Feast of the Olive Dinner at Ramekins. Photo courtesy of Megan Clouse Photography.
Truffles will be celebrated at the Napa Truffle Festival. Photo courtesy of the Napa Truffle Festival.
It’s the height of olive season in Sonoma, when the first oils are pressed and curing begins. Throughout January and February, the Sonoma Valley offers dozens of classes, dinners, tastings, and tours. You can see what’s on tap for the ~SONOMA VALLEY OLIVE SEASON~, including a paella pop-up at Sondra Bernstein’s Suite D in Sonoma, the VinOlivio Grand Tasting, and Feast of the Olive at Ramekins Culinary School. Want a hands-on experience? B.R. Cohn Winery offers a home curing olive workshop with olive expert Don Landis on Sunday January 19th from 11am-1pm at the winery. Reservations are required, and the cost is $20 per person. Details at 800-330-4064 or online. 15000 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen.
In Napa, it’s a celebration of truffles. The much-coveted fungus that chefs and food lovers eagerly anticipate each year will be front and center at the ~NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL~ Friday January 17th-Monday January 20th. Events you’ll want to root out: truffle luncheons and wine pairing at both Nickel & Nickel Ranch and Hall Wines (both feature Michelin-starred chefs), a truffle orchard tour and truffle dog training demo, wild mushroom forage (we’ll all hope for some good rain next week), and a truffle marketplace. Many events are à la carte, but a weekend package will cost you $860 per person. Details online.
~HEALDSBURG’S SHED~ gets good and piggy with a butchery demo and dinner featuring Sonoma Meat Company’s Rian Rinn and a three-course dinner (using the hog, natch) prepared by Bar Tartine chefs Nick Balla and Courtney Burns. Sunday Supper Series at SHED, Saturday January 25th, from 5pm-10pm. $110. 25 North St., Healdsburg, 707-431-7433.