Cafe Society: 'MasterChef' Adrien Nieto breaks leg, still gets out of 'the weeds'
Published 5/18/2013 at 1:05 p.m. 0 comments
As a finalist on 'MasterChef,' Ventura resident Adrien Nieto got yelled at by Gordon Ramsay and had to cook in front of millions of people. But none of that compared to the night Nieto dragged himself along the freeway, bleeding ...
Cafe Society: County's farm-to-table movement puts pedal to the metal, rides to Calabasas
Published 5/11/2013 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
The farm-to-table movement shows no sign of derailing at Pedalers Fork, a new cafe, coffeehouse and Moots bike shop in Calabasas that uses Ventura County-grown produce. PLUS: Two long-running restaurants will close this month in Ventura and Moorpark.
Cafe Society: Who's on the 'who's open, who's closed' list?
Published 5/4/2013 at 12:55 p.m. 0 comments
Which Ventura County restaurants opened? Which closed? And which are on the way? This week's Cafe Society column answers those questions with examples from Ventura to Agoura Hills. PLUS: Downtown Ventura gets its first winery-specific tasting room.
Mad for Midcentury Modern
Published 4/27/2013 at 1:55 p.m. 1 comment
The makers of "Mad Men" have a lot to answer for, good and bad. The hit AMC series has popularized old-school cocktails, 1960s-era fashions and Midcentury Modern furniture, now highly collectible and therefore harder to get. Tables, chairs and other ...
Slow-food icon Alice Waters calls for changes to school lunches during visit to Ojai
Published 4/27/2013 at 1:16 p.m. 10 comments
Alice Waters, co-founder of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley and of the Edible Schoolyard Project, called for free, 60-minute lunches for schoolchildren across the country during two appearances in Ojai on Friday.
Cafe Society: Food activist Alice Waters coming to a town (and hotel menu) near you
Published 4/20/2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Curious about the farm-to-table movement, or just looking for ways to get your kids excited about eating more fruits and vegetables? Go ask Alice Waters -- in person. She will visit Ojai, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara from April 21-27.
Cafe Society: All the open, shut and 'in between' restaurant news that fits
Published 4/13/2013 at 12:00 p.m.
I drive a hybrid, but I still spent more than expected on gas this week as I drove around peering in the windows of restaurants from Ventura to Simi Valley. I found some openings, a couple of closings and, in ...
Cafe Society: New chefs, menus part of spring restaurant scene
Published 3/30/2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Ah, spring, when mockingbords sing all night and restaurants unveil new menus, new chefs and new stuff in general.
Cafe Society: Ventura's SideCar restaurant comes to end of the line
Published 3/23/2013 at 12:00 p.m. 6 comments
For several months, chef Tim Kilcoyne has known what he wanted to say in the farewell letter for The SideCar, his restaurant in midtown Ventura. How to say it was another matter.
Spring greening: Ventura County gardeners share tips, plant suggestions
Published 3/16/2013 at 7:24 p.m.
If Daylight Saving Time just happened, can the first day of spring — and the semiofficial start of gardening season — be far behind? Read on for tips and plant suggestions from Ventura County experts that will inspire you to ...
Cafe Society: Santa Barbara's El Encanto emerges from 7-year renovation with new chef -- and its own cow
Published 3/16/2013 at 5:00 p.m.
It isn't every day that a hotel reopens after a remodeling project that stretches over nearly seven years and untold millions of dollars. But for El Encanto in Santa Barbara, that days is Monday.
Cafe Society: Restaurants run by students, club members offer plenty of courses for the currency
Published 3/9/2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Hungry for a dining deal that doesn't involve Groupon, "checking in" on Facebook or resorting to the dollar menu at a fast-food place? Here are two fine-dining options that offer a lot of courses for the currency.
Cindy Liu: A Chef's Life
Published 3/3/2013 at 1:00 a.m.
Profile: Cindy Liu, chef and owner of LooHoo's Asian Comfort Food.
Chef Cindy Liu cooks up connections with fellow food entrepreneurs of Ventura County
Published 3/3/2013 at 1:00 a.m.
Chef Cindy Liu was walking through the Ventura farmers market on a Saturday morning when a passer-by did a double take. "Are you here?" the woman asked. "No one told me you were here again."
Cafe Society: Oscar host MacFarlane sings, acts, directs — and leaves a really good tip
Published 2/23/2013 at 1:00 p.m. 0 comments
Seth MacFarlane is the Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated first-time host of the Academy Awards this year. And according to Kelly Briglio of Paradise Pantry in downtown Ventura, he also happens to be a fabulous tipper.
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