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7 Must See Festivals

Beer_DrinkersWe’ve rounded up the top 7 must see festivals coming up in Yolo County. Yolo has unique and exciting events that you won’t find anywhere else! There is always something to do here; from craft beers to jazz music you wont want to miss these good times!     more

Downtown Woodland Beer Week

Beer WeekGet ready to eat and drink your way through Downtown Woodland as the inaugural Beer Week kicks off August 27th – September 3rd. Woodland will play host to a ton of exciting events including a Brewer’s Dinner at Mojo’s/Kitchen428, beer movie night, taco tuesday, tap takeovers, Yolo Brewfest and more! Wrap up the week with the “Post Brewfest Hangover Brunch” offered at Father Paddy’s, Mojo’s/Kitchen428 and Savory Cafe. more

Olive Oil is the New Wine

March winds sweep across lowlands to undulating hills and valleys, where deep grasses rush like waves to an imaginary Mediterranean shore. In olive orchards, silvery white and green leaves shimmer on the zephyr and on warm autumn days, rich fruit dangles as precious jewels. Throughout Yolo County, they promise a bountiful treasure of liquid gold.

As in ancient times, the ripened fruit delivers a heavenly elixir. Among the oldest cultivated trees in the world, olives spread from Asia Minor (Turkey) to the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. The Mission varietal brought to Mexico as cuttings by Jesuit missionaries was first planted at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá in 1769.

Eventually growing as far north as San Francisco Solano de Sonoma (Sonoma Mission), these same Mission olives made their way to John Wolfskill’s ranch along Putah Creek in what is now Winters, California. Thanks in part to Wolfskill’s horticultural expertise, California’s olive industry flourished. Over time, supply exceeded demand, olive prices fell and so did the olive oil industry. Only in the past few years have producers and consumers renewed their love affair for California olive oil. And today, Yolo County olive oil is gaining a reputation as among the best in the country. It’s time to discover it for yourself. more

Father Paddy’s & The Whiskey Vault

In a striking sandstone building that was constructed in 1903 as the Yolo County Savings Bank, there is an old-style Irish pub.  With its weathered wood paneling and comfy stuffed chairs, it appears to have always been there. In fact, Father Paddy’s Public House on Woodland’s historic Main Street is less than a year old, having opened in May of 2016 to almost immediate success.

Proud owner Patrick Redmond says he labored to make it feel like the traditional community gathering place that Irish pubs have always been, going so far as to attack the spacious room with power tools to create the illusion of wear. The result is truly impressive. Somehow, the majestic turn-of-the-century bank interior meshes perfectly with the lovingly built pub. Everything from the scuffed wood floor to the Irish blessings on the walls evokes the kind of place where people meet and tell stories while sipping a pint. more

Celebrate Valentines Day in Clarksburg Wine Country

To say that Clarksburg is off the beaten path is both a correct and an incorrect statement. A winding drive alongside the Sacramento River seems to take you back in time as you drive past the sleepy old mom-and-pop stores surrounded by the vineyards that produce most of Yolo County’s wine. But to get there, it takes just 30 minutes by car from the heart of Yolo County, and a scant 15 minutes from Sacramento.

These aspects make Clarksburg perhaps one of the best destinations in the area for a day trip, especially during the Valentine’s Day season, where lovers can forget about all the stress and troubles of everyday life at the annual Annual Port Weekend. more

Hot Italian in Davis: The Best Pizza in Town

Hot Italian PizzaHot Italian in Davis is not just another pizza joint in the heart of a college town with more than its share of pizza joints. Hot Italian actually has something of an original idea: emphasize interesting (both expected and unusual) fresh ingredients and traditional pie-making methods in a fast-casual setting.

“We want our pizza to stand out, to be delicious, to be memorable,” says co-founder Andrea Lepore, who with co-founder and Maestro Pizzaiolo Fabrizio Cercatore opened the Davis location in 2015. (They have earlier incarnations in Sacramento and Emeryville.) They share a belief that anything is possible—“Tutto e possibile” as they say—and that meant building a place where, “pizza brings people together to celebrate Italy’s new generation of art, music, design, sport, food and wine.” more

Make Woodland Your Dining Destination

taste of yoloWe sent Sacramento writer Barbara L. Steinberg to check out the dining scene in Woodland for Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week – here is her enthusiastic report.

In California, every season is splendiferous and bountiful along back roads of Yolo County. Part of the Central Valley, this agricultural heartland is situated between coastal foothills and the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Rolling hills, verdant valleys and mountains overflow with a profusion of vineyards, orchards, pastured livestock and row crops. All the best, the finest and most delicious ingredients take center stage during Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week, January 22-28, 2017. more

Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week

FoodtableWe’re kicking off Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week January 22nd – 28th! Restaurant Week is your opportunity to sample some of the very best cuisine that our leading chefs have to offer. During the week of of January 22nd-28th, each of our participating restaurants will be featuring a signature dish highlighting the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. Yolo County farms and ranches are famous for their outstanding quality, and that truth shines brightly on every special plate of food you order. So take a look at the farm-to-table dishes our restaurants have to offer and enjoy the remarkable cuisine of Yolo County. Eat where it grows!  more

Fine Dining in Davis: Winds of Change House

winds-of-change-house-bar-2Opened in April 2016, Winds of Change House is proving to be a very welcome addition to the Davis downtown dining scene. In a college town with more than its share of pizza, Mexican, and buffet sushi joints, Winds offers a nice alternative for folks who long for a little more variety.

Serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and brunch on weekends, the restaurant features American, French and Mediterranean fare, all crafted by chef Sami El Chami. “Our motto is ‘Quality Created with Love,’” the chef says unapologetically. With owner Roxanne Bucureciu and a dedicated staff, Winds is making good on that promise. more

Chris Turkovich: Building A Legacy Through Wine

wine grapesDrive three short miles northeast of Winters, just beyond the bustling historic downtown, and you’ll come to a barn that overlooks a field of ever-rotating crops, stretching beyond the view of the natural eye, dancing in the evening when the cool Delta Breeze whistles through. Depending on the time of day, the structure can appear a romantic fire hydrant red, bringing to mind the types of farms you see in big budget Hollywood films or in children’s picture books.

Or it can come across as a soft brown, blending in with the dry side of the westward Vaca Mountains, which funnel the Lake Berryessa watershed to farmers all over Yolo County down through Putah Creek. At sunset, light plays a trick on your eyes and the barn emits a sharp yellow as the massive almond tree from a neighboring property casts a shadow over the rustic brown gate that reads: “Turkovich Family Wines.” more

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