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Chef Confidential: Featuring Savory Cafe

restaurant ownersSavory Café owners sit down to dish on their Woodland Restaurant, Savory Café. And as a bonus, they have provided a recipe for Butternut Gnocchi with Lamb Ragù!

Kristin Hansen and brothers Toby and Juan Barajas are owners of Savory Cafe on Main Street.  The Barajas brothers grew up cooking authentic Spanish dishes in their grandmother’s kitchen and learning the ropes while working in their parent’s Woodland restaurant, Tostadas Conchita.  Meanwhile, Kristin was raised on fresh produce and healthy food.  So, it makes sense that together the trio is focused on combining the farm to fork movement with dishes that come from family traditions. more

California Duck Days Festival

Farm Tours Bay Area CAThis annual event, which takes place in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, is one of California’s premier wildlife and wetlands festivals! The day features a wide variety of field trips, workshops, and special activities for visitors of all ages. more

The 101st Annual Capay Valley Almond Festival

Capay Valley Almond FestivalThe 101st annual Capay Valley Almond Festival celebrates the coming spring on Sunday February 28 this year. All up and down the valley, you’ll find festivities including music, arts & crafts exhibits and sales, a huge car show, wine and olive oil tastings, a much more.

The event runs from 8am to 5pm in six towns along Highway 16 in northwestern Yolo County.


Dining at Park Winters: Making a Bold Statement

Park Winters TortelliSince its opening some four years ago, the Inn at Park Winters has set a very high standard for “simple country luxury” on the western reaches of Yolo County. An immaculate nine-plus acre property with stunning gardens, a handsome four-guestroom Victorian mansion, and a reputation for putting on the nicest weddings and special events in the region, Park Winters is a real jewel in the verdant countryside.

Last year, owners John Martin and Rafael Galiano completed construction of a new event barn (with a huge commercial kitchen in back) and surrounding patio area, designed to host groups of up to 300 people. Given the owners’ unshakable belief in the quality of Yolo County—including the county’s incredible bounty of fresh and ready agricultural goods—it only seemed natural to think about opening a restaurant.

That restaurant is now open. The jewel just got a whole lot shinier. more

A Culinary Tour Through Yolo County

FoodtableIn honor of California Restaurant month we’re bringing you some of the best culinary experiences in Yolo County…where farm-to-fork is a way of life. From Davis to Woodland to Winters you’ll find some of the best dishes your taste buds have ever experienced! Follow our list to taste your way through Yolo County.

Let’s start with Davis where you can find a full spectrum of culinary diversity around every corner. While you’re here make sure to check out the Davis Farmers Market (voted as one of the best in the nation!) more

Shop Historic Downtown Woodland

WB-Lookbook-69-1024x678If you haven’t had a chance to walk the shops in Historic downtown Woodland, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find some amazing stores.  And don’t limit yourself to just the downtown area, shopping options reach well beyond the Main Street corridor. more

Downtown Davis Shopping: Women’s Clothing Boutiques

Pink CroppedVisitors from near and far can find lots of reasons to come to downtown Davis, and shopping for women’s clothing is just one. Davis doesn’t have a big shopping mall – one reason why this vibrant downtown thrives – but, more importantly, the stores here are terrific.


Olive Crush Festival

Olive Mill (3)Seka Hills, Yolo County’s premier olive oil tasting room, will host the annual Olive Crush Festival this Saturday November 7th. Enjoy a fun afternoon at the Mill and Tasting Room celebrating all things Olive! The afternoon will feature olive oil, hone and wine tastings, mill tours, live music, local vendors and wood fired pizza. The celebration kicks off at 11am at the Seka Hill’s Tasting Room located at 19326 County Road 78, in Brooks. For more info on the event visit their website or give them a call at 530.796.2810 more

Handcrafted Wines & Cheese

canstockphoto12135888 (2)Looking for an interesting way to spend your Friday night? Make your way to Historic Downtown Winters and stop by Turkovich Family Wines Tasting Room to try local handcrafted wines and cheese. Turkovich specializes in crafting exquisite Spanish and Rhone style wines with a tasting room featuring a rustic interior beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Sit at the wine bar, a table inside or at one of the cushioned couches outside and experience the small town ambiance. This wine tasting room is also home to the Winters Cheese Company which specializes in artisan cheese (try the Old Man or Habanero Jack during your visit). Both businesses are proudly owned by the local Turkovich brothers. Chris is the wine maker and Daniel the cheese maker. more

Stack’d & Brew’d Deli Does Sandwiches Right

Stack'd1Stack’d & Brew’d, the delightful “sandwich shop and beer garden” on the southwest corner of 1st and Main Streets in historic downtown Woodland, is all about the sandwiches. You can get yours “Stack’d” or “Dipp’d” or “Press’d” off the extensive, mouth-watering menu or build your own creation from the extensive list of ingredients. Anyway you go—and you have a terrific selection of ways to go—it’s all good.

Consider the first item on the menu ~ the Stack’d Club offers turkey breast, bacon, avocado mash, shaved lettuce, sliced tomato, cheddar cheese and S&B sauce, double-stacked on sliced sourdough. Meats, cheeses, herbs and veggies, sauces, dips, and five choices of breads . . . well, you get the idea. more

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