Yoji Ogawa and Toru Ikemasu (front), Cory Waller and Seiichi Matsuda (back). Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

Eat, Drink, Savor: Ozeki Sake is a delightful change of pace

Rice wine is no longer just for Japanese restaurants.

Dan Kerbs collecting bees. Photo courtesy of Iraida Pisano.

Features

Spring brings flowers and swarms of bees to San Benito County

Treated with care, they present no threat and can be preserved.

Sean Fitzharris and BenitoLink reporter Robert Eliason. Photo courtesy of Fran Fitzharris.

Food / Dining

Eat, Drink, Savor: From homebrewing to full brewery

The Fitzharrises create Brewery Twenty Five beers for San Benito County

The Running Rooster bar serves craft cocktails, while also following COVID-19 state guidelines. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Features

Running Rooster reopens under new management

The downtown restaurant expands in size and menu.

The DeRose Vineyards. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

Eat, Drink, Savor: Taste traveling at DeRose Winery

Wines made from historic vines are the highlight of the DeRose tasting room.

A student stocks the San Benito High School pantry. Photo courtesy of Jim Lewis.

Schools & Education

SBHS-Food Bank partnership reintroduces ‘choice,’ removes ‘stigma’

Campus pantry prepares to serve up to 1,000 students and their families.

Old vines at the Vaché/Palmtag vineyard site. Photo by Robert Eliason

Features

Eat, Drink, Savor: The spectacular 170 year old lineage of Cienega Valley Wines

How Theophile Vaché and William Palmtag established fine winemaking in San Benito County.

Lori Wilson, owner of Bear's Hideaway in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

Valentine’s Day specials in San Benito County

Local restaurants serving up heart-shaped pizzas and pancakes, steaks and fancy desserts.

Corina Gitmed of Off the Hook Essentials and Becky Herbert of Farmhouse Cafe. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

Off the Hook Essentials specializes in fish and finishing salts

Vendors move from farmers markets to doorstep delivery.

Courtney Lopez of The Chaste Cupcake. Photo courtesy of Courtney Lopez.

Food / Dining

The Chaste Cupcake offers creative flavor combinations

Courtney Lopez’s home bakery business brings sweet treats to the region.

Sarah Griss, owner of Lolla in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

Lolla features food items from other SJB businesses

Owner Sarah Griss collaborates with Black Pot Artisans, Jardines and more.

Daniel Aguilera at La Michoacana in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria comes to Hollister

Menu highlights include homemade Mexican ice cream in over 40 flavors.

Mars Hill employees Angela Prak, Marisa Lopez, Kassandra Zarate, Abby Chase, Monica Ocampo, Darla Hernandez and Beth Schuster. Photo courtesy of Angela Prak.

Business

Remembering Mars Hill Coffeehouse

Former managers speak on what the cafe meant to Hollister.

Mary Risavi, founder of Wise Goat Organics. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

Local chef’s products inspired by picky eaters

Wise Goat Organics products available from Hollister and San Juan Bautista retailers.

Women's Club of Hollister member Kimberley Kimber with the 'Flocking Good Recipes' cookbook. Photo courtesy of Kimberley Kimber.

San Benito Lifestyle

Women’s Club of Hollister publishes cookbook in time for the holidays

It features treasured family recipes and new favorites.