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Mendocino Crab & Wine Days

January 22 - 31, 2010



 Mendocino Crab & Wine Days
January 22 - Jan, 31, 2010

Call: 866-GoMendo. goMendo.com
 

2010 Crab & Wine Days offers succulent Dungeness crab, the first choice of many crab lovers. Ranked as one of America’s Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals by Coastal Living Magazine, crab feeds, winemakers dinners, cooking classes, wine competitions and numerous food and wine events fill the calendar of this annual crowd pleaser.

 

From crabbing demonstrations to crab cruises, cooking classes to cioppino feeds, visitors to this northern California coastal region are pleasantly surprised by the  gourmet restaurants, unique inns, picturesque villages, friendly wineries, wild and scenic rivers, majestic redwoods and rugged seaside in America’s Greenest Wine Region, Mendocino County.

Newspaper “tablecloths” and bibs greet guests in a tradition that allows you to dig in and enjoy your crab with a mug of Mendocino County ale. Among the many attractions and activities surrounding this event here are some highlights:
Mendocino County’s rugged coastline has been home to generations of fishermen who harvest the bounties of our cold, clear Pacific Ocean, including delicious Dungeness crab. And, every January, Mendocino County celebrates this delightful crustacean and locally grown and produced wines with a Festival that delights foodies and oenophiles alike!

Escape to Mendocino County today!

To make the trip more fun, we are hosting a Crab & Wine Days Passport Wine Tasting. Visit participating wineries for a chance to win great prizes! Tasting runs from Jan.22nd - 31st.

**Calendar of Events**

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rack & Riddle Tasting Room – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Throughout the Festival, stop by Rack & Riddle’s tasting room and get your passport stamped while you enjoy some Rack & Riddle Sparkling and still wines. Both weekends of the Festival experience our sparkling and still wines paired with selected crab appetizers. 14100 Mountain House Road, Hopland | 707.744.8100 | Rack & Riddle

Crab Martini Hour at The Wine Bar at Stevenswood – Noon – 4:00 p.m.
The WINE BAR at Stevenswood will be serving our Crab Martinis and SoJu-Hito drinks, (Korean vodka with lemon, limes & sparkling water). Stop in for a refreshing break from the ordinary at the hip & stylish Wine Bar at Stevenswood. 8211 North Highway One | 2 Minutes South of Mendocino Village | Little River | 800.421.2810 | Stevenswood

Cioppino Dinner - A Benefit for Mendocino Coast Clinics! - Three Seatings: 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Feast on steaming bowls of Cioppino brimming with Dungeness Crab & local seafood! This family-style dinner includes salad, fresh-baked bread, dessert & locally-roasted Thanksgiving coffee. Bibs & napkins are plentiful! Mendocino County wines & beer from North Coast Brewing Company available. Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes. Support MCC’s Mission to provide quality health care to all Coastal residents. $35/adult; $15/kids under 12. Historic Pentecost Hall – 822 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg | 707.961.3463 | Mendo Coast Clinics

Art Center of Ukiah Salutes the Crab and Wine Industry - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
As a tribute to the to the history of crab fishing and wine making in Mendocino County, the artists of inland Mendocino County present works of art, photographs, glass works, mosaics, silk painting demonstration, live music with the Schlep Tones, crab appetizers, and wine pouring by Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery. 201 S. State St., Ukiah | 707.391.8057.

St. Anthony's - Knights of Columbus "Crabs Crabs Crabs" – 6:00 p.m. No Host Bar; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Attend the “Meanest 2-Night” Crab Feed on the Coast - All you can eat Crab, Salad, Bread & Wine! A full evening of entertainment. $40/person. Get your tickets early as this event sells out every year. Crown Hall, Mendocino | 707.937.2406 | kccrabfeed@mcn.org.

