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Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:33 p.m.

Planning Ahead for Artisano:

The Fourth Annual Artisano Grand Tasting and Harvest Dinner take place next Saturday, November 17, at the Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. If you want to join in the fun, you should probably get your tickets as soon as you can.

This year's Grand Tasting, held at Vintners Inn events center from noon to 4 p.m., features six artists, 19 food vendors, 30 wineries and two breweries, along with demonstrations by three chefs.

There is also a silent auction featuring wines, wine experiences, gift certificates to restaurants, artisan foods, art and unique adventures. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Ceres Community Project of Sebastopol, which prepares and delivers high-quality meals to individuals and families in Marin and Sonoma Counties who are struggling with life-threatening illnesses. Teen volunteers do most of the cooking.

The Harvest Dinner follows at 5 p.m. at John Ash & Co. The family-style meal features cured salmon and Waldorf salad; roasted sunchoke and escarole salad; roasted pork loin with butternut squash and sage butter; Devil's Gulch rabbit with onions, thyme and garlic; potato gnocchi with mushrooms and Achadinha's cheese; poached pears and cranberry pecan bread pudding.

Admission to both events is $140 per person; attended separate, the tasting and the dinner are $75 each. For tickets, call (888)878-6621 or visit artisano.org.

Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. are located at 4350 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa.

Late Harvest Farm Forum: The final farm forum of 2012 takes place next Thursday, November 15, at the Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Center (1670 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa).

Panelists include beekeeper Serge Labesque; teacher Wendy Krupnick; columnist Gaye LeBaron; Chuck Levine of Jack London State Park; Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Creamery; duck farmer Jim Reichardt; radio personality Ziggy Eschliman; Rian Reed, a “green” financial advisor; Mo McElroy, a tourism expert; and Michael Salinger, SRJC's hardworking culinary director.

As always, Clark Wolf and Marcy Smothers, who launched the forums last year, will moderate the discussion.

Things get started at 5 p.m. with a brief reception and a chance to mingle and wrap up at 7:30 p.m.

Crafts Fair Watch: On Saturday, a local chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)hosts a holiday crafts fair at Oakmont Gardens (301 White Oak Dr., Santa Rosa) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You'll find baked goods, jams and jellies, baby clothes, jewelry, books and more.

PEO, founded in 1869 by seven young women at Iowa Wesleyan College, gives education scholarships, loans, awards and grants to women. There are about 6,000 chapters in North America.

This sale is the local chapter's primary fundraiser of the year.

Big Bottom Market Welcomes Women Winemakers: Guerneville's Big Bottom Market has teamed up with VingDirect, a direct-to-consumer wine marketing company based in Santa Rosa, to launch a bimonthly discussion with women in the wine industry.

The first “Women on Wine — Unfiltered” takes place next Thursday, November 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the market (16228 Main St., Guerneville). Marimar Torres of Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery kicks things off. If you've not had a chance to chat with this extraordinary woman, this is a great opportunity.

The evening includes a discussion and a tasting of Marimar Estate chardonnays and pinot noirs paired with delicious nibbles by Crista Luedtke, co-founder of the market.

Cost is $50 per person. To reserve a spot, email info@bigbottommarket.com.

It's a sweet weekend: Patisserie Angelica's annual open house and holiday tasting takes place this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The open house features samples of the famed bakery's featured holiday desserts, including pumpkin cheesecake, cranberry Linzertorte, Santa Hat, Drum Cake and much more, including beverages and a chance to simply hang out in the lovely jewel-box-like space.

If you are the type to plan ahead, you can save 10 percent on holiday desserts by ordering and paying at the open house.

There's no charge and reservations are not necessary; all you need to do is show up. For more details, call 827-7998.

Patisserie Angelica is located on 6821 Laguna Park Way in Sebastopol.

Community Dinner in Bodega: On Saturday, the Bodega Land Trust celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a community dinner and silent auction, taking place at McCaughey Hall in the town of Bodega.

Local chefs are donating entrees and, in a show of true community, attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish, a salad or dessert. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m.

Advance tickets, available at Hand Goods in Occidental, Organic Cotton Fabric Shop, Hamilton Trading Co. and Northern Light Surf Shop in Bodega and People's Music in Sebastopol, are $15. If you show up at the door with a dish to share, it's still $15; without a dish, you'll pay $20.

There will be live music, too.

Peace & Justice Center's Annual Awards: On Sunday, the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County hosts its annual awards celebration at the Sebastopol Community Center (390 Morris St.).

The evening gets started at 5 p.m., with live music, a silent auction, a beer and wine bar and appetizers from local chefs and cooks. Awards will be presented from 7:15 to 8:15 and dancing to live music will follow.

The evening's musicians include Diego Jameau of Haiti; Afrikan P, featuring Laydee Poetand her positive hip-hop; and Hand Me Down, a multi-lingual world music group.

Admission is $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For reservations, call the center at 575-8902 or visit pjcsonoma.org.

All proceeds benefit the center, which provides a meeting space and infrastructure for a large number of local peace and justice organizations. This event is a major source of income for the center.

Farmers Market Birthday Celebration: On Saturday, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market (Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa) celebrates its 45th anniversary.

The market was founded in 1967, more than a decade before California created its certified farmers market program, launched in 1979. This market was one of the first to be certified by the state.

Back in 1967, Paul Mancini, Bob Canard and Charles and Kay Stark sold produce and flowers in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa, where the new Redwood Empire Farmers Market now resides.

Today, Kay Stark continues to sell her beautiful bouquets on Saturdays at the original market. Charles Stark serves on the market's board of directors as treasurer.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, there will be a celebratory cake cutting. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to meet the market's new manager, Jaime Smedes, who assumed the position when long-time manager Paula Downing retired at the end of October.

Michele Anna Jordan hosts “Mouthful” each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. E-mail Jordan at michele@micheleannajordan.com. You'll find her blog, “Eat This Now,” at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/

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