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Every Friday Night
4:30pm-6:30pm
Mt. View Hotel and Spa
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Friday Night Complimentary Wine Tasting
Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the Mount View Hotel & Spa's private lounge. All guests are welcome.
Free
1457 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, 94515
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April 25, 2009
2pm-4pm
Culinary Institute of America
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Pinot Noir around the World
There are many wine makers that secretly want to make Pinot Noir, but this grape will not succumb to just anyone. During this two hour journey we will learn why this fickle grape offers grand rewards to those patient winemakers. From CA to New Zealand, with a stop in France we'll taste our way around the Pinot world.
$75
2555 Main St, St. Helena, 94574
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Every Saturday
8:30am-noon
Sharpsteen Plaza
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Calistoga Certified Farmer's Market
May 2 marks the opening of the Calistoga Certified Farmer's Market (May through Oct. 31) at Sharpsteen Plaza on Washington St. across from City Hall. In addition to the very best fresh produce, fruit, seafood, flowers, plants and much more, including live music every week, and chef demonstrations every 4th Saturday each month, here's what's new at this year's market: Breakfast Booth with treats from local restaurants; fruit smoothies, chair massage & spa tent; Mediterranean deli food; fresh ravioli & sauces; Meet Mayor Jack Gingles every Saturday. The Mayor will hold an open-air office at the Market to hear your concerns & suggestions. All are welcome.
Free
1235 Washington St., Calistoga, CA 94515
Sponsored by: Calistoga Chamber of Commerce

June 13, 2009
9:30am-11:30am
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
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Flavors of the New Spanish Table
Tapas are all the rage! These incredibly satisfying small bites have become popular throughout the world. We'll use ingredients such as olive oil, almonds and hazelnuts, piquillo peppers,saffron, anchovies, coarse sea salt and smoky paprika. Ole! -2 hour hands on class; every other Saturday -Each class consists of a 30 minute lecture/ demo and hands on cooking with a 10 minute tasting and glass of wine at the end -12 participants per session -6 appetizer recipes per class
$75
2555 Main St, St. Helena, 94574
Sponsored by:

June 30,2009
10am-12pm
Culinary Institute of America
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Exploring Rutherford
In this segment the Rutherford Viticultural Area in the heart of Napa Valley comes to life as we explore tastes and wines of this celebrated locale.
$75
2555 Main St, St. Helena, 94574
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June 20, 2009
2pm-4pm
Culinary Institute of America
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It's not easy Buying Green: Understanding Organic, Biodynamic, & Sustainable Winegrowing
Does reducing your carbon footprint mean sacrificing your favorite wines? No way! Join us to learn the practices used int he vineyard and winery and how they make a difference.
$75
2555 Main St, St. Helena , 94574
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June 27, 2009
9:30 am-11:30 am
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
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Flavors of the New Spanish Table
Tapas are all the rage! These incredibly satisfying small bites have become popular throughout the world. We'll use ingredients such as olive oil, almonds and hazelnuts, piquillo peppers,saffron, anchovies, coarse sea salt and smoky paprika. Ole! -2 hour hands on class; every other Saturday -Each class consists of a 30 minute lecture/ demo and hands on cooking with a 10 minute tasting and glass of wine at the end -12 participants per session -6 appetizer recipes per class
$75
2555 Main St., St. Helena , 94574
Sponsored by:

June 27, 2009
5:30 pm
Napa Valley Wine Train
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Family Date Night
Kids ride in their own special car with a professional daycare provider. There will be games, movies and a kid-friendly menu while the adults, in a nearby car, enjoy the relaxed elegance of the Napa Valley Wine Train's gourmet experience. One child rides free per adult fare � each additional child is $15. Perfect for a relaxing family night out!
$99 per adult
1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 94559
Sponsored by:

July 11,2009
9:30am-11:30 am
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
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Tastes of the Napa Valley
Born of the flavors of wine, the small bites of Napa Valley speak of sun soaked days, and sensual flavors from local farms and regional food producers. Starting with stellar ingredients and keeping it simple is the mantra of seasonal cooking everywhere and in this class we'll give you ways to bring a bit of the wine country to your next casual gathering of friends and family. -2 hour hands on class; every other Saturday -Each class consists of a 30 minute lecture/ demo and hands on cooking with a 10 minute tasting and glass of wine at the end -12 participants per session -6 appetizer recipes per class
$75
2555 Main St, St. Helena, 94574
Sponsored by:

