We have the honor of being the exclusive caterer at the 2013 Taste of the Nation VIP Reception at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport.  The event benefits a number of different charities including The Good Shepherd Food Bank, Opportunity Alliance, Cultivating Community, as well as Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. One of the dishes that we are serving is a Seared Duck Breast with a Fresh Cherry Barbeque Sauce.  This sauce would go great with any poultry – serve it at your next summer barbeque or…

In early May, Nancy and I needed to go to Southern California on business. I decided to show her a part of California that is totally unique from what you find in Northern or Southern California. California is made up of five distinctive regions and personalities. There is Northern California, Southern California, the Inland Empire (Reading to Bakersfield), the Sierras, and the land of the Rancheros – the Central Coast/Santa Ynez Valley. I wanted Nancy to see this area, as I know it, and to experience two quality…

I had my face in the sunshine yesterday and it felt great. Spring has sprung and summer is here. Of course, that makes me want to get the grill going full speed ahead. Summer makes me think of eating outdoors and barbecues. The most-used modern definition of this is the grilling of meats or other foods over an open fire. It used to be made with charcoal briquettes. But now more often than not with a convenient gas grill. Such a shame—the charcoal brings that charcoal flavor and…