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República del Cacao chocolate bar

República del Cacao chocolate bar


Chocolate Prices on the Rise


Love chocolate? You have lots of company. Increased consumption in Asia and Latin America and an upswing in sales in Europe and the U.S. have brought global chocolate demand to an all-time high. The bad news is that manufacturers are facing an unprecedented rise in the price of cocoa butter, the almost-magical ingredient which helps give chocolate its creamy, irresistible texture.

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Farm-to-Table, Island-Style

on September 19th, 2013
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Sep

Fruit on display at the Kaanapali Fresh celebration on the island of Maui

Fruit on display at the Ka’anapali Fresh celebration on the island of Maui


by Leslie Kelly


Aloha from Maui, the Magic Isle known for its super sweet “Gold” pineapple, onions, sugar cane and the best banana bread on the planet.

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10

Sep

Spanish Bramble cocktail at Range Restaurant

Spanish Bramble cocktail at Range

 

by Anneli Rufus


Getting into the appetite-stimulating spirit, San Francisco’s Range has launched a new “Aperitif Hour.” This innovative program includes a special menu of aperitif cocktails and exclusive sherries, amaros and vermouths along with bar snacks designed to pair perfectly with aperitifs — all served daily at the sleek, popular Mission District restaurant between 5 and 6 p.m.

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Attendees of the Urban Wine Experience select soup and canapés to pair with wine

Attendees of the Urban Wine Experience select soup and canapés to pair with wine


by Anneli Rufus


We’ve all heard of the Napa Valley Wine Country and the Sonoma County Wine Country. Brace yourself for another one, easily reachable by public transit from San Francisco:


It’s the East Bay Wine Country.

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The Grand Curtis Stone

on August 26th, 2013
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Aug


by Sophie Gayot


There were many events during the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. It was not possible to attend of all them, so choices needed to be made. When I saw that Curtis Stone was hosting Lexus Live on Grand on Saturday, I did not hesitate to trade a quiet evening at home for a giant food and wine party with the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a backdrop.

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Sophie Gayot with chef Giada De Laurentiis

Sophie Gayot with birthday girl Giada De Laurentiis

by Sophie Gayot

If you did not attend the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Opening Party last night, you missed chef Giada De Laurentiis celebrating her birthday with a cake made by the Duff’s Cakemix Duff Goldman.

You also missed fine food from top chefs from LA, San Francisco, and beyond, lots of wines. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, take a look at photos from the gala. I’m hoping to see you over the weekend at the upcoming events.

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Oysters paired with Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at SF Chefs 2013

Oysters paired with Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at SF Chefs 2013

 

by Anneli Rufus


The foodfest known as SF Chefs has outdone itself yet again, lifting San Francisco ever higher into the culinary stratosphere with a wildly creative span of events ranging from an all-female-chefs deluxe dinner to a Portuguese wine intensive to a Nutter Butters cook-off between top local chefs.

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Oysters on the Halfshell

Oysters on the half shell


by Patricia Mack


Today, August 5, 2013 is National Oyster Day with festivities coast-to-coast celebrating one of the ugliest yet alluring critters in all creation.

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Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito speaks to fans

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito speaks to fans


Savory Fare, Eclectic Tastings and Cooking Demos

 

by Patricia Mack


Atlantic City’s fifth annual Food and Wine Festival attracted more than 20,000 visitors to New Jersey’s historic metropolis by the sea. A multitude of events took place July 25-28 at various hotel casinos including Caesars Atlantic City, giving food and wine lovers a chance to sample Atlantic City fare as well as meet celebrity chefs. Attendees included Food Network stars Robert Irvine (“Restaurant: Impossible”), Pat and Gina Neely (“Down Home With the Neelys”) and Rocco DiSpirito (star of the syndicated show “Now Eat This! With Rocco Dispirito”). A portion of the proceeds were dedicated to helping New Jersey’s seashore recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

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31

Jul

Fifty Shades of Kale

By Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh

(HarperWave, 2013)

 

 

 

Fifty Shades of Kale


Kale juice, crunch kale chips, kale Caesar salad on restaurant menus … kale is the new black! We got the last confirmation that people are indeed crazy for this cruciferous veggie when our local Latino grocer started selling the Tuscan variety alongside queso de Oaxaca and homemade tortillas.


Fifty Shades of Kale takes kale to lofty new heights via recipes that sneak it into anything from pizza and fajitas to chocolate dessert and Campari cocktails. Whether you are already one of its devotees or still need to embrace this shade of green, you will love the practical recipes including huevos rancheros; black bean soup with fresh lime; and mushroom and kale risotto; and might even be tempted by the kale Pisco Sour and The Lacchiato — yes, it’s a kale macchiato!

 

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