July 25, 2009
9:30am-11:30am
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
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Tastes of Napa Valley
Born of the flavors of wine, the small bites of Napa Valley speak of sun soaked days, and sensual flavors from local farms and regional food producers. Starting with stellar ingredients and keeping it simple is the mantra of seasonal cooking everywhere and in this class we'll give you ways to bring a bit of the wine country to your next casual gathering of friends and family. -2 hour hands on class; every other Saturday -Each class consists of a 30 minute lecture/ demo and hands on cooking with a 10 minute tasting and glass of wine at the end -12 participants per session -6 appetizer recipes per class
$75
2555 Main St., St. Helena, 94574
Sponsored by:

Family

Every Saturday
8:30am-noon
Sharpsteen Plaza
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Calistoga Certified Farmer's Market
May 2 marks the opening of the Calistoga Certified Farmer's Market (May through Oct. 31) at Sharpsteen Plaza on Washington St. across from City Hall. In addition to the very best fresh produce, fruit, seafood, flowers, plants and much more, including live music every week, and chef demonstrations every 4th Saturday each month, here's what's new at this year's market: Breakfast Booth with treats from local restaurants; fruit smoothies, chair massage & spa tent; Mediterranean deli food; fresh ravioli & sauces; Meet Mayor Jack Gingles every Saturday. The Mayor will hold an open-air office at the Market to hear your concerns & suggestions. All are welcome.
Free
1235 Washington St., Calistoga, CA 94515
Sponsored by: Calistoga Chamber of Commerce

Every Thursday from June 11-August 27
6pm-8pm
Pioneer Park
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Concerts In The Park
Every Thursday beginning in June come out and enjoy a Calistoga summer night listening to music in the park.
Free
1308 Cedar St, Calistoga, 94515
Sponsored by:

June 20, 2009
11:00 am- 5:00pm
Pioneer Park
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Art in the Park
Calistoga Art in the Park raises funds annually for Children's Art Programs. Held in historic Pioneer Park, this is a fun packed event with fine arts and crafts, a silent auction, food, wine and live music.

1300 Cedar St., Calistoga, CA, 94515
Sponsored by: Calistoga Art Center

June 27, 2009
5:30 pm
Napa Valley Wine Train
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Family Date Night
Kids ride in their own special car with a professional daycare provider. There will be games, movies and a kid-friendly menu while the adults, in a nearby car, enjoy the relaxed elegance of the Napa Valley Wine Train's gourmet experience. One child rides free per adult fare � each additional child is $15. Perfect for a relaxing family night out!
$99 per adult
1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 94559
Sponsored by:

Community

Every Friday Night
4:30pm-6:30pm
Mt. View Hotel and Spa
View Map


Friday Night Complimentary Wine Tasting
Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the Mount View Hotel & Spa's private lounge. All guests are welcome.
Free
1457 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, 94515
Sponsored by:

Every Saturday
8:30am-noon
Sharpsteen Plaza
View Map


Calistoga Certified Farmer's Market
May 2 marks the opening of the Calistoga Certified Farmer's Market (May through Oct. 31) at Sharpsteen Plaza on Washington St. across from City Hall. In addition to the very best fresh produce, fruit, seafood, flowers, plants and much more, including live music every week, and chef demonstrations every 4th Saturday each month, here's what's new at this year's market: Breakfast Booth with treats from local restaurants; fruit smoothies, chair massage & spa tent; Mediterranean deli food; fresh ravioli & sauces; Meet Mayor Jack Gingles every Saturday. The Mayor will hold an open-air office at the Market to hear your concerns & suggestions. All are welcome.
Free
1235 Washington St., Calistoga, CA 94515
Sponsored by: Calistoga Chamber of Commerce

Every Thursday from June 11-August 27
6pm-8pm
Pioneer Park
View Map


Concerts In The Park
Every Thursday beginning in June come out and enjoy a Calistoga summer night listening to music in the park.
Free
1308 Cedar St, Calistoga, 94515
Sponsored by:

June 13, 2009
9:30am-11:30am
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
View Map


