Fennel by Helen Krayenhoff 

AN EAST BAY WINTER WHISKEY RAMBLE
By Serena Bartlett
Includes recipes: Bourbon Glugg, Hot Vegan Pancake, California Julep

SCOURING FOR SOCARRAT
Don Bigote’s epic quest for East Bay paella
By Mark Middlebrook

HAPPY FOREVER COMMUNITY GARDENER
GETS EDUCATED

By Simona Carini
Includes recipe: Spaghetti col Tonno

DIGITAL EDITION

About Cover Artist Helen Krayenhoff

As the world is changing so fast around me I find myself even more attracted to basics, such as the food we eat, the plants that provide it, and the beauty they add to my life. In an effort to extract myself from the negativity in the news, I practice being grateful for what I have. I am surrounded by the green beauty of Oakland — the farmers markets where I spend part of my weekends, the hills where I take my walks, the plants that surround me in my neighborhood, the garden I care for. All this informs my ever increasing celebration of beauty in the everyday and inspires my paintings.

My partner Peggy Kass and I own a plant nursery here in Oakland called Kassenhoff Growers. We produce edible and ornamental plants and these are the subjects I use for my watercolor paintings and illustrations. I see more and more how growing food, cooking and eating with others is so fundamental to my sense of community and how that, in turn, informs my art.