Local food and drink happenings in the greater Sacramento area
Compiled by Megan Gibson

Ash Wednesday
March 1

Healthy Eating on a Budget
March 1
6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Join us for a cooking demonstration featuring a nutritious low-cost recipe and learn about ways to save at the Co-op to stretch your budget and still be able to put healthy meals on the table! For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726205

Chinese High Tea Lecture
March 1
5 – 6 p.m.
International Center — UC Davis
Enjoy this lecture on Chinese tea with tastings included. For details, visit http://www.trumba.com/calendars/uc-davis-international-global-affairs-confucius-institute#/?i=1

Lightened Up Asian Cooking Class
March 2
6:30 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Asian classics get a healthy twist! Feast on fresh ingredients and fabulous flavors in fresh maitake mushroom spring rolls, shrimp, asparagus stir fry, spicy Thai beef lettuce cups, vegetable chow mein, and siu mai dumplings with ground turkey and ginger. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726658

Sacramento Brewers’ Showcase
March 2
6 – 9 p.m.
California Automobile Museum — Sacramento
Raise your glass of local craft beer to toast the opening event of Sacramento Beer Week. The Sacramento Brewers’ Showcase presents more than 40 local breweries and food trucks galore! Join your beer-loving friends to get your first taste of a number of beers made exclusively for Sacramento Beer Week. For details, visit http://sacbeerweek.com/all-event/2017-sacramento-brewers-showcase/

Food Garnishing Workshop
March 3
4 – 5 p.m.
International Center — UC Davis
Learn the Chinese method for garnishing fruits and vegetables. For details, visit http://www.trumba.com/calendars/uc-davis-international-global-affairs-confucius-institute#/?i=1

Long Lunch Fridays
March 3
11a.m. – 2 p.m.
Downtown Commons — Sacramento
The first of many recurring public plaza parties and activities, Long Lunch Fridays encourages visitors to stay downtown and spend time enjoying Sacramento’s new gathering place. For details, visit http://www.docosacramento.com

Nose to Tail Dining Experience
March 3
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
18 Reasons Kitchen — San Francisco
Spend an evening with Llano Seco’s sixth-generation operator Charlie and Chef Eric Miller of Makers Common, learning how to tackle both common and uncommon cuts and slightly intimidating parts of the pig. Join Eric in the 18 Reasons kitchen as he butchers and prepares thick pork chops while Charlie shares his love of blood sausage and enthusiasm for pig skin. For details, visit https://18reasons.org/classes-events/2017-03-03/dinner-discussion-nose-tail-llano-seco-and-makers-common?mc_cid=19b57de096&mc_eid=3270c31522 Cork & Fork
March 3
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Sacramento Marriott — Rancho Cordova
This premier event is an evening of wine tasting from wineries around the region along with gourmet food sampling from many of the area’s best-known restaurants and caterers. The event also features live music and a spectacular silent auction showcasing a variety of items ranging from fine art to exotic getaways, unique home décor, and much more. Cork & Fork is a key fundraiser for the vital work of the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership. For details, visit https://www.corkfork.org

Field Day
March 3 – 4
UC Davis
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be holding its 41st Annual Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day, open to FFA and 4-H high school students from California and surrounding states. These high school students come to Davis to compete in 25 different agriculturally based contests, ranging from livestock judging to agriculture computer applications. UC Davis students from a variety of majors coordinate the contests. For details, visit http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/connect/events/field-day

Behind the Cellar Door
March 3 – 5
Plymouth, CA
Amador Vintner’s wine experience Behind the Cellar Door is the premier weekend for wine enthusiasts filled with barrel samples, wine seminars, and food pairings — Behind the Cellar Door is one of the most entertaining and educational wine events anywhere! For details, visit http://cellarpass.com/behind-the-cellar-door-tickets-1989

Snowfest
March 3 – 12
North Lake Tahoe
Don’t miss 10 full days and nights of events and activities for all ages. Enjoy events at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar, including parades, races, parties, concerts, theater, and, of course, plenty of wining and dining. For details, visit http://tahoesnowfest.org

