• Fresh pastries and cookies, made by the hard-working members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. The Greek Food Festival is moving back a month to mid-October when temperatures should be a bit milder.

    It's not goodbye, but see you later for Greek Food Fest

    Those looking forward to loukoumades this fall will have to wait a bit longer: The annual Greek Food Festival is moving to October. For years, the annual event, put on by St. George Greek Orthodox Church, duked it out for guests with gatherings like Village Fest and the Wasco Festival of Roses

  • Alexis Barrios waits in line Wednesday morning at the new Krispy Kreme, which opens on Sept. 1. If she and her family go the distance, they will have waited in line eight days for the privilege of being first to welcome the doughnut chain back to town.

    In line at Krispy Kreme, you get to know Bakersfield

    No inducement — not even a year’s supply of iced glazed — is worth standing in line for a week in this heat at the soon-to-open (but not that soon) Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. That’s what you’re thinking as you drive to the Northwest Promenade, air-conditioning blasting even at 8:30 a.m., to see for

  • The vegetable tempura roll at Jin Sushi featured fried asparagus, onion, sweet potato and squash. The downtown business held its soft opening Friday.

    THE DISH: Pizza, sushi add kick to dining scene

    Pizza and sushi: Not great together perhaps, but diners whose cravings run the international gamut will be well-served with two new restaurants on the local scene. The eagerly awaited Jin Sushi downtown had its soft opening late last week. The restaurant, at 1600 19th St., formerly home to a

  • Patricia "the jam queen" Reed in her natural habitat, the kitchen. Along with a full-time preserve-making hobby, Reed is also a big Disney fan as her accessories show. “My grandmother was my inspiration,” Reed said. “When I was teaching school I would come home and come into her house, with a wafting wonderful aroma of apples and peaches."

    'Jam queen' and fair champ preserves dying art

    Children returned to classrooms this week but the school jam session on some teachers’ minds is still a month away. That’s when Patricia Reed returns to Seibert Elementary, where she taught for 32 years, to get feedback on the cornucopia of jellies and preserves she’s made for the Kern County Fair.

  • The rib-eye steaks at Mike & Annie's McKittrick Hotel Penny Bar & Cafe are succulent treats. And if you're making the 40-minute drive from Bakersfield, the $18 entree price makes up for the cost of gas. The values here are astonishing.

    PETE TITTL: Stake your claim and claim your steak in McKittrick

    I’ll forgive you if you’ve never been to McKittrick. Most folks in town are there because they work in the oilfields or perhaps are just determined to see how far west they can go on Highway 58 before they need to stop for gas or a bathroom break. This tiny speck of a town with one hotel that

  • Buyers flocked to the Krispy Kreme on Stockdale Highway when it opened in 2000. Expect lines at the new Bakersfield location on Rosedale Highway when it opens Sept. 1.

    Krispy Kreme to open Sept. 1 with sweet deals

    The early bird may get the worm but Krispy Kreme is offering a much sweeter deal when it opens its new Bakersfield location on Sept. 1. When the Rosedale Highway shop’s “Hot Now” sign lights up at 5:30 a.m., the first 100 customers will not only get the first Krispy Kreme doughnuts produced in

  • Longtime concessionaire BARC will not return to the Kern County Fair this year. "The gentleman who has run it the last several years said he couldn't do it," said BARC president Jim Baldwin. "We wondered a long time as to what we should do and how we should do it."

    Fair loses another longtime food vendor

    The Kern County Fair will tempt the epi-curious with mac-and-cheese baked potatoes and funnel cake cheeseburgers this year, but one mainstay of Cholesterol Row will be missing: BARC has ended its 45-year association with the fair. “The difficulty is having somebody run it for us,” said Jim Baldwin,

  • The fish taco plate is a favorite at Mariscos Las Islitas.

    PETE TITTL: At Mariscos Las Islitas, you sea food and eat it

    In Bakersfield, our seafood restaurant options are largely limited to chains (Red Lobster) and Mexican restaurants (La Costa, Red Pepper). But one of the under-the-radar Mexican seafood places that’s steadily been building business over the past year is Mariscos Las Islitas. The restaurant is now

  • casey christie / THE CALIFORNIAN Darci Atkinson opened The Kitchen in February, offering hands-on cooking classes, cooking camps for kids, team-building and special events at the 20th Street business in downtown Bakersfield.

