Local Food, Wine, and Craft Beer Events in Sonoma County

Just because the rain won’t let up doesn’t mean that should keep you inside! There are so many great events coming up in April and May in Sonoma, here are a few you should put on your radar.

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Dennis Housman sips on cold suds at a local beer event in Petaluma. (Tim Vallery)

APRIL EVENTS

St. Florian’s Brewery hosts Trivia Nights: The third Thursday of each month at the brewery in Windsor.

Cooperage is combining Yoga and Beer: get your workout in and then enjoy a nice cold one! Every Sunday in Santa Rosa.

Ping Pong Palooza: Palooza Gastropub hosts weekly Ping Pong Tournaments outside at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Eat, drink, and play ping pong with friends and your whole family. All levels welcome. Prizes will be awarded. April 18th, 25th, and May 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm in Kenwood. There is no cost to play.

Damnation Returns to RRBC: The popular Belgian Strong Golden Ale from Russian River Brewery will once again make an appearance at the pub in Santa Rosa in April.

For more beer events in April visit Sonoma Magazine here. 

Passport to Dry Creek: Visit 45+ wineries around the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Wineries will host vineyard tours, prelude lunches and dinners, and then the grand event is a two day wine event featuring the valley’s best wines paired with excellent food dishes created by local chefs. Visit Fritz Winery, Mill Creek, and Dry Creek Vineyards to try my favorite chefs food: Peloton Culinary & Catering. Tickets are still available, for more information or to purchase yours, click here. April 29th and 30th.

MAY EVENTS 

Ping Pong Palooza: Palooza Gastropub hosts weekly Ping Pong Tournaments outside at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Eat, drink, and play ping pong with friends and your whole family. All levels welcome. Prizes will be awarded. May 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm in Kenwood. There is no cost to play.

Food + Wine Dinner Series: Trione Vineyards & Winery welcomes food and wine lovers to an intimate dinner series held on May 13th and 14th from 6-8:30pm. The winery features estate library wines and new releases paired with a farm-to-table menu prepared by local chefs of Peloton Culinary & Catering. This is a 3-4 course meal presented in a beautiful setting in the Old Stone Building overlooking the stunning vineyards of Alexander Valley. This is the perfect gift for mom, grandma, wife, or special person. The dinner is limited to 30 guests, the cost is $100 per person all inclusive. To purchase tickets please call the tasting room at 707.814.8100.

Santa Rosa Downtown Market: Visit the Wednesday night market for artisan food items, delicious street food, artwork, fun, and a wine and beer garden! May 3rd, 10th, and 17th – 5-8:30pm in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street. Note: 4th Street will be closed early, park on 3rd or 5th and walk over.

Lemon Garlic Dandelion Greens

Lemon Garlic Dandelion Greens

Whole30 Approved

I love dandelion greens. I love the bitter taste and the grainy texture of the raw green. I have been trying experiment with creating a less bitter taste and this is not that… this dish is flavorful, but bitter. Serve with something creamy and rich.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 bunch dandelion greens, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 cloves of garlic, mined
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

 

Method:

Coat a large sauté pan with oil, add the stems of dandelion greens first, let cook 2 minutes, then add in the remaining greens along with salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook 5 more minutes, add lemon juice, stir, and turn heat down to cook another 3-4 minutes.

 

Serve with mashed cauliflower and grilled pork.

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Lemon Herb Dressing

Lemon Herb Dressing

Whole30 Approved

You’ll Need:

  • ½ c Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp citrus salt {or kosher salt if you don’t have citrus}
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Method:

Whisk. Add more salt and pepper to taste. 

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Balsamic caramelized onions

Balsamic caramelized onions

Whole30 Approved

 

This is a must have in the kitchen. I love onions any way- raw, pickled, roasted, sauteed, caramelized… give me an onion any day of the week! But these are a necessity on whole30. They give that nice sweetness to a savory dish and you can cook them in advance and use them on many dishes.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 large red onion cut in half then sliced very thin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ c balsamic vinegar

Method:

In a medium sized sauté pan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and all of the onions. Stir to coat all of the onions, add more oil as needed. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Turn heat to low, add balsamic, stir. Let cook until onions shrink and become soft, about 25-30 minutes.

Serve with roasted vegetables, mashed cauliflower, zoodles, eggs, or cauliflower “couscous”. Goes great with grilled pork and chicken. Options are endless!

Refrigerate unused product, keep up to 10 days.

 

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Cucumber Radish Spring Salad

Cucumber Radish Spring Salad

Whole30 Approved

You’ll Need:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and quartered lengthwise, then sliced
  • 10 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 large avocado cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp lemon herb vinaigrette 
  • salt & pepper to taste

Method:

In a bowl mix all produce with vinaigrette so everything is coated well. Add additional vinaigrette if desired. Serve immediately.

Serves two.
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Moxie’s Rich {All Healthy} Minestrone Soup

Moxie’s Rich {All Healthy} Minestrone Soup

Whole30 Approved

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound smoked ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 carrots, peeled and sliced in ¼ inch rounds
  • 2 white sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed in 2cm cubes
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, ends chopped, and greens sliced in thin ribbons
  • 4 zucchini, cut into quarters, then sliced in ¼ inch slices
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, cut in half then sliced
  • 1 head celery, sliced in ½ inch slices
  • Homemade vegetable stock
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can organic green beans
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method:

In a large stock pot, sear the ham until golden, stirring regularly so that it doesn’t burn. Remove and set aside.

