food en Kern County Officials Hope To Lure Embattled Sriracha Factory <p></p><p>Back in 2010, the city of Irwindale was so excited to lure the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce to their area, they helped finance the $40 million project.</p><p>But earlier this month that same city council designated this once desired business as a public nuisance, over complaints from residents about spicy odors and burning eyes.</p><p>Sriracha sauce creator David Tran is now being peppered with offers to relocate his plant to other states and counties, including the San Joaquin Valley. The move could create hundreds of jobs and bolster the local economy.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:11:39 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31655 at Kern County Officials Hope To Lure Embattled Sriracha Factory 'Revolution' In California Winemaking Celebrated In New Book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years California winemakers have earned their reputation by producing big, bold wines, often known as "fruit bombs." They've also effectively used science and technological advances to make the state a global behemoth in the worldwide industry.</span></p><p>But there’s also something else going on in California - &nbsp;a new generation of winemakers who are looking to old world traditions for their inspiration, and in the process are creating something truly unique.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:58:45 +0000 Joe Moore 25858 at 'Revolution' In California Winemaking Celebrated In New Book Fresno Chef Combines Turkey And Brisket For A Thanksgivukkah Feast <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. This once-in-a-lifetime holiday, that’s being called </span>Thanksgivukkah<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, won’t occur again for another 70,000 some years, according to experts.</span></p><p>Andy Karsh, owner of Karsh’s Catering and Zen Wok Fusion in Fresno’s Tower District, developed a special menu that combines the rich culinary traditions of the two holidays. He’ll teach us how to cook these dishes during Valley Edition on Nov. 26.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:30:28 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 24848 at Fresno Chef Combines Turkey And Brisket For A Thanksgivukkah Feast Swearengin Focuses On Business, Industry Growth in 'State of City' Speech <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno Mayor Ashley </span>Swearengin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the the city's economy is on the road to recovery in 2013, thanks in part to growth in the local food processing sector. &nbsp;</span></p><p>"I'm telling you that things are getting good around here when it comes to industrial expansion and expanding our food business,"&nbsp;Swearengin&nbsp;told the crowd.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 23:42:48 +0000 Joe Moore 15273 at Swearengin Focuses On Business, Industry Growth in 'State of City' Speech Commentary: Time For Fresno to Embrace Food Culture, Not Just Commerce <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, the <a href="">Fresno Food Expo</a> brought together valley food businesses with regional and national buyers, as well as hundreds of ordinary local residents. But Del Rey farmer and guest commentator </span><a href="">Nikiko<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Masumoto</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says all the buzz about food products, left her dreaming of something more meaningful, a focus on local food culture.</span></p><p>--------------</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Nikiko Masumoto 14015 at Commentary: Time For Fresno to Embrace Food Culture, Not Just Commerce Reedley Farmer Goes 'Farm to School' With Strawberries <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pao </span>Saephan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> crouches down in his sun-drenched field. He cups a red jewel in his hand.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a few more days, his strawberries will be fully ripe. He’ll pick them once they are garnet-colored from stem to tip.</span></p><p>“We want all the strawberries, to be full ripe, full flavor, with 100 percent sugar in them,” says Saephan.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:55:48 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 13009 at Reedley Farmer Goes 'Farm to School' With Strawberries CartHop: Fresno's Moveable Feast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The food truck, once known for dreaded boring prepackaged sandwiches or carne </span>asada<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tacos, has taken a turn for the better. The trucks have gone gourmet.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They no longer do boring. In fact, many food trucks across the nation have created infusions of local produce with a unique and somewhat international flare.</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:55:23 +0000 Ezra David Romero 10696 at CartHop: Fresno's Moveable Feast Fresno to Explore Possibility of Downtown 'Public Market' in Former Gottschalks Building <p>A national expert on public markets toured Fresno today to explore the potential of creating a year-round indoor market for the valley’s agricultural and prepared food products.&nbsp;</p><p>The bottom two floors of a downtown parking garage, once home to the&nbsp;Gottschalks department store, could become the home of a new indoor public market for produce, baked goods and other food items, according to officials with the city of Fresno.