Alessio Carli and his wines. Photo by Robert Eliason

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Small-production Alicats Winery makes big Italian-influenced vintages

Master winemaker Alessio Carli’s foray into his deeply personal wines.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leslie Dell and her daughter Addyson at the Black Pot Artisans pop-up location in downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Frank Perez.

Food / Dining

Black Pot Artisans: A home bakery in San Juan Bautista

Cottage industry baker specializes in sourdough bread.

Pasture-raised turkeys from Paicines Ranch. Photo courtesy of Paicines Ranch.

Agriculture

Turkey Time: Custom-raised for this unique holiday season

Local ranch offers pasture-raised birds for holiday meals.

The basket "assembly line" on Nov. 21. Photo courtesy of Sarah Nordwick.

San Benito Lifestyle

Thanksgiving Basket Brigade gives back to community

Students of Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts raise funds to distribute food to 200 families this week.