Saturday, January 23

Elk Cove Inn and Spa Champagne & Crab Brunch – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Come join us for our Champagne & Crab Brunch in our beautiful ocean view breakfast room. $25.00/person (No charge for inn guests). 6300 Highway One S., Elk | 800.275.2967 | Elk Cove Inn

Climb Aboard the Skunk Train! – 10:00 a.m.
In celebration of Crab & Wine Days the historic Skunk Train is once again offering the Crab & Wine Train. You are invited to climb aboard the Skunk Train for a delightful day. As your train snakes deep into the heart of Mendocino County, traveling along the forest floor you will be treated to local Mendocino County wines and tasty food featuring crab. 866.45.SKUNK (457.5865) | Fort Bragg | Skunk Train

Lazy Creek Vineyards – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop by our Tasting Room and get your Passport stamped as you sample your favorite crustacean paired with our wines! Free Tasting. 4741 Highway 128, Anderson Valley | 888.529.9275 | Lazy Creek Vineyards

BARRA of Mendocino – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stop in and get your Passport stamped and warm up with Cajun Crab Bisque paired with our favorite BARRA wines. 7051 North State, Redwood Vly | 707.485.0322 | Barra of Mendocino

McNab Ridge Tasting Room – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come get your Passport stamped, try some outstanding wine, barrel taste our new 2007 Grenache, futures available. We’ll also be serving a special Crab appetizer of the day. 13441 South Highway 101, Hopland | 707.744.1986 | McNab Ridge

Navarro Vineyards – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stop in our Tasting Room and get your Passport stamped while you sample our very special Crab Quiche paired with extraordinary Navarro wines. Free Tasting. 5601 Highway 128, Anderson Valley | 800.537.9463 | Navarro Wine

Claudia Springs Winery - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Stop in for wine pairings with tasty crab dishes. $3.00/person for purchase of souvenir wine glass. Free Recipe cards. 1810 Hwy 128, Navarro, near mile marker 16 - next to the Floodgate Café | 707.895.3993 | Claudia Springs

Handley Cellars – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join Handley Cellars as we celebrate Crab & Wine Days in our tasting room with crab-focused wine and food pairings. 3151 Highway 128, Philo | 800-733-3151 | Handley Cellars

Mariah Vineyards – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
We would love to have you visit us and experience tasting our wines accompanied with appetizers at our high elevation vineyard and winery, Mariah Vineyards. Free of charge. 33525 Mountain View Road, Point Arena | 707.882.2243 | Mariah Vineyards

Rack & Riddle Tasting Room – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan. 22.

11th Annual Crab Cake Cook-Off and Wine Tasting Competition! – A Benefit for Mendocino Coast Clinics! - Noon – 3:00 p.m.
We're back in the Tent! Mendocino chefs prepare sizzling crab cakes to taste with wines selected by Mendocino vintners. Food & Wine writers choose the best - while you vote your favorite for the coveted People's Choice Award! Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes. Join us for fabulous food & drink in a gorgeous setting - and Help us Fund the Gap of uncompensated health care for All Coastal residents. Look for the Big White Tent on the corner of Spruce & Main, Fort Bragg. $75/person. 707.961.3463 | Mendo Coast Clinics

Meet the Crab Cake Cook-Off Judges:
Katie Arnold-Ratliff – O, the Oprah Magazine
Katie is a member of the editorial staff at O, the Oprah Magazine, where her writing onfood, drink, and travel appears regularly. She is also a fiction writer, whose first novel, Bright Before Us As a Flame, will be published in Fall 2010. A northern California native, she lives in New York.

Grisel Diaz Ors – Skylights magazine, Inflight publication for Spirit Airlines
Grisel Diaz Ors is the Executive Food and Wine Editor and Restaurant Reviewer for Worth International Media Group, publishers of Skylights and Prevue magazines and other travel publications. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she is a trained chef and food writer. As Culinary Editor, Grisel travels the world seeking out delicious regional foods and wines, trends and products. Born in Cuba, she has lived in Mexico and currently resides in Miami and the Berkshire Mountains.

Mary Orlin – In Wine Country
Mary Orlin is the Emmy award-winning Executive Producer of NBC’s In Wine Country, wine country’s premier lifestyle show that airs nationally on the NBC Network. She launched the show in October 2001; it is now in its ninth season. In 2005 she received the James Beard Foundation Award, as well as Emmys in 2007 and 2008, and has garnered numerous other journalism awards for the show. She has also been a wine judge at the California State Fair, Livermore Valley’s Taste of Terroir and the Santa Cruz Mountains wine competitions. Prior to working at NBC, Mary Orlin was a producer for CNN Travel Now, CNN’s program on worldwide destinations, trends, wine and cuisines. She also served as an editor and reporter for Zagat Survey and Travelocity Magazine, and was food and wine editor for the Palo Alto Weekly.

