Food & Drink: Spring is in the air

Places to brunch and shuck

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Hog Island Sweetwaters are sweet-tasting oysters with a slightly smoky finish.

by Tanya Henry

Looking for a holiday outing that works equally well for kids and parents? Look no further. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar in Novato is offering an expanded Easter brunch, complete with eight food stations. Face painting and crafts are also on the menu for the kiddies, and of course, a special guest is scheduled to hop by for a visit. Sunday, April 5, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato, 10am-2pm, $39.50 for adults, $33.75 for seniors (65+), $20 for children (ages 6-12) and free for kids under 6; price includes a glass of champagne. For more information, call 415/883-9477, or visit rickeysrestaurant.com.

A BRUNCH THAT BENEFITS Stroll on over to the Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC) on Sunday, April 5 at 10am for a traditional Easter brunch. Debbie Ghiringhelli Catering will provide plenty of appetizers, along with honey-baked ham, eggs benedict, fresh broiled salmon with mango salsa, crepes florentine and chicken and mushroom crepes. The event will benefit the Mountain Play Association. MAGC is located at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Tickets are available in advance and at the door: $40 for adults, $20 for youth (ages 7-12) and $10 for children (ages 4-6). For more information, call 415/847-0006, or visit magc.org.

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN With spring break almost upon us, here are a couple of culinary camp ideas for the young chefs in your family: In the Kitchen Culinary (ITK), which provides cooking classes and events, will spend April 13 through April 16 helping kids create their own pop-up restaurants. Thanks to shows like Top Chef, most of our kids probably know what this is all about. Each day, they will work on a different aspect of creating a restaurant, including things like menus, layout and purchasing. The week will culminate with the kids hosting their parents on the final day. Cost for the camp is $325 for four days, and runs from 10am-2pm. ITK is located at 300 Turney St., Sausalito. For more information, call 415/331-8766 or visit itkculinary.com.

TASTES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN Also in Sausalito, the Pine Point Cooking School will offer a two-day culinary camp that celebrates spring’s fresh produce a la the Mediterranean! Cost: $275. For more information, call Adrianna at 415/332-4352, or visit pinepointcooking.com.

GET READY, OYSTER-LOVERS! Larkspur brasserie Left Bank will be hosting a Sip & Shuck event on Thursday, April 16. They are teaming up with Marin Organic—an organization that partners with local farms to promote organic agriculture, provide food system education and increase access to fresh produce for people in need—to offer guests an evening filled with locally produced wines and our favorite bi-valves from Hog Island Oyster Company. The event begins at 5:30pm and the cost is $35 per person. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased at marinorganic.evenbrite.com.

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

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