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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sonoma Valley Sommelier Experience Package: April 5th--8th the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa offers the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers weekend. Explore Sonoma Wine Country in the style of a professional sommelier with exclusive winery tours, tastings and seminars- accompanied by some of the country’s leading sommeliers. 707. 938. 9000

Monday, March 30, 009
Sounds Good! Mac 'n' Cheese of the Month Club offers huge family-size portions of gourmet mac 'n' cheese sent to your door every month, such as a Mediterranean version with feta, olives, sun-dried tomato, and pesto. See: good-tastes.com.

Sunday, March 29, 2009
GQ Names Los Angeles "The Best Breakfast City in America": Recently, GQ Magazine Editor's Blog named Los Angeles as the best breakfast town in the U.S. Visitors and locals with an appetite can head to one of LA's many restaurants that specialize in a mouth-watering breakfast menu. For a relaxing weekend breakfast, head over to The Farm of Beverly Hills at either one of their locations in Beverly Hills or Downtown at L.A. LIVE for its spectacular Eggs Benedict or Banana Macadamia Nut pancakes. Visit the Checkers Hilton in Downtown for a breakfast of hearty homemade oatmeal with dried fruit or Tuscan-style eggs made the way you want it. When talking breakfast, it is hard to ignore The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a popular breakfast spot and celebrity hang-out.

Saturday, March 28, 2009
New Travel Article: Chile Paradise: New Mexico by Joe David talks about two cooking schools in New Mexico with a Pecos River Bowl O' Red recipe from Jane Butel's Chili Madness.

Friday, March 27, 2009
2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees: and the nominees are...

Thursday, March 26, 2009
New Traveling with Kids Article: What's New in Our Nation’s Capital by Elaine Sosa Labalme, who, of course, travels with seven year old Steven and husband Fen. Elaine says there’s a new energy in Washington, D.C. and only part of it is from the new Commander-in-Chief. She visits and reports on over a dozen spots.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Restaurant Update: Hilton Head, South Carolina, Restaurants by Monty Preiser brings Hilton Head up to date with 70 restaurant reviews including Preiser's Top 10!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
New Food Article: Warm Muffins Make Any Day Special, by Pat Sinclair, offers recipes for Cinnamon Streusel Muffins, Everyday Blueberry Muffins and Bacon and Cheddar Muffins.

Monday, March 23, 2009
New White House Garden: Recently, on the first day of spring, Michelle Obama and 26 fifth graders broke ground for an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn. The 1,100-square-foot garden, the first of its kind since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden during World War II, will grow dozens of vegetables, berries and herbs.

Sunday, March 22, 2009
Stags Leap, Napa Valley: Join the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association at its 9th Annual Vineyard to Vintner event on Saturday, April 25. The annual V2V event promises a day of discovery and adventure, complete with 15 winery open houses and culminating in a vintner-hosted dinner, Soiree Cabernet, at Clos Du Val Winery. Tickets cn be bought online.

Saturday, March 21, 2009
New Books: Gourmet Getaways: 50 Top Spots to Cook and Learn by Joe David, details fifty of America’s top recreational cooking programs for budding chefs to kitchen divas. Mexican Modern: New Food from Mexico by food and travel writer Fiona Dunlop, divides Mexico into six of the central or southern states--the capital México DF, south-central Puebla, west coastal Michoacán, southern Oaxaca and Veracruz, and the far easterly Yucatán--it's evident that Dunlop traveled extensively while researching this book.

Friday, March 20, 2009
New Jersey Environment Celebration: Join Earth Share New Jersey as they celebrate all that is New Jersey and 15 years of serving our environment. The event will be at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt with an evening of fine wine, great food, and festive music. Since 1994, Earth Share New Jersey has raised more than $3.5 million for the state's leading environmental organizations.

Thursday, March 19, 2009
The Original Los Angeles Farmers Market Celebrates 75 Years: The original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a year of special events, parties and activities. The market opened July 14, 1934, and the highlight of the anniversary will be a weeklong celebration beginning July 13.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wine Seminars: The Wine Academy of Spain is hosting a traveling, in-depth seminar series on the wines of Spain. Directed to wine professionals and enthusiasts who are interested in getting to know Spanish wines, the seminars will travel to 16 U.S. cities from March to August, 2009.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Happy St. Patrick's Day--may you have the luck of the Irish every day.

