Most Americans only think of rice as a side dish on a plate of loafed meat, but in Japan, rice is the star of the meal. This weekend, Japanese food writer Sonoko Sakai and Koda Farms proprietor Robin Koda share their knowledge and passion in this Japanese rice workshop. Classic and modern dishes are explored, showing how the seemingly simple grain can be savory and sweet, fresh or fermented. You’ll learn how to make sticky sushi rice, pickled rice and sweet mocha rice, and you’ll gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the interaction between Japanese food and culture. A communal meal follows the workshop. Friday, Feb. 6, at SHED Grange, 25 North St., Healdsburg. 11am. $95. 707.431.7433.