Edible Sacramento Launch Party
March 4
6 – 9 p.m.
Mulvaney’s B&L — Sacramento
Join us for a special spring-themed cocktail party to celebrate the relaunch of edible Sacramento. Enjoy small bites and a seasonal cocktail as part of the entry fee. A full bar (non-hosted) also will be available for guests. The $10 fee goes wholly to California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1126010617537594/

Brazilian Carnival
March 4
6 p.m. – midnight
Old Sugar Mill — Sacramento
Enjoy an evening of spectacular entertainment with Brazilian band SambaDa and dancers/percussion by Brazilian Dance Company. Admission includes a complimentary samba class and one free drink from the Mardi Gras bar. Special VIP ticket grants access to Copa Lounge with complimentary appetizers. For details, visit http://oldsugarmill.com/events.html

The Spring Herbal Workshop
March 4
9 a.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Discuss ways to address seasonal allergies and their underlying causes, healthy ways to do a spring cleanse, and herbs for collecting, eating, and using medicinally to support overall health and vitality. We will collect plants, make medicine, and sample some of the offerings of the season. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Preparing a Spring Garden
March 4
1 p.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Learn how to plan your garden space and prepare, plant, and care for an abundant, thriving spring garden. This class is for new gardeners or for gardeners who are new to the region. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Dash & Dine
March 4
9 a.m. – Noon
UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden — Davis
Pick your distance and discover the Arboretum as you run or walk along demonstration gardens, plant collections, and the waterway, then enjoy a light, healthy breakfast. Co-sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors and Davis Hiking Club. For details, visit http://publicgarden.ucdavis.edu/event/dash-dine

The Art of Fermentation: Miso Workshop
March 4
1 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Miso is an essential ingredient in most Japanese cuisines, adding unique flavor, protein, and lots of B-vitamins. We'll make white chickpea miso from scratch and learn how it is used as a folk medicine. We will also discuss how to add it as a secret ingredient to boost the nutrition in your everyday diet. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726664

Mardi Gras Crab Feed and Cajun Boil
March 4
6 – 10:30 p.m.
St. John Vianney Parish — Rancho Cordova
Wear your best Mardi Gras costumes and enjoy all-you-can-eat salad, Cajun boil, bread, and, of course, crab! Proceeds benefit the Firefighters Burn Institute. For details, visit http://ffburn.org/2015/2017-crab-feed-mardi-gras-cajun-boil/

Bottle Your Own Wine
March 4 – 5
Noon – 4 p.m.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards — Placerville
Bottle a red blend that will knock your socks off!! Your job is to fill the bottle, label it, insert cork, and add a capsule down in the cellar with one of our staff members. For details, visit http://fentonherriott.com/events.htm

Evening Hike, Wine, and Cheese Tasting
March 5
3 – 5 p.m.
Magnolia Ranch — Coloma
Local winemaker Dominic Mantei will lead this easy-moderate 2½-mile loop hike. This ranch boasts Hastings Creek, oak woodland, and views of the American River. It also provides habitat for black bears, mountain lions, amphibians, birds, raptors, and fish. After the hike, drive directly across the highway to Everhart Vineyards and enjoy wine and cheese. For details, visit http://visiteldorado.mhsoftware.com/ViewNonBannerMonth.html

Brewery Dinner
March 6
6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
New Belgium was a pioneer in craft brewing in the early 1990s. Since then, it has created an eclectic lineup, from the classic Fat Tire to the new Citradelic. Celebrate Sacramento Beer Week with one of the company's original employee owners and taste old favorites and new brews alongside a fabulous globe-hopping menu prepared by Chef Dio. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726673

Walt Klein Lectureship Series
March 8
6 – 7 p.m.
Silverado Sensory Theater — UC Davis
Augustin Huneeus and Augustin Francisco Huneeus are coming to the Institute. Their joint lecture, "Innovation in the World's Second Oldest Profession," is part of the Institute's biannual Walt Klenz Lectureship Series. The series brings wine industry leaders to the Institute for an evening of illuminating discussion. Augustin Huneeus is the Proprietor for Quintessa, and his son, Augustin Francisco, is the proprietor and president of Huneeus Vintners. For details, visit https://registration.ucdavis.edu/Item/Details/299

