Learn to preserve your favorite foods with how to do small and large batch canning, freezing and drying. This hands-on class includes at least one jar of locally produced goodness. 6-8:30pm, Ginger Grille inside G&G Market, 1211 West College Ave., Santa Rosa.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Fallon Hills Ranch Lamb Dinner
Adam Mali is a master of lamb cookery, and has the trophies to prove it. The national Lamb Jam winner (2011), will host four-course lamb-centric dinner on Thursday, Oct. 11 with meat from Tomales Bay’s Fallon Hills and wine pairings from Red Car Winery of Sonoma Coast. Held at critically-acclaimed Brasserie S&P at the Mandarin Oriental in SF, the menu ncludes slow roasted lamb belly with seared cantaloupe, yukon gold potato gnocchi with braised lamb shoulder, roasted leg of lamb with DaVero 15-year-old balasamic, TCHO chocolate terrine. RSVP required, 415-986-2020, 7p.m., 222 Sansome, San Francisco.
Fri/Sat Oct. 12-13
Viola Pastry Third Anniversary Dinner
Three Course pre-fixe menu includes butternut squash and pork belly, slow roasted short ribs with polenta, halibut with salsa verde and peanut butter panna cotta. $39, 5-8pm, reservations 709 Village Court Santa Rosa, 544-8830.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop
Sugar Skulls play an important part of Day of the Dead activities. Come learn all about the sugar skull making process and create your very own sugar skull art! This workshop, led by San Francisco artist Michele Simons, is a great opportunity for families, teachers and anyone else interested in a fun, artistic way to get into the spirit of Day of the Dead. 2-4p.m. Sonoma County Museum, 425 7th Street Santa Rosa, (707) 579-1500.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Freya Lodge hosts it’s 25th Vikingfest at Norway Hall from 10 AM to 3 PM. Shop for imported food and goods from Scandinavia, enjoy living history presentations from the Vikings of Bjornstad, our traditional bake sale and their famous Taste of Norway lunch. For the first time we will also have a genealogy booth open from noon until 3PM, with trained and experienced genealogists ready to assist. Sons of Norway Hall, 617 West 9th Street, Santa Rosa.