Amazon Wants Your Lunch Money

Starting as a bookseller, Amazon has become a huge conglomerate that now sells space on computer servers and has ambitions to make space available to the public. The business philosophy is simple.  Money is divided into two pots.  Money that is spent on Amazon and money that is not spent on Amazon. $1 trillion is spent on food in America.  The grocery business is a low margin business with lots of pressure points.   Amazon got into this marketplace with the purchase of Whole Foods about a year ago for a cost of  $13.7 billion.  They promised lower prices on a …

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Novato Art Wine & Music Festival

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 | SUNDAY, JUNE 10 | DOWNTOWN NOVATO, CA The Novato Chamber of Commerce has thrown the annual Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music since 1983. The Festival was known by a few names, most recently the Art and Wine Festival. Each year’s flavor takes on a unique personality and different components. We proudly always boast a bohemian art scene along with delectable wine tasting, family-friendly atmosphere, and a poping music scenes. Since its relocation from Old Town Novato to the west side of Redwood Boulevard, we have added a second stage, more booths and added beer to …

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When the Wine Arrives

After you have ordered it is easy to forget it.  That’s not the best course to follow. Once the server or sommelier returns to your table, they will present you with the bottle of wine. At this point, make sure the label matches what you have ordered and check for any signs of dirt or deterioration, even mold, on the label. Don’t be distracted at this point by conversation. There have been instances of wine being poured that wasn’t at all what was ordered just because the person did not take time to read the label when presented.  If the …

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Patina Restaurant Group Model

Make food fun. Make it taste great. Serve it in a special place. Seek out those special places. In the capitalistic world, where free enterprise mashes against the human need for food, smart people have emerged to make life better for the rest of us.   They know that food can be a creative device.  It can make life special and not just sustain it. Talented and creative foodies have strived to do better. Patina Restaurant Group The Patina Restaurant Group is such a capitalistic enterprise that has embraced free enterprise.  With a certain je ne sais quoi they have made the world a better …

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Far Out of My Comfort Zone: Sherri Reed Photographer

Goal for 2018: Pass the part 107 certification test to fly drone commercially.    YES, done! Photography is my passion as well as a business.  I endeavor to create images that preserve memories in a personal and artistic way. 2013 I stepped very far out of my comfort zone and signed up for this new class called Photoshop Artistry.  For me, it was one of those remarkable “moments in time” where my passion for photography grew by leaps and bounds.  I have grown not only in the type of art I do but also the confidence it has given me …

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The Conspiracy of Plants, Psychedelics and Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan and Psychedelics: Does food need to be defended? What is the big dilemma about being an “omnivore”? Are plants manipulating us to their benefit? Plants might control the outcome of the world and our place in the environment says famed author Michael Pollen. There is an existential view that embraces plant biotechnological manipulation as a natural phenomenon.  There is a select group of them that broaches the dimensions of our understanding. After literary success with many books on food including “In Defense of Food”, the idea emerged that perhaps plants might be actually manipulating us to engage with …

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Pear-Cranberry Deep Dish Pie

This will take you about 40 minutes to prepare and 65 minutes to cook.   You will love the taste. No one knows where this started, but there are all kinds of reasons that this works with a good dessert wine like a Port or a Sherry. The tart cranberry mixes well with a sweet pear taste that blends like a good marriage. It is fabulous!  With the right pairing of dessert wines, you can enjoy a peak experience like no other.       DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  In a large bowl you are going to mix the following …

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Terroir is Rarely Understood

The term “Terroir” is a term that describes a geopolitical relationship between wine, art, and food.   This word is often used and rarely understood. Don’t be overwhelmed or intimidated.  You have a right to your opinion.  We are learning more about how even microbial differences link to our sensory recognition of characteristics.  How a wine tastes will always be about how personal preference and the experience will play on the pallet. Old world wines were often said to have earthy notes.  There was often a cork taint or a wild yeast that could be part of a unique and special …

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Choosing a Wine at a Restaurant

The waiter approaches and asks, “Would you like to choose a bottle of wine for the table?” Wait a minute. You never volunteered for this. What do you know about choosing the right wine? Panic sets in. Your mind races as you try to figure out how to pull off the task and look cool, or in the least not foolish. Just relax. Take it a step at a time. Start with the wine list. See how it is arranged. Usually, it is separated into Reds and Whites and the specialty items like dessert wines or sparkling varieties. Wines are …

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