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North Coast Wine and Food Festival, Harvest Uncorked are on the menu

Each year I participate in a handful of events benefiting charities and the community. I’m really excited about these two, which will benefit fire survivors and your belly.

Harvest Uncorked: Sample wines from more than 30 wineries and nibble dessert bites from John Ash & Co., Jackson Family Wines, Criminal Baking and Whole Pie at the inaugural Harvest Uncorked event on June 2 at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club.

Raffle prizes include an 11-course dinner with wine pairing for four at Single Thread Restaurant in Healdsburg, a four-course private dinner with wine in the private dining cellar of Stark’s Steakhouse, a two-night stay at an estate carriage house with five-course tasting menu for two in Healdsburg and many others, including a trip to the new Willi’s Wine Bar with me.

The event benefits Sonoma Family Meal and tickets are $80. $15 discount with promo code SFMUncorked.

North Coast Wine and Food Festival: 90 gold-medal wines and 25 of the region’s best chefs will be serving up their best this annual tasting event.

Wines are selected from gold medal winners of The Press Democrat’s North Coast Wine Competition. Chefs participating include the creme de la creme: Mark Stark, Tom Schmidt of John Ash and Co., Mateo Granados of Mateo’s, Niven Patel of Bollywood, Dustin Valette, Shane McAnelly of Chalkboard, Liza Hinman of Spinster Sisters, the gents of Ramen Gaijin, Scott Romano of Dry Creek Kitchen, Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu and many others.

I’ll be working with Chef John Ash (who is the nicest chef on the planet) making mushroom street tacos that, if I do say so myself, are pretty darned tasty.

Saturday, June 8 at SOMO Village Event Center. Tickets $50 to $135, details at