Olive Season – Yet Another Reason To Visit Sonoma Valley

2013 Olive Season Poster

2013 Olive Season Poster, with artwork by Artist Thomas Patrick

Olive and Olive Oil fans, rejoice!  Sonoma Valley is celebrating Olive Season and January 2013 is “Taste of the Olive Month.”  Events this month include Olive Oil Tastings, a Martini competition, and an Olive-focused multi-course dinner put on by a team of nineteen local chefs.  Keep reading, and we’ll share some of the highlights.

During the entire month of January you can enjoy olive oil tastings at any or all of these locations:


Ramekins logoReady for a cocktail?  Martini Madness takes place on January 11 at Ramekins Culinary School and Event Center, 450 West Spain Street, Sonoma  (707-933-0450).  Bartenders from Sonoma Valley restaurants, bars, and pubs will compete to create the best new martini.  Event attendees can sample each libation and then vote for their favorites.  The event runs between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and admission is $40.  Go here to purchase tickets.  Or, you can purchase VIP admission for $55 per person, which includes early admission and a demonstration cocktail class on all things Martini.

After Martini Madness, celebrants can keep the party going at a 3-course meal next door at The General’s Daughter, 400 West Spain Street, Sonoma (707-933-0450).  The After the Madness Dinner menu includes:  Red Wine Poached Pear and Chicory Salad with Candied Pecans and Point Reyes Blue Cheese;  Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Polenta, Swiss Chard, and Caramelized Onions; and Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spiced Caramel and Whipped Crème Fraiche.

Combination Martini Madness and After the Madness Dinner tickets are $92 per person.  If you add the VIP Martini Madness option, then tickets are $105 each.  Once again, please go here to purchase tickets.

OlivesFans of olives and great food incorporating olives should know that they can eat, drink, and honor Sonoma’s famed green fruit on January 26 at the 2013 Feast of the Olive Dinner.  Nineteen of the best local chefs and winemakers join forces to prepare unique menus for each candlelit table of guests, also at Ramekins, 450 West Spain Street, Sonoma  (707-996-1090, x108).  Tickets are $150 per person which includes a five-course dinner with wine pairings, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  The chefs participating in this year’s Feast of the Olive Dinner are:


Fish Course

Salad Course

Main Course

Cheese Course

Dessert Course

To learn more about the Feast of the Olive Dinner, or to purchase tickets, please go here.

For Sonoma Valley lodging or shopping specials, recipes, and a full list of events taking place during Olive Season please go to the Olive Festival website here.  Olive-centric recipes available include:

If you haven’t been to Sonoma Valley lately and are looking for suggestions aside from Olive Season events, please go here to see our recommendations for wineries and food destinations in the area.

Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau LogoThe Sonoma Valley Olive Season is managed by the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau (866-996-1090).  In addition to a professional staff, more than 40 community volunteers help welcome visitors to Sonoma Valley at two separate Visitor and Retail centers, including one at the downtown Sonoma Plaza.


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