Liam's List: Labor Day Weekend

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DINE: AMONG THE REDWOODSRestaurant A16 is coming to BOONVILLE this Labor Day weekend and you are invited. The pizza ovens will be fired up and the vino flowing throughout the weekend across the street from the Boonville Hotel. Seated diners will enjoy a four-course feast honoring local farms with Southern Italian Reverie. Go for the wine pairing too, you won’t be disappointed. Walk-in guests are also welcome. Hours are Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

MOVIE: ROBIN WILLIAMS’ WISH"Robin’s Wish" is a new doc about the last weeks of Robin Williams’ life told through the lens of his widow Susan Schneider. This personal look at the life of one of our most beloved actors and comedians answers many of the questions about his final days. It sheds new light on the illness he had been diagnosed with months before he passed. The heartache of losing the man who made the world laugh is still felt by so many - those who knew him personally and those like me who were and are simply fans. A must-see doc. Robin Williams - beloved and though gone, not forgotten.

EAT: DRY CREEK KITCHENWith the wildfires in the rearview mirror, Healdsburg is welcoming you back to Sonoma wine country. Enjoy an amazing Rose brunch this Saturday and Sunday at Dry Creek Kitchen. Chefs Charlie Palmer & Scottie will be manning the grill and a bounty of tasty, locally sourced eats will be on the menu. An al fresco affair not to be missed in a safe, socially distanced space. Enjoy.

IMBIBE: SHROEDER STYLEOne of San Francisco’s favorite brew houses, Schroeder’s, a Bavarian ale hall since 1896 is open again and is inviting you to come and enjoy the eats & brews. Enjoy tasty eats like: Kartoffell Tots: caraway salt, malt vinegar aioli ($7); Bavarian Pretzel with Wild Turkey bourbon mustard ($12; add beer cheese for $3), Wursts and Burgers on pretzel buns with a small side of Kartoffell Tots, options include a Beyond burger and Jager Schnitzel; Sausage Platters (eight sausages, pickles, sauerkraut, mustards) $59 or to-go Sausage Party Packs priced at $75-200 (eight assorted sausages on pretzel buns, with toppings and condiments; serves 8-10) - (15 assorted sausages, pretzels buns, 3 giant pretzels, Kartoffel tots, with topping and condiments; serves 15-20). Sweets in the parklet include Root Beer Floats with Fiorello’s Vanilla Gelato, root beer, whipped cream, Maraschino cherry, and Cinnamon Sugar Churros with lingonberry and warm chocolate dipping sauces at $10 each. Mark your calendar for Oktoberfest launching in just a few weeks. Enjoy outdoor dining Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

EVENT: BURNING MAN BURNERS - Listen up! This year’s annual pilgrimage to the desert for Burning Man has transitioned online. Enjoy art, photography, interactive classes and more via the Burning man site. It’s a treasure trove of adventure and is yours to enjoy and discover this entire weekend.

EAT: TASTE OF JAPAN AT GOZU-CHANIn one bite I was transported back to Japan, to flavor bomb city and the hits kept on coming! GOZU-CHAN is an al fresco dining experience (Tuesday-Saturday) on Spear Street, SF with social distance dining, blankets & heat lamps on hand to keep you warm. Much of the cuisine is masterfully prepped by Chef Marc Zimmerman on an outdoor charcoal grill, feet away from diners. The food is outstanding, the preparation artful & menu thoughtful. I may have cried wagyu tears as every little wagyu bite was presented to me. Yes, the food is that good. The highballs are a must have but my warm whisky toddy stole the whisky show. The GOZU team has also just launched a Bento box to go. Menu items include: Tomato salad, Tokyo Scallion, Karachi miso, Waghu confit stuffed morel, Yuzu beurre blanc, caviar & that’s just for starters. Then there’s the sweet endings by way of cookies & chocolate tarts. Treat yourself to dinner al fresco or to a Bento box to enjoy at home via Tok.

MUSIC: COUNTRY STAR'S FRESH STARTCountry music star Chris Stapleton has just dropped the first single from his soon to be released album "Starting Over." He also just released plans to perform at Farm Aid - a live stream concert on September 26. This dude makes me love country.

DONATE: RED CROSSMake a donation to support those who have lost much during these most recent fires. Donate by phone or online.

GIVE: FOOD BANKSThe need is great so please donate what you can. Cash donations or non-perishable goods will be warmly received. Volunteer support is also needed.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

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