February 2018


The 43rd Winter Fancy Food Show was held in January in “Everybody’s Favorite City” San Francisco, at the Mascone Center in the renovated SOMA District. The show presented by Read more ›

Mike Fryer on Feb 1, 2018

Chef Talk

I recently read an article that talked about food and health and it intrigued me to look into this further. First I will talk about spices that you may Read more ›

Allen Asch on Feb 2, 2018

Hot Off the Grill

SoCal Food & Beverage Professional staff Drew and Lisa Matney, pictured on the left side in the photo, recently visited Las Vegas and covered the Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Read more ›

The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional on Feb 1, 2018

The Bottom Line

Beverages are by no means overlooked in the restaurant world, but at the same time may not always be utilized to their fullest potential. Simply put, a wider beverage Read more ›

Ben Brown on Feb 1, 2018

What's Brewing

Photos by David Mulvihill. Wild Barrel Brewing Co-founder Bill Sysak and his wife Rem.  Wild Barrel Saturday, January 13, marked the official grand opening of Wild Barrel Brewing Company in San Read more ›

David Mulvihill on Feb 1, 2018

Made from Scratch

Photo by John Rockwell. Rush Creek Reserve is enough on its own, but just to kick it up I added some Pleasant Ridge (left) and Challerhocker (right). The sourdough is Read more ›

John Rockwell on Feb 1, 2018

Foodie Biz

Photos by Ben Brown Barrel House 101: Beer-Infused Wonder in Ventura Barrel House 101 is the exact kind of homey, fun-filled, hit-the-spot spot you’d hope to find in the not-so-sleepy beach Read more ›

Ben Brown on Feb 1, 2018

Top Hotel Chefs Weigh In On 2018 Dining Trends

Chefs Gustavo Calderon, Robert Hohmann, Richard Doucette, and Eric Kaszubinski Crisp, colorful vegetables will move from a supporting role to center stage on restaurant menus, and culturally eclectic menus will keep fusion in Read more ›

The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional on Feb 1, 2018

Parrish Family Vineyard Brings Two National Honors to Paso Robles Wine Region

Photo courtesy Parrish Family Vineyard January 22, 2018 (Paso Robles, Calif.) –   The New Year is off to a stellar start for Parrish Family Vineyard. Owner and winemaker David Read more ›

The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional on Feb 1, 2018

Dining out with the Harrises

Photo by Scott Harris The Carmel, California poet Robert Jeffers once stated, “The noblest thing I have ever seen is Big Sur.” Nature’s pulchritude is captured in every windswept cliff Read more ›

Elaine & Scott Harris on Feb 11, 2018

Sister Act: Maria Perry & Angie Ruvo Two Matriarchs of the Restaurant Industry of Las Vegas

Maria Perry and Angie Ruvo - Feature photo by Audrey Dempsey • Infinity Photo  Two sisters who have lived in Las Vegas longer than most residents have been alive present Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Feb 1, 2018

Product Review

Pata Negra Cava Brut Rosé Sparkling wine sales continue to climb, and according to a study conducted by IRi Worldwide in 2017, sparkling beverages comprise 10% of the total wine market, with Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Feb 1, 2018

Human Resources Insights

What individuals need for success are good role models. They need managers that take the time to instruct, train and communicate expectations. What they don’t need is unfair treatment, Read more ›

Linda Westcott-Bernstein on Feb 1, 2018

Brett's Vegas View

ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT    Photo by Alex Dolan Lady Gaga will launch a two-year, multi-date residency at the Park Theater at Park MGM in December 2018. Aerosmith will have a residency late in 2018.  Earth, Wind & Fire will debut a limited-residency Read more ›

Jackie Brett on Feb 1, 2018


Cooking is cleaning raw ingredients, cutting into appropriate sizes, combining them, heating to tenderize texture, heating to kill adverse microbes, generating attractive flavors and satisfying appetites at serving. Cooking Read more ›

K. Mike Masuyama Ph.D. on Feb 11, 2018