Paige Porter Fischer – Better Homes & Gardens
Paige Porter Fischer is the West Coast Editor of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Based in San Francisco, she produces food, garden, and home design stories for the magazine, which boasts more than 30 million readers. Paige has been with Better Homes & Gardens for five years. Previously, she was features writer for Coastal Living magazine. When she’s not writing, shooting, or editing stories, Paige enjoys eating her way around the Bay Area with her husband, Greg, and daughter, Cate.

Julia Rutland – Coastal Living magazine
As Food and Entertaining Senior Editor for Coastal Living magazine, Julia produces a wide variety of food columns in each issue: Entertaining, Happy Hour, Local Flavor, and Fresh Catch. You’ll find Julia happily multitasking, whether it’s writing, developing and testing recipes, food styling, or checking out the latest seafood restaurant. Often flying from coast to coast to coordinate location photography, Julia has yet to select her favorite beach. Julia is a Certified Culinary Professional with the International Association of Culinary Professionals and member of the National Beekeepers Association, Alabama Beekeepers Association, Slow Food USA, Southern Foodways Alliance, and American Institute of Wine and Food.

Olivia Wu – Executive Chef, Google
Olivia Wu is an Executive Chef at Google,Inc. in Mountain View. She has been a cooking teacher, cookbook author, caterer, personal chef and journalist, writing for several Chicago dailies and the San
Francisco Chronicle. At Google, she is part of a culinary team that oversees 18 cafes in Northern California, in a program dedicated to local, seasonalfoods and committed to sustainability.

Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation & Fort Bragg Rotary Annual Crab Feed - 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Proceeds to Benefit the Timberwolf Stadium and Fort Bragg Rotary Projects, tickets available at Harvest Market or the Mendocino Coast Chamber. $40/person; children under 10 free with adult. Fort Bragg Fire House, Fort Bragg | 707.964.3749.

Experience the Lifestyle - Olive Oil Tasting & Lodging at Shooting Star Ranch – 4:30 p.m.
Join Sue Ellery & Tom Hunter, founders of Stella Cadente Olive Oil Company for an afternoon olive oil tasting including hors d’oeuvres and wine. Stella Cadente is the only California olive oil producer to win BEST OF SHOW twice at the OILS OF THE WORLD COMPETITION at the Los Angeles County Fair. $50/person. 3 miles west of Boonville | 415.971.4370 | scellery@gmail.com.

Eleventh Annual Navarro Vineyards Crabulious Wine Tasting at Dennen's Victorian Farm House – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Navarro will be pouring their exceptional wines and of course, we will be serving our "pull out the stops" Crab Hors d'oeuvres. No extra charge to inn guests. Festival Goodies and wine are waiting in your room, as well. The full gourmet breakfast that is delivered to the privacy of your room each morning also contains the crab we are celebrating...Plus the "pull out the stops" hors d'oeuvres and wine...MMMMM! If you’re not lucky enough to stay with us, reserve space for $18/person. 7001 North Highway 1 (2 Mi So of Mendocino) | 800.264.4723 | Victorian Farm House

St. Anthony's - Knights of Columbus "Crabs Crabs Crabs" –6:00 p.m. No Host Bar; 7:00 p.m. Dinner – See Listing Jan 22.

Willits Rotary Club Annual Crab Feed – 6:00 p.m.
Benefitting Willits High School Scholarship Fund. $40/person. Willits Senior Center, 1501 Baechtel Road, Willits. Contact Jim Harden -707.459.5649.

