Kathleen Hill: North Coast wine fest, Farmer’s Wife is back and ‘The Biggest Little Farm’
North Coast Wine & Food Festival
Check out the North Coast Wine & Food Festival to be presented Saturday, June 8 featuring winning wines from the North Coast Wine Challenge Competition.
Billed as featuring “over 90 gold medal wines and 25 of the area’s top chefs,” only one Sonoma Valley chef will be represented: Armando Navarro of El Dorado Kitchen. EDK is Navarro’s home base, but he also oversees cuisine at many other Moana Group resorts and restaurants in the U.S. and Mexico. On the good side of all that, you will be able to taste foods of many other celebrated Sonoma County chefs.
But many more Sonoma Valley wines will be poured by B.R. Cohn, Benziger, Imagery, Buena Vista, Dane Cellars, Gloria Ferrer, Highway 12, Roche, Sebastiani, Kunde, Laurel Glen, Muscardini, St. Francis and Viansa. Only a few of these are still owned by founding families. $50 to $135. VIP access at 12:30, public 1 to 4 p.m. SOMO Village, Rohnert Park. Tickets at northcoastwineandfood.com.
The North Coast Wine & Food Festival is sponsored by the Press Democrat and Redwood Credit Union.
Farmer’s Wife reopens
Kendra Kolling reopened her Farmer’s Wife tasty sandwich place at the Barlow in Sebastopol on Saturday, June 1, after a long clean up and recovery from a hopefully once-in-a-lifetime flood of the center. Kolling is a double-whammy victim, having also lost her home in the 2017 wildfires.
But “victim” she will not be. The Kenwood resident always fights back and feeds her best-in-the-world sandwiches with local organic ingredients to as many people as possible.
Sandwiches and their variations on grilled cheese, tartines, soups, salads and breakfast run $4 to $16, and cookies and gallettes $3 to $7. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 6760 McKinley, Unit 120, Sebastopol. 827-3306.
Teen Services’ fab Cowboy Cab
Sunday, June 9 also brings the annual Cowboy Cab dinner and dance to benefit Teen Services of Sonoma Valley, an organization that teaches ready-to-work skills to teenagers and young adults as well as connections to real work experience.
TSS offers internships through Lovin’ Oven for skills in culinary, event and hospitality; a community bike shop through its Operation Bicycle, which provides bike maintenance and repair services for the public; and a whole list of businesses and organizations that offer apprenticeships and, sometimes, employment after the TSS programs.
So join the fun crowd at Cornerstone’s Tyge William Cellars Barn for cocktails and wine with appetizers by Lovin’ Oven teens, and “buy-a-spot” for experiences from baby goat cuddling to ceramics and art lessons and more. The live auction brings chances on date nights, amusement park hopping, dinner at London Ranch, a “date” with a congressman, and a drag race with the chief of police.
All that plus a Ramekins dinner served outside facing the vineyard, to include Little Gem and hearts of Romaine salad, brined roasted pork with barbecue sauce on the side; grilled barbecue chicken, 5th Street Farm summer vegetables; truffle potato chips; and jalapeno cornbread with whipped honey butter. Dessert of Lovin’ Oven lemon tarts with berries, almond sesame shortbread, chocolate chip cookies, and mini brownies will be back in the barn with coffee, tea and dancing. $125. 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets at 939-1452 or teenservicessonoma.org.