Winery chefs compete for top honors: Four of Sonoma County's top winery chefs will prepare a four-course dinner meal paired with wine at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. The Best Winery Chefs of Sonoma County event will feature Erik Johnson of J Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg, Justin Brukert of Ledson Winery in Kenwood, Tim Kaulfers of Arista Winery in Healdsburg and Kolin Vassoler of Simi Winery in Healdsburg. A wine reception will precede the dinner, which benefits the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club. A silent and live auction follows dinner. Tickets are $160. To reserve, go to bestwinerychefs.com.
Michelin reveals 2014 Bib Gourmand awards: A week before announcing which restaurants will receive stars in the Michelin Guide San Francisco 2014, Michelin announced its Bay Area Bib Gourmand awards. Bib Gourmand restaurants are places where you can get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, not including tax and tip. A total of 83 restaurants made the list, including 19 from Wine Country, the most Bib Gourmand selections since the San Francisco guide was first published by Michelin in 2006. Last year, 70 restaurants garnered the award, including 17 from Wine Country. Wine Country newcomers to the list include Backyard in Forestville, Chalkboard in Healdsburg and the Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen. K & L Bistro of Sebastopol was included last year but didn't make it this year. Here are the 2014 Bib Gourmand restaurants from Wine Country, defined as the “inspectors' favorites for good value”: Backyard in Forestville; Bistro Jeanty in Yountville; Bistro 29 in Santa Rosa; Boon Eat + Drink in Guerneville; C Casa in Napa; Chalkboard in Healdsburg; Cook St. Helena in St. Helena; Cucina Paradiso in Petaluma; Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen; Hot Box Grill in Sonoma; LaSalette in Sonoma; Monti's Rotisserie in Santa Rosa; Oenotri in Napa; Redd Wood in Yountville; Risibisi in Petaluma; Sazon in Santa Rosa; Scopa in Healdsburg; The Girl & the Fig in Sonoma; Willi's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa. The Michelin Guide San Francisco 2014 will go on sale Oct. 23.