Chef Demonstrations

Taste the Best of Sonoma County

Harvest Fair Chef Demonstrations - Located in the Wine Country Marketplace

(Free with Gate Admission)

Sonoma County is known for it's amazing landscapes, beautiful coast line, fine wines and culinary delights. Take home a little bit of our wine country wisdom during one of our Harvest Fair Chef Demonstrations. These demonstrations have been scheduled before the wine tasting pavilion opens so you can get the most from your Harvest Fair experience. There is no additional charge to attend and each guest will be able to enjoy a tasting sample, paired with wine during each of the demonstrations. 

Friday - September 30, 2016

  4:30 pm - Sheana Davis, cheesemaker, culinary educator, and owner of the The Epicurean Connection, has enthusiastically supported the artisan and farmstead cheese movement for more than 20 years. Sheana teaches cooking and cheese-making classes, conducts workshops and participates as a guest chef at local and national culinary events. Sheana is the former owner of the The Epicurean Connection in downtown Sonoma, a cheese shop, cafe, beer and wine bar.

Saturday - October 1, 2016

  12:30 pm - Award-winning chef Christine Piccin credits her dad with inspiring her to try just about anything, once, and her mom with teaching her how to make the perfect pie crust. The first thing she remembers learning how to cook was crêpes, which still show up regularly on the table at her house.

Christine cooked in white tabletop establishments for ten years (Hotel la Rose, Madrona Manor, Mixx). As a chef, Christine has paired food and wine for many Sonoma Country wineries, and has written for various food and travel magazines. A confessed fanatique of la cuisine française, Christine’s past articles for FRANCE magazine have allowed her to taste her way through Cognac and help make Comté cheese in the French countryside


  3:30 pm - Originally from Chicago, Mark Kowalkowski graduated from Purdue University and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY. He has worked in restaurants in New York, Chicago and Hawaii, before moving to Sonoma County nine years ago. Mark is the Executive Chef for Oliver's Market Stony Point Store in Santa Rosa. Mark conducts workshops and participates as a guest chef throughout Sonoma County.

Sunday - October 4, 2015

  12:30 pm - Chef Tom Schmidt brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to Sonoma County’s wine country. Although Tom is an expert in formal culinary methods, his skill is not driven by technique alone. Rather, it involves an intuitive understanding of complementary flavors, textures and colors combined with the knowledge of using seasonal foods at their freshest. Tom is the Executive Chef at John Ash & Co., located in the heart of Sonoma County. It was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking with seasonal, local foods and produce while pairing exceptional recipes with wines from the region.


  3:30 pm - Chef/Instructor Doug Cavaliere's baking career spans thirty years. He attended the Culinary Institute of America Greystone, receiving certificates in Wedding Cakes and Contemporary Cakes and Tarts. Doug owned and operated a successful retail bakery in Santa Rosa for 11 years. After selling his bakery, Doug has worked as a pastry chef at Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg. He has taught as an adjunct instructor in SRJC's Baking and Pastry Program since 2006.