Taking Root with Lou Preston

Owner of Preston Farm and Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA

Written by: Chelsea Kurnick

AFTER FOUR DECADES OF FARMING, raising livestock and making wine, Lou Preston can barely remember his former life as an accountant. He blends into the field, with his un-groomed beard, weathered sun hat and vegetable oil–powered Mercedes (license plate: Vedgy). As a teenager, his father invested in a farm near Healdsburg, CA, but it was […]


Meet the Chef with Larry Monaco

Executive Chef of Cast at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, CA

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

WHEN YOU COME FROM AN ITALIAN FAMILY and grew up cooking with your grandma, it’s no surprise that you would decide being a chef was your destined career path. “I knew I wanted to be a chef from high school on, even though it wasn’t trendy back then to be one,” says Chef Larry Monaco, […]


Cheesy Romance

How Youssef Fakhouri Became L.A.'s Preeminent Vegan Cheesemaker

Written by: Jessie Birschbach

Necessity might typically be the mother of invention, but in the case of Youssef Fakhouri’s beloved vegan cheese, it’s love. Fakhouri, owner of dairy-free cheese shop Vromage in West Hollywood, began working in restaurants when he was 13, making pastries and chocolate, cooking and performing other tasks of the trade. After coming to America from […]


Gaby Dalkin Grows Her Food Empire, One Recipe at a Time

"What's Gaby Cooking" Emphasizes California Style Cuisine and the Utilization of Simple, Easily Accessible Ingredients

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Gaby Dalkin, creator of the popular food blog What’s Gaby Cooking, sets her recipes apart from the crowd through her emphasis on California cuisine and utilization of simple, easily accessible ingredients. After pursuing her blog full-time, Dalkin experienced vast success with the recent release of a second cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food, as […]


Meet the Chef with Ari Kolender

Chef Ari Kolender of Hayden in Culver City, CA

Written by: Mara Marski

ARI KOLENDER got his start in name drop–worthy kitchens like Los Angeles’ Providence, where he worked the line for five years before joining chef Jordan Khan’s restaurant Red Medicine as Chef de Cuisine. But after two years at the Beverly Hills powerhouse, Kolender returned to his native South Carolina. “I spent an incredible four years […]


The Next Big Thing

A Rocky Mountain Revolution is Brewing within Colorado's Down-to-Earth Dining Scene

Written by: Ruth Tobias

Foodwise, the American West has long been defined by its borders. The abundant produce and seafood of its coastal areas and the strong Hispanic and American Indian influences found along its southern edge tend to dominate the culinary conversation, while the Rocky Mountain states at the region’s core can be dismissed as mere meat and […]


Delicious New Chapters

A Cookbook Fundraiser for Wine Country Wildfires

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

October Wine Country Wildfires affected our community in innumerable ways.  Each week, we discover a new bruise to be healed. And a place to work to step forward. At a recent cooking class, Sondra Bernstein, Founder of the girl & the fig, heard four Sonoma Valley residents talking about losing their homes and their cookbook […]


Cultivating Community

Exclusive Wine Speak Paso Robles Event Aims to Expand Palates and Knowledge

Written by: Hana-Lee Sedgwick

With all the celebratory events taking place around the holidays, January tends to seem like an afterthought. Luckily, members of the wine industry will have something new to look forward to with the arrival of Wine Speak Paso Robles, a summit taking place January 9-11, 2018, on the Central Coast. Co-created by Master Sommelier Chuck […]


Legacy of Versatility: Pairing Provençal Rosé Wines with Diverse Local Flavors, pt. 4

Executive Chef Bobby Palmquist of The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle, WA

Written by: Lisa M. Airey

To celebrate and display the diversity of the rosé from Provence, The Clever Root challenged four superstar chefs from across the country to develop signature dishes to pair with these pink sippers. From Cajun cooking in New Orleans, to celebrating the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, these chefs pushed their palates and pairing abilities to […]