Petaluma Sunrise Rotary’s past fall Oyster Fests have sold out so quickly that they have decided to add another one this spring. As with past Oyster Fests, this event is sponsored and hosted by Bodega Oyster Company, 12830 Valley Ford Road.
This event will help raise funds for micro grants for teachers, 5th Tuesday food distribution for local families in need and most importantly, the Rotary Fire Relief Fund, which has already awarded tens of thousands of dollars to families effect by last year’s fires. This one is set for Saturday, April 7, from noon to 2 p.m.
Along with fresh BBQ and raw oysters, straight out of Tomales Bay, the Petaluma Sunrise Rotarians always have something additionally delicious up their sleeves, and in this case it will be a linguine with red clam sauce, along with local garlic bread, Caesar salad and desserts. Hen House brews and local wines are included with admission, as is live music. Tickets are $75 per person at Eventbrite.com.
S.F. Beer Week kicks off with a grand gala in San Francisco on Friday, Feb. 9, followed by a week of great beer related events throughout the Bay Area. Doing their part, TAPS will hold the release party for the 2017 Sonoma County Homebrewers Competition winner, Cody Kay, and his deliciously well-balanced Dorstlager Helles Lager.
I had the chance to try this beer while judging last fall’s competition, and although his was not in my category, I absolutely loved it. I was also impressed with the judges for awarding a non-IPA as the winner, again showing that beer drinkers’ palettes often yearn for one of the plethora of other styles. The official release is on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. and goes as long as there is still Helles in the keg.
Jamison’s Roaring Donkey will also participate in S.F. Beer Week with another beer civil war. This time it’s Sonoma County vs. S.F., with half a dozen taps of each for guests to taste and vote on.
Keller Estate has extended the 20 percent discount normally reserved for Petaluma GAP members to anyone who would like to enjoy their Valentine’s Day Jazz and Dancing Soiree, featuring the Dorian Mode Jazz Quartet. Held at Keller Estate on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 3-6 p.m., this is a great excuse to visit the winery for some great music, views and of course, wine.
Tickets are $55 per person and include two glasses of wine. Enter PGAP2018 at checkout to receive your 20 percent discount.
Mariposa Ice Creamery Sale
It’s been a couple months since Mariposa Ice Creamery’s last warehouse sale, which is the only way you can get their incredible ice cream until Penngrove Market opens their doors. All their flavors are great, but they always seem to have something new on hand, and this time it appears to be a raspberry swirl lemon ice cream. Fruit flavored ice cream is not normally my first choice, but Mariposa’s lemon is one of my favorites, so I’m really looking forward to this new variation.
I recently tried the only new flavor to me, their mint chip, and it was dynamite. The chips are so crispy and the mint is just minty enough, without tasting like toothpaste.
Mariposa knows what they are doing. And their ice cream bars are made with the very same ice cream as their pints and quarts, only they make for a much more manageable serving size, especially for those of us with no self-control. Along with clearing out space in your freezer, I highly recommend visiting Mariposa’s Facebook page so you can plan your purchase ahead of time. Located at 431 Payran St., the sale is Feb. 9, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.