Last year, for my birthday, I headed to Holman Ranch Tasting Room with some girlfriends to meet the Queen of Quince . We tried our hands at rolling Yalanchi Sarma , Armenian stuffed grape leaves, nibbled on quince leather, and feasted on various mezze , including pickled cauliflower, black olive dip, spiced feta, and more. And we sipped on different varietals from Holman Ranch Vineyard, including a chardonnay and a pinot noir. It was a fantastic evening. So, when I saw that Holman Ranch Tasting Room was kicking off their "In Your Own Backyard" 2013 series with a cooking demo by Sweet Elena's Bakery and Cafe, I signed us all up. We love Elena! She baked the cheesecakes for my wedding and has continued to dazzle us with her baking prowess. Elena Salsedo, former Ventana Inn pastry chef and current proprietor of Sweet Elena's in Sand City, demonstrated making moqueca , the Brazilian seafood stew (recipe to follow!), and Nick Elliott of Holman poured a compleme
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