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by Sally Bernstein

Friday, October 31, 2008:
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008
New Cookbooks: Knives Cooks Love: Selection. Care. Techniques. Recipes. by Sur La Table & Sarah Jay offers instructions on how to buy and care for knives, and how to properly chop, dice, and slice with them to create delicious dishes. The Amish Cook at Home: Simple Pleasures of Food, Family, and Faith by Kevin Williams & Lovina Eicher is part almanac, part cultural overview and part culinary calendar.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
New York Wine Event: Celebrate the holidays Shawangunk Wine Trail--style during the Wreath & Fineries at 10 wineries.  This annual event is held the first three weekends in December.  The Shawangunk Wine Trail is the closest wine trail to New York City, Westchester, Albany, Bergen County NJ, and Connecticut.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
San Diego, California Food & Wine Event: Celebrate the Craft- Art, Food and Wine- November 1-2. Experience the Best of California, a state rich in extraordinary beauty, agricultural abundance, a tradition of artistry, craft, and culinary innovation. www.celebratethecraft.com

Monday, October 27, 2008
Download Free Recipes from Vegetarian Times magazine: "Quick and Easy Dinners"--8 healthy, under-30-minute recipes are free to Amazon customers.

Sunday, October 26, 2008
New Way to See the San Francisco Bay Area--In a Zeppelin! Airship Ventures is bringing a Zeppelin NT airship to the SF Bay Area for daily sight seeing flights, advertising operations, corporate and event occasions and scientific missions. They have started operations from Moffett Field, and will add North Oakland and Sonoma County airports in November.

Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wine & Food Festival: The 23rd Annual Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival is having a November Night to Remember on Thursday, November 6th. For reservations contact the Festival Office, 512.249.6300 or info@texaswineandfood.org.

Friday, October 24, 2008
New Traveling with Kids Article: Weekending with the Kids: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania by Elaine Sosa Labalme covers the 3,000 acres in the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania including the Fatbird Carriage Safari, eighteen-hole miniature golf, The Chateau Lafayette Hotel, Kidz Klub, and canoeing on Lake Paige.

Thursday, October 23, 2008
New Wine Books: WineWise by Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, Michael A. Weiss, and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a must-have for anyone seeking the knowledge and confidence to select and enjoy great wines. Notes on a Cellar-Book by George Saintsbury/Edited and Annotatated by Thomas Pinney is a contemporary look at one of the greatest tributes to drink and drinking in the literature of wine. This new edition includes explanatory endnotes, an essay on the book's legacy, and additional articles on wine by Saintsbury.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
California Food & Wine Event: The Art of Food & Wine Palm Desert, a four-day celebration showcasing the very best in art, food and wine hospitality and education, will occur Thursday, November 6th through Sunday, November 9th. Call 866.96.TASTE.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
New Diabetes Article: Diabetes: Can I have snacks and what about some popcorn at the movies? The answer…by Linda Gassenheimer.

Monday, October 20, 2008
New Diabetes Article: Diabetes: Do I have to give up chocolate and what about sweets?  The answer…by Linda Gassenheimer.

Sunday, October 19, 2008
Food & Wine Events: A year-long celebration is underway to mark the 25th Anniversary of Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, Texas.   Beginning with a “Cowboy and Indian” Birthday Party on October 25, 2008, and concluding with an outdoor performance of Red Steagall’s “Soul of the West” on July 25, 2009.  The year is packed with events honoring Perini Ranch Steakhouse.

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wine Arrival: Beaujolais Nouveau, the renowned French wine made from Gamay grapes, is the most popular vin de primeur in the world, with an established ritual of officially releasing it for sale on the third Thursday every November. Look for it to arrive on November 20th.

Friday, October 17, 2008
Green Wine Summit: The first annual Green Wine Summit will be held December 1st and 2nd in Santa Rosa, California.  The ground-breaking event is designed to set the stage for the already green wine industry to get even greener. 