Deglaze the pot with stock, then add in the onions, cook for 5 minutes, then add in celery, carrots, and mushrooms. Stir and cook for about 15 minutes. Deglaze the pot with stock as needed. Add in the swiss chard stems, tomatoes, half of the sweet potatoes and green beans. Stir and cook for another 10 minutes. Cover with vegetable stock, bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 hour. Add in the diced ham,  zucchini, and chard leaves, and the other half of the sweet potatoes, cover and simmer for another 40 minutes.

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Garden Vegetable

Garden Vegetable

You’ll Need:

4 ears of corn, cut off the husk
6 carrots, peeled and sliced in chunks
2 zucchini, sliced in half then sliced in half circles
10-15 mushrooms, sliced
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 stalks celery, cleaned and cut into large pieces
½ onion, caramelized in advanced
2 chicken apple sausages, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 quarts of celery stock
2 white sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 roasted red bell pepper {for color}

Method:
In a medium saute pan cook the sausage until slightly charred, set aside.

In a large stock pot add two quarts of water and 2 stalks of celery, bring to boil and allow to boil until color turns slightly green, adding water as the water evaporates.

In a large stock pot add olive oil, heat up, then celery, stir and let cook for 3 minutes, add mushrooms, stir and let cook for 5 minutes then add carrot and potatoes, stir. Continue to stir and allow the flavors to build and the veggies to soften. Add in the corn, stir for 3-5 minutes then add in the celery stock. Let soup come to a boil, then add in the caramelized onion, roasted red bell pepper, and sausage, cover and let simmer for 35 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, finally add in the zucchini and let cook on low heat for another 25 minutes.

*This is a Whole30 recipe

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Eclipse Stout Chicken & Mushroom Soup

Eclipse Stout Chicken & Mushroom Soup

You’ll Need:

  • 1 22 ounce bottle of Eclipse Stout
  • 5 cups of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ½ red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 8 carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • 2 32 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 4 pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking

Method:

In a stock pot brown the chicken then remove and set aside. Add the onion and saute until soft, deglazing the pan with the stout as needed. Add in the mushrooms and saute until soft, continuing to deglaze the pan with the stout {about half or more of the stout should be used by now}. Stir in the carrots and celery and continue to stir to let the flavors meld together. Deglaze the pan again with the stout and then mix in the tomatoes, add the remainder of the stout, stir then add stock to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil then turn down heat, add back in the chicken, cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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*This can be Whole30 approved if you remove the stout and deglaze with stock.

 

Tomato Season!!

With the weather acting like it’s been Spring all along… the gardens are ready early for planting and prep. Fruits and veggies are coming into season early and the farmers markets are going to be opening soon!! Its a glorious time of year. At Trione we are hosting the Tomatomania crew and they’re going to be selling starters for your garden. They’ll have over 300 varieties and they just wrote a book: Tomatomania! It’s filled with creative recipes all revolving around the juicy tomato.

Here is one that I am excited about making this season:

Stone Fruit and Tomato Gazpacho

 

I am a big fan of gazpacho in all forms. Late peaches ripen about the same time as backyard tomatoes and this is one of my favorite summer time versions.

I always make a generous amount, but you can easily cut this recipe in half. I life to strain leftovers to use as a salsa-like topping on goat cheese and sandwiches.

 

  • 1 pound of peaches or nectarines, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 large slicing cucumber, or 3 Persian cucumbers, peeled and cut into small chunks [note: slicers are what most large grocery store cucumbers and called]
  • ½ medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and roughly chopped, or to taste
  • 2 pounds juicy tomatoes, cut into chunks, plus 1 medium ripe tomato for serving
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 lime wedges, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil or parsley, both if you have them

 

  1. Place ¼ cup each of chopped peaches and cucumbers, 2 tablespoons of red onion, and 1 teaspoon of jalapeño in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Place 2 pounds of tomatoes, remaining peaches, cucumber, red onion, and jalapeño in a blender and puree until the gazpacho is as smooth as you’d like. (If you have a small blender, you may need to do this in batchers.) Pour the gazpacho into a large bowl and add the olive oil, cider vinegar, lime juice, and ¾ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Taste again after chilling and add additional lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. To serve, finely dice the reserved peaches, cucumbers, red onion, jalapeño, and remaining tomato. Add the basil or parsley (or both), mix to combine, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle the chilled gazpacho into bowls, top with tomato-peach salsa, and drizzle with olive oil.

 

Prime picks: Juicy tomatoes such as Jaune Flamme, Red Boar, Missouri Pink Love Apple, or Chocolate Stripes are great here.

 

Best left on the vine: Paste or plum tomatoes.

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Quick and Easy Scrumptious Appetizer

A foodie spin on my mom’s famous h’orderves that is sure to knock even anyone’s socks off. My mom used sourdough bread, cheddar cheese, sliced black olives, and scallions.

I placed sliced Costeaux Bakery multigrain bread on a sheet tray then drizzled white truffle oil over each of the slices. Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese all over the slices, I like a lot of cheese so it’s nice and gooey. Then I add the sliced castelvetrano olives on top of the cheese. They go in the over for about 15 minutes at 375. Crack pepper on top, then bam- quick, easy, tasty appetizers that anyone will love to snack on!

This simple dish pairs perfectly with any of your favorite IPA’s or something a little heavier and almost sweet like the Hopslam triple IPA.

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