Flavors of the New Spanish Table
Tapas are all the rage! These incredibly satisfying small bites have become popular throughout the world. We'll use ingredients such as olive oil, almonds and hazelnuts, piquillo peppers,saffron, anchovies, coarse sea salt and smoky paprika. Ole! -2 hour hands on class; every other Saturday -Each class consists of a 30 minute lecture/ demo and hands on cooking with a 10 minute tasting and glass of wine at the end -12 participants per session -6 appetizer recipes per class
$75
2555 Main St, St. Helena, 94574
Sponsored by:

June 20, 2009
11:00 am- 5:00pm
Pioneer Park
View Map


Art in the Park
Calistoga Art in the Park raises funds annually for Children's Art Programs. Held in historic Pioneer Park, this is a fun packed event with fine arts and crafts, a silent auction, food, wine and live music.

1300 Cedar St., Calistoga, CA, 94515
Sponsored by: Calistoga Art Center

June 27, 2009
9:30 am-11:30 am
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
View Map


Flavors of the New Spanish Table
Tapas are all the rage! These incredibly satisfying small bites have become popular throughout the world. We'll use ingredients such as olive oil, almonds and hazelnuts, piquillo peppers,saffron, anchovies, coarse sea salt and smoky paprika. Ole! -2 hour hands on class; every other Saturday -Each class consists of a 30 minute lecture/ demo and hands on cooking with a 10 minute tasting and glass of wine at the end -12 participants per session -6 appetizer recipes per class
$75
2555 Main St., St. Helena , 94574
Sponsored by:

July 11,2009
9:30am-11:30 am
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
View Map


Tastes of the Napa Valley
Born of the flavors of wine, the small bites of Napa Valley speak of sun soaked days, and sensual flavors from local farms and regional food producers. Starting with stellar ingredients and keeping it simple is the mantra of seasonal cooking everywhere and in this class we'll give you ways to bring a bit of the wine country to your next casual gathering of friends and family. -2 hour hands on class; every other Saturday -Each class consists of a 30 minute lecture/ demo and hands on cooking with a 10 minute tasting and glass of wine at the end -12 participants per session -6 appetizer recipes per class
$75
2555 Main St, St. Helena, 94574
Sponsored by:

July 25, 2009
9:30am-11:30am
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
View Map


Tastes of Napa Valley
Born of the flavors of wine, the small bites of Napa Valley speak of sun soaked days, and sensual flavors from local farms and regional food producers. Starting with stellar ingredients and keeping it simple is the mantra of seasonal cooking everywhere and in this class we'll give you ways to bring a bit of the wine country to your next casual gathering of friends and family. -2 hour hands on class; every other Saturday -Each class consists of a 30 minute lecture/ demo and hands on cooking with a 10 minute tasting and glass of wine at the end -12 participants per session -6 appetizer recipes per class
$75
2555 Main St., St. Helena, 94574
Sponsored by:

Mustard madness reigns supreme as the Napa Valley town of Calistoga again hosts the award-winning Mustard, Mud & Music Festival on March 7 and 8, from 1pm to 5 pm. Live jazz, wine tasting, an art show, and dishes prepared by local eateries featuring the spicy yellow condiment are all part of activities visitors can enjoy during the weekend-long festival.

Jazz and tastes from two dozen of the town's world-renowned wineries will be available at many of the popular restaurants, galleries and shops in walkable downtown Calistoga on both days. “Jazz Packs” are $20 per person per day and include a souvenir glass and three tasting tickets. A Weekend Pass is $35 per person and includes a souvenir glass and six tasting tickets, with admission to both days. Both types of passes are available at the Calistoga Chamber, 1506 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515 , and can be purchased in advance by calling (707) 942-6333. Additional tasting tickets are $2 each and are available from friendly volunteers on event days.

The wine tasting portion of the festival gives visitors a chance to sample wine from many of the area's smaller artisan wineries as well as some of the best-known winery destinations. Participating wineries include: August Briggs, Bennett Lane, Calistoga Cellars, Casa Nuestra, Castello di Amorosa, Cuvaison, Dutch Henry, Envy Wines, Grant Street Vineyards, Lava Vine, Madrigal Vineyards, Merryvale Vineyards, Pope Valley Vineyards, Salvestrin, Sterling Vineyards, Terisa, Terra Caliente, Tudal, Twomey Cellars, Vincent Arroyo and more.

