M.Y. CHINA at the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park has a new happy hour menu Mon-Thu 3pm-6pm, with select cocktails for $6 (you can get classics like an M.Y. Tini or M.Y. Hatten) and “bites” including pork dumplings ($5) and chicken feet—yup, chewy bites of poultry claws—for $3. Graton Resort & Casino, 288 Golf Course Dr. West, Rohnert Park, 707-703-1955.
Napa’s CITY WINERY, the forthcoming restaurant, wine bar, and music venue, has tapped Joseph Panarello as head chef. The New Jersey native has worked at a number of large-scale food and entertainment venues in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. City Winery has locations in NYC, Chicago, and Nashville, with Napa’s historical opera house becoming its fourth location, which is scheduled to open in April. Upcoming Napa shows include Bruce Cockburn (April 10th), Graham Nash (April 29th), and the Milk Carton Kids (June). Details and reservations online.
Also in downtown Napa, newcomer TORC is now officially open for brunch. Chef Sean O’Toole has been getting plenty of local props for his North Bay-centric menu, expanding to weekend brunch from 10:30am-2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. We’re jonesing for a lime curd-filled doughnut, huckleberry hotcakes, wild mushroom Benedict with pork belly, and chicken hash. 1140 Main St. at Pearl, Napa, 707-252-3292.
The funky little WEST END FARMERS MARKET OPENS near Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square kicks off its second year on Sunday March 16th, from 10am-2pm near the De Turk Round Barn. Last season, it was a wonderful mix of local farmers, crafts and food vendors, lively music, and lots of family-friendly fun. Watch for Undercover Bakery, Physis Foods (great freshly made broths), Handlebar Farm, Gypsy Girl Sausage, and (plotzing!) chefs Les and Tara Goodman doing some tasty noshes at their Jewish Deli (house-smoked pastrami! chocolate egg creams!).