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Tue, Feb. 13, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Embrace a Chocolate Menu for Valentine's Day


Set your table with chocolate for Valentine's Day! Learn savory and sweet recipes based on cacao with our own Chef Luis Realpozo, artisan for Homeward Bound's Halo Truffles.

Guests can enjoy a special appetizer and a plate of delicious chicken mole enchiladas before Chef Luis explains the process of making a simple chocolate ganache. Everyone will have a chance to roll up a box of handmade truffles to take home. The menu:

  • Housemade Chips with Two Mayan Salsas - Charred Tomato & Pumpkin Seed, Roasted Anaheim Pepper with Garlic & Cream
  • Chicken Mole Enchiladas with Spanish Rice & Fried Plantains
  • Mexican Churro with Chocolate

You'll leave with new ideas for chocolate plus the skills to make treats for gifts or parties. Bring your friends or family to enjoy a chocolate celebration just in time for Valentine's Day.

Reservations include dinner and take-home truffles; wine will be available for purchase.

16 openings available


Luis Realpozo

The Key Room

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Thu, Mar. 29, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Farm-to-Table with Chef Tony Najiola

Born and raised in New Orleans, Chef Tony Najiola is the great-grandson of a Sicilian vegetable farmer. His farm-to-table Central Market restaurant in Petaluma, opened in 2003, serves rustic California-Mediterranean cuisine, combining American recipes with Wine Country sensibility. Originally drawn to Petaluma for the town's rich agricultural roots, Chef Tony purchased nearby land for a farm, which has been supplying an organic bounty directly to his restaurant for the last few years. Menu details coming soon!

15 openings available


Chef Tony Najiola

The Key Room

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Thu, Apr. 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Celebrate the Pig with Zazu Chefs & Dave the Butcher

Chef Duskie Estes of Zazu Kitchen + Farm and partner John Stewart will celebrate the pig with Dave Budworth of Marina Meats in San Francisco, a butcher/educator who will explain how to get the best from various cuts of meat.

Chef Duskie has competed twice on the Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" along with leading the staff at Zazu in Sebastopol. The restaurant has been included in the Michelin Guide and been named among top regional eateries by the San Francisco Chronicle. The pair produces salumi from their own Black Pig Meat Co., which has been honored by the Good Food Awards, and have appeared on the cover of Wine Spectator magazine. 

Dave the Butcher is a longtime educator and customer favorite at Marina Meats, a San Francisco purveyor of organic meats, who has appeared at Eat Real Fest in Oakland and other events.

Menu details coming soon! Tickets are $60 each, including dinner; wine will be offered by glass or bottle. Thanks to The Republic of Tea, our premier sponsor, for their support.

19 openings available


Duskie Estes, John Stewart and David Budworth

The Key Room

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Thu, May. 10, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Save the Date for Daniel Kedan of Backyard


Chef Daniel Kedan of Backyard will feature the delicious produce of West Sonoma County. He runs the Forestville restaurant with his wife and partner Mariana Gardenhire. Backyard has become a local favorite, sourcing many ingredients from nearby farms and producers. 

15 openings available


Chef Daniel Kedan

The Key Room

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Thu, Jun. 7, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Chef Bryan Jones & St. Francis Winery Kick Off Summer

Chef Bryan Jones of St. Francis Winery, who has drawn rave reviews at the winery's dining room, will open the gates of summer with a menu complemented by award-winning St. Francis wines. Diners who voted in a poll by Open Table have put the St. Francis dining room at #1 for all restaurants in the country, so we can promise an evening to remember. Menu details to come!

15 openings available


Chef Bryan Jones

The Key Room