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 strive 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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How to Design for Amateurs: Part 1

DESIGN SCHEMES and Thoughts:  Get some help! As an amateur, with a desire to be more artistic we often get lost in the weeds on our way to making a statement about style and taste. Collaboration is often a key ingredient to your success as an artist.  You could be designing a website, remodeling a kitchen or starting to paint.  When you want to figure out a look, it is important to ask for some help. In the beginning, find some support but remember those other people cannot read your mind.  A theme, texture or color could be subjective.  Your …

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Church of One Tree Event Center

Looking for a place that wine art and food can be savored.  Here is a building where artistic talent has hewn from nature a unique structure. This was the original home of the First Baptist Church of Santa Rosa.  Robert Ripley, a native son of Santa Rosa wrote about the church where his mother attended. The redwoods of northern CA produce some incredible natural wonders.  In a place called “Stumptown”, since renamed Guerneville, CA, a tree that stood 276 feet high had a diameter of 18 feet.  It was cut down and it’s milled wood was all used to produce …

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RECIPE: Encurtido Ricky will Spice Up Your Life!

Encurtido is a pickled onion relish dish that is served throughout Latin America. When refrigeration is absent this tabletop jar of onions and vinegar will enhance whatever mystery food you find that is served. It has many different names in rural and urban settings.  As a table condiment on a wayside village, at a local restaurant or in a fine hotel you will see it. In Latin and South America, this is like Catsup, a great equalizer.           Ingredients:      3 medium-sized red onions 2 Tbsp. of coarse salt 2 oz.  Jalapeno peppers      2 oz. Cilantro …

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