Monday, March 16, 2009
IACP Award Finalists: 2009 Cookbook Award Finalists, 2009 IACP Awards of Excellence Finalists and 2009 Bert Greene Award Finalists. Congratulations!

Sunday, March 15, 2009
IACP Awards: One of Sally's Place own has been nominated for an IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Cookbook Award. Betty Fussell authored Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef, which follows beefsteaks from cattle pens in 17th-century Manhattan to Brooklyn's Peter Luger Steak House today. Recipes and illustrations included. Good Luck Betty!

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wine & Food Event: The 18th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) will be held May 18th--23rd. NOWFE is nationally recognized as one the most prestigious festivals of its kind and features over 175 wineries and 1000 wines over the 5-day event, which now continually raises over $125,000 annually for local charities.

Friday, March 13, 209
New Beverage Books: Coffee Love: 50 Ways to Drink Your Java by Daniel Young, offers 50 recipes from around the world, plus evocative text about the love of coffee, cafes, and coffee bars. Heard it Through the Grapevine: The Things You Should Know to Enjoy Wine by Matt Skinner, is a guide for anyone who enjoys drinking wine but panics when they find themselves standing in a wine aisle, faced with a vast expanse of bottles.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
New Cookbooks: Slow & Easy: Fast-Fix Recipes for Your Electric Slow Cooker by Natalie Haughton, shares more than 250 delicious, no-fuss recipes that take slow cooker meals to a whole new level—and make the slow cooker your most valuable kitchen appliance. Ready, Steady, Spaghetti: Cooking For Kids And With Kids by Lucy Broadhurst, includes 130 kid-friendly recipes from starters to not-too-serious main dishes. Sections include: Little Food, Dinner Time, Eat Your Greens, Sticky Treats, Let's Party, and more.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Santa Fe, New Mexico: When someone requests that a dish be served "Christmas" it means a plate of half-red and half-green chile sauce.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
First Chocolate Academy in U.S. Opens in Chicago: Barry Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate, has opened its first U.S. Chocolate Academy alongside its new North American headquarters in Chicago. The Chicago Chocolate Academy, a training center for professional users, joins eleven others around the world and is a part of Barry Callebaut's commitment to building its business in North America.

Monday, March 9, 2009
Paris Tasting Wine Movie: The legendary 1976 Paris Tasting is set to be given the Hollywood treatment with stars such as Hugh Grant & Jude Law. A Los Angeles film company has bought the rights to George Taber's book Judgment of Paris: California vs. France, which tells the story of 'the tasting that changed the wine world'.

Sunday, March 8, 2009
New Food Movie: Julie & Julia is due in theaters this August. The film follows Powell, a government employee who decides to cook her way through legendary cook Julia Child's classic cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in one year's time out of her small Queens kitchen. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams star.

Saturday, March 7, 2009
California Wine Country Event: Chef Charlie Palmer invites you to the Fourth Annual Celebration of Pigs & Pinot, March 20th--21st at Hotel Healdsburg. The celebratory weekend offers a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer. Click here for details.

Friday, March 6, 2009
New Wine Article: Wine News in Books, Studies, & Articles by Monty and Sara Preiser, is just that, book reviews including the good and the bad. They recommend: WineWise:Your Complete Guide to Understanding, Selecting, and Enjoying Wine by Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, Michael A. Weiss, and The Culinary Institute of America.

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Early Bird Discount Extended Through March 8: The 31st Annual Conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionalsis in Denver, Colorado, April 1-4 has entended their registration.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Passover Sedar: Urban Solace Restaurant in San Diego, California, Presents a Passover “Urban” Seder. At sundown on April 8th Chef Matt Gordon will orchestrate a traditional family-style Passover Seder with chicken liver paté, charoset and house-made gefilte fish, followed by a four course wine dinner. For more information, call 619-295-6464 or visit www.urbansolace.net.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
New Wine Article: Little Wine, Much Shopping.. My Wife Visits Napa--Jon Rusciano covets the wineries while Cathy covets the quaint shops on Main Street in St. Helena.

Monday, March 2, 2009
New Wine Article: Merlots Surprise, but Viader Never Does by Monty and Sara Preiser, who regularly organize panels that taste wines blindly with them. You'll enjoy their recent Merlot tasting results.

Sunday, March 1, 2009
March eNewsletter: Sally's eNewsletter features discounts on preserves, jellies, chutneys, marshmallows, gift baskets, hot sauces, fudge and teas and lots of food, wine, restaurant and travel articles.

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