Gualala Arts Jazz Series “Latin and West Coast Sounds” – 7:30 p.m.
The Larry Vuckovich International Sextet plus “Valeriana Quevedo’s Song and Dance” is the title of the two part concert presented by Gualala Arts Center in association with Fred Adler, KTDE 100.5 FM. The exotic south of the border vocalist/dancer, Valeriana Quevedo, will join the group after intermission for a passionate set of Salsa and American song and dance, presented in both Spanish and English. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $30 advance, $35.00 day of the concert, if available. 46501 Gualala Rd, Gualala | 800.838.3006 | Gualala Arts Center

Legendary Standish Winery & Chef Rocco Serve up a Crab & Wine Feast at the Award Winning Stevenswood!
Nowhere else has this incredible combination. Relax in the elegant, but unpretentious dining room of The Restaurant at Stevenswood for an evening of crab and wine like no other. Five courses, each individually paired by Chef Rocco and Standish Managing Director Valerie Oswald, to the best of their stellar library of wines. $99/person. Tables always sell out for this event. 8211 North Highway One (2 Minutes South of Mendocino Village) Little River | 800.421.2810 | Stevenswood

Sunday, January 24

Elk Cove Inn and Spa Champagne & Crab Brunch – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Husch Vineyards – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Husch Vineyards is hosting an open house with a special crab appetizer and wine pairing. Throughout the Festival, stop in and get your Passport stamped, pick up crab recipes and learn fun crab facts. Husch Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery and is the oldest winery in the Anderson Valley. No charge. 4400 Hwy 128, Philo | 707.895.3216 | Husch Vineyards

McNab Ridge Tasting Room - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Stanford Inn by the Sea Guided Mushroom Walks - 10:30 a.m. by reservation only.
See listing Jan 23.

Claudia Springs Winery - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Handley Cellars – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Mariah Vineyards – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Rack & Riddle Tasting Room – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 22.

Mendo Bistro Crab Cooking Master Class – 1:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join Mendo Bistro Chef/Owner Nicholas Petti in his special crab cooking Master class. $35/person, $65/couple. Upstairs at the Company Store – 301 North Main Street, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4974 | Mendo Bistro

Monday, January 25

Elk Cove Inn and Spa Wine Tasting & Hors d'oeuvres – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
We will be offering selected local wines for tasting along with a variety of crab-inspired hors d'oeuvres. Reservations please. $25.00/person (No charge for inn guests). 6300 Highway One S., Elk 800-275-2967 - Elk Cove Inn

Little River Inn Old Fashioned Crab Feed – 6:30 p.m.
Don your bib and pour the wine! Join us for a traditional crab feed, complete with bib, crackers and newspaper-covered tables. The star of the menu is, of course, fresh crab brought in fresh to Noyo Harbor and served cold and cracked. Includes 1 ½ crab and all you can eat sides. $55/person. 7901 North Highway 1, Little River | 707.937.5942 | Little River Inn

Tuesday, January 26

Elk Cove Inn and Spa Wine Tasting & Hors d'oeuvres – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
See Listing Jan 25.

Mendo Bistro
Come celebrate our 11th Anniversary. There will be door prizes and fun for all. Upstairs at the Company Store – 301 North Main Street, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4974 | Mendo Bistro

Wednesday, January 27

Elk Cove Inn and Spa Wine Tasting & Hors d'oeuvres – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
See Listing Jan 25.

Thursday, January 28

Elk Cove Inn and Spa Wine Tasting & Hors d'oeuvres – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
See Listing Jan 25.

Beachcomber Motel On The Beach - 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Beachcomber Motel on the Beach is celebrating Crab & Wine Days with a special Sunset Soup Supper prepared by Assaggiare Mendocino featuring Crabulous Cioppino, Chowder, Hot Garlic Bread and local wines on Beachcomber's Captain's Deck. 1111 North Main Street, Fort Bragg | 800.400.SURF (7873) | The Beach Comber

Roederer Estate Winemaker Dinner at Café Beaujolais - 6:00 p.m.
Join Chef David LaMonica and Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich for a six course, crab-inspired dinner, featuring Roederer Estate Sparkling Wines and Still Wines. $90/person plus tax and gratuity. 961 Ukiah St., Mendocino | 707.937.5614 | Cafe Beaujolais

Mermaid Ball – 6:30 p.m.
Handley Cellars and the Ledford House Restaurant are pleased to bring you the Tenth Annual Mermaid Ball. This whimsical evening will brighten your mid-winter with music, dancing, a crab-focused menu, and Handley wine with every course! Costumes are de rigueur. Ledford House Restaurant, 3000 North Hwy 1, Albion | 707.937.0282 | ledford@mcn.org.

