Easter standouts also are highlighted among upcoming foodie events. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Flamenco Friday: This Friday, April 18, the Arlene Francis Center (99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa) hosts a lively fete, Flamenco Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., when you can enjoy tapas, paella and sangria for $25 (kids under 12 are admitted free).
The show starts at 8 p.m.; admission, should you not want dinner, is $17.
The performance by Sol Flamenco features dancers Joelle Goncalves and Hilit Maniv and guitarists Geoff Hawkins and Mark Taylor. The group has performed together throughout the Bay Area for years and is widely praised for its passion and precision. You can check them out at solflamenco.com.
Tickets are available at the door the night of the show.
The performance is a joint production by Sol Flamenco Dance Troupe and 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
Easter at our Farmers Markets: Although farmers markets typically close on major holidays like Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, most are open for business on Easter Sunday.
The West End Farmers Market, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will raffle off two big beautiful baskets featuring a bounty of goods from market vendors, including handmade soap and body butters, flowers, bread, honey, sausages, eggs and spring produce.
Kids can search for Easter eggs hidden at vendor stalls and there will be holiday surprises, too. T-Luke and the Tight Suits provide live music throughout the market.
You can enjoy breakfast or lunch — or hang out and enjoy both — from Goodman’s Jewish Deli, Happy Jack’s Taco Co. and Starting From Scratch.
The West End Farmers Market is located on Donahue Street, between West Eighth and Boyce streets and adjacent to the DeTurk Park and Round Barn in Santa Rosa.
The Sebastopol Farmers Market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and takes place in the town plaza at the corner of McKinley and Petaluma avenues, will celebrate both Easter and Earth Day. There will be free books and garden seeds for kids, a clothing swap for adults and an opportunity to hang out with and pet baby animals.
If you have not yet tasted the market’s paella, offered by Cesar Vernier’s Bone Broth Company, this is a great opportunity. Vernier gets to the market early, shops for ingredients and prepares his delicious paella on the spot.
There will also be a cooking demonstration, tasting and book signing by yours truly; the focus will be on spring-friendly vinaigrettes and dressed-up deviled eggs.
More Easter Options: If you feel like a little road trip on Easter Sunday, you might consider Nick’s Cove in Tomales, where executive chef Austin Perkins is now harvesting spring crops from the on-site farm. You’ll find Dungeness crab Benedict and Fra’mani ham and cheese sandwiches on the menu, along with their classic grilled oysters and full oyster bar.
We’ve also heard there will be special hunt in the Boat Shack, at the end of the public pier; whatever kid finds the Easter Bunny — a stuffed toy — will receive a bag full of Easter goodies.
Nick’s Cove is located at 23240 Highway 1 in Marshall. For reservations, call (415) 663-1033.
Costeaux French Bakery (417 Healdsburg Ave.) is open for brunch Easter Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. but if you’re looking for the Easter Bunny, you need to stop by on Saturday, when he’s expected to be hopping about around 10 a.m. The bakery has a number of Easter specialties, including hand decorated cookies, fruit basket cakes, hot cross buns and more.
West County Easter Tea: There is still time to enjoy Patisserie Angelica’s special Easter tea, which is being served today through Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tea will include buttermilk biscuits with honey-glazed ham and fruited mustard, deviled eggs, cucumber sandwiches, warm cream scones, Meyer lemon curd, cream, savory pastries and little sweets and your choice of tea. Cost is $28 per person and reservations are essential.
Patisserie Angelica is located at 6821 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol; to make a reservation, call 827-7998.
Ark of Taste Dinner: On Sunday, April 27, from 5 to 8 p.m., Slow Food Sonoma County North hosts an Ark of Taste Dinner at Shone Farm (7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville).
Louis Maldonado, executive chef of Spoonbar and Pizzando in Healdsburg and a finalist on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, is the event’s chef.
The dinner focuses on foods that have been taken onto Slow Food’s “Ark of Taste,” which honors traditional and endangered foods from around the world. At the center of the fete is an Ossabaw Island hog from Black Sheep Farm.
The evening begins with nibbles, including crispy pig’s head and trotter terrine. A first course of lettuces, country ham, beet and pork gelee comes next and is followed by Geoduck clam and Gulf prawn ceviche with turnips, smoked daikon, yuzu and Carolina Gold rice.
Then comes the pork, with the rack and loin glazed with Meyer lemon honey and slowly roasted, crispy pulled pork shoulder, smoked pork ribs and shanks and bountiful accompaniments, including potatoes roasted in pork fat, and marrowfats, one of the most delicious of all shell beans. Dessert is a Meyer lemon tartlet with peach leaf meringue.
The event also includes a silent auction — highlights include ceramics from Soule Studio, a vintage Japanese tea set, local wines and meals at local restaurants — and live music by Vantini, a local trio.
Tickets are $85 for the general public and $75 for members of Slow Food. Space is limited, so if you want to attend, visit brownpapertickets.com soon.
Moonlight in Your Backyard: On Thursday, April 24, Backyard (6566 Front St., Forestville), hosts a very special beermaker dinner with Moonlight Brewing Company’s Brian Hunt, often called “a brewer’s brewer” for the scope and depth of his knowledge and talent.
The dinner features a prix fixe menu that includes three very special brews — Toast, Uncle Ollie and Previous Life — that you will never taste anywhere else, as Hunt is making them for this event and does not plan to make them again.
Things begin with a pretzel from nearby Nightingale Bakery, paired with Jorge Matos Beer Cheese and the brew called “Toast.” Next comes a salad of young lettuces, pickled root vegetables and olive vinaigrette, paired with Lunatic Lager.
Moonlight’s Saison will be served with beef tartare on Nightingale spent grain.
A third course features Twist of Fate paired with wild boar sausage, pheasant confit, white beans and kale.
Strawberries with toasted maringue, ricotta and orange blossoms will be paired with Uncle Ollie and the extravaganza wraps with with toasted anise biscotti and Previous Life brew.
Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating is standard, with reservations available until 9 p.m. Brian Hunt will be on hand, eating, drinking and telling stories. If you love beer, you do not want to miss this opportunity.
For reservations, call 820-8445.
Clay Wood Cloth: This Saturday, April 19, the collaboration of three local craftswomen known as Clay-Wood-Cloth hosts its semi-annual sale at Mix Garden (1531 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The sale features woven cotton kitchen towels and table linens by Marilyn Webster, wood cooking and serving utensils by Holly Jordan and porcelain dinnerware by Amy Halko.
For more information, visit sonomakitchenlinens.com, whimsyandtea.com and amyhalko.com.
A portion of the proceeds of every collaborative sale is donated to a local nonprofit chosen by the sale’s host. This year, it will go to the Healdsburg Education Foundation, specifically their internship program with offers all high school juniors a six-week internship with a local business.
Michele Anna Jordan hosts “Mouthful” each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. Email Jordan at email@example.com. You’ll find her blog, “Eat This Now,” at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.