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Does Sustainability = Yummy?

October 7, 2008

Is the following statement true or false? “Sustainability can be oh so yummy!” Definitely true when you match up the culinary skills of Artisan restaurant in Paso Robles with some of Central Coast Vineyard Team’s pilot “SIP” winegrowers such as Paraiso, Laetitia, Hahn Estates, Halter Ranch, D’Anbino, Saucelito Canyon, and Wolff Vineyards. Owned and hands-on operated by the Kobayashi family, Artisan is one of the hottest tables in town, and not just because of Chef Chris Kobayashi’s creative, contemporary take on classic, comfort food. The family strives for sustainability throughout its menus, using farmers’ market... [Read more...]

St. Bernardus, please.

October 3, 2008

My trip to Bel Frites peaked curiousity on the entire subject of food and beer and left me wondering where a Beer novice like myself could find advice on pairings for this well-known, yet mystified beverage. And while I find it way too easy to pass up a Coors Light for a night cap, the Belgian beers at Bel Frites made me feel like a regular beer aficionado. What I didn't know, is that my interest in wine pairings already pointed me into the right direction. On my very own bookshelf lies the 2006 Wine... [Read more...]

Bel Frites makes me happy!

September 29, 2008

In a recent blog, I recapped my adventurous trip to Slow Food Nation, where guests of San Francisco spent 3 days celebrating "just and sustainable" foods. After my guilty consumption of fast food en route to the event, I redeemed myself with a delectable, slow food, potato treat. Do you know the difference between a good ol' American (french) fry and a traditional Belgian frite? The answer lies in preparation. A visit to San Luis Obispo's locally-owned Bel Frites provided the answer. "Europeans know when they hear the word 'frite,' their expectations are quite high,"... [Read more...]

Why We Should All Become Renegade Lunch Ladies!

August 23, 2008

If the current state of our nation’s food system makes you a bit queasy, you’re lucky you didn’t attend the presentation by Ann Cooper as part of this year’s Pallet to Palate event. But then again, attendance should have been required for anyone who has some misgivings about our food, especially what we’re feeding our kids. The self-described “former white tablecloth celebrity chef” now billed as the “Renegade Lunch Lady,” Cooper has completely overhauled the school lunch program of the Berkley School System. When she arrived just three years ago, the main tools of the... [Read more...]

Now That’s a Carrot!

August 1, 2008

After eating generic and less-than-fresh fruits and veggies, running across a "real" one can turn out to be quite the experience. It seems hard to believe that the difference will be quite noticeable to the untrained pallate. Well, let me tell's quite obvious. On Mondays, the Cal Poly Organic Farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program drops off a box overflowing with fruits and vegetables on the Central Coast Vineyard Team's doorstep. They provide a crate with seasonal, locally-grown, and interesting produce. Cal Poly merges its personally grown produce with that of local farmers in order to provide a... [Read more...]

To the Market and Kitchen – Wish Me Luck

July 15, 2008

After publicly admitting my food sins, I knew that I couldn't change my course alone (if I could, it would have changed about 20 years ago). To combat my "lonely chore" perception of cooking, I asked for company from my sister and nephew. And to address my "I don't know what the heck to do in the kitchen" barrier, Michelle Ward of Seasonal Custom Cuisine quickly came to my rescue with some recipes and guidance (thanks for the tips on how to cut corn off a cob - that could have been ugly and dangerous left to... [Read more...]

Can You Order Me a Pizza and Put it on Your Tab?

July 1, 2008

No joke. That was a text from my teenage son, who was home alone while I was on a business trip to SF. This is both hysterical and disturbing on many levels: He actually thought I had a tab with the pizza company. Either it didn’t occur to him, he didn’t want to, or he didn’t know how to prepare something to eat. Read More >> [Read more...]

Castoro Cellars

January 23, 2000

Niels Udsen Castoro Cellars Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County Niels Udsen, known as “beaver” in his youth, has been committed to progressive farming practices since 1994. His Westside Paso Robles vineyards are certified organic or transitional. He chose to certify his eastside Paso Robles vineyards as sustainable to compare the two farming methods. He and his wife live in and around their vineyards, so they are directly impacted by the daily vineyard operations. If you can’t find Niels in the vineyard, you’ll probably find him surfing, skiing, or hiking somewhere fabulous. [Read more...]