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***An Invitation to WINDYRAMA:Cheese Tasting - NY Pie - Papas' Taverna - Hog Island, 9/13 & 9/14***

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***An Invitation to WINDYRAMA:Cheese Tasting - NY Pie - Papas' Taverna - Hog Island, 9/13 & 9/14***

Melanie Wong | Sep 3, 2003 03:35 AM

One of our community's favorite chowhounds, "Windy", hits the big 4-0 this month. We're helping her celebrate with three chowdown events in the North Bay. We'll also commemorate this very special birthday with a financial contribution to Chowhound.com.

Part I: THE POWER OF CHEESE - Saturday, Sept. 13, 9:30am to 5pm

Join us for a day in Sonoma's cheese country with tours and tastings at two small scale farmstead producers. By special arrangement, our group will have the chance to see the herds and learn more about sustainable agriculture and the process of cheesemaking. Our lunch stop will be NY Pie in Santa Rosa, currently a top choice for New York style pizza in the Bay Area. "The Manhattan" aka quattro formaggi pie, anyone?

Our day will begin in Petaluma, about 40 miles north of San Francisco. Depending on the interests of the group and timing, we might have bonus stops at additional dairies, a winery, or a local farmers market as well. The grape harvest and wine crush will be in full swing with the scents of fermentation in the air. This the best time of year to visit Sonoma's farm trails.

In addition to the cost of lunch, there will be a cover charge of about $15 per person for this tour which includes tasting fees and a contribution to Chowhound.com. Space is limited.

Part II: DINNER AND LIVE MUSIC AT A GREEK TAVERNA - Saturday, Sept. 13, 6:30pm to ???

The roving birthday party continues at Papas' Taverna on the Petaluma River with dinner and Greek dancing. Opah! C'mon along and toast our birthday girl with retsina.

Live music starts at 7pm with a belly dance show at 8:15pm. We can have a big group here - the more, the merrier!

Part III: OYSTERS GALORE - Sunday, Sept. 14, 11am to 3pm

Let's celebrate Windy's good fortune to be born in an "R" month with an oyster marathon! Never get your fill of the tasty bivalves? This time we're going to the source, Hog Island in Marshall on Tomales Bay (picture below). At $68 per 100, we can afford to reserve plenty to satisfy even the most avid oysterhound.

This will be a "brown bag" - pack your own lunch, beverages, and whatever you'd like to accompany the oyster feast. Maybe cheeses bought on tour the day before or breads and supplies purchased from local artisan purveyors in Point Reyes, Marshall or Tomales. Grills are available. If you prefer to barbecue your oysters, remember to pack the charcoal and grill gear. Bring a bottle of wine to share (and wine glasses) if you like. To thank you for your support of the site, I'll be pouring a three-vintage vertical tasting of Dehlinger Chardonnay.

The picnic area is first come, first serve, so we need a couple volunteers to arrive early (~ 10am) to save some picnic tables for the group.

In addition to the cost of your oyster purchases, there will be a cover charge of about $15 per person which includes Hog Island site fees and a contribution to Chowhound.com. Space is limited.

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If you'd like to attend one or more events, please email me at MsWine@onebox.com. Please let me know if you can help coordinate part of the field trips or stake out space at Hog Island.

Can't come? You can still make a contribution to help Chowhound.com's financial crisis - click the link below for details. Thanks for doing your part to keep the chow party going.

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