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It’s Pumpkin Season!

October 8th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Midwest, Northeast, Regions, South, Southeast, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: , |

Fairytales are responsible for the word “pumpkin,” which first appeared in print in the 17th century. Pumpkins served as a magical coach in nursery rhyme long before becoming a symbol for the month of October. Today, foodies enjoy pumpkins’ ability to grow in the garden, add delicious flavor to a wide range of foods, plus stand as seasonal décor from Halloween through Thanksgiving.

Independent Bookstore Eats

July 25th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Midwest, Northeast, Regions, Southeast, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |

Today's independent bookstore owners will tell you it's not enough just to sell books. They have to plan events, serve lunch, and offset the bottom line with booze. That's just the nature of the business, but who doesn't like to curl up with a good book and sip from a glass of wine while nibbling on a pastry or panini?

Gourmet Ghetto: More Delicious Than It Sounds

July 16th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: , , , |

If you know only one thing about the food that comes out of Berkeley, California, just across the bay from San Francisco, you probably know about Chez Panisse. There, Alice Waters opened her iconic restaurant in 1971 and, effectively, introduced farm-to-table dining to middle-class America. Thousands upon thousands of diners still make a pilgrimage to Chez Panisse every year to dine at the altar of the slow food movement.

In Season: Watermelons!

July 9th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Regions, Salads, South, Southeast, West Coast|Tags: , , |

When farmers’ markets and grocery stores across the U.S. stock large quantities of watermelon, is there a juicier sign it’s summer?  With increasing regularity and creativity, watermelon dishes are popping up on drink and food menus at restaurants nationwide. The top four watermelon-growing states are Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Other states grow watermelons, too, so you might find a local supplier wherever you live. Only when the fruit vegetable isn’t in season is it imported from other countries to ensure that watermelon remains available year-round.  

West Coast Wine Tasting Adventures

June 20th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Producers & Purveyors, Regions, West Coast|Tags: , |

West Coast Wine Tasting Adventures California and Oregon take wine tasting beyond the bar and cellar. Story by Michael Cervin Wine tasting is never really billed as “adventurous.” After all, you’re typically sipping Chardonnay in a cellar. But for these West Coast wine experiences,

10 Fun Foodie Festivals

June 17th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Midwest, North, Northeast, Northwest, Pacific, Regions, South, Southeast, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |

Food traditions, regional agriculture, local novelties, and simple good tastes are celebrated across the U.S. with countless seasonal festivals and themed parties. It’s easy to fill up your travel calendar with foodie events. To help you get started, here are a few suggestions; this is by no means a comprehensive list! These featured foodie events aren’t necessarily the best known or largest of their kind, but they all offer a variety of events and last multiple days.