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A trio of books takes foodies and sippers on tour

Oct 9, 2014
A trio of books takes foodies and sippers on tour

Three new food- and drink-related books open vistas for the cocktail and dining crowds

Join our taste-testers for two kinds of chips

Oct 9, 2014
Join our taste-testers for two kinds of chips

Taste-testers sample two styles of chips from two companies. Multigrain chips in five flavors from Lundberg Family Farms. Two flavors of chips from Indianlife.

Harrah’s gets the party going at Food & Wine Festival

Oct 2, 2014
Harrah’s gets the party going at Food & Wine Festival

Being that they’re hotels with casinos built around them, Harrah’s and Harveys at Stateline, Nev., know how to throw a party. Right now they’re prepping for the fifth annual South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival, Oct. 18-19.


Chef-coookbook author Rocco DiSpirito will show his culinary skills at the South...

Farm to Fork celebration was quite a dish

Oct 2, 2014
Farm to Fork celebration was quite a dish

Sacramento’s second annual Farm to Fork Week was a hit, and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau has the numbers to prove it. The SCVB acted as producer of the celebration, which ran Sept. 13-28 and showcased our region’s unique position as “the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation.”

Hey, honey! What say we grab a bite?

Oct 2, 2014
Hey, honey! What say we grab a bite?

Someone at the family-owned Spease Bees Honey Company in Elk Grove reached back to the 1920s for its slogan to describes its product: “It’s the Bee’s Knees.” Meaning it’s the cat’s meow. Or, if you prefer, the cat’s whiskers or the cat’s pajamas. Translation: “the height of excellence.”


Spease Bees...

Get close to the water at the Sandbar & Grill

Oct 2, 2014
Get close to the water at the Sandbar & Grill

Sure, the bayside cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel host some of the best (and costliest) seafood restaurants in Northern California, but you don’t have to follow the tourist trail and pay $32 for a piece of halibut with yellow squash as the side.


Grilled sand dabs and crab...

Limited-edition muffins and bagels are just right for fall

Sep 18, 2014
Limited-edition muffins and bagels are just right for fall

Thomas’ bakery has been busy this year with limited-edition offerings of bagels and English muffin. Over the past few months, consumers have seen maple french toast-flavored bagels and cinnamon-vanilla English muffins, followed by cinnamon-redolent apple pie muffins and bagels.


Pumpkin-spice English muffins are on store shelves now.

Evan’s Kitchen will pair wild game with fine wines

Sep 18, 2014
Evan’s Kitchen will pair wild game with fine wines

Chef Evan Elsberry specializes in a number of dishes at his restaurant, Evan’s Kitchen, including prime rib, rack of lamb and seafood pasta. He also regularly matches ethnic cuisines with appropriate wines, usually coming up with some surprises. In past months, he’s sold out his Italian, French, Spanish and German wine-pairing dinners.

Taste chocolates with unusual cachet

Sep 18, 2014
Taste chocolates with unusual cachet

Chocolate is expensive. We’re not talking Hershey’s Kisses, though everybody likes ‘em, but fine chocolate from Belgium and Switzerland, and from small-production companies in California. For instance, we’ve seen 2.5-ounce artisanal chocolate bars made in the Bay Area sell for as much as $12 at specialty stores, and bars of imported chocolate bars typically...

Bee Book Club: ‘In the Kingdom of Ice’ tells a true story

Sep 16, 2014
Bee Book Club: ‘In the Kingdom of Ice’ tells a true story

Hampton Sides, just in from Nashville, took the phone call in his hotel room in Washington, D.C., to talk about his new book, a true story that reads like a thriller. The next day his book tour would take him to St. Louis, Chicago and seven other cities. He lands in Sacramento on Thursday...

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