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Rustic California Inn & Spa Reopens: Ventana Inn & Spa, located in Big Sur above the Pacific Ocean on California’s Central Coast, reopens Friday, Oct. 31, unveiling an $18-million renovation that returns the iconic resort to its rustic, yet luxurious origins. Ask about their discount offer of 20 percent off their best available rate.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Fetzer Vineyards Converts To Lightweight Glass; Carbon Footprint of Bottles Reduced by 14%: Fetzer Vineyards, one of the largest US wineries, will lightweight its entire line of wines to reduce its environmental footprint, continuing the winery’s more than 20-year history of environmental responsibility and a decade-long commitment to help alleviate global climate change. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
New Newman’s Own Organics' Products: Newman’s Own Organics has added Mighty Mini Pretzels, Thin Stick Pretzels, and Honey Wheat Mini Pretzel to its popular pretzel line. They are 95% organic and the 7 oz. bags, with a suggested retail price of $3.49, carry the USDA Organic Seal. The Newman-O’s cookie line has added Peanut Butter Crème Filled Chocolate Cookies in a 9 oz. package. This “inflation fighter” size is available in all the other flavors, as well as the original 16 oz. The suggested retail price for the new 9 oz. size is $2.79 and the 16 oz. is $4.99.

Monday, October 13, 2008
Food Show: 34th Winter Fancy Food Show; Moscone Center, San Francisco; January 18-20, 2009; 80,000 products; 1,500 exhibitors; 50+ countries.

Sunday, October 12, 2008
Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch News: The Seafood Watch Sushi Pocket Guide is coming October 22nd. Finally—a list of recommendations that helps you select sushi made from seafood that’s caught or raised in ways that won’t hurt our oceans. Order your sushi pocket guide now.

Saturday, October 11, 2008
Upcoming Slow Food Event: Every two years, the Terra Madre event convenes thousands of delegates from around the world in Turin, Italy for four days of meetings, workshops and lectures that focus on increasing small-scale, traditional, and sustainable food production. Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto will be held October 23-27.

Friday, October 10, 2008
Halloween: Give Halloween a new twist this year, try a Halloween pizza from California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook. Think pumpkin pie on a pizza crust. The kids will love it!

Thursday, October 9, 2008
Food & Wine Tours - Argentina: Valentine's Wine Getaway to Argentina/Buenos Aires and Mendoza; February 13 to 21, 2009; www.sullivanscustomtours.com; donnabsullivan@aol.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Slow Food USA debuts new web site!: See Slow Food USA's newly re-designed web site at www.slowfoodusa.org.  You can enjoy exploring the resources the new site offers, such as daily updates on the Slow Food USA Blog, connect with local chapters, read past issues of The Snail and become a member.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008
New Humorous Beverage Book: Peterson's Holiday Helper: Festive Pick-Me-Ups, Calm-Me-Downs, and Handy Hints to Keep You in Good Spirits by Valerie Peterson administers easy and delicious pick-me-ups for holiday humbugs and soothing calm-me-downs for the inevitable celebratory crises, i.e. liquor.

Monday, October 6, 2008
The Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada: Double Helix Bar + Double Helix Boutique (702.735.9463) announces its opening at The Shoppes at The Palazzo -- the 450,000-square-foot luxury destination retail center at The Palazzo Las Vegas on the famed Las Vegas Strip. The nearly 2,100-square-foot space includes a circular bar featuring more than 50 wines by the glass. An adjacent boutique offers nearly 300 bottles of rare and hard-to-find labels available for sale.

Sunday, October 5, 2008
New Cookbooks: 50 Great Appetizers by Pamela Sheldon Johns includes starters, amuses-bouche, antipasti, hors d'oeuvres, mezes, antojitos, dim sum, tapas, canapas, and finger foods. The Art and Soul of Baking by Sur La Table & Cindy Mushet is a 464 page tome with 275 recipes, 100 full-color photographs, information on more than 50 pieces of baking equipment and 100 basic pantry staples.

Saturday, October 4, 2008
The Next Food Network Star Auditions: The Next Food Network Star is NOW CASTING for Season 5!!!! Do you think you have what it takes to be a TV star and host your own show on Food Network? Send in a video or attend an open call. For more information or questions e-mail NFNS5@yahoo.com.

Friday, October 3, 2008
Political Chocolates for Your Debate or Election Night Party: DeBrand Fine Chocolates, Chocolat Celeste, B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, Munson's Chocolates, and L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates. Also Moonstruck, as they have elephant and donkey-shaped truffles. These are all small companies, so order in advance and expect to see both Democratic and Republican chocolates.

Thursday, October 2, 2008
New Traveling with Kids Article: Top Five Cities For You and Your Kids: Baltimore, Maryland by Elaine Sosa Labalme and, of course, six year old Steven.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
October eNewsletter: Sally's eNewsletter features a Cooking Class Discount from the new Lake Oswego location of In Good Taste, a new cookware store in the Portland, Oregon area.

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