Friday, January 29

Crab and Wine Days at Patrona Restaurant and Lounge with Paul Dolan Vineyards and Parducci Wine Cellars – 4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. - Little fuss, tons of flavor. Simple sauces can transform everyday ingredients into amazing combinations of succulent crab and luscious wines. Taste four fantastic crab and wine pairings from Parducci, Paul Dolan Vineyards and Patrona Restaurant and Lounge. $20/person. 130 W. Standley St., Ukiah | 707.462.9181.

BARRA OF MENDOCINO Winemaker Dinner at Silver’s at the Wharf – 6:30 p.m.
Charlie and Martha Barra, of BARRA of Mendocino winery, will be pairing their award-winning wines with a scrumptious five-course winemaker dinner fit for a gourmand by Silver of Silver’s at the Wharf in the Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. The first four courses feature succulent local crab. Seating is limited to the first 30 guests. $75/person plus tax and tip. 32260 North Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg | 707.964.4283 | Silvers at the Wharf

Rendezvous Restaurant and Greenwood Ridge Vineyards Winemaker Dinner – 7:00 p.m.
Join Chef Kim Badenhop and Winemaker Allan Green for a feast featuring crab, Riesling and much more. Kim will create a series of innovative courses which will provide sublime matches for Allan's wines, both red and white plus surprises too fabulous to mention in print! 647 North Main Street, Ft. Bragg | 707.964.8142 | Rendezvous Inn

Armenian Cultural Festival – January 29 - 31
Gualala Arts honors the history and culture of Armenia and its contribution to the United States and to the world at large with a full weekend festival that will present fine art, literature, music and cuisine. Traditional food and drink provided. Advance tickets $15 includes small plate of Armenian food. $5 more day of event. Youth 7-17 free. 46501 Gualala Rd, Gualala | 707.884.1138 | Gualala Arts Center

Saturday, January 30

Elk Cove Inn and Spa Champagne & Crab Brunch – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Climb Aboard the Skunk Train! – 10:00 a.m.
See listing Jan 23.

BARRA of Mendocino – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stop in and get your Passport stamped and savor hot crab appetizers paired with our favorite BARRA wines. 7051 North State, St., Redwood Valley | 707.485.0322 | Barra of Mendocino

McNab Ridge Tasting Room - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Claudia Springs Winery - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Handley Cellars – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Mariah Vineyards – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan. 23.

Rack & Riddle Tasting Room – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan. 22.

Yorkville Cellars Tasting Room - Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy multiple vintages of Semillon including barrel samples with delicious and bountiful crab appetizers. $15 fee (waived for Yorkville Cellars club members). 25701 Hwy 128 Yorkville | 707.894.9177 | Yorkville Cellars

Albion River Inn Three-Course Crab Tasting with Wine – 1:00 p.m.
Join Chef Stephen as he prepares his famous Thai-Style Dungeness Crab Cakes and two more delectable crab treats. $40/person. 3790 North Highway 1, Albion | 800.479.7944 | Albion River Inn

Call of the Wild Revisited- Pet Parade – 1:30 p.m.
For the dog that best resembles the dog "Buck" which London immortalized in Call of the Wild. Parade route begins at the Greenwood Pier Inn Cafe with participants promenading down to the Old Greenwood-Elk Post Office, now a museum-interpretive center, pausing to honor the place where Buck was conceived in London's mind. Judging will take place at the Museum at 1:45 p.m., with awards ceremony to follow. 5928 Highway One, Elk | 800.807.3423 | Greenwood Pier Inn

Londer Winemaker’s Dinner at Little River Inn – 6:30 p.m.
Savor the delicate sweetness of Dungeness crab alongside the artful wines of Londer Vineyards. Chef Marc Dym will wow you with his five-course menu, while Larry and Shirlee Londer make you feel like you’re in their living room. $90/person. 7901 N. Hwy 1, Little River | 707.937.5942 | Little River Inn

Mendocino Stories & Music Series Presents the “Groovinators” – 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
This trio plays a potent combination of original and traditional blues, jazz, and swing rendered into their own inimitable style. The “Groovinators” is always a crowd favorite. Music for listening and dancing. Full bar and bistro menu. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sliding scale $10 - 15. Hill House of Mendocino, 10701 Palette Dr., Mendocino | 707.937.1732 | Mendocino Stories

Sunday, January 31

Elk Cove Inn and Spa Champagne & Crab Brunch – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
See listing Jan 23.