Calistoga is also known as a town that embraces jazz. During the Festival, the town will offer a lively mix of renowned veterans and strong up-and-comers from around the Bay Area. Musicians include Herb Gibson & Friends, Grammy-nominated vocalist Vernelle Anders, Larry Vuckovich, Dick Conte, Alvon Johnson, Susan Sutton, E & E Duo, Josh Workman, Lili Layton, Diamante Band, Layce Baker & The Black Diamond Band, David Neft and many more.

Also included is the Second Annual Mustard Arts Fete, presented by the Calistoga Arts Center, which starts on Friday, March 6 and runs through Sunday, March 8. The Fete is a members' art show of paintings and photographic works celebrating the presence of mustard in the Napa Valley. Viewers can vote on their favorite works in four categories plus Best of Show after viewing the works at the Art Center in the Calistoga Chamber, 1506 Lincoln Avenue . For more information, visit calistogaartcenter.org online.

Calistoga's chefs are getting into the act as well, creating special dishes with mustard as a starring ingredient on their menus over the weekend. By popular demand, Calistoga's gourmet market, Cal Mart, will host a mustard tasting and feature mustard-themed products on March 7.

This event is sponsored by Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, Twin Pine Casino, Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort,1440 AM KVON/99.3 FM THE VINE and Silverado Ace Hardware. For a complete schedule for the Mustard, Mud & Music Festival, please go to CalistogaJazz.com . To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce at (707) 942-6333.

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Calistoga's Film Boom

October 20th, 2008

Hollywood has discovered Calistoga in a big way. This summer movie audiences saw “Bottle Shock,” starring Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman and Chris Pine, director Randall Miller's take on Chateau Montelena's historic win at the 1976 Paris tasting which put Napa Valley on the map. “Bottle Shock” filmed at the winery and briefly in downtown Calistoga as well as in Sonoma County last year. (If you missed it in theatres, watch for the DVD; it's a very engaging David & Goliath story, and Rickman is as droll as ever as wine snob Steven Spurrier.) Staying longer and creating an even bigger buzz was Disney's “Bedtime Stories,” starring Adam Sandler, directed by Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”), in which Dario Sattui's impressive Castello di Amorosa plays a key role. The huge crew and cast of “Bedtime Stories” basically took over town for several weeks in June and, happily, pumped about $3 million into our local economy.

In a surreal twist, this October, we're hosting the Japanese version of “Sideways” (really; I couldn't make it up), now called “Terroir,” complete with Japanese actors in the leading roles, including Rinko Kikuchi, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Babel.” According to director Cellin Gluck, the story so heavily identified with the San Luis Obispo area wine country has been transposed to Napa Valley since it's a better known wine region in Japan. And for one more film/TV connection, our own Calistoga Roastery has achieved the lofty status of featured product placement in the hit HBO show “Weeds,” which makes owner Clive Richardson quite proud, since he thinks “it's the best show on TV.”

This summer, many of us have been a little starstruck around town (while still maintaining our Calistoga cool, of course) with the “Bottle Shock” premiere at Chateau Montelena (a pretty magical evening, seeing the Chateau on the big screen while sitting twenty feet from the real thing) and many Roastery regulars had close encounters with an utterly friendly and relaxed Adam Sandler, his family and bulldog in tow, strolling around town from their home base at the Mount View. It's always refreshing when stars who command that kind of money welcome contact with fans (and as someone who worked for ten years in film production, I can tell you that it's pretty rare). On their days off, crew members have cruised into the Chamber to get tips on spa treatments, wine tasting and restaurants. There are multiple benefits from all these cinematic adventures: while “Bedtime Stories” was filming, the LA crew filled 5 hotels to capacity, hired locals as crew and as extras (it's not staggering pay, but great experience, and it's a glimpse behind the curtain of filmmaking – plus lunch.) There's a very real trickle-down effect for local businesses while out-of-town crew members are stationed here for several weeks, but the lasting effects will be felt when the movies come out, like “Bedtime Stories” on Christmas Day - and spur viewers to come see the Castle, and with it, Calistoga – for themselves. And in this economy, that will be a welcome thing.

