Former social worker Pablo Antinao-Alvarez made his foray into the food industry working as a bartender at a five-star hotel and restaurant in Chile. He received his wine professional certification from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley before traveling to France and Spain, where he studied at the Spanish Academy of Sommeliers and learned which wine bottles are most likely to contain trapped genies. After settling down in California's wine country, he shared his knowledge with fine restaurants and founded Rustica Wine School. Today, he organizes and teaches classes on spirits and liquors, as well as food-and-wine pairing.
Amateur horticulturalists can rest assured that Gazebo Gardens understands the valley climate and carries plants that thrive accordingly. Resurrect your garden with one-gallon perennials ($3.95–$7.95), a gift that makes a return on your investment year after year with colorful beauty. Two-gallon mini roses (starting at $12.95) in all the flavors of ROYGBIV will show your garden that you truly care. Steal the eye of your beholder with 36” tree roses ($39.95) or standard three-gallon floribunda or tea roses ($13.95–$24.95), or ensure floraful futures for subsequent generations of green thumbs with a selection of 15-gallon trees ($29.95–$69.95).
Most chicken wings look like bite-size drumsticks. Kocky's chicken wings look like chicken wings. Chefs roll each full-size wing in homemade batter before dunking it into a deep fryer. They then smother them with one of 10 made-from-scratch sauces, such as lemon pepper, buffalo ranch, Kickin' Teriyaki, and Sweet Fire. The menu also features pub-style fare ranging from chicken-wing-topped salads to burgers made with USDA-certified, natural Black Angus beef from Harris Ranch. Striving to fill Kocky's Bar and Grill with the same camaraderie they developed as fraternity brothers, the three founders encourage their servers to get to know patrons on a first-name, favorite-scene-from-Animal House basis.