Olive Season in Sonoma Valley is back! Have you never been? Then get in on the scoop! Several events over several weekends to choose from starting this weekend with Martini Madness at MacArthur Place – plus one of my favorites – the Feast of the Olive on Saturday, January 30, 2016

The 15th Annual Feast of the Olive
A splendid dinner comprised of 7 delicious courses of olive inspirations paired with local Sonoma Valley wines while seated cozily with nearly a 100 of your newest friends!


Lovely poster from 2015 showcases local artist Pat Meier-Johnsons winning “Gift of the Olive”. Studio 35 holds an annual competition for Sonoma artists for art selection on the poster! I can’t wait to see who won this year. All the original entries are on display thru the 11th at the studio. Sometimes a poster is the single most important reason I attend events for the first time,

Featuring culinary delights and exceptional wine offerings from more than 25 of the Valley’s finest chefs and winemakers, the menu will highlight the region’s second-largest crop, the olive. Guests will be immersed in a celebration of the senses, enjoying the health benefits of an olive-based cuisine and the wellness that comes along with the flourishing lifestyle of Mediterranean cultures.

Each table has a dedicated team of executive chefs who collaborate and prepare a seven-course tasting dinner, curated using local, artisan olives and olive oils paired with award-winning tasty Sonoma Valley wines.

Chefs from the finest restaurants in Sonoma Valley will be participating in this year’s Feast of the Olive Dinner, including those from Aventine, BV Whiskey Bar & Grill, Café La Haye, Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma, Carneros Caves, Crisp Bake Shop, Depot Hotel Restaurant, El Dorado Kitchen, Glen Ellen Star, La Salette, Olive & Vine, Oso Sonoma, Ramekins Culinary School, Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place Inn & Spa, Santé Restaurant at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Shiso Modern Asian Kitchen, Stone Edge Farm, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Tasca Tasca, The Epicurean Connection and the girl & the fig. B.R. Cohn Winery & Vineyards, The Olive Press and Figone’s Olive Oil Co. will also be among the participants showcasing their premium extra virgin olive oils.

Wineries pouring during the dinner include Benziger Family Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Corner 103, Gloria Ferrer, Imagery Estate Winery, Keating Wines, Pangloss Cellars, and Patz N Hall Winery.


The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. at The Generals Daughter, with the Feast of the Olive dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn in the Vineyard Room, located at 450 West Spain Street in Sonoma, just west of the historic Sonoma Plaza. Tickets are $175 per person.

To purchase tickets, visit www.olivefestival.com or call (707) 996-1090 ext. 108. For additional information, please contact the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau at (707) 996-1090.

Photo Credit: Sonomavalley.com