Barn Dance Gala celebrates Farm Trails
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 4:42 p.m.
Kick Up Your Heels for Farm Trails: Next Saturday, April 27, from 3 to 10 p.m., Two Rock Ranch (1051 Walker Road, Petaluma) hosts a Barn Dance Gala to celebrate Sonoma County Farm Trails' 40th anniversary and its Gravenstein Apple Fair.
The gala begins with a farm tour and an opportunity to get up close — cuddlingly close — to piglets, baby goats, bunnies and chicks. Following a wine and cheese reception at 5 p.m., dinner, prepared by chef Daniel Kedan of Backyard in Forestville, will be served at 6 p.m.
Dancing to the band Cahoots kicks off at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m.
Two Rock Ranch is owned by Kathy and Joe Tresch, and dinner will be served in Olympia's Barn, a gorgeous venue.
Cost is $50 per person, $80 per couple and $10 for kids under 12. Kids of all ages are welcome.
Farm Trails was the first organization of its kind in the country and has inspired similar organizations throughout the country. It is one of Sonoma County's agricultural treasures. For tickets, visit farmtrails.org or call 837-8896.
National Hanging Out Day: If you want to do something for Earth Day, Ms. Mouthful recommends the Sonoma County premiere of “Drying for Freedom,” an English documentary about the world-wide “right to dry” movement. Right to dry?
Yes, the right to hang your damp laundry outside on a clothes line. In many communities, there are ordinances that prohibit this sensible method of drying one's clothing and linens.
The film will be screened at The Share Exchange (533 5th St., Santa Rosa) at 6:30 p.m. today. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door; the price includes a sparkling-wine reception. Proceeds benefit The Share Exchange and the Local Economy Institute.
The celebration begins with a Street Hang Out, taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the exchange. Everyone is invited to bring damp laundry and participate in a town hang out.
For tickets, call 583-7667. For more information about solar drying, visit LineDry.com, which is sponsoring the local celebration of National Hanging Out Day.
Another chance at a new year: On Saturday and Sunday, Wat Lao Saysettha of Santa Rosa (3625 Moorland Ave.) hosts a Laotian New Year's Celebration, open to the public.
On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be live music, a raffle and lots of preparations for the traditional ceremonies that will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday's activities include a food offering, a parade featuring Miss New Year, a thread tying ritual, folk dancing and many delicious things to eat throughout the day.
Some menu items defy translation, but there are many familiar dishes, too, including beef laab, a spicy salad featuring cooked or raw beef; pho, a soup of beef broth, beef, rice noodles and fragrant toppings, including cilantro and basil; chicken wings seasoned with lemon grass, turmeric, kaffir lime leaves and chile and nam khao, a rice salad with pickled pork, fresh herbs and lime spice; Laotian sausage; meatballs; papaya salad; pickled pork; sticky rice, steamed vegetables, tapioca balls with turnips and pork and Laotian-style fried noodles.
Desserts include fried banana, sweet potato and taro, mini coconut pancakes and more.
Admission is free. Foods range from $2 (meatballs, sticky rice, Thai iced tea) to $10 (beef laab), with most around $5.
DaVero's 2013 Sunset Suppers: Next Thursday, the first Sunset Supper of 2013 takes place at the DaVero Tasting Room (766 Westside Road, Healdsburg).
Hosts Ridgely Evers and Colleen McGlynn, along with their staff, are planning an intimate gathering featuring foods from their garden and farm, and estate wines.
After wine and appetizers in the garden, you'll sit down at one long table to enjoy garden beets and spring turnips with fresh favas, spiced almonds and thistle honey gastrique; garlic-rubbed pork shoulder with garlic scapes and preserved lemons, with seared radicchio, grilled polenta, watercress pesto and chevre.
For dessert, it's crepes with strawberry-rhubarb sauce and vanilla bean ice cream.
DaVero wines will be served alongside each course. Cost is $85 per person and $70 for wine club members.
Reservations are essential; for yours, call 431-8000 ext. 1.
Sunset Suppers continue on the final Thursday of each month through September. For more information about DaVero, visit davero.com.
Windsor Farmers Market Opens: On Sunday, the Windsor Certified Farmers Market opens for its 2013 season with special hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After Sunday's grand opening, the market will continue every Sunday through December from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Long-time market manager Glenda Castelli has retired. Her daughter, Tina Castelli, has taken over the management position.
For more information about the market, including its special events, visit windsorfarmersmarket.com.
The Don Giovannis at Fabiani's Ristorante: On Saturday, the fabulous Don Giovannis, Sebastopol's finest Italian-inspired band, will play on the patio of Fabiani's, located at the corner of Mendocino Avenue and Seventh Street in downtown Santa Rosa, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Lindsey Sallady DeRutte, the band's first vocalist, will join in the fun, along with a new violist, Tom Talley. There's no cover charge, and if you'd like to enjoy dinner, it's a good idea to make reservations. To do so, call 523-4800.
How to read your vegetables: Healdsburg's SHED (25 North St.) opened this week and is wasting no time when it comes to special events. First on the schedule is Saturday's talk and book signing with chef and writer Deborah Madison.
Madison's newest book, “Vegetable Literacy” (Ten Speed Press, 2013), is an intelligent and innovative look at the relationship between vegetables, flowers and herbs that belong to the same botanical families.
Each chapter focuses on a specific family, with informative narratives, menus and recipes. It is a smart, engaging book with gorgeous photographs.
The conversation and signing takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com (event #357130) and by calling 431-7433. In the name of full disclosure, Ms. Mouthful will be leading the conversation with Madison.
For more information about SHED, visit healdsburgshed.com. For more information about the author, visit deborahmadison.com.
Next Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m., SHED will screen “Queen of the Sun, What Are the Bees Telling Us?” a film that explores the global bee colony collapse. Next Saturday, April 27, local apiculturist Michael Thiele hosts an introductory workshop on biodynamic beekeeping.
The workshop takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; cost is $30 per person. Tickets are available through brownpapertickets and by calling 431-7433.
Michele Anna Jordan hosts “Mouthful” each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM.
E-mail Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll find her blog, “Eat This Now,” at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/
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