Dinner and a movie is classic night out, but how about dinner and a book?
Santa Rosa's excellent Spinster Sisters restaurant is hosting an ongoing series of prix fixe meals paired with authors reading from their books. The events are a partnership with Corte Madera's Book Passage. The meals are inspired by the night's featured cookbook, and the price of the meal ($95) includes tax, wine and a copy of the featured book. That's a pretty good deal, and, not surprisingly, all previous events have sold out.
"It's a pretty exciting proposition," says Giovanni Cerrone, general manager and partner at the restaurant. "It's more than a book presentation."
The next three events look particularly good. Jean-Pierre and Denise Moullé will present their cookbook French Roots on Oct. 8. The book features French and California recipes from Moullé, longtime executive chef at Chez Panisse and his wife, both natives of France.
On Nov. 2, the restaurant will feature the authors of The Pollan Family Table—Corky, Tracy, Lori and Dana. The book features a forward by good food patriarch Michael Pollan.
Then on Nov. 12 chef Sean Brock will appear for a presentation and a talk about his new book, Heritage. Brock is a South Carolina–based chef who runs McCrady's and Husk restaurants.
For reservations, call Book Passage at 415.927.0960. The Spinster Sisters is located at 401 S. A St., Santa Rosa. 707.528.7100.