Chinese Food and Wine Lecture
March 10
Noon – 1 p.m.
International Center — UC Davis
Enjoy this Chinese food and wine lecture with tastings included. For details, visit http://www.trumba.com/calendars/uc-davis-international-global-affairs-confucius-institute#/?i=1

Long Lunch Fridays
March 10
11a.m. – 2 p.m.
Downtown Commons — Sacramento
The first of many recurring public plaza parties and activities, Long Lunch Fridays encourages visitors to stay downtown and spend time enjoying Sacramento’s new gathering place. For details, visit http://www.docosacramento.com

Families in the Kitchen: Pasta Workshop
March 10
4 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Learn to make fresh pasta the old-fashioned way! We will work together to make fresh, handmade rainbow bowtie pasta, creamy alfredo sauce, and sautéed veggies. At the end of class, we will enjoy what we made together, and gelato and sorbetto will be served for dessert. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726235

ArtAbout
March 10
5 – 9 p.m.
Downtown Davis
Enjoy an evening of open galleries and artists’ receptions at businesses, galleries, and other art-friendly locations in Downtown Davis and beyond. Many venues include receptions, refreshments, and opportunities to meet artists. For details, visit http://davisdowntown.com/event/2nd-friday-artabout/?instance_id=19729

The Art of Fermentation: Dairy
March 11
10 a.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Fermented dairy products are traditional in cultures around the world. Before industrialization, fermentation was necessary to preserve milk; it also encourages friendly bacteria to make products that are nutrient dense and easy to digest. Learn how to make yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, and sour cream and then use them to make yogurt cheese, sour cream veggie dip, and some great kefir spiced muffins. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726683

Scotch Whiskys Cocktail Class
March 11
2 – 4 p.m.
Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company — Sacramento
This series of cocktail classes led by Beverage Director Chris Tucker will feature a lecture and demonstration, tasting, and hands-on drink creation. Enjoy small bites from the kitchen while you practice your skills. Space is limited. For details, visit https://hookandladder916.com/cocktail-academy/

Lobster Madness
March 11
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Matchbook Wine Company — Zamora
Our friends at Cousin's Maine Lobster will be joining us for a fun day of lobster, wine, friends, and great views. No tickets required for this event. For details, visit http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/Arts-Culture/Sacramento-Events-Calendar/index.php/name/LOBSTER-MADNESS-at-Matchbook-Wine-Company/event/13086/

Tour Du Monde: Czech Republic
March 11 – 12
Bet Haverim Synagogue — Davis
Enjoy this exclusive tour of the world’s most beautiful chamber music. This installment features Dmitriy Cogan on the piano. For details, visit http://cmssacto.org/program Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 12

Food and Wine Pairing Class
March 12
3 – 5 p.m.
Cork It Again Wine Tasting Room — Davis
Come join Cork It Again and Kouzounas Kitchen in celebrating Greek culture! Chef Krystina Kalapothakos will be demonstrating how to prepare three traditional Greek appetizers from her book Back to My Roots. Appetizers include Greek summer salad, Kalamata olive tapenade, and spanakopita. After the class, we will be pairing wine for you to try with these delicious items. For details, visit http://davisdowntown.com/event/food-wine-pairing-class-traditional-greek-appetizers/?instance_id=20043

Capitol Beer Fest
March 12
Noon 5 p.m.
5th Street Bridge — Sacramento
Celebrate the close of Sacramento Beer Week at the Capitol Beer Fest! Nearly every Sacramento-area brewery is expected to attend, serving more than 300 varieties of craft beer. You’re bound to have a good time. For details, visit http://www.capitolbeerfest.com

Dr. Raj Patel Lecture
March 13
8 p.m.
Mondavi Center — UC Davis
Raj Patel’s Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System is the featured read in this year’s Campus Community Book Project. Patel explains the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance. Patel has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cornell University; has worked for the World Bank and WTO; and protested against them around the world. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. For details, visit https://www.mondaviarts.org/event/2016-17/dr-raj-patel

In the Kitchen with Ame: Vegan Sauces and Dips
March 13
6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Flavorful sauces don't have to be heavy to be good! Ame shares tips for making vegan sauces and dips that will add flavor to a multitude of dishes: spicy coconut cilantro chutney with roast cauliflower; broccoli kale and walnut pesto with creamy polenta; preserved lemon, fennel, and mint relish with white bean puree on crostini. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726705