McNab Ridge Tasting Room - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Navarro Vineyards – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Claudia Springs Winery - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Handley Cellars – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Mariah Vineyards – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 23.

Rack & Riddle Tasting Room – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 22.

Yorkville Cellars Tasting Room – Noon – 3:00 p.m.
See listing Jan 30.

Esterlina Vineyards & Winery – Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Please join us for a special Wine and Crab pairing with our extraordinary Esterlina wines. Get your Passport stamped here: 1200 Holmes Ranch Road, Philo | 707.895.2920 | Esterlina Vineyards

Kids Under the Sea Party at Little River Inn - 12:30 p.m.
Join the fun at Little River Inn for an afternoon of crab-inspired festivities. Games, costume making and crab walk races are all on the agenda! Mermaids and pirates welcome. Kid events always sell out quickly. $10 donation benefits Friends of the Mendocino Coast Animals. 7901 North Highway 1, Little River | 707.937.5942 | Little River Inn

**Expanded Festival Events**

Saturday, January 9

McNab Ridge Tasting Room – Food & Wine Series – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Help us get a jump start on Mendocino Crab & Wine Days. Come join us for the latest in our popular “McNab’s Second Saturday” series of complimentary Food & Wine pairings. This one’s all about fresh local Dungeness Crab. We’ll be serving up Denise’s Famous Crab Tomato Bisque, Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip and a Crab-Pineapple Dip perfectly paired with our DELICIOUS 2008 Chardonnay plus other selected food & wine pairings for the day. Taste our brand new 2007 Grenache straight from the barrel, futures available. 13441 South Highway 101, Hopland | 707.744.1986 | McNab Ridge

Saturday, January 16

Pacific Star Winery Annual Crab & Wine Gala – Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Featuring local Dungeness crab with a variety of side dishes paired with Pacific Star wines. The event is held at our ocean-side winery 12 miles north of Fort Bragg. Pacific Star Wine Club members $60; Guests $70. 33000 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg. | 707.962.9463 | Pacirfic Star Winery

Monday, January 18

Little River Inn Old Fashioned Crab Feed – 6:30 p.m.
Don your bib and pour the wine! Join us for a traditional crab feed, complete with bib, crackers and newspaper-covered tables. The star of the menu is, of course, fresh crab brought in fresh to Noyo Harbor and served cold and cracked. Includes 1 ½ crab and all you can eat sides. $55/person. 7901 North Highway 1, Little River | 707.937.5942 | Little River Inn

The Restaurant at Stevenswood – Little River - 7:00 p.m.
Join Chef Rocco and Phillips Hill Winemaker Toby Hill, for an intimate Farm to Table five-course CRAB & WINE Dinner. JUST $75/person! 8211 North Highway One (2 Minutes South of Mendocino Village) Little River | 800.421.2810 | Stevenswood

Wednesday, January 20

Little River Concert Series – 7:30 p.m.
Hawaiian-born, Chris Yeaton draws from a lineage of great Hawaiian slack key tradition. Using progressive techniques for the solo guitar, Chris Yeaton weaves a rich tapestry of storytelling into his music, combining both traditional Hawaiian music with original pieces. As always, proceeds of the Little River Inn Music Series benefit the Albion-Little River Volunteer Fire Department. 7901 North Highway 1, Little River | 707.937.5942 | Little River Inn

