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1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949
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Thu, Mar. 29, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Inspired Soul Food with Chef Bryant Terry

Learn from the author of  “Afro-Vegan,” Bryant Terry of Oakland, who will demonstrate recipes for eating mindfully and updating traditional favorites.

Now Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Chef Bryant has written four cookbooks and makes regular speaking and television appearances to advance healthy eating for all. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Food and Wine, Gourmet and Sunset. His menu: 

  • Texas Caviar on Grilled Toast with Black-Eyed Peas, Tomato, Bell Pepper & Crispy Garlic
  • Millet Roux Mushroom Gumbo with Green Rice, File & Fermented Cayenne Hot Sauce 
  • Garlic Gai Laan
  • Spiced Persimmon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze & Vanilla Ice Cream

Published in 2014, “Afro-Vegan” was named one of the year’s best cookbooks by and a favorite by the website as well as Mother Jones magazine. We'll have cookbooks available for purchase at the event - get a personal autograph!

Thanks to our premier sponsor, The Republic of Tea.

14 openings available


Bryant Terry

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; we'll offer select beers from Sonoma County's Henhouse Brewing Co. to accompany your meal.  Thanks to The Republic of Tea, our premier sponsor, for their support.

16 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!

0 openings available


Chef Bryan Jones

The Key Room

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Mon, Jul. 9, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Chef Stefano Masanti & V. Sattui Winery Celebrate Summer

Michelin-starred Chef Stefano Masanti joins V. Sattui Winery to offer a menu celebrating summer in Italy.

Chef Stefano spends his winter as chef-owner of Il Cantinone in his hometown of Madesimo in the Italian Alps, where he has become an advocate in Italy's Slow Food movement and his restaurant has been recognized as one of the country's top 60 by L'Espresso Guide. At V. Sattui, where he spends the summer as Events Chef with his wife Rafaella, Chef Stefano specializes in crafting food to match the award-winning wines.

Enjoy a taste of Italy - details coming soon!

30 openings available


Chef Stefano Masanti

The Key Room