Vic’s Place celebrates 75th anniversary, Mica opens in Ukiah and more tasty food and beverage news •

MENDOCINO Co., 12/7/23 — Happy Hanukkah! Tonight marks the start of Hanukkah. I’ll be celebrating by lighting my menorah in my living room window and dining on latke (potato pancakes) topped with applesauce (from Sonoma County’s Nana Mae’s Organics) paired with a glass of sparkling wine from McNab Vineyards, which offers a crisp and acidic sip that helps to cut through the oil of the latke. Chag Sameach! On that note, no matter what holiday you’re celebrating, I’d love to hear what you enjoy pr

Twenty-one restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Mendocino County

MENDOCINO Co., 11/10/23 – Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 23. While some folks enjoy preparing a grand, family-style supper with turkey, gravy and all the fixings, others prefer to let others do the cooking. Or perhaps you’re not too fond of Thanksgiving food (canned cranberry sauce, anyone?). We have a few options for you, too! Here’s a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Mendocino County. Be sure to call ahead to confirm all information, as offerings or hours can change. Are we

City of Ukiah launches early wildfire detection system using artificial intelligence •

UKIAH, 11/2/23 – The City of Ukiah is following the State of California’s lead by attacking wildfires from the start – with artificial intelligence. The State of California is investing millions of dollars in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and wildfire cameras. The pilot program has cameras monitoring fire-prone areas throughout the state, providing 24/7 monitoring through AlertCalifornia, a camera system operated by the University of California, San Diego.

How to create a basic emergency go bag

MENDOCINO CO., 8/30/23 – Emergencies don’t happen on a timetable. No matter day or night, when sleeping or awake, it’s critical that you’re prepared to respond in a timely, safe manner, which may include evacuating. One vital yet simple way to prepare is by building a go bag: a bag full of emergency preparedness items that will enable you to evacuate quickly with the necessities you need.

Mendocino Flavors: Restaurant openings & closings; new food trucks; foodie fundraisers for Maui and more tasty news

MENDOCINO Co., 8/31/23 — In last week’s column, I discussed how to-go cups from coffee shops are not recyclable or compostable and how chain and locally owned coffee shops are making the effort to combat waste by offering reusable cups or encouraging customers to bring their own clean cups. Those shops include the GoodLife Cafe in Mendocino and Schat’s and Black Oak Coffee in Ukiah.

No red flag warning issued in Mendocino County; excessive heat warning remains in place

MENDOCINO Co., 8/16/23 – No red flag warning has been issued for any part of Mendocino County as of 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 16. The County of Mendocino issued a news release stating at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday that there was a red flag warning in place until 9 p.m. There is no warning in place. A red flag warning is in place for parts of Humboldt and Trinity counties. An excessive heat warning is currently in place for inland Mendocino County until 11 p.m. Wednesday, August 16. The warning cove

Cal Fire confirms lightning strikes started thirteen fires in Covelo area

MENDOCINO CO., 8/15/23 – Cal Fire Mendocino Unit (Cal Fire MEU) announced today that thirteen small fires started as a result of lightning strikes on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. The lightning strikes were part of a weather system of thunderstorms that traveled westerly across northern Mendocino County. The weather system is the result of Tropical Storm Eugene, which is just off the coast of Tijuana, Mexico.

The ultimate guide to dog-friendly dining in Mendocino County

Mendocino County is famously dog-friendly, and dining out with your furry friend is possible across the county. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a meal with your McNab or happy hour with your Husky, here’s a round-up of where to dine with your dog! Are we missing a dog-friendly restaurant? Leave a comment below or email [email protected]! Disco Ranch Wine Bar & Specialty Market – Enjoy a wine flight or a glass and Spanish-style tapas with your dog on the shaded patio at Disco Ranch. Don’t forge

Excessive heat warning issued with 106+ degree temps forecast for inland Mendocino County (updated 8:54 a.m.)

This is a developing situation and information may change. We’ll update this article as more information becomes available. The most recent information will be updated at the top of the article, with the earlier reports below. 8/13/23 9:12 a.m. — The heat advisory that is in effect for inland areas of Mendocino County will become an excessive heat warning starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 14. The areas under the warning include Hopland, Ukiah, Redwood Valley, Willits, Potter Valley, Laytonv

Sen. McGuire announces millions in funding for Mendocino County fire departments and wildfire prevention

MENDOCINO Co., 8/10/23 — State Senator Mark McGuire announced in a press conference on Wednesday that nearly $5.9 million in state funding has been secured to support fire departments, fire districts and wildfire prevention organizations in north Mendocino and south Humboldt counties. The funding for Mendocino County comes from two pots of money: the first is allocated from the state budget and the second from a state grant program. The first, $2 million, was secured by McGuire through a state

Mendocino Flavors: Winery news, vegetarian Indian pop-up in Willits, Boonville pepper producer on PBS and more tasty news

MENDOCINO Co., 8/3/23 — Summer is flying by, and in the world of wine, harvest is right around the corner. Wineries throughout Mendocino County are reporting veraison, the process in which green wine grapes start to change color, signifying the beginning of the ripening process. Red wine grapes, like pinot noir and cabernet, will shift from green to purple and white wine grapes, like chardonnay and riesling, will turn translucent. Harvest could start between 30 and 70 days depending on the wine...

10 best Mendocino County rosés to sip this summer

The dog days of summer have arrived in Mendocino County, which for wine enthusiasts should probably be renamed the “rosé days of summer.” When an adult beverage is called for during pool parties, beach picnics or lazy river days — it’s gotta be rosé. The number of rosés produced by Mendocino County wineries is growing, and stopping by a local grocery to pick up a few bottles can turn into an overwhelming experience. To make that task a little less daunting, we tasted over 40 Mendocino County ro

Mendocino Flavors: Crab season ends, brewery and restaurant openings and closings, and more tasty news bites

MENDOCINO Co., 7/21/23 — Dungeness crab season officially ends on July 30. According to State Senator Mike McGuire, 21 million pounds of Dungeness crab was harvested along the California coast this season with an estimated value of $54.4 million. While fresh crab may not be available now, plenty of tasty dishes are still available at predominately coastal restaurants featuring flash-frozen Dungeness crab.
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