▪ Sacramento State’s Food Day
Begins at 9 a.m. Friday ; Sac State (6000 J St., Sacramento); www.csus.edu
This all-day event features cooking demonstrations, tastings, informational sessions and a screening of the obesity-epidemic documentary “Fed Up” (5-7 p.m., University Union). Oakland-based chef, educator, author and activist Bryant Terry will be the keynote speaker (7:15 p.m., University Union), addressing about what he’s found “At the Intersection of Food, Politics, Poverty and Public Health.” He will also sign copies of his latest cookbook, “Afro Vegan.” The event is free.
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▪ A New Napa Cuisine
$50; 304 pages; Ten Speed Press
From Christopher Kostow, acclaimed three-Michelin-starred chef of The Restaurant at Meadowood, comes this new tome about the Napa region’s ever-evolving influence on the craft of cooking. Gorgeously bound in screen-printed fabric and featuring gallery-worthy photos by food photography stars Peden + Munk, the 100 recipes are only one of many reasons to indulge in this book.
▪ Selland’s mini pumpkin pies
$4.95 each; Selland’s Market Cafe (5340 H St., Sacramento); www.sellands.com
More than a slice, less than a whole pie, these mini versions are rich, redolent of the spices of fall, and make the perfect share-dessert for two.
▪ Kattinatt kitchen towels
$5.95 each; Collected Works Gifts (4524 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento); (916) 737-8188; www.kattinatt.se
These whimsical Swedish-made eco-friendly kitchen cleaners blur the line between towel and sponge – and are machine washable. Incredibly useful, easy to clean and cute to boot, they’re a great gift idea – wrap up a pair as a hostess gift for the coming holiday season.
▪ Lundberg Family Farms multigrain rice chips
$3.79 for 6 ounce bag; Raley’s, Rite Aid and other local retailers; www.lundberg.com
Lundberg Family Farms recently released a new line of multigrain rice chips with California-themed flavors including Mendocino tomato and herb, Mojave jalapeño, Shasta chipotle lime and redwood smoky BBQ. Ingredients include organic brown rice, red and white quinoa, amaranth, chia and flax seeds. We broke out bags for a group tasting; Mendocino scored highest in the flavor and texture categories.
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