With the holidays officially upon us, here are some tasty ways to celebrate the season.
Cavallo Point, which has the most beautiful cooking school in the Bay Area, is offering a Holiday Gifts: Candies & Truffles class on Thursday, December 7 from 6:30-9:30pm. Learn recipes for sweet treats, and take some home for gifts; $85 per person; cavallopoint.com.
Connect with your inner DIY self at Fairfax Backyard Farmer. Part workshop, part retail store, the inviting business offers a roster of classes that includes everything from beer-making to mushroom-foraging. Two classes in December include how to make homemade sourdough and how to make cheese; fairfaxbackyardfarmer.com.
Now in its 11th year, the inspiring Sausalito Gingerbread House Competition & Tour is underway and houses will be on display for the month of December. It’s a good way to get people shopping in Sausalito, but in my mind, Caledonia Street, with its stellar restaurants and the best neighborhood market in Marin (Driver’s), is well worth visiting; sausalitogingerbread.com.
The annual Bolinas Winter Faire at the Bolinas Community Center, Dec. 8-10, offers eggnog, hot apple cider, food and plenty of handmade crafts, jewelry and art from West Marin artists; bocenter.org.
Here are three options that will give friends and family a true taste of Marin: A trek out to Marshall for oysters is always a good idea, but a meal at beautiful Nick’s Cove, right on the water, takes the experience up a few notches (nickscove.com); Bar Bocce in Sausalito serves up tasty sourdough pizzas, beer and wine, and features bocce ball courts—all just a stone’s throw from the bay (barbocce.com); For the best Mediterranean food in Marin, hearty Insalata’s in San Anselmo tops the list (insalatas.com).