Chef’s Secrets: Pick a Theme for Your Event

By Chef Marcus Webster As we usher in the season of endless parties and get-togethers, it’s important to pick a theme, in my opinion. Picking a theme helps keep the event details focused. It also helps to avoid “cluttering” your event with unnecessary stuff or uncoordinated elements. Make it fun, creative and something that your […]

Chef’s Secrets: Caribbean Bajan Chicken

By Chef Marcus Webster As promised, I am sharing one of my favorite island barbecue recipes this week. Through this column, one of my goals is to teach people how to barbecue. It is a fairly easy process and will surely “wow” your guests as you get ready for summer barbecues, family get-togethers and other […]

Chef’s Secrets: Southern Roots and Southern Comfort Food

By Chef Marcus Webster First things first; let me express my delight and appreciation to Conejo Valley Happening magazine for extending a warm invitation for me to write about what is near and dear to me: food. Who doesn’t love food, anyway? I, for one, grew up in a loving home in Fort Smith, Arkansas where […]

The California Annual Strawberry Festival Wants Your Original Recipes

If you have a passion for cooking, the 31st Annual California Strawberry Festival has a recipe contest you can really sink your teeth into! Your favorite strawberry dish could be your gateway to a vacation resort when you enter the 2014 California Strawberry “Berry Blast Off” Recipe contest, presented by the Ventura County Star. All […]

2 Upscale Natural Food Markets Opening in the Conejo

Erewhon Natural Foods and Lassen’s Natural Foods & Vitamins, two upscale natural food markets, are expanding their presence in SoCal by opening up in new locations in the Conejo Valley over the next several months. Erewhon Erewhon, located at The Summit of Calabasas, is leasing the entire 16,250 square foot space previously occupied by Maddy’s Market. The […]

Fit Family: Gardening With Your Kids

By Mike Levinson Families bond and grow together working toward a common goal. Kids grow and strengthen fine motor skills while exercising and staying active outside. The love of learning and thriving as well as a healthy appetite grows by watching, understanding and appreciating the process behind the food on their plate; a sense of […]

Farmers’ Market Finds: Hepp’s Salt Bar

There are tapas bars and taco bars. Then there are margarita bars and martini bars, but have you ever heard of a salt bar? Our roving eye came across one at the Calabasas Farmers Market last Saturday, featuring premium, one-of-a-kind, gourmet salts from far-flung corners of the world. Owner and president Brian Hepp stumbled upon […]

Miss Money Funny: Party Hosting for Every Budget

Miss Money Funny: Party Hosting for Every Budget

by: Alyson Komyanek We’re in the height of summer season. Schools out, days are longer and the weather is fabulous. You’d LOVE to host a party and invite your friends and family, but that’s too expensive and you’re better off meeting them at the bar for the night, right? Wrong! With these tips even the […]