Empty Bowls Fundraiser
March 13 – 14
River City Food Bank — Sacramento
River City Food Bank’s largest fundraiser of the year is a humble, community-based affair. The hundreds that gather share soup provided by the generosity of local restaurants and served by some of our most recognized community leaders.
The event also is a reminder of the hungry among us. All participants take home a local artist’s handcrafted bowl. Each bowl represents a family, a child, a senior, a student, a person in between addresses, someone struggling with illness, or someone who feels helpless, hopeless, and hungry. For details, visit http://rivercityfoodbank.org/events/

National Pi Day
March 14 Spanish Tapas Party
March 14
6:30 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Tapas are meant to be shared, so this festive menu is perfect for a party. We'll enjoy garlic mushrooms; potato and egg tortilla; pan tomate; goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers; pinchos Morunos (grilled chicken skewers marinated in spices, lemon, and olive oil), and sweet empanadas with apricots and pine nuts. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726712

Beginning Home Gardener Course
March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
5:30 – 8 p.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Designed for beginning gardeners, the Grow Your Groceries Beginning Home Gardener Course will cover the essential topics to help the new gardener create and maintain a thriving, abundant, edible organic garden. Class topics include soil health and fertility, seasonality, water and irrigation, organic pest management, plant needs and requirements, and more. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Kinder Cooks and Books: Bear Wants More!
March 15
3:30 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Story time meets snack time as we read a story and make a snack together. We will get ready for spring with Bear Wants More and make honey cakes with berries. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726250

Composting Workshop
March 15
5:30 p.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Composting is a valuable tool for sustainable living. In this free class, we’ll discuss the basics of how to start, maintain, and harvest compost for your containers, gardens, yards, or community green spaces. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Cooking Out of the CSA Box
March 15
6 p.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Learn to cook with seasonal produce right out of your CSA box. We will explore and master simple vegetarian recipes that everyone in your family will enjoy. Learn the nutritional benefits of the veggies we love. Perfect for anyone who receives a CSA box or people who love to cook with fresh seasonal produce. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Low Carb Breakfasts
March 16
6:30 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Going low-carb can be most difficult in the morning, when bagels and muffins abound! Try these tasty ways to power up your morning instead: spring vegetable frittata, fresh fruit yogurt with cinnamon crunch "granola," almond-pecan protein bars, and raspberry coconut scones. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726720

Yappy Hour
March 16
6 – 8 p.m.
Sactown Union Brewery — Sacramento
Bring your dogs and join the Sacramento SCPA for great beer and food. As usual, $1 a pint benefits the Sacramento SPCA! Meet adoptable dogs and hang out for the coolest yappiest party in town! For details, visit http://www.sspca.org/yappy-hour

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17

Pigs & Pinot
March 17 – 18
Relish Culinary Adventures — Healdsburg
Pigs and Pinot is a weekend full of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Chef Charlie Palmer. Don't miss out on a chance to experience this Iron Chef-style competition hosted by the food-loving actor and comedian Mario Cantone. For details, visit http://www.pigsandpinot.com/events/ Mountain Table Dinner Series — Merryvale Vineyards
March 17
6 – 9 p.m.
Zephyr Lodge — Northstar, CA
Enjoy a locally and regionally sourced, family-style dinner by Merryvale Vineyards. Guests will not only enjoy a fantastic menu, breathtaking views, and live music, but there will be a few surprises as well! For details, visit http://www.northstarcalifornia.com/trip-planning/mountain-table-dinners.aspx

Long Lunch Fridays
March 17
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Downtown Commons — Sacramento
The first of many recurring public plaza parties and activities, Long Lunch Fridays encourages visitors to stay downtown and spend time enjoying Sacramento’s new gathering place. For details, visit http://www.docosacramento.com

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
March 18
2 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Dive Bar — Sacramento
It’s time to put those shamrocks on and head out at the world famous pub crawl for some real shenanigans! The city will be buzzing with energy on St. Patrick’s Day, so meet some new friends while enjoying drink specials and creating great memories. For details, visit https://godowntownsac.com/event/sacramento-st-patricks-day-pub-crawl/

