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Traveling Solo - Bakersfield - Salton Sea

The desert is an inspiring, yet unforgiving place. Enter with awareness and respect. Thank you to all Food Partiers! who waxed poetic about Deserts beauty and...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Mar. 31, 2022
Last comment by Kathy Hughes, on May 4, 2022 at 9:01 am | 3 comments | 12545 Views


In Defense of Food

It's been a busy week, which included a lot of apple pies and chocolate mousse (do you know how much butter is in chocolate mousse?) so part two of The Big Four...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Oct. 16, 2015
Last comment by maria20, on Mar 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm | 3 comments | 24468 Views


Grant Money for Small Farmers

I just traveled back to the hallowed halls of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Back when I attended school there, the CIA hardly new what...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jul. 12, 2018
Last comment by Sally James, on Jul 13, 2018 at 12:49 pm | 3 comments | 14750 Views


Food Resolution – Earth Day 2022

We interrupt our regularly scheduled road trip for a hat tip to Earth Day, April 22nd. Want to do something tasty in celebration, that also helps our beloved...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Apr. 16, 2022
Last comment by Ruth Parker, on Apr 16, 2022 at 3:18 pm | 3 comments | 11581 Views


Red, White or Green?

Everyone should host a party once a year. Consider it your ticket into all the other parties. Wine makes a great party guest. For holiday parties, I like to start...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Nov. 26, 2013
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Nov 30, 2013 at 10:28 am | 3 comments | 33305 Views


Avocado and Wine-Soaked Sundried Tomato Crostini

I'm leaving you with a quick and useful recipe this week, as I'm all focused and excited putting final touches on the NACUFS (National Association of College...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Feb. 28, 2017
Last comment by jman, on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:17 pm | 3 comments | 24355 Views


Fancy Fast and Fun!

It's fancy food season you know. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ Holiday...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Nov. 21, 2014
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Nov 22, 2014 at 7:20 am | 3 comments | 26131 Views


St Paddy’s Soup

We did this soup today for Cooking at the Market, a town-sponsored monthly cook demo at

Original post made by Laura Stec on Mar. 16, 2017
Last comment by aria, on Mar 21, 2017 at 3:48 am |
3 comments | 35048 Views


Where DO The Elite Meet?

Continuing our ongoing tribute to local High Dives, this week The Food Party!...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Dec. 11, 2014
Last comment by pogo, on Dec 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm | 3 comments | 31692 Views


I Was At The Stanford Shooting. Let’s Do Better Next Time

Have you played the “Ever Done This game? You see it on Facebook sometimes… a list of questions that run the cultural gambit. Have You Ever… Been...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Nov. 30, 2022
Last comment by Online Name, on Dec 7, 2022 at 12:24 pm | 3 comments | 9347 Views


Cheese, Wheat & Guerneville

Boy, did I food party! on a lot of wheat over the Labor Day weekend. Cheese too. I visited Guerneville / Monte Rio (eastern Sonoma county). It's a terrific...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Sep. 4, 2014
Last comment by Yvette Davis, on Sep 18, 2014 at 7:45 pm | 3 comments | 27782 Views


Summer Fun Around the Bay Area

Looking for more ways to celebrate summer? Here’s a few. The BARn at Flea Street Café Recently opened and just in time to enjoy a sunny...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jun. 29, 2023
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Jul 7, 2023 at 6:31 am | 3 comments | 4931 Views


Why Are Two Plastic Bag Propositions on the California Ballot?

Americans Food Party! with approximately 100 billion single-use plastic bags a year, and as many as 15 billion in California alone. A friend of mine and I...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Oct. 23, 2016
Last comment by Chris, on Oct 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm | 3 comments | 22988 Views


A Happy Hour to Make You Happy

Aloha! Just got back from the Big Island. My dear friend Jungle Johnnie lives there... why.... ........ ........ ......... in the...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Mar. 9, 2019
Last comment by Longtime Menlo Parker, on Mar 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm | 3 comments | 13994 Views


Edible Education – Free Course - UC Berkeley Online

Calling all eating inquisitors and foodpreneurs! Eatertainment returns to you next week with the start of Edible Education...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jan. 16, 2020
Last comment by The Kid, on Jan 22, 2020 at 8:22 pm |
3 comments | 13120 Views


Japanese Hot Pot with Carrots and Kudzu

We are an equal opportunity Food Party! Last week was beef and salmon, this week it’s totally tofu. Japanese Hot Pot with Carrots and Kudzu is a perfect...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jan. 15, 2016
Last comment by dwes, on Jul 21, 2016 at 6:24 am | 3 comments | 27237 Views


Women ? More Adventurous Eaters Than Men?

Moles, molecules and joules, blah, blah and blah. This week's Science and Cooking really has me confused. Professor Cutie Pie had us determine the number of molecules...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Oct. 29, 2013
Last comment by Cara Smith, on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:37 pm | 3 comments | 35369 Views


The Food Party! Top Ten List

Happy birthday to The Food Party! and to all of my fellow Almanac / Weekly / Voice bloggers. When the adventure began a year...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Oct. 1, 2014
Last comment by TV's Luke Perry, on Oct 2, 2014 at 8:00 am | 3 comments | 31152 Views


Manage Your Microbes

A creepy, crawly communiqué? There is increasing info about the importance of microbiome ? our in-house bacteria, virus and fungi team that assist daily...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jul. 8, 2014
Last comment by Alexandra, on Jul 26, 2015 at 9:43 am | 3 comments | 32026 Views


Two Hours - 75,000 Meals – Wanna Help?

75,000 meals in TWO HOURS. That’s the goal at Christ Church Episcopal in Portola Valley and Rise Against Hunger;...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Sep. 15, 2023
Last comment by Ron Pierce, on Sep 24, 2023 at 1:20 pm | 3 comments | 7563 Views
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