Jim and Mari Rossi. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: B&R Farms showcases the versatile Blenheim apricot

Hollister orchard offers apricot products for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Joseph Elmhorst and his food truck. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

The Steak Stop Food Truck opens a permanent location

Joseph Elmhorst is aiming to start a trend in Hollister dining options.

Inside of AJ Sushi. Photo by Juliana Luna.


AJ Sushi owner talks about understaffing

Downtown sushi eatery has been offering take-out only.

Margot Tankersley and her candy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink Savor: Chocolates of Kayla’s Kandies

Margot Tankersley makes a line of chocolate-dipped products, including pretzels, marshmallows, Oreos, graham crackers, and locally sourced Blenheim apricots.

Raul Escareno at Mangia. Photo by Robert Eliason.


The Baler Bar is set to bring a new dining experience to Hollister

Mangia owner Raul Escareno’s steakhouse aims for November opening.

Danielle Burke and Kris Waller. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Local wineries and restaurants show off their best at Paicines Ranch

The wine and food tasting raises over $125,000 for adoptive services.

Sarah Nordwick (left), and program coordinators Sindy Muro and Ed Escamilla tending the mobile pantry on Sept. 13 at Tony Aguirre Park on W Graf Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Food / Dining

Foodbank changes mobile pantry schedule

Between 20-50 families visit the mobile pantry at each stop.

Bryan Saba. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Big Paw Olive Oil Company

With over 40 products, Bryan Saba caters to many palates.

San Benito County Fair. Photo by Robert Eliason.


San Benito County Fair plans a three-day run- with a few restrictions

The deadline for competition entries is coming up on Sept 9.

The Jensen Vineyard on Mt Harlan. Courtesy of Calera Wine Company


San Benito County winery makes world’s top 100 list

Calera is one of 20 California wineries honored this year.

Miguel Alvarado. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: The exclusive and elusive wines of Williams Selyem

The owners of Vista Verde Vineyards reserve only 10% of their harvest for their own wines.

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.


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.


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.