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A Culinary Feast for Sonoma County Weddings

A Wine Country wedding brings thoughts of romance, splendor, and exquisite cuisine. So it’s not that surprising that some Sonoma County unions take place at restaurants. Really. At Ca'Bianca in Santa Rosa, for example, the historic landmark operates primarily as an elegant Italian eatery, but also opens its doors for weddings, held in the garden, patio, and bar area, as well as the dining rooms.

Odd? Hardly. Ca’Bianca means “White House” in northern Italian dialect, and the property is indeed a mansion, the former Marshall House built in 1876 and now lovingly renovated back to its proud glory. Spanning several gracious dining rooms accented with crystal chandeliers, ceramic fireplaces, stained glass, and delicately carved ceiling moldings, subtly painted frescoes, and shaded patios overlooking manicured gardens, it looks as much a high-end wedding hall as a place to get a meal of authentic Sardinian semolina gnocchi in a rich ragu of porcini and slow-braised Angus beef.

Special events are nothing new for Ca’Bianca owners/husband-and-wife Marco Diana and Karin Hoehne. They have long worked in hospitality, including San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, and a neighborhood bistro and bakery in Noe Valley. They employ an on-site wedding consultant, and maintain an extensive inventory of banquet linens, china, flatware, glassware, tables, and chairs.

Weddings include welcome hors d'oeuvres, a sit-down dinner from a customized menu drawing from multiple Italian regions of Italy such as Milano in the north to Sicilia in the south, and complimentary cake service. In keeping with the Wine Country theme of fine food, pastas and breads and made-in-house, salads come straight from the garden, and meats and seafood are sourced locally.

And just as ordering at the restaurant, wedding couples can pick-and-choose among a menu of wedding and reception options, such as three- to five-course dinners for up to 100 guests. In the mood of a private home, customization choices are nearly endless, too.

Wedding couples and guests seeking a bit of home-away-from-home will find top-notch Santa Rosa lodging nearby. Hotel La Rose (308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa), is a historic property, as well, built in 1907 in Railroad Square with 47 boutique room. Hillside Inn (2901 4th St., Santa Rosa) is another comfortable property, tucked amid trees with a centerpiece swimming pool, while Courtyard by Marriott Santa Rosa (175 Railroad St., Santa Rosa) boasts all the benefits of a downtown location with amenities like an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool.

Details: Ca’Bianca, 835 2nd St., Santa Rosa, 707-542-5800

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