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Mouthful: Events heating up at Twin Oaks

  • The ubiquitous Kevin Russell will perform twice-monthly at Twin Oaks Tavern in Penngrove, starting June 11.

Twin Oaks Tavern: Penngrove's old roadhouse, Twin Oaks Tavern, has become a top local destination for musical and food fun in a casual setting.

When you have a hankerin' for Rasta Dwight's delicious barbecue, you'll find it here on Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m., though the earlier the better is a good idea.

Starting June 11, Wednesday will be Fried Chicken Night, with a country jam featuring Kevin Russell, our local singer, songwriter and guitar-banjo-mandolin-dobro player who plays in so many bands at so many venues that we are not convinced he isn't twins.

Kevin Russell and Friends will appear on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month through August.

There's no cover charge for the music and $12 gets you pan-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. Dinner is from 6 to 9 p.m.; music is 8 to 11 p.m.

Twin Oaks Tavern is located at Old Redwood Highway in Penngrove. For more information, including the music calendar, visit twinoakstavernpenngrove.com.

Summer Farm Forum: Clark Wolf and Marcy Smothers host their 2014 Summer Farm Forum on Monday, June 9, at Earth's Bounty Kitchen and Wine Bar (formerly Lisa Hemenway's Fresh) at 5755 Mountain Hawk Way in east Santa Rosa. It takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., with a reception starting at 6 p.m.

This forum is aimed primarily at California Tourism Ambassadors but is open to anyone with an interest in local artisan food production. Panelists including writer and columnist Jeff Cox; Tony Linegar, the county's Commissioner of Agriculture; Lila Mathia of Wine Country Treats; Christopher Ludwick of Earth's Bounty Fine Foods; Jaime Smedes, manager of the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market; Mark Weiss of Raymond's Bakery in Cazadero and, in the spirit of full disclosure, Ms. Mouthful.

Admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for ambassadors.

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