Food & Drink: Unwind with a little uncorking

From delicious literary events to tasting vino varietals

by Tanya Henry

There always seems to be something happening out West—like in Inverness. On Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6pm, Bolinas resident, environmental lawyer and vegetarian-turned-cattle-rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman will speak about her new book, Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production. The Point Reyes Books supported discussion and Q&A, along with a multi-course dinner featuring BN Ranch grass-fed beef, will take place at Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness. Tickets are $75 (includes one dinner and one book; does not include wine or gratuity). Learn more at http://bit.ly/1CcZQdy.

TASTING THE GAP Wine lovers and grape growers—hear ye, hear ye! There is a movement afoot to designate a new wine region—in Petaluma. The American Viticultural Area, or AVA, would be coined Petaluma Gap. To learn more, join a dedicated group of folks for their Wind to Wine event at the Healdsburg Public Library on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6-8pm. The evening will include a tasting of wines from this area, light hors d’oeuvres and a chance to talk about the Petaluma Gap. General admission tickets are $35. For more information, visit www.petalumagap.com.

SAVORY AND SWEET There is always room for chocolate! The Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur will host their annual Festival du Chocolat from Tuesday, Feb. 10 through Friday, Feb. 13 by showcasing a selection of savory and sweet chocolate-y dishes. Look for items like chocolate and chipotle-glazed chicken wings, ganache-stuffed beignets and gluten-free triple chocolate chip cookies. The restaurant’s regular menus will also be served. 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415/927-3331. www.leftbank.com.

A SLICE FOR SUPPORT I have a soft spot for Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria in Fairfax. Whether my son and I were stopping in for a slice, or his entire baseball team with parents and kids were filling up the one-room parlor—we always received great, friendly service and tasty pizza. They are celebrating their 30-year anniversary all year long by offering special deals. I, for one, will be dropping in to show my support for the kind of place that a very small town would be lucky to have. Check them out at 45 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415/453-7472, or visit www.ghirpizza.com.

MINI MASTER IN MARIN Finally, here is a fun national story that has homegrown roots right here in Marin. I’ve been told repeatedly by friends that I really should be watching Fox’s MasterChef Junior, but I never got around to it. If I had, I would have learned that a local sixth grader, Sam Stromberg from Greenbrae won second place in the final MasterChef Junior competition. Over the course of the show he built a following of fans throughout his hometown and Marin. A food technology business was one of them. The food home delivery service, 180Eats approached the young chef and now plans are underway for Stromberg to recreate his winning dish (seared Arctic Char) and have it delivered to homes throughout the county. Place an order on Friday, Feb. 6 and see for yourself if it measures up to all the hype. Nicely done, chef! Learn more here, at www.180eats.com. 

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