• Sacramento Specialty Coffee Week
Oct. 13-19; Various events around town; specialtycoffeeweek.com
Check out the website for a packed week of events including film screenings, latte art classes, tastings and more. Our don’t-miss product pick: Track 7’s White Stout beer made in collaboration with Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. “It looks like a Blonde, but tastes like a stout,” organizers say. It’s available during the week at Track 7’s tap room, Magpie Cafe, The Grange, Mother, Hook & Ladder, Pangea, Pour House and other locations.
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• Pearls Olives to Go
$3.99/four pack of 1.2-ounce cups; Target and other local retailers; www.olives.com
Add some punch to your lunch with these handy on-the-go containers of whole and sliced olives from Tracy-based Musco Family Olive Co. The mess-free cups keep the olives moist without brine. Includes Kalamata, pimiento-stuffed green and black varieties.
• Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
$7.99 for six pack; Raley’s and local retailers; www.buffalobillsbrewery.com
Hayward-based Buffalo Bill’s touts itself as an éminence grise of microbrew pubs, having opened its doors in 1983 – the same year Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album reached No. 1 on the U.S. charts. This seasonal, alcoholic offering also has hit potential, combining baked and roasted pumpkins with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The result is milder than you would expect, a medium-bodied ale ideal for an autumn afternoon.
• Ruhlman’s How to Roast
$25; Little Brown: 143 pages
Cooler weather and impending holidays mean covering up the barbeque and turning on the oven. This collection of 25 innovative roasting recipes from award-winning cookbook author Michael Ruhlman covers basics such as whole chicken and rack of lamb, and some savory surprises, including roasted peaches with crème fraiche and mint.
• San Francisco Bay single-serve coffee
$6.99 for 12 count; Costco and other local retailers; www.rogersfamilyco.com
Get the just-brewed freshness of single-serving coffee without the guilt of adding more plastic to landfills with these eco-friendly pods from Lincoln-based Rogers Family Coffee. Made of plant-based materials, they are 97 percent biodegradable and their contents are 100 percent delicious. Flavors include French Roast, Fog Chaser and Breakfast Blend. Cartridges can be used in Keurig and other “k-cup” brewers.