Food & Drink: Hand in hand

Good cuisine paired with good causes

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Fresh veggies await at the weekly Fairfax Community Farmer's Market. / Photo: Fairfax Community Farmers' Market

by Tanya Henry

Thanks to a group of dedicated individuals, the Fairfax Food Pantry will turn 4 years old this month. The Fairfax Volunteers have partnered with the town and the Fairfax Community Church to offer groceries provided by the SF-Marin Food Bank to as many as 140 families once a week. Every Saturday from 9am to 11am, anyone in Fairfax and San Anselmo who needs assistance can go to the Fairfax Community Church located at 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and pick up what they need—typical offerings include grains, bread, protein and seasonal fruits and vegetables. The group also currently delivers as many as 15 boxes of food to folks in the area who are housebound or unable to get to the site. For volunteering opportunities or to learn how you can help or receive help, check out their website: fairfaxvolunteers.org/the-food-pantry.

FAIRFAX FUN I’m a little biased, but the Fairfax Community Farmers’ Market is my favorite in the county, and I’m excited that it will be starting back up on April 29 after its usual fall/winter break. The lively market goes from 4pm to 8pm and will run every Wednesday until the end of October. Bring the kids, grab some dinner, buy fresh, organic veggies and visit with your neighbors under the redwood trees in Bolinas Park at 124 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax.

ART & WINE Head over to Hamilton for a good cause—and good food and wine! The 5th annual Divine Wine & Food Extravaganza will benefit Novato’s Marin School of the Arts, which provides students access to a high-caliber public school education with a strong foundation in the arts. More than 10 wineries will present their finest vintages for tasting, and an equal number of local restaurants will offer a specialty dish for a unique pairing experience. The Marin School of the Arts jazz band plays on the lawn at Unity Center. General admission tickets are $95. The event takes place on Saturday, May 9, 5:30pm-9:30pm at the Unity Center, 600 Palm Dr., Novato (Hamilton Air Force Base.) For more information, visit divinewine.org or call 415/389-7266.

TUNES ‘N’ TASTES I suppose it goes without saying that a music fest in wine country MUST have a solid lineup of food and drink to go along with the tunes. The list of chef luminaries at this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley includes the likes of Masa Morimoto, Michael Mina and Top Chef Michael Voltaggio. The three-day music event is slated for May 29-31 and there will even be a Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage that will showcase the country’s top chefs and sommeliers with musicians and celebrities. Not sure who the musicians are, but I’m going for the food! Buy tickets and learn more at bottlerocknapavalley.com.

MAY FIESTA I would be remiss not mention at least one Cinco de Mayo celebration in Marin this week—and this is the one that gets my vote. It just so happens to be Copita’s 3rd birthday on May 3rd, and they have some serious festivities lined up for the entire week. May 1 through May 5, Copita will be serving luxe lobster tacos (three for $20) and a margarita tasting-flight ($18) that includes the classic margarita (herradura blanco, fresh lime juice, agave nectar)—my personal favorite, Barb Wire (tequila blanco, strawberry rhubarb purée, maraschino liqueur, lime) and Some Like it Hot (housemade spicy tequila, Lillet, grapefruit, lime, agave, fresh ground pepper). On Copita’s official birthday, Sunday, May 3, the kitchen team will serve up fire-roasted ancho chile adobo porchetta with tomatoes, fava beans, epasote, salsa, tomatillo white beans and spicy candied kumquats. Let the celebration begin! Learn more at copitarestaurant.com.

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

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