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1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949
415-382-3363 x213

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Thu, Nov. 7, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Lighten Up the Holiday Table with Cheryl Forberg

Learn recipes to make your holiday table both light and delicious with Cheryl Forberg, who is a James Beard award-winning chef, a New York Times best-selling author, a registered dietitian and an urban farmer. 

A graduate of California Culinary Academy, Cheryl has been introduced to millions of people as the nutritionist and chef for NBC-TV's hit show, "The Biggest Loser," for 17 seasons. She stands as one of the few professional chefs who also is a registered dietitian. Her menu:

  • Watercress and Cranberry Salad with Roast Onion Dressing 
  • Turkey Roulade with Cornbread and Dried Fruit Dressing, Warm Apple & Cranberry Sauce and Holiday Rapini with Garlic & Almonds
  • Pumpkin Flan

Cheryl and her husband recently purchased a 40-acre farm north of Napa where they have sustainably grown vineyards, fruit orchards and a very large vegetable garden. The venture has given her new inspiration for recipes that put taste in the forefront and while keeping excess calories off the menu.  

We'll have one of her favorite books, "Flavor First," on hand for purchase - get a personal autograph!


15 openings available


Cheryl Forberg

The Key Room

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Thu, Dec. 5, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Kick Off the Holidays with Chef John Ash

Kick off your holidays with Chef John Ash, a two-time James Beard Award-winner and leader in creating Wine Country culinary style. Your evening includes a glass of bubbly to toast the festive season.

The chef began his Wine Country history as founder of the acclaimed John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa. He's currently an instructor at Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and has written several top-reviewed cookbooks along with co-hosting the weekly "Good Food Hour" on KSRO radio. His menu:

  • Crab & Corn Chowder with Bacon & Wild Mushrooms

  • Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Soft Polenta & Crispy Kale

  • Apple Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Custard Sauce

Chef John, a passionate advocate of seasonal cooking, has been crowned “Cooking School Teacher of the Year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and “Sustainable Seafood Educator of the Year” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

We'll have copies on hand of "Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook," which won a 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award. Get a personal autograph just in time for holiday giving!





15 openings available


Chef John Ash

The Key Room

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Thu, Jan. 16, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Warm Up the Winter with Chef Rebecca Katz

Learn recipes to bring great taste and foster wellness with Rebecca Katz, an educator and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute who has written five cookbooks and heads the Healing Kitchens Institute in Bolinas. Menu details coming soon!

She won two awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals competition in 2010 with “The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen,   now in its second edition. The same group in 2014 honored “The Longevity Cookbook” as a finalist.

Ss founder and director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, the health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, Chef Rebecca became a nationally known wellness expert. She now leads a company called Healing Kitchens dedicated to promoting wholesome food.

24 openings available


Rebecca Katz

The Key Room

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Wed, Feb. 12, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Save the Date for Michelin-Star Chef Ron Siegel

Chef Ron Siegel, chef-owner of the Michelin-starred Madcap in San Anselmo, brings us a menu featuring his elegant French- and Japanese-inspired cooking. 

A longtime Marin resident, the former chef at Michael Mina and Charles Nob Hill shops regularly at the Marin Farmers Market to supply his restaurant, which opened in 2017. Menu details coming soon!

13 openings available


Chef Ron Siegel

The Key Room