At April in Paris at Santa Rosa Junior College, you can eat, drink, and learn the ins and outs of Parisian dining. Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Junior College.
Ebleskiver and Sailing Ships: Join the Sons of Norway’s Freya Lodge in Santa Rosa for a morning of ebleskiver, otherwise known as ball-shaped Scandinavian pancakes served with powdered sugar and jam. The pancakes will be served with an omelet, fresh fruit, and breads while Norwegian author and historian Olaf Engvig discusses the historic sailing ships of Scandinavia. Saturday April 12th, 11am, Sons of Norway Hall, 617 W. 9th Street, Santa Rosa. The cost is $20 for nonmembers; for more info and tickets, call 707-996-9889 or go online. The money raised will be used to help pay for kids to go to camp.
April in Paris: Spend three wonderful Wednesdays eating, drinking, and discussing all things Parisian (no translator necessary) from restaurants and market etiquette to the finer points of petanque and the many cultural gems throughout the City of Lights. Francophiles Steve Rabinowitsh and Christine Piccin lead the sessions at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burdo Culinary Arts Center. Must be 21 and over to participate, $110, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 7-9pm. For more info, call 707-527-4372, ext. 9036. 1670 Mendocino Ave. (at Carr), Santa Rosa
~LONG MEADOW RANCH WINERY & FARMSTEAD~ kicks off barbecue season with Ribology at Long Meadow Ranch, a smokin’ afternoon of discussion, demonstration, and dining led by executive chef Stephen Barber, a Kentucky-born-and-bred barbecue master. The Saturday April 12th class gives the skinny on barbecue, including classic regional styles, tasty techniques, and the science behind the succulence. From 3pm-6pm, Barber will demonstrate some of his time-tested techniques as well as some live butchery, showing off his favorite cuts of pork, including St. Louis-style ribs, baby back ribs, picnic shoulder, and Boston butt. Participants also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the farmstead’s organically farmed vegetable garden and a family-style barbecue feast. Tickets are $145 per person plus tax (gratuity included) and are available online or by phone at 707-963-4555, ext. 7105. 738 Main St. (at Charter Oak), St. Helena.