Saratoga Wine Stroll, Saturday, May 21
Enjoy a beautiful Saturday at “The First Annual Saratoga Springtime Wine Stroll”, Saturday, May 21, from 3- 6pm. Walk through quaint downtown Saratoga, sip wine at more than 18 shops and restaurants, purchase goodies for self or home, nibble on gourmet treats and listen to live music. Some of the wineries participating include Aver Family, Big Basin Vineyards, Dancing Creek, House Family, Jazz Cellars, Loma Prieta, MJA Cellars, Poetic Cellars, SKOV, Stefania and Villa del Monte. In addition, long-time favorites, Cinnabar, Guglielmo, Burrell School, Kings Mountain and Savanah-Chanelle.

Authentic Mexican Cooking Class, Saturday, May 21
Culture Kitchen is a new kind of cooking school. The instructors aren’t professional chefs, they are local women from all over the world teaching you how to make their family recipes. This Saturday, meet Norma and her teenage daughter who are teaming up to teach an intimate class on Mexican food from the Durango region at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto. These recipes were passed down from Norma’s grandmother, to her mother, and now to you. All levels of cooking experience are welcome and everyone will leave the class feeling confident in making these dishes again at home. On the menu are agua fresca (fruit juice), enslada (Salad) and mouthwatering gorditas (1 vegetarian & 1 meat). This class is for those who not only want to learn how to make authentic ethnic cuisine, but who also want to learn the personal story and culture behind the food.

Diaspora Dinner at Temple Emanu-El, Saturday, May 21
Join Temple Emanuel-El in San Jose for the penultimate Diaspora Dinner, the second to last in the 8 year series that has been called one of the best dining experiences in the Bay Area by both the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco J. Diaspora Dinner 21 will focus on the rich and evocative history of the Jews of the American South, including stories of Jews who fought on both sides of the Civil War, the story of the Jewish immigration to Galveston, TX and the proud history of the Jews of New Orleans, among many other stories of leadership, hope and occasional ignominy. The multimedia history presentation will be complemented by a 5-course gourmet meal, including dishes that are part of the Southern experience, rearranged to meet the presentation and taste standards set by the Diaspora Dinner team of chefs. A portion of proceeds will go towards the benefit of people put out of work or financially impacted by the BP oil spill.

Vine Hill Winery Vertical Tasting, Sunday, May 22
Join picturesque Vine Hill Winery for a fun tasting of Gatos Locos wines. There will be a vertical tasting of wines from 2005-2007 vintages and you can choose up to 5 wines to taste. Select wines and vintages will be on sale in the tasting room at a discount. The sale is limited to this weekend and tasting room purchases only so don’t miss out. The back deck and upper patio will be open for picnics and wine by the glass will be available for $6 per glass. Make it a Santa Cruz weekend!

Mountain View Street Fair, Sunday, May 22
This Saturday and Sunday it’s time for the 15th Annual A la Carte and Art festival in Mountain View on Castro at Church Street. It will be a vibrant springtime celebration of the arts featuring live music, a juried arts and crafts show with 200 talented exhibitors showing their latest handcrafted wares, artisan specialty food purveyors, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, festive food and drinks including wine, microbrews and margaritas, a farmers market with fresh seasonal produce, a classic car show and kids amusements in the Tons of Fun Zone. There is literally something for everyone!