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Davis Farmers Market Releases Cookbook

davis farmers marketVoted one of the best farmers markets in California, the Davis Farmers Market has released the revised edition of their award-winning The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook by Ann M. Evans.

The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook celebrates America’s favorite farmers market’s 40th anniversary year. Author and market co-founder Ann M. Evans invites you to shop and cook through the seasons in vibrant Davis, California. The forward by restaurateur Alice Waters of Chez Panisse highlights the importance and fun of shopping at a farmers market and the model role of the Davis Farmers Market. more

A Farm to Table Family: Savory Cafe

restaurant ownersIf you’ve eaten at the Savory Café on Woodland’s revitalized Main Street, you’ve probably seen the hard-working and driven executive chef Toby Barajas popping in and out of the kitchen. And maybe you’ve had occasion to glimpse Juan’s wife Kristin’s strawberry blond head (containing extreme smarts but we’ll get to that later) surveying the operations. But almost definitely, if you’ve been to the Savory, you’ve heard Juan Barajas “the business brother” talking excitedly about food. more

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Blondies NY Pizza Co.

New York-style pizza (pie or slice), grinders, calzone and stromboli, pasta entrees, beers and more — including games and trivia nights.
(530) 792-1200
Website
330 G Street
Restaurant Tue-Sat 4-10pm; bar 4pm-1am

Court St. Cafe

Huge menu for breakfast and lunch, many items made from scratch, 26-item salad bar, lots of gluten-free options.
929 Court Street
(530) 668-1322
Daily 7am-2:30pm

The Beer-Muda Triangle of Yolo County

277985_10151035385118821_678442156_oThat’s right, beer-muda. As in outstanding hand-crafted microbrew beer, to be found in Yolo County’s three principal cities of Davis, Woodland, and Winters.

You can drive or, better yet, bicycle your way from one location to the next, savoring your favorite suds as you go.

Start in Davis at Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery, one of the most popular and successful microbrew operations in Northern California. Sudwerk produces award-winning Pilsner, Marzen, Hefe Weizen, and Lager, as well as a changing lineup of seasonal brews such as Oatmeal Stout, their signature IPA, Mai Bock, and Dunkel Weizen. Step next door to the Sudwerk Dock Store, where there is always something new and interesting on tap.

Next head north a mere dozen miles to Black Dragon Brewery, a truly inventive company in Woodland making lovely ales, hoppy IPAs, and lush Porters among other offerings. Black Dragon also sells soft pretzels, sliders, and a tasty “Wanderer’s Lunch” with cheeses, salami, and fresh fruit.

535420_561012723923425_710695727_nThen stop off at the newly opened Blue Note Brewing Company in Downtown Woodland. Blue Note has a 6-barrel system using only 100-percent grains and has eight beers on tap. A local fav is the raspberry wheat made with fresh fruit.

To the southwest on the outskirts of Winters, you’ll find Berryessa Brewing Company, just a year old but already a hugely popular destination, with its cozy taproom and country setting. Here sample such delights as deep Baltic Porter, Amber Freshie, lighly floral Common Sense, and Double Tap IPA. All Berryessa beers are unfiltered, naturally carbonated and delicious.

The Beer-Muda Triangle: a great place to get lost!

Explore the Beer-Muda Triangle!

277985_10151035385118821_678442156_oThat’s right, beer-muda. As in outstanding hand-crafted microbrew beer, to be found in Yolo County’s three prinicple cities of Davis, Woodland, and Winters.

You can drive or, better yet, bicycle your way from one location to the next, savoring your favorite suds as you go.

Start in Davis at Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery, one of the most popular and successful microbrew operations in Northern California. Sudwerk produces award-winning Pilsner, Marzen, Hefe Weizen, and Lager, as well as a changing lineup of seasonal brews such as Oatmeal Stout, their signature IPA, Mai Bock, and Dunkel Weizen. See the beer-making operation up close at the adjacent Dock Store.

Next head north a mere dozen miles to Black Dragon Brewery, a truly inventive company in Woodland making lovely ales, hoppy IPAs, and lush Porters amoung other offerings. Black Dragon also sells soft pretzels, sliders, and a tasty “Wanderer’s Lunch” with cheeses, salami, and fresh fruit. Then stop off at the newly opened Blue Note Brewing Company in Downtown Woodland. Blue Note has a 6-barrel system using only 100-percent grains and has eight beers on tap. A local fav is the raspberry wheat made with fresh fruit.

BerryessaBrewTo the southwest on the outskirts of Winters, you’ll find Berryessa Brewing Company, just a year old but already a hugely popular destination, with its cozy taproom and country setting. Here sample such delights as deep Baltic Porter, Amber Freshie, lighly floral Common Sense, and Double Tap IPA. All Berryessa beers are unfiltered, naturally carbonated and delicious.

The Beer-Muda Triangle: a great place to get lost!

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Eleven Wineries Under One Roof ~ The Old Sugar Mill

The Old Sugar Mill in beautiful Clarksburg is a must-see destination for anyone who loves great wine and lively events any time of year.

old sugar millJust 15 minutes from downtown Sacramento, 20 minutes from Davis, the Old Sugar Mill is a historic site undergoing a stunning transformation into one of the top wine-tasting venues in the country. Eleven wineries now call the Old Sugar Mill home, and more are planned for coming years. Music, food, and seasonal events dot the calendar. Set at the edge of a quiet Delta town, it’s also a fantastic venue for meetings and a favorite locale for weddings and other special occasions.

