Chef Dustin Valette presents a special menu from Valette restaurant, a downtown Healdsburg favorite devoted to making the most of Sonoma County’s top-notch produce, meats and wine.

Opening Valette in 2015 realized a lifelong dream for Chef Dustin, a Geyserville native who began washing dishes as a teenager in a local restaurant. He went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and has worked in the kitchens of such celebrated restaurants as Aqua, Bouchon and Dry Creek Kitchen. His menu:

Select Local Charcuterie & Cheese | Olive Oil Poached Local Halibut with Roasted Peppers, Nicoise Olives & Sunchokes | Whole Roasted New York Steak with Brown Butter Parsnip Mousseline, Mushroom Fondue & Grilled Asparagus | Warm Frangipane Tart with Fresh Raspberry Compote & Volo Chocolate

Among the locally sourced ingredients is Volo Chocolate, a Windsor producer that follows a “bean to bar” model using products from North Bay vendors like Clover Dairy and Flying Goat Coffee.

Chef Dustin plans to open a new space called The Matheson, which will bring two new restaurants to the Healdsburg square. Join us to eat well and hear about his culinary career plus his work in progress.

Tickets cost $60, including dinner; wine will be offered by glass or bottle. Visit Fresh Starts Chef Events online to reserve a seat or call 415-382-3363 x243 for more details.