.Autumn Delight

A Sinatra dinner, a Snoopy Thanksgiving and Model Bakery's new cookbook

Sinatra impersonators are a dime a dozen, especially when one enters the 702 area code. No fly-by-night Vegas crooner, John DeMers is a master of recreating Sinatra’s phrasing and inflection—and he even looks like a late-era Ol’ Blue Eyes. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, DeMers hosts “Come Fly With Me,” a fundraiser for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, with a special dinner at Madrona Manor in Healdsburg prepared by chef Jesse Mallgren. Wine, dessert and dancing rounds out the cocktail-attire night, swinging and swaying from 5:30-9pm. Tickets, $150, can be had at

Forty years ago, ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving‘ first aired on TV, and a nation was introduced to Snoopy’s idea of Thanksgiving dinner: toast, pretzels, popcorn and jelly beans. That same meal is on offer Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Schulz Museum at 1:30pm; the special screens at 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Two cans of food equals one free children’s admission; for more, see

The Model Bakery has been a Main Street mainstay in St. Helena for generations, and the just-released Model Bakery Cookbook (pictured) finally divulges some of its recipes for success. Fans of the joint can learn from the owners, Karen Mitchell and Sarah Mitchell Hansen, in a cooking class on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Whole Foods in Napa. $40 includes cookbook and take-home cookies and pie. To sign up, see
www.copperfieldsbooks.com.—Gabe Meline


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