Food & Drink

Cheese Whiz

Many women in the Sacramento region know Mary Ashuckian: As the helpfulfitness expert and manager of Sutter PregnaGym, she has guided expectant mothers through...

Chops Steak Seafood & Bar

Guests: All were from River City Bank, whose CEO, Jeanne Reaves, bid on lunch and presented it to her employees: P. D. Asp, corporate...

Sake: A Primer

My first taste of sake, a Japanese rice wine that is fermented like beer, was cheap stuff, overheated in its tetra box hooked up...

Jim-Denny’s

By Steve LaRosaI'm not one to miss a historic event. So when I caught wind back in 1989 that Jim Van Nort, the owner...

Cult Wine

Cult Wine n. A rare and sought-after wine, esp. Cabernet from Napa Valley, characterized by small production volume, powerful flavor profile, near-perfect scores...

Hitting the Bars (Wine Bars, That Is)

It's official: Wine bars are hot. The Sacramento region is lapping them up, and you can expect the trend to catch on throughout the...

Confessions of a Wine Competition Judge

In panels of three or four, we arbiters of good taste assemble to protect the unsuspecting public from a terrible fate: shoddy plonk. Hours...

DragonFly

Guests: Diane Buccola, aesthetician and owner of Advanced Esthetics, wife and mom of a sixth-grader; Carol Dreyer, lawyer, wife and mom; Victoria Dolan, vice...

Slice of Life

Life without pizza? Fuhgeddaboudit! But if you're fed up with the usual fodder, try one of these locally owned pizzerias whose pizzas are well worth remembering....

The Melting Pot

For many of us, cheese fondue is a '70s relic, evoking memories of Pet Rocks and Farrah Fawcett's hairdo. But while Pet Rocks and...

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