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

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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!

You can pair dinner with special selections from Meadowcroft Wines, which harvest its grapes from esteemed vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties for wines that blend California flair with European complexity.

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Chef Ron Siegel

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Thu, Mar. 19, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Raise a Glass to Spring with Ziggy the Wine Gal & Palmeri Wines

Raise a glass to spring with Ziggy the Wine Gal of KRSH Radio and winemakers from Palmeri Wines in Geyserville. Ziggy Eschliman, who hosts the "Wine Wednesday" show, leads the event that will feature selected wines paired with a menu of fresh bites.

The Damskey family founded Palmeri to feature "the pinnacle of mountain fruit" grown in vineyards above 1,000 feet elevation. Their bottles carry names like Boar, Cougar and Fox to spotlight their commitment to sustainability in their practices.

Drew Palmeri, who tends to Palmeri's wines, has crafted Russian River Valley wines for a handful of consulting clients and was named a "Winemaker to Watch" in 2017 by the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Menu and more details to come!



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Ziggy the Wine Gal

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Thu, Apr. 23, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Celebrate Italian Spring 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 "The 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.


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Lisa Lavagetto

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

Join us for a special event with Chef Munther Massarweh and emcee Michael Pritchard 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.

Michael Pritchard is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on life skills. He started a successful career in stand-up comedy, but resisted the lure of bright lights to focus his efforts on connecting people, especially youth, to their best selves.

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!

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Munther Massarweh

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