Set against a roadhouse motif, Royce Farms BBQ is home to a charbroiled culinary team that serves up an extensive menu of succulent barbecue dishes. Stretch tight stomachstrings with an appetizer, such as the slow-smoked, barbecue riblettes ($7.95). Then, sink your ivory biters into a delectable entree, such as the hot barbecue tri-tip cut, served on a grilled Genova roll ($9.99), or a one-pound, beef-sirloin Bodacious burger ($9.49). Any entree can be paired with a cold beer or calming glass of the eatery’s various house wines—many of which are gathered from local vineyards and grape fights.
Alder Market Catering Company, family-owned for more than 30 years, caters events and sends its signature quiches into the warm embraces of waiting fork tines. Each six- to eight-slice quiche explores new frontiers in the crust-and-egg universe in combinations such as chicken chili; ham artichoke; classic Lorraine; ham, cranberry, and walnut; the signature alder with bacon, spinach, and mushrooms; and more ($30 each). The quiche mongers at Alder Market Catering Company require 48 hours' notice for orders, and 30 seconds' notice to drop ingredients directly into your mouth.
Named Best Bakery 2010 by San Joaquin Magazine, M&W Dutch American Bakery uses tried-and-true European recipes to bake up a mixed bag of delectable cakes, cookies, and other treats. Take home a dozen of M&W’s wholesome cookies ($4–$5) in flavors such as Florentine, chocolate chip, and soft, chewy oatmeal. Loaves ($2–$3.50) of sourdough, wheat, french, and challah bread spring from the oven perfectly roasted and ready to be consumed by a hungry breadivarian. The bakery also offers danishes ($1.25), croissants ($1.50), and a plethora of other meticulously crafted pastries. M&W even whips up a variety of lunchtime bites, with specialties such as jagtwurst ($3.50) and sauerkraut-covered pastrami ($3.50) to feed the German national polka orchestra when it plays impromptu shows in your backyard.
When Traci, Anne-Allyce, and Shelley were asked to plan a friend's wedding, no one expected them to put as much effort into it as they did. The wedding guests were so impressed with the trio's work—which included everything from executing the vision to personally folding and decorating each napkin—that they encouraged the three women to open their own wedding planning business. Thus, Stylish and Savvy was born.
In addition to planning weddings, which includes services such as budget consultations and reception coordination, the consultants coordinate parties for birthdays, retirements, and anniversaries. They also help their clients dazzle guests with a variety of gourmet buffets.
Saunter into Velvet's world of flavors to savor breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a relaxed, informal dining environment. The venue's menu is made of much-loved entrees such as chicken-fried steak ($10.99), specialty sandwiches that include tuna melts ($8.99) and vegetarian croissants ($9.99), and a complete breakfast club of omelettes, pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal (view the three-part morning menu here, here, and here). In accordance with its name, the creamery is also responsible for a delicious caboodle of premium ice creams and sorbets, which are called into existence right before your eyes. Try a dollop of roasted butternut squash, or busy your licker with the restaurant's cult classic, a triple Belgian chocolate flavor infused with D'Art port wine.
Dream Dinners founders Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna want to help families gather around the table for delicious meals. Like many parents throughout the country, the two women tried to coordinate a family dinner, but their efforts were often thwarted by hectic schedules. As a dinnertime strategy, Stephanie began to prepare meals with fresh, raw ingredients and then freeze them so they could be quickly thawed and cooked during the week. This tactic became popular with her family. Before long, friends, friends of friends, and chimpanzee families that mimicked their friends wanted to learn her secrets. With help from Tina Kuna, she established the first Dream Dinners location, and the successful food-prep business has led to the creation of more than 90 stores in less than three years.
At each Dream Dinners location, customers find all the culinary tools to prepare a nutritious meal—everything from fresh ingredients to meal-packing materials. Each week Dream Dinners features a new menu of fix-and-freeze dinners that can be made for up to six people, providing customers with numerous options for planning quiet meals at home or dinner parties with friends. All ingredients are precut and measured to ensure an error-free fixing.