Blog: Close to the Source with Caron Golden

By Caron Golden | Last Updated June 20, 2017
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True Food Kitchen Opens in UTC

True Food Kitchen has just opened its 21st restaurant—and second in San Diego—in the newly renovated UTC. Fans will recognize the menu and its adherence to an anti-inflammatory diet that’s part...

A Little Fruit Twist for Your Thanksgiving Table

Keep the traditional recipes, but change up the fruit with unique varieties of old standards to impress friends and family at your holiday table.

Fifteenth Annual Celebrate the Craft Features Original Chef Line Up

Back to the future? The fab Celebrate the Craft at The Lodge at Torrey Pines will feature the same lineup of chefs as its debut event.

Square Meals from Cupcakes Squared

Cupcake maker Robin Ross is branching out with Square Meals—vegetarian dishes packaged family style and now sold at the North Park Farmers Market.

From Bread to Nuts: Nut Crumbs

We need to find a new verb for “breading” now that Appel Foods has introduced Nut Crumbs as a bread alternative.

Farm to Fork Week

Farm to Fork Week is almost here! Starting Sept. 9 you can put your money where your mouth is and support local farms by dining at the restaurants that they grow for.

Car’s Jars Meals in Jars

Even if you love to cook, there’s always a time when life is too hectic or you’re too tired or it’s too late to make a meal. Point Loma’s Car’s Jars, with its delightful salads and meals in...

Painting as Preservation

Isabel Oliver sees painting as a way of preservation—of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Her still life paintings are a homage to farmers—and an appreciation of food she shares with her husband,...

Creating Community with Good Neighbor Gardens

If you think gardening is just about communing with nature, Mia Vaughnes of Good Neighbor Gardens wants you to think again. Gardening is the vehicle for building community.

Jammin’ with Kitchens for Good

Apple of My IPA, Orange You Glad We Called It Marmalade, Drunken Mustard. These are the names of just a few of the new line of condiments that Kitchens for Good is now making and selling at local...

Alpha Pizzeria a Delicious Way to Support San Diego’s Homeless

The new East Village eatery Alpha Pizzeria, which opened just a couple of weeks ago with the help of chef Alex Carballo, supports the mission and programs of Alpha Project and will provide job...

Shop with a Chef at Liberty Station

Shop with the Chef is the new Liberty Public Market’s new dinner series that lets diners hang out with a featured chef for that month, learn about the restaurant, tour and shop the Liberty Public...

Liberty Public Market Launches Farmers Market

San Diego has a new farmers market. Liberty Public Market opened a Thursday afternoon farmers market as an extension of its food hall. The...

Beer to the Rescue is Back

How many people in your world have lupus? I know that I’ve had three in my life. My aunt, a woman I worked with years ago, and my friend and fellow food writer Brandon Hernandez. If you live in San...

The Curious Fork Expands its Wholesale Gluten-Free Offering

prepackaged curious fork bakery items
Got a craving for a baguette or a bagel but been dealing with wheat allergies or celiac disease? The Curious Fork, a café and gluten-free bakery in Solana Beach is now providing baguettes, English...

What Will Be the Future of the Tuna Harbor as the Seaport is Developed?

Fisherman at San Diego's tuna harbor
On April 13, the San Diego Food System Alliance's will present "The Future of Tuna Harbor" at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier. What's this all about?

IRC Introduces Project CHOP for Refugee Training

project chop
Project CHOP is a six-month vocational training program for refugees—so far, mostly women—that provides job training and English language skills improvement through kitchen experience.

Festa Della Donna at Cucina Enoteca Celebrates—and Helps—Local Women

festa della donna
With so many food events to choose from these days, here's one to flock to. Festa Della Donna at Cucina enoteca Del Mar. The March 12 late afternoon International Women's Day celebration features...

Cooking Classes at the Flower Fields

Mary Papoulias-Platis
Longtime cooking teacher and food blogger/cookbook author Mary Papoulias-Platis launched her latest project: teaching at the Kitchen Gardens at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad.

Sabor Imports: Bringing a Taste of Oaxaca to San Diego

Sara Polczynski
Chef Sara Polczynski is owner of new online culinary import business, Sabor Imports, selling moles, pepper jellies, sea salt, and chocolate.

It's Better With Billy Butter

Chef Billy Joyce recently launched Billy Butter's Gourmet Butter, which consists of two flavors: Roasted Garlic butter and Sriracha butter.

Mendocino Farms Opens in La Jolla Featuring Local Chef’s Sandwich

Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market
La Jolla has a new sandwich shop. Mendocino Farms, a Los Angeles-based fast casual dining chain that partners with local farms and food artisans.

Fair@44 Has Big Plans for Community, Micro-Vendors

fair 44
In the heart of City Heights, a community experiment is in the works. Fair@44 is a colorful new space that is welcoming micro-entrepreneurs—mostly food and craft—to share their wares.

A Trio of Sweet Treats from Sugar & Scribe Hits the Markets

pie fillings
Chef/owner of La Jolla's Sugar and Scribe, has introduced a new product line that includes three items: Spiced Cranberry Chutney, Orange Cardamom Fig Glaze, and Praline Pecan Pie Filling.

Njoga Coffee—A Kenya Coop Comes to San Diego

Njoga is a co-op of seven farmers who farm and sell coffee in Kenya. Today, Edward Kariithi sells these coffee beans across San Diego through his business Global Coffee trading.
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