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Garlic, Gadgets and Granges

Food events this week include Festa Italiana, Kathleen Hill and the State Grange Convention

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Ever want to get stuffed like a ravioli? Or maybe you'd prefer to be stuffed and then twisted around like a tortellini? Either way, the Festa Italiana is the way to go. The annual event sponsored by the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation features food served in the traditional way (that is, in quantities far greater than could ever be consumed in one sitting), music for dancing (presumably led by accordion) and bocce (hopefully followed by a glass of sambuca with the boys) on Sunday, Oct.13, at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. 11am–6pm. $6–$10. 707.591.9696.

Modern kitchen gadgets are confusing enough, with more than half of Sur le Table's inventory feeling completely foreign to many home cooks. But antique ones can be downright puzzling. Writer and collector Kathleen Hill demonstrates some of the more confounding contraptions at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art as part of the exhibit "Kitchen Memories." Saturday, Oct. 12. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 2pm. 707.939.7862.

Sebastopol is such an important part of the grange revival that the California State Grange has chosen the town to host the 141st California State Grange Convention. Members from the 200-plus grange communities in the state converge for a showcase of grange talents, awards night dinner, talent show and other events beginning Thursday, Oct. 10 and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 13. 6000 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. Times and prices vary. 707.573.6049.—Nicolas Grizzle

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