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DINING: Chef Ron Siegel prepped on Wednesday morning for that evening's dinner at his new upscale, Japanese-infused venture in the Western Room at Rancho Nicasio. Mr. Siegel—who recently left his post as executive chef at San Francisco’s Michael Mina, where a prix fixe dinner costs $125—said he approached Rancho owner Bob Brown about a potential partnership at a show many moons ago.   David Briggs

You have a lot of options when you go to Rancho Nicasio on a Friday night. You can listen to rollicking music. You can sit at the bar and enjoy a generous serving of Maker's Mark on the rocks. You can eat off the typical Rancho menu: spinach dip, a barbecue chicken with sweet potato fries, a Caesar . . .