Oktoberfest! The Science of Beer and Wine Making


Cheers! It’s Oktoberfest! Let’s drink up some knowledge! October 12, 1810 was the royal event of the year, when all citizens of Munich, Germany attended the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig (later to become King Ludwig I) and his bride, Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, on the fields in front of the city gates. The fields were named … [Read more...]

The Spice Rack: Spice-Infused Suds


By Chef Gabriel CaliendoCorporate Executive Chef - Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar All those who love beer raise your hand! It is obvious that the craft beer revolution is still in full swing. The creative juices around the world have been working double-time to create some fantastic beer based in both tradition and contemporary inventiveness. Let’s take a … [Read more...]

Bites and Brews


By Rachel Allan - September/October 2014 Wine-pairings are a traditional favorite, but lately it’s been beer-pairings that have captured the hearts of foodies everywhere. With the multitude of tones and complex flavors present in different brews, there’s a beer suitable for every meal you can imagine – whether casual or chic. When pairing beer with food, … [Read more...]

Hot Off the Press!


The Great Taste Magazine September/October 2014 issue is finally here! Get it while it's hot! For these couple of months, we are featuring beverages of all kinds, from alcoholic brews to coffee and even punch - very festive for the upcoming holidays! We have highlighted the favorite beer and food pairings of various industry professionals and restaurateurs, … [Read more...]

Indie Chefs Week SoCal Debut


Ned Elliott, chef of the critically acclaimed Austin restaurant Foreign & Domestic and founder of  INDIE CHEFS WEEK, announces a partnership with Yahoo Food that will take the culinary event series on the road for the first time. INDIE CHEFS WEEK is a series founded by Elliott in 2013 that brings together an array of chefs from across the country to … [Read more...]

Overnight Sensation – Resort at Squaw Creek – Lake Tahoe – June 2014

Resort at Sqaw Creek

At the base of Squaw Valley, amongst tall trees and freshwater streams lies a fortress of fun and relaxation. Resort at Squaw Creek, located on Squaw Creek Road in Olympic Valley, is a AAA Four Diamond hotel offering upscale amenities and access to the breathtaking natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. In addition, the options for outdoor recreational activities are … [Read more...]

Overnight Sensation: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel – South Lake Tahoe – June 2014

Lake Tahoe Resort

Located at the base of Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe, the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is sure to take your breath away. Tucked into the pines and overlooking the vast and beautiful Lake Tahoe, the scenery of this resort is hard to match. The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel meets all of your  vacation needs from the comfort of an in-room massage, to … [Read more...]

Overnight Sensation – Peppermill Resort Spa Hotel – Reno – June 2014

hotel and casino

  Providing award winning hotel service is something Peppermill Reno Hotel Casino has stamped into their 43 year history. Located in The Biggest Little City in the World, Reno NV., the Peppermill provides a fusion of old-world style and contemporary features.  Given the AAA Four Diamond rating for hospitality industry excellence, hotel guests are … [Read more...]

Taste of Wine – Mexican Influences on Napa Valley Wines


I have known Maurice DiMarino since he began with the Cohn Restaurant Group at Island Prime. As he proved himself as a sommelier , he was assigned more restaurants until now, he proudly can say he is the Certified Sommelier/Wine and Beverage Director for the entire San Diego chain. All the while, stories of the success of a small group of Mexican-American … [Read more...]

Chef Shuffle – Pueblo – Costa Mesa

Orange County and Surrounding Chefs

Who is that Chef and where is he now? If you want to add your favorite just comment below and we'll add your faves to our Chef Shuffle. -Chef Michael Campbell, former Executive Sous Chef at San Francisco’s highly-acclaimed RN74, has joined Pueblo. He will combine novel techniques with deliciously familiar Spanish dishes, served in a warm and contemporary … [Read more...]

Taste of Wine – Italian Wine


A parade of new releases from the traditional Tuscany wine country and from parts not so well known, have made 2014 an” Italian Job,” with a flood of new releases. With the Italian government’s help in some campaigns, Italian wineries in unfamiliar districts are introducing themselves to wine shops, restaurants and resorts.  Italian restaurants are more … [Read more...]