Pizza and Calzones
March 18
1 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Join us as Lucia reveals how to make Italian specialties at home. In this hands-on class, we'll make a basic dough and then use it to create prosciutto and mushroom calzones; fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage, and red pepper calzone; pizza Bianca with goat cheese and seasonal greens; and herbed three-cheese pizzettas. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726695

Canvas & Cocktail
March 18
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Pence Gallery — Davis
Fresh from teaching this workshop in San Diego, painter Kelly Roberts brings her supportive way of demonstrating step-by-step how to paint a stunning still-life scene in our studio upstairs. Art supplies are provided, including an 11-by-14-inch canvas and acrylics. Wine and nonalcoholic drinks are included. Bring a friend, relax, and get artsy! For details, visit http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/Arts-Culture/Sacramento-Events-Calendar/index.php/name/Canvas-Cocktail/event/13062/

Chinese Dumpling Cooking Workshop
March 18
6 – 8 p.m.
Food Innovation Lab — UC Davis
Learn to cook Chinese dumplings in this cooking class. For details, visit http://www.trumba.com/calendars/uc-davis-international-global-affairs-confucius-institute#/?i=1

Pickling and Fermentation
March 18
10 a.m.
Good Humus Produce — Capay
Join us on the farm and learn how to use the ancient art of lactic acid fermentation to preserve fresh produce for better health. A farm fresh lunch and lots of fermented snacks are included. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726701

Tractor Family Fest
March 18
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
California Agricultural Museum — Woodland
Come see monster tractors, real engines at work, and visiting guest tractors. Enjoy live music, participate in special activities, and enjoy our new additions to the Kids’ Corner, including a real Cat 10 to climb on! Face painting, barbecue, beverages, popcorn, and souvenirs available for purchase. Roll on over to support the museum and have a lot of fun! For details, visit http://www.californiaagmuseum.org/museum-event-calendar

Farm Tour
March 18
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Capay Organic — Capay
Come out to the farm! Join us out in the field to learn about what’s in season and how your food is grown. Get your hands a little dirty and harvest something fresh to take home. Enjoy a tractor tram ride around the farm; join in on a kids’ activity; relax and picnic with a scenic view of the hills, fields, and orchards; listen to a farm talk; and visit our market stand with produce fresh from the farm. For details, visit http://capayorganic.com/?page_id=501

Raising Backyard Chickens
March 18
9 a.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Raising chickens in your yard is educational, fun, and rewarding. Besides fresh eggs, they provide the added benefits of soil fertility and pest control. This class will teach you all you need to know to choose the right breeds, provide proper housing, and make sure your chickens are healthy and producing the best eggs you’ve ever tasted. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Gardening With Native Plants
March 18
1 p.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Learn about native plants that grow along the American River Parkway and around Folsom Lake. Create a healthy habitat for yourself and critters using plants that benefit wildlife and use less water and little to no pesticides or herbicides. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Farm Dinner and Tour
March 18
5 p.m.
Full Belly Farm — Guinda
The Farm Dinner and Tour experience consists of a farmer-led tour of Full Belly Farm and a delightful and deliciously prepared seasonal menu — featuring the freshest flavors from the farm. For details, visit http://fullbellyfarm.com/events/full-belly-kitchen/

Literary Arts and Wine
March 19
5 p.m.
The Gallery — Truckee
This local reading series promotes the work of emerging, regional writers and the literary arts. For details, visit http://literaryartsandwine.squarespace.com

Home and Garden Show — Cooking with Ann Leon
March 20
1 p.m.
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds — Chico
This weekend-long event celebrating everything home and garden will also include cooking demos and a chance to sample locally grown and produced food. Join us Chef Ann Leon of Chico favorite Leon’s Bistro to learn about all the ways in which Chef Ann utilizes the whole hog on her menu. Also brush up on your Rancho history and hear more about our sustainable efforts in farming and responsibly raising pigs. For details, visit http://chicohomeandgarden.com/all-about-food/?mc_cid=19b57de096&mc_eid=3270c31522

