Food & Drink: Fall Feast

Events for a new season

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It’s time to trade veggies with friends, bake a pie and learn about cheese.

In the scorching heat, it’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. Here are a few opportunities to savor the last days of the season and ring in fall.

Calling all gardeners: You have five Saturdays left to swap your homegrown veggies with neighbors and friends. The San Anselmo Garden Exchange meets on Saturday mornings between 9 and 10am on the lawn in front of the San Anselmo Town Hall (525 San Anselmo Ave.). Bring your bumper crop and take home fellow gardeners’ excess!

Don’t miss Chef Ron Siegel’s class at Fresh Starts Chef Events this month. Siegel, renowned for winning Iron Chef, will display his refined French cooking style at 6:30pm on Tuesday, September 12. Call 415/382-3363, x213 to reserve a spot; $60 per person; The Key Room, 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato. And in case you haven’t heard, Siegel just opened his own restaurant, called Madcap, in San Anselmo. Learn more at madcapmarin.com.

Art and wine lovers unite! Here is an opportunity for singles to enjoy a wine tasting at Zinz Wine Bar in Corte Madera on Tuesday, Sept. 26: Guests will taste three different wines and be treated to an impressive display of fine art; 7-9pm; $10; zinzwinebar.com.

You know that fall is near when you hear “pie contest!” The Marin Country Mart will celebrate its 7th annual Pie Baking Contest on Saturday, Sept. 30 (bring your best pie to the big tent farmers’ market by 10am). Pies will be judged on taste, presentation and flakiness of crust. There are separate categories for adults and kids, and additional categories include savory, sweet and fan favorite (judged with help from the public). Special hosts of Alice@97.3, Hooman Khalili and Bryn Nguyen, are part of the judging panel. For entry rules, visit marincountrymart.com/calendar.

Brand new Fisher’s Cheese + Wine at Larkspur Landing hasn’t wasted any time in offering classes to happy customers. Owner Kiri Fisher will be teaching an introduction to cheese class, Cheese 101, on Monday, October 2 from 6:30-8pm. Taste a selection of eight-to-nine cheeses and three-to-four wines, and learn about the wide world of cheese; $69; fisherscheese.com.

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