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Fun events Saturday

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

Wine, Chocolate, Paws, Kings Cake and More: Saturday is one of those days where you may want to be in two or maybe even three places at once. There's Meadowcroft Wine's Mardi Gras Fete in Sonoma from noon to 4p.m. There's Paws for Love's annual auction and gala from 6 to 10 p.m. in Santa Rosa, several crab feeds, other Mardi Gras parties and more, including chocolate and wine tastings at a number of wineries.

The biggest of the wine and chocolate celebrations is the 24th Annual Wine and Chocolate Fantasy, taking place at Rodney Strong Vineyard (11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg) from 1 to 4 p.m. The event features a huge array of chocolate treats paired with delicious wines, along with live music and more. Among the vendors are Peter's Chocolate, Ellen's Handmade Peanut Brittle, Bert's Desserts, Barlovento Chocolates, Ultimate Toffee, Biscotti Bari, Vintage Sweet Shoppe and others.

Cost is $65 per person. As of press time, there still were tickets available but if this is your Saturday event of choice, don't wait. For tickets, visit rodneystrong.com.

For a roundup of all recommended Saturday food and wine events, visit “Eat This Now” at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.

More Mardi Gras Fun: On Saturday, the Knights Valley Volunteer Fire Department teams up with Sonoma County's Gator Beat for the 14th Annual Saints and Sinners Ball, taking place at Tubbs Hall at the Napa County Fairgrounds (1432 N. Oak St., Calistoga).

Volunteer firefighters will deep-fry 50 turkeys that will form the heart of a buffet to be offered until 9 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and guests are encouraged to come in their best Mardi Gras finery and join in the parade that begins at 8:30.

Admission is $35 per person at the door. All ages are welcome.

Gator Beat headlines, of course, with Luc Domingue's 'T Luc and the Tight Suits entertaining from 7 to 8 p.m.

On Friday night, you'll find Gator Beat at Novato's Hopmonk Tavern (224 Vintage Way). The Pulsators will kick off this Mardi Gras celebration at 9:15. Admission is $15 per person. To buy tickets online, visit hopmonk.com/novato.

Finally, on Fat Tuesday, one yummy option is the Starlight Wine Bar (6761 Sebastopol Ave., No. 600, Sebastopol), which is hosting a special Dine and Donate evening to benefit the new Santa Rosa French-American Charter School.

There will be two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.

The adult menu, $29 per person plus tax and gratuity, begins with Mardi Gras potato soup or a baby iceberg wedge salad. Next you have a choice of chicken-andouille gumbo, chicken pot pie or vegetarian red beans and rice.

A kids menu, $15 plus tax and gratuity, features tossed salad greens and a choice of macaroni and cheese or an individual cheese pizza.

For dessert? Kings Cake, naturellement.

The restaurant will donate 30 percent of the evening's sales to the school. For reservations, email starlightwine@sbcglobal.net.

Patisserie Angelica's Five Days of Chocolate: Starting next Wednesday and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 17, Patisserie Angelica (6821 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol) will be open from 10 a.m. to 5p.m., with all manner of chocolate-y surprises. There will boxed chocolates and other chocolate surprises crafted masterfully by the phenomenal Chef Condra Easley, who studied in Paris and has a wonderful way of working with the world's most popular sweet.

Stop by and let yourself be delighted.

More Chocolate: Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Chef Bea Beasley hosts Chocolicious!, a free chocolate tasting open house. Guests will sample local chocolates, chocolates from exotic destinations, handcrafted chocolates and other confections, including some that are vegan and diabetic-friendly.

The evening includes drawings for special prizes, savory nibbles and beverages.

There is no charge, but donations to help cover costs will be appreciated.

Although the event is free, you need to register for it. Because space is limited, call 595-5301 or email beabea@sonic.net pronto if you want to join in.

It all takes place at 906 Morgan St. on the edge of downtown Santa Rosa.

The Ghost of Syrah Invites You To Dinner: Chef Josh Silvers closed his Syrah Bistro a while ago but it's returning to its original location, now the home of Three Squares Cafe (205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa), for a single night.

On Valentine's Day, next Thursday, Silvers will put Three Squares' menu on hold and instead offer favorite selections, including his popular red-wine-braised short ribs, from Syrah. The prix-fixe menu also includes raw oysters with cucumber gelee and Prosecco mignonette, lobster bisque, pan-roasted quail and more. For the complete menu, visit thethreesquarescafe.com and click on “Valentine's Day Menu.”

Cost is $85 per person plus beverages, tax and a 20 percent gratuity. For reservations, call 545-4300.

Oysters and Bubbles: On Valentine's Day, Chef Andrew Wilson and sommelier Christopher Sawyer of Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar (1325 Broadway, Sonoma) have teamed up to create a dinner inspired by that temptress of all temptresses, Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.

The six-course meal begins with a duo of oysters, peaks with a choice of duck or filet of beef, and ends with “Ricky's Chocolate Decadence,” with chocolate hearts, raspberry zinfandel and creme chantilly.

Cost is $85 per person or $120 with wine pairings. Seating is from 5:30 to 9p.m. For reservations, call 931-2042.

Visiting Professor:Next Friday evening, Relish Culinary Adventures (14 Matheson St., Healdsburg) welcomes Dr. Simon Cinotto of Italy's University of Gastronomic Sciences. He will be in Sonoma County with 10 students visiting farmers, cheesemakers and other food producers.

The Friday night event will include a talk by the professor about his book, “Soft Soil, Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California.” The Sonoma County Wine Library, located in Healdsburg, was a resource to Cinotto as he conducted research for the book.

The talk begins at 7:30p.m., following a casual family-style dinner where you'll have an opportunity to talk with students about their areas of study. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.

Cost is just $20 and you are encouraged to bring a beverage to enjoy and share.

The talk itself is free, but Relish can only guarantee seating for those who attend the dinner. To snag your seat, call 431-9999.

Michele Anna Jordan hosts “Mouthful” each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1FM.

E-mail Jordan at michele@micheleannajordan.com.

You'll find her blog, “Eat This Now,” at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.

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