Food & Wine
Rapid Success
Chris Johnson is an impatient inventor with a purpose.
Chris Johnson, the man poised to bring nuked noodles to the masses with an instant ramen cooker, occupies a 9th floor office on Capitol Mall that overlooks downtown Sacramento. His desk is free of clutter, the white walls are bare, everything is neatly in place — aside from a broken coat rack
Allison Joy
Food & Wine
Cracking the nut oil market, from Woodland
Pulling up to the bland business park that is home to La Tourangelle’s nut oil bottling facility gives no indication of the nexus of culinary artistry housed inside. But step through the doors and start talking to Matthieu Kohlmeyer, the energetic founder and CEO of the Woodland company, and you’
Michelle Locke
Food & Wine
Message in a Bottle
Monterey’s wine country scores with a new marketing strategy
On a late afternoon in the Caraccioli Cellars tasting room, the scrape of bar stools on the concrete floor signals the arrival of yet another couple exploring Monterey’s thriving wine scene. They’ve left their son, daughter-in-law, two grandkids and dog for an evening alone in Carmel-by-the-Sea,
Michelle Locke
Food & Wine
The New Wine Country
Opportunity abounds for California varietals
Let’s say you’re in a glitzy Beijing restaurant. Your waiter uncorks a $300 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. He pours you a glass and you sip it, savor it, let it breathe. But around the table, everyone else gulps theirs down one swallow, like a shot, yelling “Gan bei!” Welcome to wine culture in
Jeff Wilser
Food & Wine
What’s Cooking?
The best reservation in town might be in your own kitchen
These days, the best reservation in town might not be at a restaurant, but at a chef’s table — in the chef’s private home or yours. Congenial chefs are inviting clients to stir and chop to their heart’s content before sitting down to a meal. Building off Sacramento’s farm-to-fork movement, which
Janet Fullwood
Food & Wine
The Bubble Buyer's Handbook
We live in a world of labels. And right or wrong, the labels we choose have an impact on how others perceive us — even during the holidays. Even with a bottle of bubbly. So when you bring Champagne to a holiday function know that, like it or not, the bottle in your hand will say something
Jeff Wilser
Food & Wine
Star Treatment
As restaurant review guides go, it has no equal. The Michelin Red Guide to restaurants is the best-selling restaurant guide in the world, and earning a place in it is compared to winning an Academy Award. It is so prestigious that whole cities vie for even a single mention, and Sacramento is no
Bill Romanelli
Food & Wine
Drinking Problem?
Early business success often brings challenges. In the case of ol’ Republic Brewery, the biggest challenge is meeting consumer demand. “Quite frankly, we’re in a quandary,” says Jim Harte, founding partner and brewer at the Nevada City-based craft brewery and tap room. When he and partner
Douglas Curley