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Healdsburg Highlights - February 2015


Healdsburg Highlights - February 2015

by Gina Riner

Jazz on the Menu Feb 25

Dine Out to Support Music Programs in the Schools

On Wednesday, February 25, Healdsburg area restaurants will come alive with jazz music at some wonderful restaurants like Agave Mexican Restaurant, Baci Café and Wine Bar, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Café Lucia, Campo Fina, Catelli's, Chalkboard Restaurant, Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria, the Dry Creek Kitchen, and Spoonbar. This 4th annual Jazz on the Menu is a perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to explore restaurants and discover a new favorite, while supporting the Healdsburg Jazz Festival Music Education Programs. Participating restaurants will donate a generous 25% of their sales that evening to the HJF music education fund.

This event promises to be a special evening of fine food, good wine and great jazz. Over 30 musicians in small jazz ensembles will be playing at ten different restaurants for the town-wide benefit. The list of restaurants and bands can be found at

“It’s another first for Healdsburg – we believe we are the only town in the United States to have created this unique way to educate our school children in the America art form of jazz and its blues roots,” said HJF artistic director Jessica Felix. Healdsburg Jazz annually sponsors two music education programs in nine local schools: Operation Jazz Band and Black History Month. Operation Jazz Band involves area 5th graders during one week in April. The Black History Month program includes 3rd - 6th graders throughout February. These music education programs represent a vital service to students in an era when music education has virtually disappeared from California classrooms.

The dining part of this event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and then everyone is invited for dessert and more jazz music at Costeaux French Bakery & Café, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The After-Party tickets are $15 per person. This year the Ricardo Peixoto Quintet will be the featured group playing a mix of Brazilian and jazz standards. Healdsburg High School Jazz Band is the opening band.  The Costeaux After-Party has often sold out, and early tickets can be bought online at or by phone at (707) 433-4644. They will also be available at the door, subject to availability.


New “Concierge” Car Service Launches in Healdsburg 

Not just a limo or taxi service, Howling Wine Jaunts offers customized tours based on the specific needs of its customers, says founder and owner David Howard. “I’ve lived in Healdsburg over 15 years and was driving down to Silicon Valley for my high tech job, spending about four to five hours on the road every day. When my wife and I recently inherited a Lincoln Town car, I thought wouldn’t it be cool to drive around the beautiful wine country instead of driving down to the Bay Area.” Howard is uniquely qualified to operate this new service. He has a deep knowledge of the terrior, the wineries and the appellations that he feels will serve his customers very well. Howling Wine Jaunts, which opened on January 13, provides a concierge-based limo service. According to the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce, this is a much-needed service. The Chamber says 220 people on average come through on Fridays looking for hotels, restaurants, wineries and cars. You can reach David Howard at


Happy Valentine’s Day to a few of my favorite people in Healdsburg, including E. Walter Murray who turned 102 on Christmas Eve, and to Josephine Camaur who celebrated her 100th birthday at MacMurray Ranch recently.