Food News with a Twist

Retro Food at Sonoma Museum of Art, Annadel Estate for sale, Corner 103 lobster lunch, Sante to host Sixteen 600 winegrowr dinner and more

July 29, 2017

Zucchini races and Food Truck Friday tonight You can either watch and cheer or enter and cheer. If you want to enter, take your zucchini vehicles to the Sebastiani Winery park from 5:30 to 6:15. The race begins at 6:30 sharp. “Cars” are categorized as small, medium, or large. No more than 10 inches wide. [...]

West Coast Crab season wide open, but wait a sec; Wine Country Chocolates

January 1, 2017

Crab season wide open While the price of whole Dungeness crabs went up one dollar locally to $7.99 a pound at Sonoma Market, but stayed at $6.99 at Broadway Market, the state of California announced that it has opened the commercial crabbing season along the California coast all the way to Pt. Arena. Hopefully with [...]

What do Starbucks and McDonald’s have in Common this week?

July 2, 2015

Besides thousands of stores, which they neither call cafes nor restaurants – but stores -, Starbucks and McDonald’s have another common thread right now. They are both cutting back on menu items and outlets. After Starbucks’ outrageous payment of $100 million for the La Boulange chain of pink-hued bakery-cafes headquartered in San Francisco, they are [...]

April 17, 2015

Taylor Farms, a Salinas, CA establishment, is issuing a Class I Recall on Fresh, Flat Leaf Spinach due to possible contamination of Salmonella. The product is under the Cross Valley Farms Brand and the Taylor Farms Brand and has code dates of YTF092A24, YTF092A27, YTF092A28 which are located on the front of the clear bag [...]

How much water does it take to make a …?

April 11, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown has asked Californians to use 25 percent less water than we are now, which may be a problem for some of us who have been “letting yellow mellow” for a long time. And what about absentee owners and some local families who seem not to know there’s a drought and continue [...]

Drink as Much Sugar as You Want

June 26, 2014

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled on June 26, 2014 that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on big soda sales was out of bounds. The Court of Appeals upheld two lower courts’ decisions that the ban was specifically beyond reach of the New York City Board of Health’s powers. Bloomberg’s goal [...]

Alaskan Salmon Saved?

March 6, 2014

Something called Pebble Limited Partnership, made up of Britain’s Anglo American PLC and its Canadian partner, Northern Dynasty Minerals, have spent millions to do studies and get permits to mine Alaska’s Bristol Bay for bilions of dollars of gold, copper, silver and palladium that have not been mined. Bristol Bay hosts a fishery that supports [...]

Rancho meat recall list

February 17, 2014

Here is the list of California distributors and retailers who had Rancho Feeding Co. meats and were asked to return them to Rancho, following its citing by the USDA last week. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/0871ce45-1c81-4af8-99c5-e0d0d60216c5/RC-013-2014-Retail-List.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=0871ce45-1c81-4af8-99c5-e0d0d60216c5 The only USDA inspected slaughterhouse in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rancho has ceased operations for the time being. Without the USDA really [...]

NASCAR and Sonoma Raceway give 90 fruit trees to Sonoma School Gardens

February 13, 2014

A combined effort by NASCAR, Sonoma Raceway, UPS and the Arbor Day Foundation brought 90 fruit trees that are being planted in the school gardens of all 11 of Sonoma’s public schools. After reading in past years that trees were being given to schools and municipalities around the San Francisco Bay Area, I wrote to [...]

National football chicken wings? And the rest of the chicken?

February 3, 2014

The National Chicken Council suggests that Americans nibbled 1.25 billion, with a “b,” chicken wings Sunday before, during and after the Super Bowl of Chicken Wings, I mean football. These few hours of make up 7.4 percent of the Chicken Council’s forecasted total consumption for all of 2014. Apparently chicken wings go with football and [...]

Bachelor Ben and Mama Kardashian “envolved?” Sheana Davis to expand; “Black Friday Eve;” Run on hot sauce? Poor Nigella Lawson; Sonoma events

December 7, 2013

But first: The food world lost one of its quiet stars, Judy Rogers, chef and co-owner of Zuni Café in San Francisco since 1987. A sister Dame d’Escoffier, Rogers passed away Monday at Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital after trying to overcome cancer for at least two years. Rogers won James Beard Awards for Outstanding Restaurant [...]

Nigella Lawson splits

July 17, 2013

British television culinary seductress Nigella Lawson appears to be headed for divorce, in an odd marital twist. Lawson, 53, learned of her husband’s intention to divorce her through his declaration to leave her in the Mail on Sunday tabloid newspaper. Said husband, multi-millionaire advertising executive and big deal art collector Charles Saatchi, 70, had previously [...]

Horse Meat in Your Burgers?

March 31, 2013

While many Americans recoil at the revelations of horsemeat being ground in with beef to make hamburger patties in Ireland, England, and throughout Europe, our United States Department of Agriculture seems close to approving Valley Meat Company’s horse slaughtering plant in Roswell, New Mexico, according to the New York Times. Roswell of all places. The [...]

New California Cottage Foods rules

January 27, 2013

Have you or a friend always wanted to make your specialty food bright idea go commercial, but the cost of renting a certified kitchen is prohibitive? Thanks to the California State Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, you can do it all from home now – with some limits.  To all who make great jams, cookies, [...]

New California Cottage Food Rules

January 27, 2013

Have you or a friend always wanted to make your specialty food bright idea go commercial, but the cost of renting a certified kitchen is prohibitive? Thanks to the California State Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, you can do it all from home now – with some limits. To all who make great jams, cookies, [...]

Eau de Pizza Hut? Dungeness crabbers back

December 14, 2012

Crabby news: Area Dungeness crab fishers returned to the sea Wednesday after getting distributors to honor their original $3 per pound agreement for the season. Crabs should be a little bigger due to the couple of weeks’ strike delay. You can still expect prices around $7 per pound retail. HHH Gross gifts not to give: [...]

More on Peet’s approval in Sonoma

November 20, 2012

Monday night the Sonoma City Council overturned the Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny Peet’s a permit on Broadway, a block south of Sonoma Plaza. Responding to public demand and an overflowing council chamber audience, the council vote was unanimous. While the Sonoma City Council has a “formula store” ordinance prohibiting large chains from opening in [...]

Peet’s approved by Sonoma City Council

November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012 Sonoma City Council tonight unanimously overturned the Planning Commission’s recommendation and approved a Peet’s Coffee & Tea to be located next to 599 Thai restaurant on Broadway, a block from Sonoma Plaza. The building is owned by Diane and Henry Mayo, who used if for their real estate office for many years.

WalMart chickens; New Zagat ratings; New winery approval; CIA Arc of Flavor; Amtrak food update

November 9, 2012

New feature: Each Friday (well, most Fridays) we will venture to an out of town restaurant just to tempt you with fun taste opportunities in surrounding communities. Hope you enjoy the trips. HHH Many of you recently saw a big white dirigible, a.k.a. blimp, floating around the valley at about 1,000 feet.  Astronaut Rusty Schweikart [...]

CIA’s Worlds of Flavor this weekend

November 2, 2012

Fabulous Worlds of Flavor event going on at Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena., California. Yesterday we learned about the spice arc of discovery and distibution routes, heard from the wonderful Anissa Helou of London, Anahita Naderi of Los Angeles, the first female chef in Iraq, Khulood Atiq, and Mourad Lahlou of San Francisco.

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