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Turlock powdered milk plant announces CEO

Turlock powdered milk plant announces CEO

TURLOCK — The new company that’s building a powdered milk facility in Turlock has named its CEO.

Valley Milk announced it has hired Patti Smith as its first chief executive officer.

“It is very exciting to join Valley Milk on the ground floor as we construct the new plant, staff up for our opening and begin to secure market opportunities around the world,” said Smith in a press release. “There is a growing demand for powdered milk products throughout the United States and around the world as the population continues to grow along with the need for more dietary protein and nutrients which powdered milk delivers.”... Read More

Spice and vegetable processing equipment auction set

Spice and vegetable processing equipment auction set

Those looking for a deal on spice and vegetable processing equipment will get a chance during an auction being held by Schneider Industries.

The company will auction off more than 1,100 lots of spice and vegetable processing equipment between now and 9 a.m. April 14.

The equipment is surplus from the operations of the OLAM spice and vegetable processing plant in Modesto. The company is a leading agribusiness operating in more than 70 countries. They supply food and raw materials to more than 14,000 customers worldwide... Read More

Join ABC10's Cristina Mendonsa at the Great Cake Walk Today!

Join ABC10's Cristina Mendonsa at the Great Cake Walk Today!

Join ABC10 and Closing the Gap to raise funds for academic achievement in the Sacramento region!

Where: Sacramento State

When: 5p-8p

Modesto’s Do Good Distillery celebrates change in liquor law

Modesto’s Do Good Distillery celebrates change in liquor law

MODESTO — Do Good Distillery celebrated a major break for its company Thursday. The new craft distiller can now sell directly to its customers, thanks to a change in California law.

“It takes California from being the worst for craft distillers in the country to one of the best,” said the company’s head distiller Jim Harrelson... Read More

Wine, food, people — What does a wine director do?

Wine, food, people — What does a wine director do?

TURLOCK — Creating the ideal dining experience is Jayton Gates’ primary objective as the wine director and restaurant manager at Turlock’s Bistro 234 Restaurant and Bar.

Whether diners prefer red or white, sweet or dry, Gates helps guests select the right wine to accompany their meals.

“I want them to make the best decision but also I make the decision for them and after a while they actually build trust with me,” said Gates... Read More

Challah French Toast with Caramel Sauce and Crème Fraiche

Challah French Toast with Caramel Sauce and Crème Fraiche

For the ultimate in “special” breakfasts perfect for the holiday season, I give you my recipe for Challah French Toast with Caramel Sauce and Crème Fraiche. Sounds fancy and tastes delicious, but is surprisingly simple to throw together.

This recipe became a fast favorite after a visit to see my best friend in Seattle for my 30th birthday. She and her husband whipped this up for my birthday breakfast and my husband and I couldn’t get over how impressive – and absolutely delicious – it was. I begged for the recipe and have now made it for my husband for breakfast on his birthday every year since.

Whether it’s breakfast on Christmas morning or another special moment this holiday season, you won’t be disappointed serving this at your breakfast table. ... Read More

For this potato, life couldn’t be sweeter

For this potato, life couldn’t be sweeter

By BOB BALGEMANN
Business Journal writer

A typical Thanksgiving meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, while being topped off with a hefty slice of pumpkin pie.

There’s a good chance that most, if not all, of those ingredients for a holiday feast are produced right here in the Central Valley.

Turkeys? You bet. Potatoes? Yup. Pumpkins? Most certainly. And sweet potatoes? Well, they’re a mighty presence locally. Ninety-five percent of the state’s sweet potatoes are grown in Merced and Stanislaus counties. And, overall, California is second only to North Carolina among the nation’s leaders in growing that Thanksgiving staple. Louisiana is No. 3.  

But sweet potatoes are not just for the holidays anymore.

Evidence of that can be found locally where both the acreage devoted to that crop and the gross production value are steadily rising as farmers work to meet the increased demand... Read More