We’re setting your place for spring with events celebrating food, wine and community.

Join us to learn about producing unique wines from “mountain fruit” and explore Armenian cuisine with the creators of a new cookbook titled “Lavash: The Bread That Launched 1,000 Meals.” We also offer an Italian feast in April and a special event honoring veterans in May with a beloved Marin personality, Michael Pritchard.

Ziggy the Wine Gal — aka Ziggy Eschliman — of KRSH Radio leads the March 19 event, spotlighting wines from Palmeri Wines in Geyserville. Drew Damskey, named a “Winemaker to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle, talks about working with grapes grown above 1,000 feet in elevation. Kate Leahy, a co-author of “Lavash,” presents a menu to match from the book, which the same paper named as a 2019 favorite.

We celebrate the passion of Italian food on April 23 with Lisa Lavagetto, who brings inspiration from 35 years of cooking with family. She began learning with her husband’s grandmother, worked in family restaurants, and joined Ramekins in 1998 as a chef instructor. Her menu includes Timballo, a dish made famous in the movie “Big Night.”

Chef Munther Massarweh and emcee Michael Pritchard partner with us on May 21 with a scrumptious menu and a program to honor veterans in advance of Memorial Day. Chef Munther, a Marin native, built his skills at Chicago’s famous Pump Room and San Francisco favorites like McCormick & Kuleto’s before taking a lead role at Wild Fox and Rickey’s Restaurant in Novato.

Make reservations and learn more at Fresh Starts online or call us at 415-382-3363 x243. All proceeds from Fresh Starts Chef Events support shelter, housing and job-training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin.