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Meet at the market: A strawberry by any other name…

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Tom Shepherd of Shepherd Farms, a fifth-generation Santa Barbara resident who began farming organically in the area in 1973, and moving from plot of land to plot of land since then. He grows a special variety of strawberries that seem to have a cult …

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How will restaurants fare with the higher minimum wage?

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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With minutes to go before the first diners arrive, the small kitchen of The Larchmont is busy. Wild leeks are being chopped while pans heat up on the stove. It may seem like business is good, but Tuesday’s decision to raise Los Angeles’ minimum wage has got some in this kitchen worried that increased labor costs will hit them hard.
“It’s an industry with a …

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Meet at the market: Meet your meat-maker

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Elizabeth Poett, an eighth-generation Santa Barbara cattle rancher who lives and works on one of Santa Barbara County’s oldest family-owned ranches, Rancho San Julian in Lompoc. She’s got some great ideas for how to use unusual cuts to wow friends and family this …

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How Orange County got its name… and lost its oranges

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, which were purchased by wholesale
buyers across the country. (Credit: Tustin Area Historical Society)

A hundred years ago, California citrus was described as a “second gold rush.” It helped shape the state’s prosperity and identity. Millions of orange trees once grew in Orange County — but only a few remain.
When the name Orange County was first proposed, there weren’t very many oranges. Most locals were growing grapes and raising hogs, but in an effort to better promote the area, …

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Meet at the Market: Margarita, anyone?

Posted May 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Wildcat Lounge on Ortega St. in Santa Barbara has earned the reputation of “dive club,” but stop by earlier on a Tuesday and you might be surprised. For nearly four years, bartenders at the Wildcat have ventured down the street to stock up on fresh fruits, veggies and herbs at the farmers’ market. Then, they head back behind the bar to get creative, dishing out craft cocktails …

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Meet at the Market: Celeri-what?

Posted May 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Chef Justin West of restaurant Julienne and honoree at this weekend’s Fork and Cork Classic. He’s got some grand ideas on how to incorporate celeriac, or celery root, into this week’s special.

 
Grilled Little Gems, Roasted Pork Shoulder, Pickled Beets, Celeriac Remoulade
by Justin West

For the …

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Photos: Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Spring Weekend

Posted April 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
(Photo: Ken Pfeiffer)

A little bit of rain didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of wine lovers and foodies at the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Spring Weekend. The cooler weather actually made for comfortable conditions to enjoy sips of delicious reds, whites and rosés from some of the area’s finest wine makers.
The rain went away by early afternoon and it wasn’t too windy to enjoy being outdoors …

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Meet at the market: What’s for dinner?

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? An inconspicuous shopper named Ashley Zavagno, who we caught buying leeks from The Garden Of… stand. We asked what she’s cooking for dinner, and her answer made us want to crash the meal. Here’s how she’s using the leeks, fava beans and butter …

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Food and wine event in Santa Barbara celebrates Julia Child

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Foodies and wine lovers came together at the Bacara Resort & Spa for the 2nd Annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend. The event, benefiting the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, featured chef demonstrations, wine tastings, as well as classes on cooking, food pairing and much more.
The four day extravaganza of the senses provided an over-the-top opportunity to sip wines, …

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Meet at the market: local food distributor loads up

Posted April 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Every week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers and chefs at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Micah Elconin of Harvest Santa Barbara, a wholesale distributor that connects local farmers to restaurants, schools and businesses that can’t make it to the market themselves.
Here’s what Harvest’s Jason Steward picked up at the market for C’est Cheese and Soho …

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Meet at the market: Santa Ynez sourdough pizza maker shops for toppings

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week at the Santa Barbara farmer’s market, our new market host Katie Hershfelt from Cultivate Events met up with a local pizza maker, Rachel Greenspan, as she shopped for this week’s toppings. When Rachel and her boyfriend, Brendan, moved to the Santa Barbara area from Brooklyn they brought with them a craving for pizza, and the willingness to share. They started Autostrada last year, with a …

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Going to Coachella? Here’s where to eat in Palm Springs while you’re there

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Homemade pasta from Birba. Photo via Birba's Facebook page.

Thousands are hitting the road for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival this weekend. And the Palm Springs food scene has started to catch up with this hipper, younger clientele.

KCET food editor Katherine Spiers gave Press Play a list of the best of a new crop of Palm Springs restaurants.
 
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340 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Birba
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cheeky’s …

Environment, Food, News, Santa Barbara »

“Eat Local” hard to uphold in the California sea

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When Bernard Friedman heads out to his farm early in the morning, he’s not jumping into a tractor. He revs up his boat and shoots out of the Santa Barbara Harbor. His 72-acre farm is incognito. It’s under the open ocean. And the crop he’s harvesting? They’re mussels.
“Hopefully you’ll see a few whales,” he says. “You’ll see some sea lions, you might see some …

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Too close for comfort: Pesticide spraying near Oxnard high school sheds light on statewide issue

Posted March 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A 15 month study by the Center for Investigative Reporting has found potentially harmful amounts of chemically-laden pesticides in the air above an Oxnard high school.
As the pictures suggest, pesticides being sprayed at Bob Jones Ranch are a bit too close to Rio Mesa High School for comfort.
Rules concerning pesticide use, however, are made and enforced on a state level. Although this study has …

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New cookbook skewers pretentious eateries

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s not your typical book publishing story.
About three years ago in New York at Brooklyn’s Great GoogaMooga food festival, three comedians handed out a joke menu for a made-up restaurant called Fuds to thousands of swarming foodies. It became a viral hit – delighting many but fooling others. Arthur Myer, one of the authors and a writer for The Tonight Show, put his actual …

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Can you eat healthfully on food stamps?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Could you eat healthfully on $6.46 a day? That’s what a person receives on the government food stamps program called CalFresh in California. And last month, Santa Barbara County Food Bank CEO Erik Talkin tried it. KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes caught up with Eric while he was grocery shopping in Santa Barbara a couple weeks ago, halfway through his challenge.

Photo: Noozhawk

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Vintners finding sweet solace in California drought

Posted October 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The drought is beginning to take a heavy toll on California’s agriculture industry – but one group of growers is grateful for a silver lining.
The Wall Street Journal reports the drought will help make some of the best wine that Napa and Sonoma counties have produced for some time.Vintners say the dry weather has led to smaller and tastier grapes. It’s also triggered earlier …

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5 things to make you a savvy LA craft beer drinker

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Beer sampler. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski/ CC/ Flickr

With LA Beer Week coming to a close this weekend and the start of Oktoberfest upon us, there are a lot of beer-drinking events going on around town (from a block party at Glendale Tap to the official closing night at Timeless Pints in Lakewood).
But what if all you know about beer involves ‘Tapping the Rockies” or how much a keg of Natural Light costs in the …

Environment, Food, Water and the Drought »

Why are California’s organic dairy farmers switching to almonds?

Posted September 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California has the highest concentration of organic dairies in the entire country, but the drought is starting to have an impact.
Madeleine Thomas, a fellow at Grist.org has written a two part series looking at the consequences of the drought on the Central Valley. She spent several weeks traveling between the valley and the Bay Area to examine the state of organic dairy farms, and the …

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Has the food movement reached kosher LA?

Posted August 12, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Kale and quinoa have spread far and wide, but food trends don’t move at the same pace for everyone. The kosher community faces unique challenges in adopting more sustainable and artisanal ways of eating.
Call it trendy or just good old-fashioned gardening, but Myrna Meyers is serious about organic produce.
The USC biology professor’s Westwood backyard is filled with grapevines, fruit trees, quinoa plants and lots of herbs …

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