Author: Susie Wyshak

Celebrating Sonoma’s Wine & Cheese Connector – Sheana Davis

Celebrating Sonoma’s Wine & Cheese Connector – Sheana Davis

You roll into Sonoma, bumping into the square to which most roads lead. You park just off the square and note the wooden cow with the hollow face, ready to poke your head in as a souvenir. This playful touch welcomes you to The Epicurean […]



Plan a Tour to San Francisco’s 2 Saturday Farmers Markets

Plan a Tour to San Francisco’s 2 Saturday Farmers Markets

Saturday morning in San Francisco is a farmers market lover’s paradise. And while paradise is best visited by car, it’s well worth the trip: STOP #1: The Ferry Building’s CUESA market teems with all sorts of great coffee and breakfast food vendors, not to mention […]



Get Thee to So Cal and Patchwork Edible to Eat, Learn, Craft

Get Thee to So Cal and Patchwork Edible to Eat, Learn, Craft

October 5-6 – Come hang with me and 100 food vendors at Patchwork Edible in the beautiful SoCo mall. I’m no mall rat but when I saw that place, I was like dude. Put it this way: there’s a Surfas chef supply store. Patchwork Edible is going to have a lot of great panels, little workshops, munchies, and stuff to buy. Fun for kids too… especially fun!
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More Fall Fodder For the Food-urati

Then on October 13 in LA the fabulous Evan Kleiman with KRCW hosts a discussion UpClose: California Cuisine – What It Is & Why It Matters with Roy Choi, Joyce Goldstein, Eduardo Ruiz, Nancy Silverton, and Sang Yoon.

Once you’ve digested that discussion, meander to the Bay Area for a November 14 symposium at UC Berkeley, pondering what’s next for the sustainable food movement. The event with Michael Pollan, 7pm at Wheeler Hall, seems to not be online anywhere but trust me: I saw it on a paper flyer. And flyers don’t lie. (Unless they’re from last year.)

Cool California Food Event Picks from Epicuring – Early Fall 2013

Cool California Food Event Picks from Epicuring – Early Fall 2013

EARLY FALL 2013 FOOD EVENT PICKS Check back here for updates & Facebook for last minute picks Every Saturday: CUESA Kitchen Demos feature local chefs and authors sharing tips and recipes. The best free and delicious Saturday activity for all ages. Sept. 6, San Francisco, […]



Chocolate for Charity – Feel Good Indulging at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – Sept 14-15, 2013

Chocolate for Charity – Feel Good Indulging at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival – Sept 14-15, 2013

Hunger is no joke and neither is the tens of thousands of dollars Ghirardelli Chocolate and its partners raise annually to help Project Open Hand prepare and deliver thousands of meals and hundreds of grocery bags daily to San Francisco’s food-challenged. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival […]



Macarons at Bouchon Bakery – When in Wine Country…

Macarons at Bouchon Bakery – When in Wine Country…

The two-person-deep line at Bouchon Bakery steadily streamed through the door one recent foggy-then-sunny morning in Yountville: It’s the almond chocolate croissants. The bread. No, it’s the macarons. Say yes to all…and make Bouchon Bakery your destination for epicuring bliss.

Who eats 25,000 macarons every month?

After an incredible Sunday brunch at Bouchon Bistro, Laiko and I were lucky to get a peek behind the scenes at the bakery courtesy of Manager Krzysztof Pawlik. He explained that in this very contained space, the relatively small bakery team makes about 25,000 large macarons per month (they’re about the size of a moon pie). And they’re all made by hand (so far anyway!).

Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, one of several locations, is dedicated to local sourcing, which is not too difficult in this little country cornucopia. The fruit you enjoy in a parfait or pastry might grow at Peter Jacobsen’s beautiful specialty fruit orchard just down the road. Surrounding farms provide most veges (and you can peek at The French Laundry’s own farm nearby). The macarons use California almonds (where nearly all of the world’s commercial almond crop grows) and California pistachios as well.

Take a look inside the bakery…

Bread purists have much to love at Bouchon Bakery too…

epi bread at Bouchon Bakery - by Susie Wyshak

Good Eating at SF Chefs 2013

Good Eating at SF Chefs 2013

Another summer another great SF Chefs event, full of tastes from 200 or so from great San Francisco chefs, coffee roasters, distilleries, and wine makers from around the world. Full, yes, oh so full were we. I’ll dub Campari the “most creative” liquor presentation with […]



SF Bay Area Food Event Picks – Summer 2013

SF Bay Area Food Event Picks – Summer 2013

FOOD EVENT PICKS FOR SUMMER 2013 Check Facebook for last minute picks and check back here for ongoing finds! Wed. July 31, Sacramento – Eat Local, Bee Local: A Panel about Protecting Local Honey Bees Passionate about bees and the colony collapse crisis? Join this […]



Get Your Farmhouse Style On at the Marin Country Mart

Get Your Farmhouse Style On at the Marin Country Mart

I’d heard about the farmers market at the Marin Country Mart by Larkspur Landing. But what a surprise to discover a little bastion of country farmhouse style, Pottery Barn meets Restoration Hardware with a Bay Area twist. Dining options range from Bel Campo Meats (a farm up north that raises their own cattle) to El Huarache Loco (a small business incubated at La Cocina).

Shaded white picnic benches and a sandy earth intertwine making this little slice of foodie heaven is worth a haul from the East Bay (actually it’s very close to the Richmond Bridge) or San Francisco. Plus they have really fun events like the “Folkish Festival” and lots of activities for kids.

P.S. Another bonus of visiting the Marin Country Mart on a Saturday is the farmers market  where you might literally feel transported into an issue of Martha Stewart. My photo documentation to back this claim:

hand thrown ceramic citrus juicer made in California
One of Pope Valley Pottery’s beautiful citrus squeezers, hand built ceramic. The perfect house warming gift (for you to buy me). See their other beautiful ceramic pieces you can buy me or give as lovely wedding gifts.
Rustic Bakery at Marin Country Mart
Rustic Bakery serves a decadent array of breads and pastries along with Stumptown Coffee.
Epicuring Guide to Daily Food Events and Tours

Epicuring Guide to Daily Food Events and Tours

Based on our experiences as California Epicurators we’ve compiled a guide of our favorite ongoing experiences for travelers on the go. Need advice on the go? Ask us! We’re “Epicuring” on Twitter & Facebook or we can create a special tour just for you. Just […]