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No, Really – Movies Are My Life

April 28th, 2008

I come by my obsession with movies honestly: it's been in my blood a long time. I'm a third-generation movie brat, heavily weighted on my mother's side. My grandmother was a founding member of the Writer's Guild of America and my grandfather designed gorgeous, historically accurate men's costumes; “Shane” was the last film he did. My mom is Sheila Benson , who was the L.A. Times Film Critic for ten years,* and I met my husband, who works as a film publicist, when we were happily slaving away at the Mill Valley Film Festival. I'm one of those irritating yet useful people whom relatives call to ask obscure trivia questions they can't think of, like an itch they can't scratch. (I give them the answer, they thank me, and hang up. Happens all the time.) And, I have to confess, I have a picture of myself with Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands hanging in my office. (I was the Unit Publicist on that movie, providing me with sweet memories and my single coolest moment in my children's eyes. And yes, Mr. Depp is a divine human being.) So when it comes to something like programming Outdoor Movie Night , it's never simple. Thinking about it consumes my every waking moment. What do you choose? What do you leave out? Every selection carries repercussions (how offbeat can you go and still get away with it? Will “Buckaroo Banzai” be offended if you go with “Mystery Men”? ) But mostly it's tremendous fun, because I get to share my love (an insufficient word in this context) of movies with residents of, and visitors to, Calistoga, and potentially cause hundreds of people to show up, plunk themselves down and laugh – or be awestruck — in all the same places I do. A sobering responsibility, but I know that my choices can actually improve someone's visit here. If, because of me, they end up on a blanket in a Calistoga field on a perfect, starry summer evening seeing Barbara Stanwyck twirl Henry Fonda around her pinky in “The Lady Eve” for the first time, I know their stay, dare I say their lives, will be enhanced just a bit.

Originally handed a list of movies to take us through the end of the year compiled by my boss, Rex, (no slouch in the movie department himself; we regularly try out movie references on each other, the more bizarre the better, and are impressed when the other one actually gets it. (Anyone can play; try your luck with these: “Does the rolling help?” “Let's go to the place near the thing where we went that time,” “You didn't get a second opinion for something called a brain cloud? ”**) With his choices too narrowly 1980's & ‘90's for me, and with his blessing, I tossed most of them out and came up with my own first pass at a short list for summer movies. They had to be fun, no question, but not all comedies. They needed to be something you'd always wanted to see, or were eager to see again. They should stretch across as many decades as possible (I'm always astonished to hear someone say, “Wow, that was really good for a black-and-white movie!” Oh yeah? I'll convert you yet!) There's definitely a maximum acceptable length to consider. ( “The Great Escape”? Beyond classic, but also a butt-killing 3 hours long.) I debated with myself. Movies that stormed the list at dinnertime were crossed off by morning. ( “Blazing Saddles”? Too predictable.) I called a few select friends whose taste in movies I trust to weigh in. I polled my kids, my husband (a quarterback in this sport in his own right) and my mom – always worthy and wacky but critical, if you'll pardon the pun, to consult. (You want offbeat, quirky choices? She's your man.) My co-workers who are also hosting these screenings would lobby for the movie they wanted on their particular night (just trust me, I say: you'll love it!) There was always Just One More Perfect movie jockeying for position. At a certain point you have to commit, and start promoting the program, confidently sending your movie list into the world, like a mother with charming but awkward children that you know people will love once they meet, or re-meet, them. Because movies you love are not things you see once and remember fondly. Some, like “Galaxy Quest,” or “Steamboat Bill Junior” (or anything by Preston Sturges ) can be seen every six months or so, because they're so good you always find new things in them to love. (No matter how many times you've seen Tom Hanks dance to “Come Go With Me” in “Joe Versus the Volcano,” it's still perfection, every single time.) And there's a special satisfaction when I overhear someone come into the Chamber saying, for example, how excited they are to see “Silverado” again (a Western in the lineup is crucial and “Silverado” honors the most iconic ones while still holding its own. And seeing Linda Hunt flirt with Kevin Kline is a delicious twist only Larry Kasdan would have thought of.)

So come join us at the movies at the Merchant Property this summer. Celebrate the indescribable joy of sharing a great movie with a whole bunch of friends and strangers. We'll have the popcorn waiting. And if you discover a movie that you really loved, and had never seen before… Go ahead. Make my day.

 

 




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