How would you like to win a night out for two that includes local food and wine, plus live music to work those boogie shoes? Two tickets are up for grabs for the Stanford Youth Solutions “Vintage 2014” event at North Ridge Country Club on May 1, a $100 a head benefiting the organization formerly known as Stanford Home for Children. Those tickets normally cost $100 each, and this year will include eats from Cafeteria 15L, Dad’s Kitchen, de Vere’s Irish Pub and more local restaurants. You can wash those bites down from such local wineries as Twisted Rivers and Sean Minor.

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Michael Pollan has been called many things, including “liberal foodie intellectual.” by the New York Times. True, but add to that “journalist, author, activist, university professor.” Pollan has helped raise the nation’s food-culture awareness through his lectures, essays and best-selling books, which include “The Omnivore's Dilemma,” “In Defense of Food,” “Food Rules” and “Cooked.”
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Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom is changing ownership again.
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Sacramento chef Evan Elsberry is at it again, hosting another themed wine-paired dinner at his restaurant, Evan’s Kitchen. The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will start moving dishes at 6 p.m. May 5; cost is $75 a person, with reservations at (916) 452-3896. Motor over to 855 57th St., Sacramento, in the Antiques Mall; www.chefevan.com.
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Internationally known food and wine authority Darrell Corti — who insists on calling himself a “grocer” — holds a roomful of awards and honors bestowed on him during a long career. He also sits on various boards in advisory capacities.
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The world’s most widely grown spice crop likely was first domesticated in central-east Mexico.

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