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UC Davis researchers help find birthplace of chili pepper

UC Davis researchers help find birthplace of chili pepper

The world’s most widely grown spice crop likely was first domesticated in central-east Mexico.


Chili peppers likely became a cultivated crop in central-east Mexico, according to a new study by an international team including UC Davis plant scientists. (And, yes, that’s a tomatillo — not a pepper — propping up...

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Farm-to-fork forum offers a special invitation

Farm-to-fork forum offers a special invitation

Sacramento’s farm-to-fork persona continues to evolve.


Alice Waters, who helped pioneer California cuisine and the slow-food movement, will co-host the Farm-to-Fork Capital Forum Series.

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Show your ‘spear-it’ at Asparagus Fest

Show your ‘spear-it’ at Asparagus Fest

Stockton food fest sticks to its downtown location. Asparagus stalks from Jimenez Farms in Stockton await shoppers at the farmers market. Local asparagus is king of the annual Asparagus Festival in Stockton April 25-27, 2014. Patrons can take some...

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SF Weekly recommends Sacramento’s cocktail scene

SF Weekly recommends Sacramento’s cocktail scene

The SF Weekly’s “drink of the week” column generally focuses on a single standout libation, or gives props to Bay Area bars with standout cocktail programs. But in the most recent case, the “drink of the week” went to an entire city - and that city is our own Sacramento.

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Honey tasting panel will help create new flavor wheel

Honey tasting panel will help create new flavor wheel

I am one of 20 people on a honey tasting panel at UC Davis whose feedback will help the the school’s Honey and Pollination Center create a flavor and aroma wheel.


Before tasting honey, volunteers sniffed the aromas of all kinds of things in cups.

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Eye openers

Eye openers

Mother rolled out its brunch menu last weekend for the first time. Chefs Michael Thiemann (owner) and Matt Masera (executive chef) prepare dishes at their vegetarian restaurant Mother.

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Icing on the Cupcake reopens single Rocklin store under new ownership

Icing on the Cupcake reopens single Rocklin store under new ownership

Icing on the Cupcake, the Sacramento-area gourmet cupcake chain started seven years ago in and closed in January amid a bankruptcy filing and financial struggles, has reopened a single Rocklin store under new ownership. A cupcake from Icing on the...

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Feast on 50 dishes from 50 novels

Feast on 50 dishes from 50 novels

Last year, writer-art director Dinah Fried posted five “photographic recreations of meals from classic and contemporary literature,” dishes she assembled and styled herself. As a result, her site www.dinahfried.com got more than 200,000 hits and was mentioned on TV shows and blog sites, and in newspapers and magazines.


Author-designer Dinah...

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Eggs Over the Capitol will take pitmasters to BBQ school

Eggs Over the Capitol will take pitmasters to BBQ school

Big barbecue event coming to Sacramento Tri-tip will be among the smoked offerings at Eggs Over the Capitol

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Limited-edition muffins and bagels are full of vanilla, cinnamon and maple

Limited-edition muffins and bagels are full of vanilla, cinnamon and maple

New limited editions of Thomas’ English muffins and bagels


Thomas’ five new limited-edition baked offerings include Cinnamon Vanilla English muffins and Maple French Toast bagels.



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