Let's help in a big, big way: In the wake of the devastating wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, many SLOcals are looking for meaningful ways to contribute to the recovery effort. Answering the call to help, local leaders have joined forces to bring a culinary and wine experience not to be forgotten. Join the cause this Dec. 8, at the Oyster Ridge event site in Santa Margarita for a multi-chef family style feast prepared by Top Chef star Chef Dakota Weiss of Estrella in Hollywood; chef Spencer Johnston and Chris J. Batlle of Monger and the Chef; and chef Mateo Rogers and Brittney Yracheta of Heirloom Catering. The event will feature a bubbles and oyster bar, cheese and charcuterie bar, live music, a wine bottle-share tasting, and a silent auction (6 to 10 p.m.; $125 per person; for more info and to reserve your seats, go to firerelief.nightout.com). This will not only bring much-needed relief to our friends to the north, but it is shaping up to be the social event of the season. Δ
Hayley Thomas Cain loves pumpkin anything and she's not ashamed to admit it. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.