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Carneros Bistro & Wine Celebrates Earth Day

1 March, 2009


Carneros Bistro & Wine Celebrates Earth Day 2009 with
an Earth, Wind & Fire Dinner

Italian Inspired $29 Sunday Suppers Also Officially Launch

March 2009 - Sonoma, CA - Earth Day has been celebrated by conservationists for almost four decades, but in the recent years Earth Day has been celebrated by an increasing amount of people all over the world. Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar in Sonoma is hosting a pre-Earth Day celebration with a second themed dinner of 2009: Earth, Wind & Fire. Dueling winemakers Jeff Stewart of Buena Vista Carneros and Darren Procsal of Atlas Peak Winery will join Chef, Janine Falvo, and Sommelier, Chris Sawyer for the six-course meal. The four will be broadcast on wireless microphones to give guests a glimpse into the inner working of the kitchen, and each will represent the elements of the dinner: Janine as the fire, Chris the water, and the Winemakers as the Earth.
The "Wind" course will consist of a Pasta Carbonara paired with a Buena Vista Carneros 2005 Ramal Vineyard Chardonnay, a tribute to thelegendary Carneros winds and the characteristic Chardonnays of the region. "Earth" is comprised of two courses: Janine's signature PorkSphere, paired with Buena Vista Carneros 2005 Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir, and Wagyu American Kobe Ribeye, paired with Atlas Peak 2004 Napa Valley Claret. Janine brings "Fire" to the menu every day via the wood-fired oven, but for this occasion she will prepare Venison, Spice-Wrapped with Pancetta and Swiss Chard. The last course is the exception: "Heaven", a Crispy Chocolate Mousse paired with the Buena Vista Carneros Syrah Port. The cost of the six course meal will be $95 per person which includes wine pairings. The dinner will be held on Sunday, April 19th at 2pm in Sonoma.

Chef Janine's Sunday Suppers

Chef Janine also recently debuted "Sunday Suppers", a three-course prix fixe dinner offered on Sunday evenings with menus that reflect Janine's Italian heritage and feature her favorite comfort foods. The first course will consist of everything between Arranciato (Rice Balls) to Italian Wedding Soup, a soup with pastina, spinach, tiny meatballs, and romano cheese. Pasta Ceci, a pasta with chickpeas and Pasta Fagiole among other favorites comprise the pasta course offerings. Finally, the entrees will range from Rabbit Bolognese to Steak Pizziola, and will be followed by a dessert course, perhaps Pistachio Gelato or Strufoli, an Italian honey cookie. Sunday Suppers are inspired by Janine's traditional Italian upbringing. Janine's talents as a chef were born in her parents' kitchen, where they made their own sausage in the winter, wine in the fall, and canned their own tomatoes every summer.  Sunday Suppers will be held every Sunday at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar from 5:30-9:00pm. The meal consists of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert and costs $29 per person.

Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, located at The Lodge at Sonoma has celebrated the best of local ingredients since opening its doors in 2001. The restaurant was named one of the Top 50 in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine. Guests love the sumptuous organic garden adjacent to the restaurant where Chef Falvo selects ingredients for her seasonal, local menus. For media information, please contact Janice Javier at or Leith Steel at For reservations information about Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar please visit the or call 707 931 2042.