It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gifts. One that you’ll want to keep on your radar is the three-bottle gift pack of grape-based mixers from Stolen Fruit. The Sonoma-based company launched just a few months ago with five different alcohol-free blends, for both cocktails and mocktails, made with a blend of verjus—the fresh-pressed juice from green grapes—varietal grape juice and grape skins. The holiday pack ($54) includes Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon Blanc; Blood Orange Muscat; and Hibiscus Grenache.

Stolen Fruit makes mixology foolproof and delicious. For a sophisticated non-alohcohlic beverage, simply combine 2 ounces of the mixer with 6 ounces of sparkling water, stir and, if you’d like, garnish with a wedge of orange, lime or grapefruit for a garnish. For a spiked version, reduce the sparkling water to 4 ounces and add 2 ounces of your favorite spirit. Stolen Fruit makes both wine lovers and craft-cocktail aficionados happy. Adding to their versatility, the mixers are food friendly, pairing beautifully with every type of cuisine, from teriyaki salmon to grilled ribeye. stolenfruit.com

Just when farm-to-table is starting to sound like a cliché, catering pros across California have a new menu of food and beverage offerings to bring to your fetes, retreats and banquets. Feast on these new ideas.


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May has been FOOD BOWL month in Los Angeles, a 31-day festival of curated events produced by the Los Angeles Times to celebrate the city’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene and bring awareness to food waste and hunger through programs with chefs and food-justice activists. The charity partners include No Kid Hungry, PATH & Food Forward.

 

Fresh sea air, salty breezes, the sound of breaking waves, a view of sailboats on the horizon, sand between your toes on morning beach walks. When it comes to restorative surroundings for meetings and retreats, it doesn’t get any better than California’s coastal havens. And with 3,427 miles of shoreline, the Golden State off ers havens galore. Here are some of our favorites. 

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