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:53:31 +0000 Joe Moore 9146 at Fresno to Explore Possibility of Downtown 'Public Market' in Former Gottschalks Building Proposition 37: Genetically Modified Foods <p></p><div><p>In November Californians will decide whether to require that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients say so on the package.&nbsp; On its face Proposition 37 seems like a simple addition to a label, but it could have much broader ramifications.&nbsp;</p></div><div><p>Stacy Malkan with the group supporting Prop 37 says consumers have the right to know what's in the food they're eating.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:18:34 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 5588 at On Valley Edition: Prop 37; Heat Wave & Global Warming; California Reads <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the controversy over the labeling of genetically modified foods, which will be on the November ballot as Proposition 37. We hear arguments on both sides of the issue. We also talk about the current heat wave and what is has to do with global warming, and learn more about a series of events from the Fresno County Library connected to the book Farewell to Manzanar.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:55:35 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 2243 at GMO Food Labeling Initiative Could Affect Natural Foods Too <p>California&rsquo;s Proposition 37 would require foods containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. But a part of the initiative regarding what foods can be labeled &quot;natural&quot; has sparked controversy.</p><p>The fuss is over the language that supporters say aims to ban genetically engineered foods from being labeled &quot;natural.&quot;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:53:55 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 2162 at Residents Work to Solve Hunger; Court Closures; Woodward Shakespeare <p>This week on Valley Edition, we look at how Valley residents are working to develop new, grassroots solutions to the problem of hunger in our community. We also look at how planned court closures will affect the residents of rural Fresno County communities, and learn about this year&#39;s Woodward Shakespeare Festival.</p><p><b>Valley Edition for June 26, 2012</b></p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 22:50:49 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 695 at Backyard citrus harvest helps feed those in need <p>Across the southern San Joaquin Valley, the commercial citrus harvest is virtually over. But over the past two months, a volunteer group has been working in backyards across Tulare county to collect fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and donate it to those in need. FM89&#39;s Joe Moore has this report.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:37:14 +0000 Joe Moore 256 at Backyard citrus harvest helps feed those in need On Valley Edition: Immigration reform; foster youth; Stone Fruit Jubilee <p>This week on Valley Edition, we talk about President Obama&#39;s new immigration policy, including an interview with Adriana Sanchez, a recent graduate of Fresno State who has been an advocate for the DREAM Act. We also talk with a young Fresno resident and former foster youth who will be one of 30 people participating in an international conference on foster care. And we close the program with a preview of this year&#39;s Stone Fruit Jubilee taking place this weekend in Clovis.<br /><br /><strong>Valley Edition for June 19, 2012</strong></p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:22:04 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 700 at On Valley Edition: Jobs for Vets; Community Gardens <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about programs that aim to give Valley veterans who are returning from combat a leg up in the job market. We talk with a group from Fresno that is trying to turn around troubled neighborhoods, in part through community gardens. And we&#39;ll also talk with the CEO of the new Downtown Fresno Partnership, which is encouraging Fresno residents to jump off the city&#39;s tallest landmark, for a good cause.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for May 22, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 20:40:19 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1141 at Food expo showcases local goods to buyers <p>Hundreds of people sampled local eats today at the second annual Fresno Food Expo including everything from flavored olive oil, chillipepper infused beer and a peach flavored sparkling wine served at the Oscars.</p><p>Nearly 400 buyers and distributors attended the event at the Fresno Convention Center and around 80 exhibitors showed off local products.</p><p>Craig Scharton, the City of Fresno&#39;s director of Downtown Community Revitalization, said that the show is a positive force for the economy.</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:52:49 +0000 Ezra Romero 583 at Raw food movement grows in Fresno <p>In Downtown Fresno, the Hamilton family is on a mission &ndash; to share their vision of an organic, vegan, raw food diet with the rest of the Central Valley. Valley Public Radio&#39;s Juanita Stevenson visits the Revive Café and Whole Farms Market to talk with owner Tara Hamilton and her customers, including some who are embracing the entire vegan lifestyle, and others who are making smaller steps towards healthy eating.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 01:45:46 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 707 at On Valley Edition: Raw Foods Movement Comes to Valley; Heart Procedures; Legally Blonde <p><strong>Segment 1: Raw Food &amp; Slow Food: Steps to a Better Diet</strong> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 23:32:39 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1200 at