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by Sally Bernstein

December 31, 2005
The Association for Dressings and Sauces states the top 8 popular dressing (regular variety) as: Ranch, Blue Cheese, Italian, French, Thousand Island, Caesar, Honey Dijon and Poppy Seed.

December 30, 2005
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa — Houston, Texas: Sally covers this 18 acre urban resort where you will enjoy the "country in the city" feel.

December 29, 2005
Do you have an intolerance to gluten? About 1 in 133 people do. Whole Foods Markets have a Gluten-Free Bakehouse in Morrisville, North Carolina, where they bake breads, breakfast goodies, cookies, cakes and pies. Look for them at selected Whole Foods Markets (keyword: gluten-free) .

December 28, 2005
Wine & Food Pairing for Chefs is being offered at the CIA at Greystone in the Napa Valley January 17-20, 2006. 800.888.7850

December 27, 2005
There is a new, cultivated variety of wild mushroom called the Pioppini. Grown by Gourmet Mushrooms, Inc. of Sebastopol, California, the mushroom has a beautiful brown-velvet cap and a rich flavor that blends the earthy depth of shiitake with the nutty sweetness of oyster mushrooms. The intense forest flavor makes it a natural for pastas, game, and red meats.

December 26, 2005
Happy Kaawanza!

December 25, 2005
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

December 24, 2005
Celebrate the 15th annual Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco, California January 25-28, 2006. Enjoy flights, good eats and Zinfandel pairing, and an evening with the winemakers. Expect an estimated 300 wineries and over 10,000 attendees over four days. 415.345.7575

December 23, 2005
The 31st Winter International Fancy Food Show will be held at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California on January 22-24, 2006. You'll see 1,100 exhibitors, 80,000 specialty food products from around the world, 37 international and state pavilions and 16,000 of your peers and competitors under one roof. For information: 212.482.6440 x 250.

December 22, 2005
The Mumm Napa Fine Art Photography Gallery has just added three new photographs to its ongoing Ansel Adams exhibit bringing the total to 30.  The new additions are timeless classics from the 1920s and 1940s--Bridalveil Falls, 1927; Vernal Falls, 1948; and Old Faithful Geyser, 1942. These rare photographs highlight some of Adams’ finest life works and, by his wishes, are intended for exhibition only. Mumm Napa Winery is located at 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA  94573.  For additional information on visiting the winery and its exhibits, call 707-967-7700.

December 21, 2005
On January 19th you can attend the Chefs at the Aquarium event in Monterey, California. The Monterey Bay Aquarium, long noted for promoting the need for sustainable fisheries, presents the fourth in its monthly series of dinners at its Portola Restaurant, hosted by innovative Executive Chef Dory Ford. Menus focus on organic/sustainable ingredients, with lavish helpings of lively culinary conversation. Telephone: 831-648-4962

December 20, 2005
Diana's Desserts Newsletter, The Holiday Edition, is now available. In it you will find Chunky Pecan Bars, Mulled Cider, Hot Cocoa with Variations, Hot Buttered Rum, Festive English Trifle, Chocolate Cranberry Torte, Italian Panforte, Danish Aebleskiver, Greek Kourambiedes Cookies, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies, Saint Nicholas Cake, Hanukkah Pistachio Cookies, and Benne Cakes.

December 19, 2005
Join famous Mendocino, California Chef Marc Dym for a New Year's celebration! Stevenswood is ringing in the New Year in 5 star style with a custom 5 course menu paired with Yellow Label Veuve Clicquot Champagne...A few seats remain at $ 250 per couple...(800) 421-2810

December 18, 2005
Sally's Place contributor Leith Steel adds 5 San Francisco Bay Area restaurants to our ever-expanding list: Restaurant Budo, Ritz-Carlton, Cafe de La Presse, Aziza and Campton Place.

December 17, 2005
Author Sharon Hudgins covers the 2005 Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery. This annual international conference is held each September in Oxford, England.

December 16, 2005
M-M-M-M Imagine the great taste of GOURMET COFFEE! You know you love it. Now you can get freshness you can taste at prices you can swallow. This is no ordinary coffee. Taste the difference at  SpotaJava Coffee.com.

