Winter Holidays 2015

Community Jam

A network of food and gardening projects eases hunger in Hayward By Rachel Trachten | Photography by Scott Peterson   Forty years ago, Marcy Timberman became inspired to cook while reading the mystery novels of Georges Simenon. In these tales, the protagonist, French detective Jules Maigret, often lunches at home with his wife. Madame Maigret’s…

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Contents Winter Holidays 2015

EXPLORE Learn & Do Serve Experiment Pickle Power RECIPES Earl Grey Vodka Fig Chai-Spiced Rum Jessica Prentice’s Pot Roast Pâté with Fig Preserves and Port Curry Roasted Vegetable Soup Kale, Delicata Squash Salad  Thanksgiving Sando Apple Stuffing Tarragon Aioli Cranberry Apple Chutney Bourbon-Poached Pear Bread Pudding with Cajeta Pear and Pomegranate Salsa  Braised Beef Short…

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Garré Vineyard and Winery

Garré Vineyard & Winery 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore www.garrewinery.com Best celebratory bubbly selection: Garré Sparkling White-Private Cuvée. This California sparkling is crisp with a touch of sweetness. The nose is rich with pear, green apple, honeysuckle, ground almond, and a hint of brioche. The mouth feel has well-rounded bubbles, with a long finish. It’s a…

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A Tale of Two West Oakland Farms

Serving top restaurants and diverse community needs By Sarah Henry | Photography By Scott Peterson   Continuing our year-long series about relationships between local farms and restaurants It’s around six at night and Rachel Littlefield, 16, purposefully carries a wooden crate with a WOW FARM logo into the kitchen at Flora, a long-time anchor restaurant…

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About our cover artist, Cynthia Pepper

  Artist Cynthia Pepper enjoys a whimsical life of teaching dance with San Francisco Ballet’s DISC (Dance In Schools and Communities) program, creating short dance films (some that ran in two seasons of Sesame Street), printmaking at Fort Mason, and partaking of the Bay Area’s riches at every level, especially, but not limited to, dining,…

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A Friendsgiving Picnic

By Melissa Fairchild Clark | Photography by Natalie and Cody Gantz More archetypal to our past than the touted “American Dream,” before we sang of amber waves of grain, Lewis and Clark journeyed west, setting the stage for so many who would emulate an opportunity so quintessentially American. The pitfall, for those who have made…

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Paul Marcus Wines

  Paul Marcus Wines at Rockridge Market Hall James Krajewski, wine merchant and social media manager, offers these holiday wine ideas: Celebratory: Nothing really beats bubbly from France in this category! Best deal: Henri Billiot Brut- France $50 Splurge: Tarlant “Cuvée Louis” Brut-France $105 Other option: Madeira! (This is what our forefathers drank when toasting…

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Experiment

Ferment’n If you’ve been intrigued by home fermenting and want to try a small batch, Ferment’n, the Home Fermentation Kit, is an easy way to go. Created by Berkeley ceramicist Mikael Kirkman, Ferment’n is a two-part system using a dishwasher-safe ceramic weight and screw-on recyclable plastic airlock. With any wide-mouth jar, your favorite vegetables, and…

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Les Chenes Estate Vineyards Wine Pairings

Les Chênes Estate Vineyards 5562 Victoria Lane, Livermore 925.373.1662 leschenesvine.com Best wine for a Pre-feast quaff: While spending time with family, enjoy our 2014 Deux Soeures (two sisters ), a cuvee of viognier and roussanne with tastes of pineapple and white peach. Best wine for a typical turkey dinner: With the tastes of all the…

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Wine on Piedmont

Holiday Beverage Recommendations from Brian Goehry of Wine on Piedmont Wine on Piedmont 4183 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland 510.595.9463, wineonpiedmont.com A celebratory wine: J-M Seleque Brut Rosé, one of the best rosé Champagnes we’ve come across in a long time. A pre-feast quaff: Aperol Spritz Best wine for a typical turkey holiday dinner: Evesham Wood Pinot Noir,…

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