The Restaurant at Stevenswood – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Crab Cakes Cooking Workshop with Executive Chef Rocco V. Hanson. Learn how to make incredible crab cakes from the local master Rocco, winner of the local crab cake cook off. Spend about 3 special hours in our award-winning kitchen side-by-side with Chef Rocco and his team to master the art of perfect crab cakes. Then, sit down for a celebratory taste of your efforts with Chef Rocco and wine from Stevenswood’s Cellar. 8211 North Highway One (2 Minutes South of Mendocino Village) Little River | 800.421.2810 | Stevenswood

**Throughout the Festival Menus and Venues**

Bridget Dolan’s Pub at Griffin House Inn
Enjoy special crab cake burgers during the Festival. Come in and relax for a friendly, delicious experience. Whether you're hungry for fine cuisine or simple country fare, or just a beverage & friendly conversation, Bridget Dolan's Pub promises you the best for all appetites and every price range. 5910 S. Highway One, Elk | 707.877.3422 | Griffin Inn

Cliff House Restaurant of Fort Bragg and North Cliff Hotel
Featuring our 2009 First Place, People’s Choice Crab Cakes, along with Fresh Whole Crab, and our Famous Cioppino. Our doors open at 4:00 p.m. daily, and prices range from $15.99 to $32.99. Make your dinner reservations early for ocean view seating. Just south of the Noyo Bridge at 1011 S Main Street | Fort Bragg |707.961.0255 | Cliff House

Greenwood Pier Inn & Café – Call of the Wild Revisited - January 18-23 & 25-31, 2010
It is a well-known secret that Jack London wrote Call of the Wild in the quaint Pacific Village of Elk in 1902 while over-looking the Greenwood Pier. In celebration of Jack London, we are presenting two weekends of Alaskan Crab & Wine Dinners Friday and Saturday Nights in our café by our celebrated Yukon chef Brad Linderman with period music; also midweek dinner specials featuring international ways to prepare crab. 5928 Highway One, Elk | 800.807.3423 | Greenwood Pier Inn

Little River Inn
Crab specials daily! Join us in the Little River Inn Restaurant or Ole’s Crab Shack and enjoy delectable meals created with the freshest local crab. 7901 North Highway 1, Little River | 707.937.5942 | Little River Inn

Mendo Bistro
Every night of the festival we're offering The Crab Cake King's Crabby Feast, a 2 or 3 course crab themed dinner. Two courses for $32, Three for $44. Wine pairings available for an additional $16. Upstairs at the Company Store – 301 North Main Street, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4974 | Mendo Bistro

Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites Crab Festival Specialties Served January 1 - January 31, 2010
Join us for our Crab Festival Happy Hour Nightly 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. for Fresh Dungeness Crab Tapas and a Glass of House Red or White Wine $10/person; 8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Crab Omelet or Crab Benedict; 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Daily crab specials. 45080 Main Street, Mendocino | 800.548.0513 | Mendocino Hotel

Ravens’ Restaurant - January 22 – February 21
Enjoy a low-impact, sustainable “crabless” menu. Our Happy Crab Four Course Dinner features Crabless Cakes, Crabless stuffed mushrooms and Crabless Salad with dishes featuring the region’s finest wild mushrooms. And, in celebration of Anderson Valley’s Alsace Festival, you can choose to pair this elegant menu with Anderson Valley Alsace varietals. Special crabless menu featuring Alsace wines at Stanford Inn by the Sea, Coast Highway & Comptche-Ukiah Road, Mendocino | 800.331.8884 | Ravens Restaurant

Rendezvous Inn & Restaurant
Offering a three-course Dungeness crab tasting menu. Local wines, available by the glass, are paired with each of the courses. The menu will be available nightly through the end of the crab season (Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m.). Menu alone is $48.50; with a glass of each suggested wine, $73.50. 647 North Main St., Fort Bragg | 800.491.8142 | Rendezvous Inn

Silver’s at the Wharf Restaurant & Lodge - 2007 Winner “First Place Crab Cake Award”
Stop in for a relaxing lunch or dinner anytime and watch the crabbers return with their bounty. Come early to get a window table and watch the world of Noyo Harbor unfold. 32260 North Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg | Restaurant 707.964.4283; Lodge 707.964.0569 | Silvers at the Wharf

