Mike Fisher, chief volunteer cook for Soup for Seniors. He returns to teaching culinary classes at SBHS on August 13. Photos courtesy of Becky Herbert.

Food / Dining

Soup for Seniors program receives Slow Food grant

$500 award will help with food distribution in San Benito County.

The Sakaguchi family at Inaka. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

San Juan’s Third Street makeover keeps restaurants from fully closing

Owners speak about outdoor dining on the main thoroughfare.

Calera Wine Company currently hosts wine tastings outside with views of the surrounding hills. Photo courtesy of Calera Wine Company.

Food / Dining

San Benito County wineries continue tastings amid COVID-19

Eden Rift, Calera and DeRose talk about the virus’ impact and providing a safe experience for customers.

Calavera Coffee owner Evan Morris takes an order from a customer. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Calavera Coffee opens at new location in Hollister

Owner Evan Morris is pleased with the first day of business.

Ricky and Lana Villegas. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Art & Culture

San Benito Arts Council curbside fundraiser brings out the community

‘Farm to Your Table’ dinner provides a meal to eat at home.

Server wearing personal protective equipment delivers fair food order to Audrey Johnson's car window. Johnson and her kids waited in line at Bolado Park during the Fair Food Fest put on from July 17-19. Photo courtesy of Audrey Johnson.

San Benito Lifestyle

County Fair hosts drive-thru food fest at Bolado Park

Dara Tobias and crew spend the weekend serving up corn dogs and funnel cakes to 300 carloads of guests.

Mirjana Tomas baking chocolate chip and walnut cookies at her home. Photo by Frank Perez.

Business

Mama’s Morsels specializes in bringing a taste of home

Mirjana Tomas uses local ingredients to make her cookies and other baked goods.

Marie Hoffman, Grace Gillio, Emma Hoffman, Julie Gillio and Nicole Rajkovich show off their yellow and red Rainier and Bing cherries. Photo by Leslie David.

Ag

Fairhaven Orchards: old business, new ways

In time for cherry season, owners redouble safety measures, add online ordering and curbside pickup.

Bakery owner Dianne Hampton and oven in the background. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

San Juan Bakery yearns to rise again

Owner Diane Hampton launches a crowdfunding effort to reopen the historic Third Street location.

Food from Miyako Japanese Restaurant.

Food / Dining

Where to get take-out food in San Benito County

Restaurants in Hollister, Dunneville, Aromas, and Tres Pinos offer options as stay-at-home order continues.

Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

Where to get take-out food in San Juan Bautista

Local restaurants continue serving as stay-at-home order goes on.

JJ's Burgers owner Jesus Zavela. The burger joint is one of three San Juan Bautista restaurants participating in the Great Plates Delivered program. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Great Plates Delivered lends a hand to seniors and restaurants

State-sponsored meal program runs through mid-June and aims to provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Adding a twist to a traditional pancake recipe can be a fun way to experiment in the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Martin.

San Benito Lifestyle

Simple, delicious recipes to try at home

Jennifer Martin of Hollister offers cooking tips and meals to make with family.

Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense Director Israel Ramirez with his wife Carmen and daughters Carmen, 14, and Miriam, 8. Photo provided.

Art & Culture

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo amid COVID-19

Two Hollister residents talk about planned festivities and how the pandemic has affected the holiday for them.

Photos by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

The mysteries of mushrooms

Wild or commercially cultivated, the spores are everywhere.