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Thu, Jul. 18, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Enjoy a Summer Splash with Chef Mark Stark

Chef Mark Stark, whose inspiration leads six distinctive restaurants, puts a bounce in our summer steps with a fresh menu from Sonoma County.

Chosen "Best Local Chef" by readers of both the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the North Bay Bohemian, Chef Mark now shares his kitchen time between the Stark Reality Restaurants, which include Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg and Bird & the Bottle in Santa Rosa. They just re-opened the founding restaurant, Willi’s Wine Bar, after the original was lost in the Tubbs fire. 

His menu:  Ahi Tuna Tartar with Shiso, Lemon & Toasted Pine Nuts   |   Blue Lake Bean Salad with Radish, Pickled Onions, Cashews & Laura Chenel Goat Cheese Ranch Dressing   |   Barbecued Liberty Farms Duck with Brentwood Corn Pudding, Smoked Cheddar & Charred Scallions   |   Warm Chocolate Souffle Cake with Peanut Butter Mousse & Peanut Poppycock

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Chef Mark honed his skills in Washington, D.C., and Seattle. The ventures of Stark Reality Restaurants, operated with wife Terri Stark, have earned Michelin Bib Gourmand honors. Bravas Bar de Tapas has been named in the Top 20 U.S. Tapas Restaurants by Travel & Leisure magazine and the pair were semi-finalists for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur.

We are happy to offer selected wines from Domaine Rütz by glass or bottle to accompany this midsummer menu. 

16 openings available


Mark Stark

The Key Room

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Tue, Aug. 20, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Cocktails, Stories & Fresh Bites with Jeff Burkhart

Jeff Burkhart, an award-winning bartender and author of “Twenty Years Behind Bars," joins us for an evening of cocktails and stories with a housemade menu to match from The Key Room's talented team of professional chefs.

A longtime Marin resident, Jeff writes the "Barfly" column appearing weekly in the Marin Independent Journal, which was named "Best Column" in 2014 by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. His selections from the bar:

  • Classic Vesper: Gin, Vodka and Tempus Fugit Kina L’Aero d'Or 
  • Cucumber Gimlet: Fresh Lime, Cucumber Vodka, St. Germaine or Cucumber Gimlet Mocktail also available: Lime, Cucumber, Seedlip Spice
  • Old Favorite Old-Fashioned: King Floyd's Orange Bitters, Simple Syrup, Bourbon
More details coming soon about fresh bites from our chefs!
We'll have copies of "Twenty Years Behind Bars" available for purchase at the event - get a personal autograph!
** This event originally was advertised for July 18 - we apologize for any confusion.


18 openings available


Jeff Burkhart

The Key Room

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Thu, Sep. 12, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Save the Date for PBS-TV Chef Joanne Weir

Chef Joanne Weir, a PBS-TV culinary star and award-winning cookbook author, will join us amid the bounty of the harvest season. The co-owner of Copita restaurant in Sausalito has recently begun the second season of "Plates & Places," a cooking and travel series nominated for four Taste Awards. Stay tuned for menu details!

0 openings available


Chef Joanne Weir

The Key Room

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Thu, Oct. 17, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Taste Seafood Traditions from Tony's with Chef Matt Shapiro

Chef Matt Shapiro of Tony's Seafood in Marshall joins us for an evening focused on the edible bounty of West Marin. 

A 70-year-old mainstay of the West Marin restaurant landscape, Tony's Seafood was acquired in 2017 by the folks at nearby Hog Island Oyster Co. The new owners reopened this year, retaining traditions from the Konatich family while updating the menu as well as the weathered bayside building.

Menu details coming soon!


28 openings available


Matt Shapiro

The Key Room