Eat + Drink
It’s harvest season and Napa Valley is up all night: Bright spotlights move up and down vineyard rows as pickers relieve the vines of their heavy load, literally running from vine to vine, clusters of fruit piled high.
A newcomer to Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue, Homestead – brainchild of husband-and-wife chefs/owners Fred (Farallon, Camino) and Elizabeth Sassen (Farallon, Waterbar) – is quickly making a name for itself with its well-executed, seasonal comfort food.
“I want people to think about all the choices that are involved to get your food on your plate,” said Steve Boilard, executive director of the Center for California Studies at California State University Sacramento (CSUS). Last Friday, the center hosted the 24th annual Envisioning California Conference in Sacramento.
Half Moon Bay and pumpkins go hand in hand. When October rolls around, you know the self-proclaimed capital will pull out all the stops to celebrate the popular squash. But it turns out Mendocino County has its own vegetable love affair. November is magic mushroom time in Mendocino County.
New restaurants are popping up in the 650 (area code), where it’s definitly looking more and more like autumn—cue up the pumpkins and gourds of all sizes, costume play and barrels of crazy good apples at the markets.
Add one of these culinary events to your food to-do list.