Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Tilted Shed Cider Dinner at Fine & Rare SF. Fine & Rare prides itself in sourcing the finest ingredients the Bay Area has to offer and using them to craft refreshingly unpretentious plates. While fish and wine are its typical bread 'n' butter, the eatery delivers a one-night-only, four-course tasting experience that reminds us that fall is here.
August 1 to October 31, 2015. Sebastopol Free Community Apple Press. Full disclosure, I’m a member of the Slow Food Russian River apple core group and we donated our old barrel press to this project. Fuller disclosure: it’s awesome. There wouldn’t be as many orchards left here as there are in Sonoma County if it weren’t for this group, and they deserve a lot of credit and appreciation. Slow Food is 100% behind cider as a way to preserve and sustain our local apple economy, and the free apple press is tremendous service to the community. Bring 100 pounds of apples max (from local growers or your backyard) to their site at the Luther Burbank Experiment Farm in Sebastopol, and you have full use of their presses to make your own juice. It’s that’s simple! It’s a fantastic family activity, and you can give the kids some juice and save the rest for your own cidermaking. Check their website for details, location, and schedule and to sign up for a time slot.