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1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949
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Thu, Apr. 23, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Celebrate the Passion of Italian Food with Chef Lisa Lavagetto

Lisa Lavagetto celebrates the bounty and passion of Italian food! A much-loved instructor at Ramekins in Sonoma County, Lisa offers tips and inspiration from 35 years of experience cooking with her first-generation Italian relatives.

Launched by marriage into an Italian family, Lisa eagerly began learning with her husband's grandmother, who formerly worked as chef for a resort on Lake Como. Chef Lisa refined her technique and deepened her love of cooking at the family restaurants. Her menu:

- Pasta e Fagioli with Sausage

- Timballo - Large Pasta Drum Layered with Meatballs, Pasta, Cheese & Asparagus

- Chocolate Budino

Chef Lisa joined Ramekins in 1998, where she serves as a chef ambassador. Along with teaching, Lisa focuses on menu development, catering and staff management for the cooking school. Among her popular classes is the menu from the movie "Big Night," which also features Timballo as star of the show.

Her love of cooking has led to gold medals at the Sonoma Harvest Fair and a Blue Ribbon Award from the Marin County Fair for her contributions to managing and judging the popular food contests.


19 openings available


Lisa Lavagetto

The Key Room

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Thu, May. 21, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Special Event: Chef Munther Massarweh

Join us for a special event with Chef Munther Massarweh to enjoy scrumptious food and honor veterans in advance of Memorial Day. 

Chef Munther brings together people and community with his culinary skills at three local favorites: Rickey's Restaurant, Wild Fox and The Speakeasy, all in Novato. A Bay Area native, the chef earned his reputation at Chicago’s world-famous Pump Room, where he served as the executive chef for five years. He also led kitchens in San Francisco at McCormick & Koleto’s, Perry’s Restaurant and The Fillmore Bar & Grill.

We're happy to present this heartwarming evening in partnership with the V.E.T.S. Mobile Dental Unit, which provides free care to veterans who do not have access to services through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and advocates for better care systems for former military members.

Stay tuned for more details about our menu and the program for the evening!

50 openings available


Munther Massarweh

The Key Room

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Thu, Jun. 18, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Raise a Glass with Ziggy the Wine Gal, Kate Leahy, & Palmeri Wines

Let's toast the start of summer with Ziggy the Wine Gal of KRSH Radio and winemakers from Palmeri Wines in Geyserville. Along with unique wines, we'll learn about the deep history of Armenian cuisine with creators of a new cookbook titled "Lavash: The Bread That Launched 1,000 Meals."

Note: This event originally was scheduled for Thursday, March 19.

Ziggy Eschliman, who hosts the "Wine Wednesday" radio show, spotlights the aim of Palmeri Wines to feature "the pinnacle of mountain fruit" from vineyards above 1,000 feet elevation. Drew Damskey, part of the winery's founding family, was named a "Winemaker to Watch" in 2017 by the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Kate Leahy, a co-author of Lavash," presents a menu to match from the book, which the same newspaper named as a 2019 favorite. Published after weeks of travels with her two co-authors, this is Leahy's ninth cookbook. The menu:

- Lavash Wrapped with Feta Cheese & Fresh Herbs

- Salat Vinaigrette with Beet, Carrot, Potato, Dill, Cilantro & Sliced Pickles

- Khashlama – Lamb Stew with Tomato, Peppers, Onions & Herbs

- Baklava – Pastry Layered with Walnuts and Merinque

Join us to learn about a fascinating culinary heritage and the distinctive character of Palmeri Wines, which emphasizes sustainability with labels picturing local wildlife like cougar and fox. 


31 openings available


Ziggy the Wine Gal

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Thu, Jul. 23, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Annalies Z. Infuses Flavor with Recipes for Tea

Annalies Zijderveld, the Oakland-based author of "Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea," presents a refreshing menu for hot summer days using exquisite teas from The Republic of Tea. Menu details coming soon!

The book, published in 2015, was chosen as one of the year's favorites by the Los Angeles Times. 



25 openings available


Annalies Zijderveld

The Key Room