Food & Drink: Indulge in eateries

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Drink up and savor some of Marin’s esteemed restaurants
Decide whether the glass is half empty or half full at the Wine Road's 23rd annual Winter WINEland.

by Tanya Henry

Because January is typically a slow month for restaurants, the state’s tourism group, Visit California, has teamed up with convention and visitors’ bureaus across the state and proclaimed January to be California Restaurant Month. So, since you have surely recovered from your holiday indulging, why not head out and support your local restaurants? A number of eateries are participating in the promotion throughout the entire month. To find out which ones, visit www.visitmarin.org/things-to-do/culinary.

WINO FOREVER If you are still in a celebratory mood, join Wine Road’s 23rd Winter WINEland on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17 and 18 from 11am-4pm each day. This is a wine-lover’s dream trip, with an opportunity to visit more than 140 wineries—enjoy special food pairings and tour wineries. Buy tickets and learn more here: www.wineroad.com/events/winter_wineland/10.

WINE WHILE YOU WORK More wine! Downtown Mill Valley’s Piazza D’Angelo is offering their next Winemaker’s Dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7pm. The prix fixe tasting menu includes wines selected and imported by Banfi Vintners and the meal will be prepared by chef Andrea Giuliani. To make a reservation, call 415/388-2000.

DRIVE OVER TO THE MARKET If you haven’t discovered Sausalito’s sweet, family-owned Driver’s Market, now you have a good reason to go. Local mother and author, Jennifer Tyler Lee, will be at the market on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30pm to discuss her new book, The 52 New Foods Challenge, which gives parents clever tips to encourage their kids to eat healthfully. She offers up ideas to take the stress out of mealtime—all in just 30 minutes each week. The event is for families, and includes a signed copy of Lee’s book. Cost is $20 per family and Driver’s Market is located at 200 Caledonia Street in Sausalito. Tickets are available at www.driversmarket.com or you can call 415/729-9582.

A BITTERSWEET FAREWELL Goodbye to the Royal Sweet Bakery in San Anselmo. After more than 30 years, the bakery is closing its doors. The building is being sold, and there are no plans to reopen in a different location. “It’s just too much to talk about,” lamented the owner when I gave him a call. Countless families have enjoyed the pies, cookies and ice cream sold from this San Anselmo Avenue institution for over three decades. Sad times indeed for San Anselmo.

BYE BYE BAR, HELLO PRIVATE PARTIES La Loggia Vinoteca and Café is also shuttering its restaurant business in San Anselmo. The wine bar newcomer had transformed its corner location into a stunning eatery, but never quite made the entire operation work. The owners plan to rent the space and offer special events for private parties for members and friends. Inquire about the space at info@laloggiasa.com.

Share your hunger pains with Tanya at thenry@pacificsun.com.

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