Mendocino County live storm updates Jan. 11: Fourth atmospheric river arrives bringing more rain, wind, flooding and other hazardous conditions

This is a developing situation and information may change. We’ll update this article as more information becomes available. The most recent information will be updated at the top of the article, with the earlier reports below. MENDOCINO Co., 1/11/23 – Mendocino County woke up to a fourth atmospheric river this morning without a moment to dry out between the last one. This storm brings another round of what the National Weather Service calls “excessive rain on already saturated ground” that “may

Five Mendocino County sparkling wines to drink over the holidays

MENDOCINO Co., 12/9/22 — The time to celebrate is here, and no matter what the occasion this holiday season, sparkling wine will make an appearance at parties and gatherings across Mendocino County. More area wineries are producing sparkling wines, expanding Mendocino County’s reputation as a world-class wine region. Here are five locally crafted sparkling wines to share and sip with friends and family during the holidays (and beyond!). 🍾🥂 A taste of France in Anderson Valley: Roederer Estate B

Mendocino Coast restaurant the Harbor House Inn retains two Michelin Stars

Mendocino County foodies have another reason to be proud of our dining scene: the Harbor House restaurant in Elk was awarded two Michelin Stars for the second year in a row. Star recipients were named on Monday by the Michelin Guide, which has been awarding restaurants as premier dining destinations for food quality, service and experience since 1926. One might call it the Academy Award of the dining world. The Harbor House is one of 89 restaurants in California, the only one in Mendocino Count

December First Friday invites artistic exploration and gift-giving in Fort Bragg and Ukiah

MENDOCINO COUNTY, CA, 11/29/22 – This month’s First Friday art walks in Fort Bragg and Ukiah on December 2 showcase the wide diversity of the region’s artists through group exhibitions. Given that the holidays are about gathering with friends and family, December’s First Friday is a great chance to join fellow art enthusiasts to celebrate creativity and select the perfect handmade holiday gift for a loved one. First Friday art walks are held in historic downtown Ukiah and Fort Bragg the evening

Winter Feast on December 6 to benefit small local farms

REDWOOD VALLEY, CA., 11/29/22 – In a world where large farms often dominate grocery store shelves, it’s small farms that are the true backbone of local agriculture and foodways. They are integral to our culture, health, and economy. Small farms help maintain rural communities, nurture and protect the environment, and provide a diverse array of products to keep our bellies full and our bodies healthy. To celebrate – and support – the work of small farms, the Good Farm Fund will host its annual W

Fort Bragg High School students bake pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving event

MENDOCINO Co., 11/22/22 — On Thanksgiving, the Fort Bragg Presbyterian Church will distribute an estimated 1,000 free prepared, packed and served meals to coastal community members. To support the church’s efforts, the Fort Bragg High School Culinary Arts Program prepared 25 pumpkin pies for the dinner. Chef-teacher Amy Valla guided 68 students through the process of making the pies, which were baked and then frozen. The pies were recently delivered to the church and on Thanksgiving, students wi

Festival of Lights returns to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

MENDOCINO Co., 11/21/22 — One of the most magical holiday events in Mendocino County returns when the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg hosts its annual Festival of Lights starting November 25. Over the past few weeks, staff and volunteers designed and installed seemingly countless holiday light displays among a portion of the 47 acres of gardens. Beginning this Friday, when the sun sets, the garden will transform from a peaceful space of greenery and flowers to a dazzling display

Eighteen restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Mendocino County

MENDOCINO Co., 11/16/22 – Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 24. While some folks enjoy preparing a grand, family-style supper with turkey, gravy and all the fixings, others prefer to let others do the cooking. Or perhaps you’re not too fond of Thanksgiving food (canned cranberry sauce anyone?). We have a few options for you, too! Here’s a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Mendocino County. Albion Ledford House Restaurant – The Ledford House serves Thanksgiving in its dining room

Willits diner reopens with new name, hours and menu; lettuce shortages; where to get your Thanksgiving turkey and more delicious news!

Willits diner has new name, menu and hours Cafe 77 in Willits is now Kelly’s Diner. Cafe 77 opened in 2017 to mixed reviews. Locals lamented that the dishes lacked fresh ingredients and service was slow, while travelers heading through Willits praised the reasonable prices and solid breakfasts. Kelly’s Diner has expanded the menu and dining hours, providing a much-needed later dining option in town. Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and includes biscuits and gravy, four types of eggs benedict, six ty

Mendocino Flavors: Ukiah restaurant celebrates one-year anniversary, new restaurant coming to Willits, and more delicious news!

