer, wine, the Rich Little Band and a full bar available. And by the way, the Moose Lodge is well known for its generous pours at the bar. This is the event where Rotary raises the $100,000 it doles out annually to nonprofit community projects. Their raffle ticket at $50 offers the big winner either $10,000 or a two-week trip to Ireland for two. Additional four prizes of $500 each. Event tickets $40 for dinner. Raffle tickets $50 additional from a Rotary member. 20580 Broadway, Sonoma.

Valley of the Moon Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus men’s group of St. Francis and St. Leo’s churches sponsors the 13th annual Father Mike’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner on Saturday, March 16, in Father Robert’s Hall on Third Street West in Sonoma.

Diners will enjoy salad, Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, and chocolate Irish whiskey cake, with live entertainment by the Shiloh Irish Step Dancers and music by Sherry Crawford. $35. 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets at parish office, from a Knight, or online at

Native Sons of the Golden West

The Native Sons invite everyone to Vintage House on Saturday, March 16, for a corned beef and cabbage dinner with potatoes, carrots and dessert. $15. No host bar starts at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets at Eraldi’s Mens Wear store until 6 p.m. Friday, and at the door.

Suite D by Girl & the Fig

Join Suite D Social Club and others for a St. Patrick’s Sunday Supper, for a slightly different menu from other locations. Dinner starts with carrot ginger soup, followed by corned beef and cabbage with herb buttered potatoes, and chocolate stout cupcakes with ice cream. Bring your own beer. No corkage. $38 public, $32.25 Social Club and wine club members. 5:30 p.m. 2100 Schellville Road, Suite D, Sonoma. Tickets at

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