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potato toss
It was an evening to be remembered. A couple of years ago I was asked by my friend Jeff Silverman and his wife Stefanie to create an Italian evening cooking class and demonstration fundraiser for Wilbur elementary school. As we considered the evening we had to come up with a menu that would work both...
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It was a gorgeous clear day when I arrived at Pier 3 in Avila Beach, CA. I walked down the long pier past the pelicans and some other vendors to the end where I found the Old Port Fisheries Company. I found Mike, whom I had been corresponding with via email and asked him to...
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One of my favorite things to do is to go to a restaurant and let the chef create a tasting menu for us. It’s one of the perks of being in the biz and/or knowing the chef at a particular restaurant. For me, it’s an opportunity to see what the chef can really do, how...
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Small plates are all the rage here in LA and Bow & Truss in NoHo has made it their specialty. The name is derived from the restaurant’s bow & truss ceiling and is owned by Knitting Factory Entertainment, who also brought us The Federal Bar. The menu, created by Executive Chef Aaron Grissom, is based...
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It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when we found ourselves done with our event and were looking for a comfortable and interesting place for happy hour. Coming from DTLA  we decided to go visit La Poubelle, the French translation being “the trash can”. With a name like that, how good could it be? Names aren’t everything,...
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I’ve had many Laraneta wines and the quality is always superb. It’s not just because they make good wine, it’s also because don’t release it until it’s ready to drink, which is always a welcome change from many other producers who release their wines too early. They’ve got a beautiful vineyard in Templeton just south...
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Riverbench Vineyard
As you wind your way down Foxen Canyon road aka the Foxen Wine 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...
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The first thing you notice about The Old Place is the smell of the oak grill wafting in the air, luring you in and whetting your appetite for a great meal. Located in the former town of Cornell it was originally Hanks country store and the post office was in the back. It was bought...
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There are so many things to love about the Saddle Peak Lodge with its stone fireplaces, timber frame structure and hunting lodge feel complete with Michelin Star food and service. It’s always had a stellar reputation for serving wild game as well as seasonal menus and chef’s tasting menus. The latest addition is their refreshing...
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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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