My First California Olive Harvest

By Emily Shartin, Epicurator When I moved to California from Massachusetts, I knew one of the main things I wanted to learn about was olive oil. We had access to great European oils in Boston but, as you might surmise, the New England climate is not exactly conducive to growing olives, which thrive in a […]

A Taste of Vermont in California

By Emily Shartin, Epicuring As a recent transplant to California and a lover of both cheese and beer, I’ve been excited to start learning about all of the great things this state has to offer with regard to two of my favorite fermented foods. However, I was also admittedly happy to discover recently that the […]

The Other Wine Country Harvest

By Emily Shartin, Epicuring In California wine country, “harvest,” for the most part, refers to grapes. But in just over a month, after all the Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys has been picked, another important crop will be harvested in wine country: olives. If you’ve spent any time around […]

Crush: See You in Wine Country this October!

By Emily Shartin, Epicuring It may have been delayed a couple weeks this year, but this year’s grape harvest (“crush” as it’s known locally) is now in full swing. Having just moved to Napa from the east coast, I’m enjoying my first up-close-and-personal look at this bustling season — the beautiful rows of leafy green […]

From Seed to Table: The National Heirloom Expo

By Emily Shartin, Epicuring Tagged as “the world’s pure food fair,” the first-ever National Heirloom Exposition* sought perhaps a deeper response to the popular foodie question of late: “Where does your food come from?” This three-day agricultural festival in Santa Rosa celebrated heritage food breeds — those unique, flavorful and often colorfully-named varieties of fruits […]