Living in the North Bay offers us an abundance of options for healthy and compassionate eating. For anyone who's interested in celebrating or exploring vegan dining, there are two eye-opening events in Santa Rosa and Napa on Aug. 15.
At the Finley Center in Santa Rosa, the Sonoma County VegFest is an all-day extravaganza of food, presentations, chef demos, a screening of Speciesism: The Movie and family-fun activities running from 10am to 5pm. Bestselling authors Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Mark Hawthorne will be talking about the virtues of a vegan diet, while Healdsburg's Chalk Hill Cookery, San Rafael's My Sweetheart Wife's Vegan Kitchen and others will be serving vegan dishes. (The Bohemian is a sponsor.)
Over in Napa, City Winery invites you to "Eat, Drink and Be Vegan!" at this benefit for Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, a first-of-its-kind, no-kill shelter and adoption service for homeless domestic and farm animals in Napa Valley. This dinner and silent auction fundraiser boasts a four-course vegan meal from City Winery executive chef Joseph Panarello that features locally grown produce, vegan cheese from Miyoko's Creamery in Fairfax (pictured) and wine from Sonoma Valley's Tin Barn Vineyards and Napa Valley's Luna Vineyards.
Sonoma County VegFest takes place at the Finley Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. 10am. $5. 707.540.1760. Eat, Drink and Be Vegan happens at City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. 6:30pm. $85. 707.260.1600.