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The 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival: The Grand Tasting, Part 1

Excitement was in the air as the VIP early entry started at 11:00am. With general admission starting at high noon, foodies and wine aficionados patiently waited with live music and perused food & wine magazines feeding their taste buds with anticipation. As high noon rolled around, people were clapping and cheering as the line started to move. With over 170 wine & spirit purveyors pouring over 700 different wines, there is no way to try them all. The trick is not to be overwhelmed and just pace yourself. Interspersed were 70 of San Diego's Top Chefs and over 30 gourmet food companies for you to nosh your way through.
Rubio's served up Regal Springs Blackened Tilapia Tacos. The slightly spicy flavor worked well with the tender, flaky tilapia. The creamy sauce added cool, refreshing flavor to the crispy cabbage. Lolailo Sangriagarnished with lime and mandarin orange was fruity and refreshing like adult punch. Rubio’s strives to offer seafood that is certified sustainable

Creekside Farms has the perfect gift for the special foodie in your life

Carol and Larry Umbarger moved to a Monterey County ranch in 1969 to offer their children a rural upbringing and space for their seven horses. As their children grew older, the Umbargers were trying to figure out how to pay for their oldest children's college tuitions. In the 1980’s, they started to grow ornamental and culinary herbs. To help a Smith and Hawkins’ vendor meet a deadline, the Umbargers learned how to make herbal wreaths and the rest is history. Now, Creekside Farmsis featured in major catalogs such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Harry and David.

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Winder Farms delivers locally-grown & produced foods right to your doorstep

It all started in 1880 with Winder Farms dairy farm and a horse-drawn cart. Since then, Winder Farms has been known for their home delivery service of high quality farm fresh food directly to customers’ doorsteps. The Winder Farms “farmers market on wheels” saves the customer time, money, and gas by delivering more than 300 unique all-natural products to customers every week.
Their service area is largely Utah. With daily life on computers and mobile devices, it is so simple to buy your groceries online and have them delivered right to you – no hassles finding a parking space at the supermarket after work, no maneuvering a shopping cart through narrow grocery aisles, and no long waits at the checkout line.
Here’s a sample of what you can order from Winder Farms: Fresh, local fruits and vegetables: herbs, squashes, tomatoes, oranges, bell peppers, eggplant, Swiss chard, lettuce, juicesLocal dairy products: milk, cheese, butter, yogurtLocally farmed meats: steaks, eggs, sausagesGrocery fa…

Caorunn, small batch gin, from the Scottish Highlands

Caorunn is distilled at Balmenach Distillery which has been a working malt whiskey distillery since 1824 and is one of the oldest distilleries in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands. The heritage and expertise of the Celtic people are used to harness Scotland’s natural resources and age-old botanicals. Using their Unique Copper Berry Chamber, made in the 1920s, gin is produced with a slow process to infuse the subtle flavors of the botanicals surrounding the hills of the Balmenach Distillery – Rowan Berry (Caorunn is the Gaelic word for Rowan Berry), Bog Myrtle, Heather, Coul Blush Apple, Dandelion Leaf, Juniper Berries, Coriander Seed, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Angelic Root, and Cassia Bark.
This has to be one of the best gins I have ever had. It’s dry and crisp with an aromatic finish. The floral and citrus aroma permeates the air when you open the bottle. I knew at the moment it would make the perfect Gin and Tonic!
Caorunn Picnic Sangria has a beautiful presentation with…

The 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival returns on November 20, 2013

2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival™. This event is promising to be bigger than ever with new events, the best wines in the world, and celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. Over 170 wineries, breweries, & spirit purveyors and over 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants will converge with 10,000 wine aficionados and foodies on the beautiful bay in San Diego.
Here are some events that shouldn’t be missed:
Passion for Fusion Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Macy's School of Cooking Price: $70 At the heart of all cuisine is fusion, where chefs become inventive with the mix and mingling of various flavors and traditions from all over the world. Balancing complex flavors to create an east-meets-west cuisine, Chef Looi will take you through a step-by-step journey into the depths of Asian fusion and show just how accessible it can be. This class demonstrates a simple approach to modern…

Genji Products available at Whole Foods

Genji started as a local mom & pop sushi restaurant in Philadelphia. When Whole Foods began opening stores in Philadelphia, they did some research around the city to find the best sushi restaurant – uncompromised quality, freshness, authenticity, and customer appreciation. Whole Foods approached Mr. and Mrs. Omori, owners of Genji, if they would be interested in operating a few sushi bars within the Whole Foods stores. As Whole Foods grew, so did Genji. Peace Dining Corporation acquired Genjiin 2005, transforming the company into a leading take-out chain. Genjioperates over 158 sushi bar locations in the United States and United Kingdom.
Whole Foods may be overwhelming, yet fun for the normal grocery shopper. It is much different than any other chain market around. It’s a grocery store, bakery, seafood monger, farmers market, and food court. The scent alone will beckon you through the doors. Genjihas a pre-packaged refrigerated section area, anything from sushi rolls to sides (lik…

Part 2: The 5th Annual Taste of Venice’s Walking Tasting Tour