The venue is framed by historical old world brick walls, beautiful wine barrels, rustic windows, and artistry and craftsmanship with rich character. One of the notable features of the Mill is the soaring atrium, which serves as the concourse or lobby for the wineries and is the setting for many events. Lovely views appear in the glass walls on either end of this lobby, invoking a quieter time in the world.

The Old Sugar Mill was built in the 1930s and served as a sugar beet processing facility for decades. In the year 2000, renovations began to convert the plant into a multi-tasting-room venue and wine production facility. It opened to the public in 2005.

Old Sugar Mill Tasting RoomToday, the wineries are: Clarksburg Wine Company, Carvalho Family Winery, Draconis, Due Vigne de Famiglia, Elevation Ten, Heringer Estates, Merlo Family Vineyards, Perry Creek, Rendez-vous Winery, Three Wine Company, and Todd Taylor. The tasting rooms reflect the unique style and character of each producer and each employs its own knowledgeable staff. Most of the wineries sources their grapes from Clarksburg or Yolo County vineyards, but others feature vintages from Napa, Sonoma, and the foothills of the Gold Country.

Numerous events throughout the year include a Port and Chocolate Weekend (around Valentine’s Day), Spring Fling, Cinco de Mayo, Bread, Cheese & Wine, and many others. Concerts are scheduled in the summertime, taking advantage of the extensive patio and lawn areas around the buildings.

Tips for making the most of your Old Sugar Mill visit:

Get to events or tastings early ~ Recently the Wine, Cheese & Bread Faire, which included numerous additional food vendors plus live music and sales, attracted more than 4,000 guests over a two-day weekend. Getting there early allows for plenty of time to take in everything at your leisure. You can plan ahead for events by checking the website: www.oldsugarmill.com.

Bring your camera ~ The drive down takes you through open fields and vineyards and alongside the winding Delta; you may find several interesting spots to get out of your car. The mill complex, with their soaring walls of weathered brick, adjacent lawns, and long-range views, makes a picturesque setting for family portraits or candid shots.

It’s more than just wine ~ Many of the wineries also sell olive oils, sauces, jams, cheese, chocolates, clothing, and other goods, even a bit of home decor. You will find lots of gift ideas for family and friends. Wine tasting fees are $5 tops, and the fee is waived with a purchase.

Bring seating or a blanket ~ If you like to picnic, here’s your chance! Bring chairs or a blanket and stretch out on the back lawn; you can bring your own food or shop for snacks along with your wine in the tasting rooms. As an alternative, you can venture into town to visit Husick’s Country Store (36510 Riverview Drive; www.husicks.com) for a great selection of sandwiches, paninis, and sides. Husick’s also sells selected local wine and a variety of condiments and gift baskets.

YoloCountyBogleOther wineries in the Clarksburg area include Bogle Vineyards, Miner’s Leap, River Grove, Twisted Rivers, and Wilson Vineyards; only Bogle and Miner’s Leap have regular tasting room hours.

The Old Sugar Mill is open 361 days a year from 11am to 5pm. It is located at 35265 Willow Avenue, in Clarksburg. For more information, call (916) 744-1616 or visit the Old Sugar Mill website.

Nami Sushi

All you can eat sushi made to order — not a buffet.
2939 Spafford Street
Weekdays 11-9; Weekends Noon-9.

The Final Fourth Friday Feast of 2015!

Friday October 23 ~ Winters

WintersFourthFridayThe Winters Chamber of Commerce will host Fourth Friday Feast and Street Faire on October 23, located at Historic Downtown Winters Main Street, from 5-9pm.

The last Fourth Friday Feast and Street Faire of the year will celebrate the change of seasons with a harvest theme. Downtown businesses have created decorative scarecrows outside of their storefronts. There will be a variety of locally grown and specialty made products produced in and around Winters such as: olive oil, balsamic, honey, preserves, produce, nuts, festive wreaths, totes, jewelry, handmade soaps, art and more. The goal is to encourage community spirit while guests explore and discover the authentic Winters charm while savoring the local food, wine and beer.

Buckhorn Steak House, Putah Creek Café, and El Pueblo will provide delicious street side dinning for patrons. Putah Creek Café puts on quite the show by preparing a giant batch of Paella. Buckhorn roasts a suckling pig on a street side grill; tasty tacos and homemade churros from El Pueblo will also be ready to serve. Local beer provided by Berryessa Brewery, wine by Berryessa Gap, and Route 3 Winery.

It will be a family friendly atmosphere with a face painter for children and balloon twisting. Winters PTA will host a costume contest for children at 6 p.m. located by the band. Prizes will be given to the most creative costumes.

Patrons can listen to live music provided by Duex K 30 while dining at the 50-foot long family style table that will stretch down the middle of Winters Historic Main Street. Come out and enjoy a beautiful evening in small town America. Fourth Friday festivities kick off at 5pm and end at 9pm. For more information, contact the Winters Chamber of Commerce, Director Sherri Neal, (530) 795-2329.

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