December 15, 2005
SEX AND THE FOODIE : An HBO series about a female newspaper writer with a glamorous beat and a complicated love life. Sound familiar? No, it's not "Sex and the City," but a new show based on the memoirs of Ruth Reichl, Gourmet's editor in chief. HBO recently disclosed it had bought the rights to two of Reichl's memoirs, "Comfort Me With Apples" and "Garlic and Sapphires." She will be an executive producer of the series. (wwd.com: Women’s Wear Daily)

December 14, 2005
Sally will be teaching a hands-on "Small Plates" cooking class on Friday, March 10th from 6:30 – 9 pm at Central Market in Houston, Texas. The menu includes Savory Cheesecake with Sesame Crust, Goat Cheese & Herbs; Cremini Mushrooms stuffed with Prosciutto; Spicy Crab Cakes; Meatballs with Pine Nuts & Mint served with Romesco Sauce; and Radicchio Salad with Spanish Blue Cheese & Peppered Almonds. $65

December 13, 2005
Need a great food gift idea? I just tasted Gustiamo's Panettone by Bisco--baked in the Piedmonte region of Italy with natural "mother" yeast, fresh mountain butter, and raisins. This treat can be ordered online from Gustiamo.com, as well as many other authentic Italian foods.

December 12, 2005
The Wines of the Northern Rhone by John Livingstone-Learmonth offers 776 pages to anyone who wants to understand the full story that lies within a glass of wine. This book opens up the inner secrets of the geology, the vineyards, the wines, and the growers of the northern Rhone Valley in France.

December 11, 2005
The current issue of Nat Decants E-Newsletter includes a short piece on bubbly just in time for the holidays. Sign up for this bi-monthly newsletter and enjoy it as you will surely learn a lot. Natalie MacLean is an award-winning wine writer.

December 10, 2005
Go to the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace on Sunday, December 18 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm where merchants from the Ferry Building Marketplace will host a tasting of five hot chocolates from around the world. Price for the flight is $5.00 and all proceeds benefit CUESA. The flight includes: Mexican Hot Chocolate, MIJITA Cocina Mexicana; Peppermint Hot Chocolate, from Peet’s Coffee & Tea; Parisian-style Hot Chocolate, Recchiuti Confections; Scharffen Berger Hot Cocoa, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker and Bound to be Famous Hot Chocolate, MarketBar Restaurant.

December 9, 2005
Chile pepper vendors in Mexico are upset that close to one third of the dried chilies sold in Mexico today are actually grown and transporter from China. What is this world coming to? Wholesalers are importing the foreign peppers, which look identical to the Mexican, because they are cheaper.

December 8, 2005
The American Institute of Wine & Food, a 5000 member national group whose mission is to educate the public about wine and food, is moving their headquarters from Napa, California to New York City. New Executive Director Tom Potter has been tapped to emphasize chapter leadership and recruitment of new members.

December 7, 2005
Need a holiday gift? Think Italian blankets for both adults and children. Read on: delight the senses with soft textures and rich colors, and feel luxury wrap you up in our Italian luxury blankets.

December 5, 2005
The 7th Annual Wine & Crab Days will be held in Mendocino, California from January 20-29, 2006. You'll see crab pots stacked along the docks and boats at Noyo Harbor, enjoy cooking classes and crab cruises.

December 4, 2005
A digestive aid is Chamomile, which helps to relax the intestinal tract. Sip a warm cup of warm chamomile tea to soothe an upset stomach.

December 3, 2005
A digestive aid is Ginger, a proven aid for nausea. The best forms for nausea relief are powdered ginger in capsules or crystallized ginger.

December 1, 2005
Creative Professional Programs is offering a unique 3 day wine and food event on Hilton Head Island, SC, from March 9 -11, 2006. Former Wine Spectator West Coast Editor Jeff Morgan will lead classes and tastings for 2 days, each evening will feature a wine dinner and marvelous dining, and the weekend will be capped by the famous Hilton Head Winefest featuring 1000 wines for tasting. For more information call Sally's Place contributor Monty Preiser at 561-212-9723, or email him at Nightlawyer12@aol.com.

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