This Just In: A Taste of Da Tuccino

Oliveto Sous Chef Vince Sanchez just returned from a whirlwind culinary tour of southern Italy where he spent time in some of our favorite kitchens and in the company of some of our favorite Italians including butcher Dario Cecchini and winemaker Ciro Biondi. Vince came back fired up about the food he experienced, especially after [...]

This Just In: Crazy Huge King Salmon

Just delivered this morning from Monterey Fish Company: a thirty pound king salmon! On the menu: Pan-roasted king salmon with fennel purée, Brussels sprouts, walnuts, and old aceto balsamico

This Just In: Brookside Farm’s Flavor King pluots

As often as I come across a “perfect” piece of fruit, however, I rarely employ the philosophy of showcasing its perfection by serving it untouched; as Chef Paul Canales says, “the customer is not paying me to shop for them – I’m here to cook!” Only once or twice a year does a fruit come along that I feel is featured best by serving on its own, without setting it in a composed dessert context. That time has come…

Dinner to Celebrate Agua Libre Rum

Coming up next Saturday, August 28th, Lance Winters of Hangar One will be joining us for dinner to celebrate the (limited) release of their Agua Libre Rum. Made from 100% California sugarcane, pressed fresh in their hangar on the island of Alameda, they have two editions available: the Fresh-Squeezed is a quintessential expression of newly cut cane. The Aged spent two and a half years…

Market Report #8: Stone Fruit & Rain Delays

We headed inside for this week’s report because it was just too darn rainy & cold. Bill showed us some of the best (i.e. crunchiest) cherry varieties currently available at farmers’ markets and local supermarkets. He also makes some predictions about what all this rain means for the upcoming summer crops (e.g. don’t count on serving…

Market Report #7: Ferry Plaza

Last Saturday, we hit the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market with Bill Fujimoto. As the spring rains have finally begun to subside (at least for today), many crops are just now beginning to soak up some serious heat which leads to superlative flavor. A great example…

Market Report #6: What to Buy This Week!

We visited the Berkeley Farmers’ Market last Saturday with Bill Fujimoto and got a good look at what’s in season right this minute & what will be even-more-in-season by the end of this week. We also got an insider’s tip on a savvy way to save…

Pasty Chef Jenny Raven found…

Anyone who ever rooted around in the back storage coolers of Monterey Market under the stewardship of Bill Fujimoto knows what a truly magical place it was. The relationships Bill fostered made going to Monterey Market quite like a treasure hunt, because he often only bought a small amount of cases of produce from some specialty farmers, and if you didn’t know…

Introducing…The Fujimoto Farmers’ Market Report

ho better to tell us what we should be shopping for than Bill himself? So, we’ll be posting Bill’s Farmers’ Market Reports – full of fun facts, shopping tips, and insightful observations throughout the spring and into the summer. We’ll go shopping with Bill at some of our favorite farmers’ markets in the…

Bill Fujimoto Talks Peaches & Monterey Market at the Temescal Market

Our favorite roving produce expert, Bill Fujimoto, visited the Temescal Farmers’ Market last Sunday to check out what the height of summer has to offer. With all the peaches on display, it was a perfect opportunity to get the skinny on how to pick the perfect peach, which has everything to do with background color and branch marks….