Spring tours return to area farms for Farm Trails

Vallery joins Ferrari-Carano as head of the estate

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery has hired a new estate chef, Tim Vallery, to lead culinary programs and introduce new culinary offerings.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Vallery most recently worked as a chef at Coyote Sonoma Restaurant and Winery in Healdsburg. His career spanned 25 years, including stints at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club and the Hilton Hotel in Santa Rosa. Vallery ran his own catering business, Peloton Culinary & Catering of Healdsburg, for many years.

Vallery’s move to Ferrari-Carano comes at a time when the winery is pressing the refresh button with an extensive remodeling of its tasting room and outdoor spaces, due for completion this month.

Since its opening, Ferrari-Carano has been inspired by its Italian heritage by pairing seasonal cuisine and wine. Vallery plans to enhance these experiences by incorporating herbs and vegetables from the gardens into its pairings and offering new experiences in the estate’s gardens. There are also new outdoor seating areas behind the villa.

“We are thrilled to expand Ferrari-Carano’s culinary programming under the leadership of Chef Vallery,” said Sam Sayad, Estate Manager of Ferrari-Carano Winery, one of 23 wineries in the Foley Family Wines portfolio. “We believe that (Vallery’s) well-crafted wine and food pairings will showcase our dedication to the gastronomic arts.”

New Sous Chef James Molina will join Vallery on the culinary team. Molina also worked at Coyote Sonoma Restaurant and Winery.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery is located at 8761 Dry Creek Road. ferrari-carano.com


Cookbook author Ottolenghi arrives at LBC

Chef, writer and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi will appear at 8 p.m. May 6 in a talk on Copperfield books at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

The New York Times bestselling author will discuss his latest cookbook, “Ottolengthi Flavor: A Cookbook” (2022, Ten Speed ​​Press, $35), which he wrote with longtime colleague Ixta Belfry.

In the book, with over 100 vegetarian and vegan recipes, the authors reveal the secrets to amplifying flavor through three key elements of cooking: process, pairing and product. Through simple techniques, they explain how to make vegetarian dishes shine.

Ottolenghi’s first cookbook, “Ottolenghi”, co-authored with Sami Tamimi, was published in 2008. Six more volumes followed: a collection of recipes exploring the flavors of his hometown, “Jerusalem”, with Tamimi (2012); the vegetable cookbook “Plenty” (2010); “Much More” (2014); a cookbook from her London restaurant, “Nopi” (2015); a dessert cookbook, “Sweet” (2017); and more recently, “Ottolenghi Simple” (2018).

Tickets: $39 to $59 To reserve, go to bit.ly/3pTj0Tu.

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is located at 50 Mark West Springs Road.


Farm Trails relaunches its spring tour

After a two-year hiatus, Sonoma County Farm Trails has announced the return of its annual Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies spring tour on April 30 and May 1.

Dozens of Farm Trails member farms, ranches and agricultural producers will be open to the public and offer tours, demonstrations, tastings and workshops.

Participants will be able to choose their own agrarian adventure from dozens of farms and artisanal producers. Spring tour highlights including meeting all the farm animals and their babies. Participants will also be able to take behind-the-scenes tours of farms, creameries, orchards and ranches; taste farmhouse cheeses, honey, olive oils, jams, juices, wine and cider; and learn about beekeeping, jam making, and pollinator gardening.

Some tour stops will only be open one day or for limited hours, and some activities may require a fee and additional RSVP. Full destination details will be emailed to registrants prior to the tour.

Registration is free and compulsory to access the online visits directory and the interactive map. To register online, visit farmtrails.org and click on Events.


Petaluma Oyster Fest serves oysters, ceviche, paella

The Petaluma Sunrise Rotary Club, in conjunction with Bodega Bay Oyster Company and Quinua Cocina Peruana, will host the fifth annual Petaluma Oyster Fest from noon to 3 p.m. on April 30 at the Bodega Bay Oyster Company.

Admission to the benefit event includes fresh oysters (raw or grilled on a half shell), unlimited paella, ceviche and French bread, salads, homemade brownies and refreshments.

All proceeds will be used to fund Rotary community service projects in Sonoma County and select international projects.

Each entree will include tickets for up to 18 fresh or grilled oysters on the half shell. Additional oyster tickets can be purchased. Participants 21 and over with valid ID will receive three tickets for Hen House Brewery draft beers or wine. Free; non-alcoholic beverages will also be served.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for entry. Adult tickets (21 and older) are $75; youth tickets (ages 6-20) are $45. Charges apply. Children under 6 are free. To book, go to tinyurl.com/POF-2022.

The Bodega Bay Oyster Company is located at 12830 Valley Ford Road.

Managing editor Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or [email protected]. On Twitter @dianepete56

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