MENDOCINO Co., 11/15/22 – The rainy season is officially here in Mendocino County. It’s a great time to gather with friends at local restaurants or to start putting the final touches on your family’s Thanksgiving menu. Here’s the latest food and dining news throughout the county. Ukiah’s La Cocina celebrates its one-year anniversary The hip Ukiah Mexican restaurant, La Cocina, celebrates its one year anniversary this week. It’s an art-filled modern restaurant with a large menu and a bar featur

Fort Bragg will host free tire collection on Saturday, October 22

MENDOCINO Co., 10/19/22 — The City of Fort Bragg is teaming up with Conservation Corps North Bay to provide residents an opportunity to dispose of unused tires. On Saturday, October 22, residents may bring their used tires to the Fort Bragg City Hall where they will be properly disposed of by the Conservation Corps. Properly disposing of tires is important for maintaining public health and safety. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, unused tires can create a breeding

Say Boo! Halloween events around Mendocino County

MENDOCINO Co., 10/18/22 – Mendocino County is definitely making up for the lack of trick, treating, haunting and scaring over the past two years with over 25 family-friendly Halloween events for 2022! Here’s a list of events taking place in Mendocino County, in Calpella, Elk, Fort Bragg, Laytonville, Leggett, Mendocino, Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, Ukiah and Willits— if we’re missing anything, let us know in the comments or by email at [email protected] so we can add it in. Happy Halloween! 🎃

The Mendocino Setlist: October 21-26

MENDOCINO Co., 10/18/22 – Welcome to the launch of the Mendocino Setlist! Each week we feature live music happenings around the county. The music scene of Mendocino County is as diverse as our landscape – just as one can travel from the ocean to the forest, one can experience jazz in Ukiah and blues in Point Arena. Kyle Madrigal – Guitarist, harmonica player, and singer Kyle Madrigal performs every Friday. All ages, free, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brickhouse Coffee, 3 S. Main St, Willits. Funkacilin

Mendocino Flavors: Local cheese wins national competition, family suppers are back, sour endings and more delicious news

MENDOCINO Co., 10/14/22 – It’s been a busy week in Mendocino County’s growing food and beverage scene. Here’s the latest! Boonville’s Pennyroyal Farm won the equivalent of an Oscar for goat cheese. Its Pepper Moldunes won Reserve Best in Show in the 2022 American Dairy Goat Association Goat Milk Products Competition. A smooth goat cheese rolled in Piment d’Ville (fine ground espelette pepper grown in Boonville), Pepper Moldunes also won first place in the Formed/Shaped Soft Cheese, Savory Flavo

The Office closes, Elk’s Drew named one of the hundred best wineries in the world, and more!

Editor’s note: We’re trying out a new feature this week covering food, drinks and more across Mendocino County. Think we missed something, want to see more, or have a new tips? Let us know what you think at [email protected] The Office at Main & Mill hosted its last hurrah on Saturday, October 1. Owners Kim and Roley sold the popular bar and grill and announced in mid-September that they would “ride off into the sunset.” They operated the Office for 14 years, offering solid pub grub, boozy brun

October First Friday showcases fall-inspired art in Fort Bragg and Ukiah

MENDOCINO COUNTY, CA, 9/30/22 – Fall is in the air at the First Friday art walks in Fort Bragg and Ukiah on October 7. This month’s exhibits reflect the autumnal season with musical mushrooms, cozy textiles, and Day of the Dead activities. First Friday art walks are held in historic downtown Ukiah and Fort Bragg the evening of the first Friday of each month. Galleries and museums open their doors to the public, for free, often offering live music, beer and wine, and special activities to comple

Fire crews quickly respond to small fire in Willits

MENDOCINO Co., 9/6/22 – Fire crews are on the scene of a fire at Valley Oaks Mobile Home Park in Willits. The “Oak Fire” was reported as a recreational vehicle fire at 1:24 p.m. According to scanner traffic, crews arrived to find a travel trailer on fire and two structures and a vehicle threatened. Crews also expressed concern of a minor vegetation threat. MCSO issued a Nixle alert asking for situational awareness for people in the area; please avoid the area if possible: Situational Awareness

Where to Get the Best Margaritas in Sonoma County

La Rosa Tequileria & Grille, Santa Rosa: Dining editor Heather Irwin has declared La Rosa's La Diabla her favorite margarita. It comprises lime, strawberry (or mango) with muddled jalapeño peppers served on the rocks. If heat isn't your thing, try one of their 12 other margaritas, or keep it simple with a sip of tequila from the expansive bar, which features over 180 artisan tequilas. 500 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707-523-3663, larosasantarosa.com (Beth Schlanker/The Press Democrat) Lo & Behold,
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