First Day of Spring
March 20

Park Winters Spring Gala
March 20
5:30 p.m.
Inn at Park Winters — Winters, CA
The first day of spring will see a celebration of Yolo County’s agricultural bounty at this gala to benefit Yolo Farm to Fork. Foods from the farms, ranches, and vineyards of Yolo County will be featured in event that begins with wine and appetizers then continues with a gourmet dinner. The elegant event is an opportunity to enjoy an upscale dinner using fresh, local food in an amazing setting, the simple country luxury of Park Winters. The gala will raise awareness and support for the 43 edible garden-learning projects supported by Yolo Farm to Fork throughout Yolo County. For details, visit http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b714dc8ee8e37e765f5994f5b&id=73d9c29437

Handmade Pasta Basics
March 20
6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Italian food expert Lucia shares her secrets to perfect handmade pasta. We'll start by making basic pasta dough, and then create three different fresh pasta shapes with complementary sauces: fusilli in a prosciutto and green pea sauce; garganelli in a fresh marinara sauce; and strozzapreti with a creamy Alfredo sauce. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726678

National Agriculture Day
March 21

Vegan Curries
March 21
6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Sweet and spicy, creamy and crunchy — curries are an explosion of flavors and textures. We’ll create vegan curries and accompanying dishes: Punjabi rajma — red beans cooked with freshly ground spices; crispy vegetable pakoras; massaman curry vegetables with our own fresh vegan curry paste; and a sweetly spiced coconut burfi for dessert. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2816820

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
March 21
8 – 10 p.m.
Jackson Hall — UC Davis
Alton Brown, author of the James Beard award winning I’m Just Here for the Food and the New York Times-bestselling Good Eats, brings his live cooking science to the Mondavi Center. Fans can expect comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations, and music, but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs, and bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music, and food into two hours of pure entertainment. For details, visit https://www.ucdavis.edu/calendar?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D121275728%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D%26returnUrl%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ucdavis.edu%252Fcalendar%252F%2523home-priority-link

St. Baldrick’s Brave a Shave
March 22
7 – 9 p.m.
Golden 1 Center — Sacramento
Join this St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement! The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers! For details, visit https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/11242/2017

Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs
March 22
5:30 p.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Herbs in the home garden can add flavor to your meals, home remedies to your medicine cabinet, and beauty, diversity, and beneficial insect habitat to your landscape. This hands-on class offers instructions for growing an array of herbs and tips for harvesting and using what you grow. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

The Dr. and the Chef: Balancing Blood Sugar
March 22
6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Join us and explore cooking tips and health strategies to make meals that are both nourishing and delicious. We will discuss key concepts in balancing blood sugar and maximizing nutrition while indulging in a delicious menu: braised short ribs with mashed cauliflower; cream of broccoli soup with coriander-spiced yogurt; asparagus salad with bitter greens; soft-poached, pastured eggs with tarragon mustard dressing; and strawberries with balsamic and black pepper. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726354

Seafood Basics
March 23
6:30 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Many home cooks are intimidated by seafood. Mayumi will help to banish your fears in this class as you learn to choose the freshest seafood and masterfully prepare it using a variety of techniques: New England fish chowder; blackened fish tacos with corn salsa; beer-battered fish with lemon-dill tartar sauce; Asian-style fish in parchment. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726344

Long Lunch Fridays
March 24
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Downtown Commons — Sacramento
The first of many recurring public plaza parties and activities, Long Lunch Fridays encourages visitors to stay downtown and spend time enjoying Sacramento’s new gathering place. For details, visit http://www.docosacramento.com

California Artisan Cheese Festival
March 24 – 26
Petaluma, CA
A weekend-long celebration brought together by a lively and friendly group of experts and presenters from the wonderful world of artisan cheese. The festival promotes broad awareness of the artisan cheesemaking community and enjoyment of its products. For details, visit https://www.artisancheesefestival.com

Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival
March 25
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fairytale Town — Sacramento
Celebrate active and healthy living at the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival! Enjoy free play, games, healthy fun, and more. Sutter’s representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Plus, local health organizations will be offering activities, games, and information on healthy lifestyles. For details, visit http://www.fairytaletown.org/events/sutter-childrens-center-wellness-festival-3/