Stevenswood Cellars – January 18-23 & 25-31 - Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Complimentary wine & olive oil tastings, with special crab tastings offered on select days by Executive Chef Rocco V. Hanson. Chef Rocco will have recipes and pairing ideas for each guest. 8211 North Highway One (2 Minutes South of Mendocino Village) Little River | 800.421.2810 | Stevenswood

The Restaurant at Stevenswood - January 18-31
Executive Chef Rocco V. Hanson will be cooking up great dinners featuring local fresh Dungeness Crab every evening throughout the festival. The most award winning restaurant on the Mendocino Coast, recently named TOP in Mendocino County by Zagat Survey, Stevenswood offers a memorable evening of incredible food, pleasant atmosphere and amazing value. 8211 North Highway One (2 Minutes South of Mendocino Village) Little River | 800.421.2810 | Stevenswood

Lazy Creek Vineyards - Jan 30
Stop by our Tasting Room and get your Passport stamped as you sample your favorite crustacean paired with our wines! Free Tasting. 4741 Highway 128, Anderson Valley | 888.529.9275 | Lazy Creek Vineyards

**Crab Cruises and Other Adventures**

All Aboard Adventures
Join Captain Tim on the Sea Hawk. Crab & Whale Watching trips with crab demonstrations. Full crabbing trip is 4-5 hours and includes tackle and cooking of crabs. Catch up to 10 crabs per person. Ride-alongs available at whale watching price. 32400 No. Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg | 707.964.1881 | All Aboard Adventures

Anchor Charters
We’re Crabbing! -- Whale Watching & Crab Charters. Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4550.

Catch a Canoe and Bicycles, too! – at Stanford Inn by The Sea and Spa
Explore Big River where the happy crabs live. For the Crab(less) Festival we’ll provide a complimentary map of the Estuary with historical and contemporary photographs depicting the history of the beautiful Big River Estuary. Mountain bike along coast bluffs and old logging roads and experience Mendocino as only mountain biking can provide. Coast Highway and Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino | 800.331.8884 | Catch a Canoe

Ricochet Ridge Ranch will help you build up your appetite by riding horses along spectacular "Ten Mile Beach" in MacKerricher State Park, through vast cattle ranches overlooking the Pacific Ocean or in magnificent redwood forests. English or Western style, for all experience levels, we offer 10% off on all Private Trail Rides during the 2010 Crab & Wine Days. 888.873.5777 | Horse Vacations

Stanford Inn by the Sea Guided Mushroom Walks – Jan 23 & 24; 30 & 31 - 10:30 a.m. by reservation only.
Looking for ethical substitutes to seafood? Lobster mushrooms are one of many answers. Make a reservation to join guided mushroom walks leaving from the Stanford Inn Lobby, returning to a special tasting experience. Stanford Inn by the Sea, Coast Highway & Comptche-Ukiah Road, Mendocino | 800.331.8884 | Stanford Inn

Telstar Charters
Join Captain Randy Thornton for your crab fishing adventure. Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg | 707.964.8770.

**Exhibits / Productions / Classes**

Crab Tango - Weekend of Argentine Tango with David Orly-Thompson and Mariana Ancarola - January 22-24
If Argentine Tango ever caught your eye, now is the time to sidle up to a partner in the cozy beauty of this historic ballroom. David & Mariana introduce Tango Nuevo on Friday, beginners welcome. For more info please contact Vivien at the WHI. Class size limited, early registration advised. Times & prices vary. Contact: Weller House Inn, 524 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg | 707.964.4415 | Argentine Tango

Crab & Wine Travel Sketching
Drop-in Travel Sketching 90-minute class $35. Bring a friend and save $5 each. Materials available on site at The World of Suzi Long Gallery, 611 Albion Street Watertower (at Kasten), Mendocino | 707.937.5664 | Mendo Scenery

Gualala Arts Seafood Cooking Classes – Jan 7 – Feb 11 (Each Thursday)
Gualala Arts is having a series of cooking classes taught by their local restaurant chefs. Classes will feature local seafood including crab specialties. Learn some tricks of the trade and get to know the locals in this hands-on workshop. For class schedules call 707.884.1138 or visit Gualala Arts Center–Workshops