Budgets — the word is frightening. I have known restaurateurs who crawl into corners, spend the day in the fetal position and seldom straighten out by the dinner rush because of something called a budget-planning meeting. And although restaurant owners try to stay within budgetary guidelines, it is a struggle. Especially when everyone has their […]

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In the Sierra Foothills, Artisan Purveyors pop up around every corner. Take Side Hill Citrus, a small Mandarin grower, with a roadside stand in Newcastle, Ca. Their Mandarins are sweeter than you can imagine, because they are dedicated to quality. But for the most part, the natural sweetness of food is being extracted from food […]

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(Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing daily column addressing the challenges Artisan Purveyors face when bringing a product to market and working on expanding that market. It can be hair-curling.) Halloween is here. And with it comes visions of holiday shopping and a re-appearance of the Christmas gift list. Halloween is the gateway holiday to Thanksgiving, […]

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A Grass Valley specialty foods shop is doing something few others do: keeping it casual. The Back Porch Market co-owners Debra Hynson and Bryan Frost seek to make customers’ visits to their shop a fun and informal experience. “We use special ingredients but there’s an unfussiness about preparation,” Frost said. “It’s direct.” Despite the store’s […]

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