Spring Gardening Clinic and Plant Sale
March 25
9 a.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Learn from Soil Born Farm’s knowledgeable staff and community educators how to grow vibrant, tasty, and healthy plants. Visit the plant sale to fill your spring garden with native plants from Elderberry Farms, succulents, medicinal and culinary herbs, and edible perennials. Event includes free classes, farm tour, bird walk, and herb walk. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Canvas & Cocktail
March 25
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Pence Gallery — Davis
Fresh from teaching this workshop in San Diego, painter Kelly Roberts brings her supportive way of demonstrating step-by-step how to paint a stunning still-life scene in our studio upstairs. Art supplies are provided, including an 11-by-14-inch canvas and acrylics. Wine and nonalcoholic drinks are included. Bring a friend, relax, and get artsy! For details, visit http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/Arts-Culture/Sacramento-Events-Calendar/index.php/name/Canvas-Cocktail/event/13063/

Fun on the Farm: Enchanted Garden
March 25
9:30 a.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Explore the magical world of the Youth Garden. Learn about the flower fairies and garden gnomes. Make nature wands, flower crowns, and other whimsical crafts to take home. Eat a farm fresh snack. Suggested ages 3–9. This is a child-focused farm experience. Registration is for children only; one adult may accompany each child. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Sourdough Bread Workshop
March 25
1 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
This fun, hands-on workshop will teach you to use and maintain a wild-yeast, a naturally fermented sourdough starter. You'll make a well-structured loaf of sourdough bread, with beautiful crust and crumb. We’ll practice shaping, scoring, and baking bread, and you'll take home a sourdough starter and bread dough to bake the next day. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726335

Spring Wine Club Release Party
March 25 – 26
1 – 4 p.m.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards — Placerville
Come celebrate the Spring Wine Club release on our beautiful pavilion and enjoy light food pairings to enjoy with the new wines. Exclusive for wine club members. For details, visit http://fentonherriott.com/events.htm

Spring Music Series
March 25 – 26
Squaw Valley, CA
The Spring Music Series returns this year with five music-filled weekends. Talented musicians take center stage on the deck at Alpine Meadows for a spring filled with great skiing and exceptional live music. For details, visit http://squawalpine.com/events-things-do/spring-music-series

Intermediate Herbalist Course
March 26
10 a.m.
American River Ranch — Rancho Cordova
Rev. Candis Cantin, integrative herbalist, counselor, and teacher leads this course, which is designed for those who have completed Cantin’s beginners’ program or its equivalent. The intermediate curriculum continues to explore Ayurvedic and Chinese healing systems in greater depth and will cover digestive problems, diabetes, exhaustion, tongue diagnosis, plant ID, medicine preparation, and harvesting herbs. For details, visit https://soilborn.org/calendar/

Cooking with Quinoa
March 28
6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Quinoa is gluten-free, quick-cooking, and a complete protein source. Shankari shares some tasty ways to incorporate quinoa into your diet: apple spice pancakes, savory quinoa pilaf, warm quinoa salad with roasted vegetables and ginger scallion dressing, rustic vegetable soup, and coconut quinoa pudding for dessert. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726327

Sensational Sushi
March 30
6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op — Sacramento
Sushi can be a fun finger food or an elegant appetizer. Learn how to choose the best fish, and discover techniques for making hand rolls and maki sushi rolls. We'll make a spicy California roll with avocado, a smoked-salmon hand roll with pickled red onions, and a seasonal veggie roll. You'll eat what you roll, so come prepared to have a great time. For details, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2726320

Long Lunch Fridays
March 31
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Downtown Commons — Sacramento
The first of many recurring public plaza parties and activities, Long Lunch Fridays encourages visitors to stay downtown and spend time enjoying Sacramento’s new gathering place. For details, visit http://www.docosacramento.com

WinterWonderGrass Festival
March 31 – April 2
Squaw Valley, CA
WinterWonderGrass returns for another gathering, mixing the finest ingredients of the North Lake Tahoe lifestyle and delivering a batch to local music enthusiasts and the global winter audience. For details, visit http://www.winterwondergrasstahoe.com

 

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