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5th Annual Chardonnay Symposium

February 22,2014

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The internationally acclaimed 5th Annual Chardonnay Symposium (TCS) will be held at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach, May 16-18, 2014. The premier event for Chardonnay education. ...

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Mixing it up with Sake!

October 08,2013

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Bartending has progressed far beyond just creating popular drinks. It has evolved into a craft of mixing and reinventing old and new exotic cocktails. Today's modern Mixologists push the overall limits of creativity of yesterday's bartenders....

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Cooking with New Belgium Beer

September 28,2013

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I heard about the opportunity to create a recipe for New Belgium Brewing through FoodBuzz.So I figured I'd sign up and see if I was one of the lucky ones that would be chosen. ...
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Saddle Peak Lodge, The Saturday Sip at the Cielo's Outdoor Wine Bar

September 26,2013

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It only took us a decade, to get ourselves to the historic and legendary Saddle Peak Lodge in beautiful Malibu, California, but we are glad that we had an opportunity to experience all of the beauty and splendor that the Saddle Peak Lodge has to offer with a heavy sprinkling of Rustic California Charm and we haven't even had a chance to boast about the food yet. ...

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Balsons Bacon Extraordinaire

September 23,2013

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It was Thanksgiving morning when I decided to open my first package of RJ Balsons bacon. This is not merely any British Bacon, it is a piece of history, dating back to the time of King Henry the VIII. ...
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Safeway Supports Local Organic Farmers

September 20,2013

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Behind every seasoned farmer there is a unique story and in the case of Chris Cadwell fromTutti Frutti, many. Some anecdotes are about relationships in the business, certain crops successes, unfortunate unexpected crop failures, trial and error, weather challenges, irrigation complications or bug infestations that destroy entire crops. Perseverance is king as well as experience and quick decision making. There is a reason he, like many other successful farmers have chosen the age old profession. If you ask anyone in the industry about his produce over the years, they will surely say that he is great at what he does. ...
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Riverbench a Gem of a Winery

August 02,2013

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As you wind your way down Foxen Canyon road aka the Foxen Trail, you can't help to think about the wonderful scenery that the road bisects. On either side ancient oak trees grow in pastures, some with grazing cattle others now planted with wonderful vines producing a host of fruit from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir and the noblest of grapes Cabernet Sauvignon. ...
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The Golden State of Cocktails is Coming to LA!

February 19,2013

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To introduce the event, several drink stations were set up in advancement of things to come. In addition to the "build your own craft cocktail" station where you could take home your very own tailor-made cocktail souvenir, was a centrifuge station. Their deconstructed Bloody Mary cocktail, once spun through the centrifuge, tasted like a vine ripe tomato gazpacho, defying it's clarity in the glass!...
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Wining and Wining and Wining

October 21,2012

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My dear friend, Rico Mandel of Miz en Place, invited me to cover the opening of a new wine bar in Malibu, Malibu Beach Wines. MBW is the brainchild of Jim Palmer, proprietor, grower and winemaker of Malibu Vineyards wines. ...
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Wining by proxy...kind of...Shai Cellars wine dinner at Fab's Corner Cucina...

March 26,2012

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There was a wonderful winemaker dinner at Fabs Corner Cucina on March 21, 2012. This delectable event, hosted by Amelia Yokel, paired the Shai Cellarswines of Shawn Shai Halahmy with the food creations of Chef Ian Jerde....
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The Oldest Butcher Shop in Italy

January 04,2011

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Antica Macelleria Falorni is the oldest butcher shop in Italy. In 1729 Gio Batta founded the Macelleria Falorni Butchers in Greve Italy. ...
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Chef Adam Horton Debuts at Test Kitchen

October 06,2010

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You see Test Kitchen brings in chefs from all over to test out new recipes and concepts for their restaurants or new establishments to be opened up....
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My Classic dish Challenge Chicken Biryani

September 26,2010

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When presented with this challenge it got me excited. I immediately began to think about either the middle east or India. Having cooked and prepared many dishes using many classical techniques from the European culinary world I was thinking about which part of the world that I would challenge me....
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The Ultimate Malibu Wine Experience

September 12,2010

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We loaded into the limo and took off up the coast. Toward Malibu Canyon. It was a beautiful day, the heat wave had broken from the previous week and I was elated. We came to our first stop Wish vineyards a wonderful boutique winery in Hidden Hills that specializes in Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon....
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