    If you can take the heat, get in The Kitchen

    There’s plenty cooking in downtown Bakersfield but The Kitchen is the only place where you’re doing the work. Don’t worry, though — it’s more about laughs than labor when it comes to the hands-on cooking classes in which the business specializes. “We can just guide them but if people are here

  • A natural pairing —€” Bottle Logic Brewing's Mixed Signals blonde ale and bacon barbecue slider from The Counter —€” at the Burgers & Beer event at the L.A. Coliseum on Aug. 8.

    THE DISH: Ready for our own special food fest

    How much red meat is too much? Clearly last week was the chance to put myself to the test. After enjoying a delicious filet at The Dutch Frontier at The Mark event last Thursday, I hit up L.A. Weekly’s inaugural Burgers & Beer event Saturday. It’s tough to attend a food event and not keep

  • Aera employees fill The Kitchen while owner Darci Atkinson, right, leads the way during team-building exercises in June. The downtown teaching kitchen will host an al fresco dining class on Aug. 15.

    Learn to dine al fresco at The Kitchen

    With temperatures predicted to top 100 this weekend, cooking a meal is probably last on your list. The Kitchen feels your pain and is offering a hands-on, no-cook cooking class Saturday. The al fresco dining class at the downtown cooking space will take advantage of summer’s bounty with easy to

  • Prime center-cut filet mignon, served with Idaho baked potato and vegetables, was one of five entrees offered at The Dutch Frontier at The Mark event, which paid tribute to the Ducor steakhouse.

    STEFANI DIAS: A whole new Frontier opens for The Mark

    Downtown Bakersfield is already a great provider of food, fun and entertainment. So when a restaurant decided to up the ante by bringing the dining experience of a beloved, but somewhat remote, valley restaurant within walking distance of The Californian’s office, this reporter jumped at the chance

  • Terry Maxwell goes over the reservation list for The Dutch Frontier at The Mark dinner with hostesses Cristal Trujillo, left, and Ashleigh Ochoa. Maxwell is now The Mark's  general manager as well as still overseeing his longtime dining establishment Maxwell's.

    Maxwell makes his ‘Mark’ on another downtown spot

    Although Dr. Lee Marek, one of the owners of The Mark, brought The Dutch Frontier to the downtown restaurant, it was Terry Maxwell who shepherded the event Thursday night. As The Mark’s new general manager, Maxwell has been hard at work for the last three and a half months getting the restaurant

  • Prime center-cut filet mignon, served with Idaho baked potato and vegetables, was one of five entrees offered at The The Dutch Frontier at The Mark event, which paid tribute to the Ducor steakhouse.

    The dish on the Dutch Frontier

    For decades, the Dutch Frontier has drawn diners from Bakersfield and beyond looking for a special experience. Californian columnist Pete Tittl wrote of the restaurant in 2007 that it is worth the special journey. “The Dutch Frontier is expensive and eccentric. They do few things, but they do

  • San Diego-based brewery Modern Times has made a big splash locally with tastings at Eureka!, Imbibe Wine and Spirits Merchant and Moo Creamery.

    THE DISH: Modern Times raises glass to Bako

    As Bakersfield anxiously awaits the arrival of Temblor Brewing and Dionysus Brewing this fall and Lengthwise’s expanded brew-pub in the spring, beer afficionados can content themselves with beer tastings and events around town. San Diego-based Modern Times has made quite a splash, with a Steal the

  • The crust on the pepperoni pizza at Empire Pizza is brown on the bottom and soft inside, topped with what tastes like the whole-milk mozzarella blend that calls to mind the dearly departed Pizza Bob’s.

    PETE TITTL: Can Empire begin with one pizza?

    It takes two things to open a locally owned pizza parlor: courage and a pie unique enough to draw in and bring back the curious customers who give you a chance. Empire Pizza on Ming Avenue near Home Depot may be on to something with its chile verde pizza. Admittedly it has quite a few successful

  • Moo Creamery co-owner Richard Yoshimura holds a cone of Follow the Peanut Brittle Road ice cream, which was the winner of Moo's seventh annual Flavor Awards.

    Customers go nuts for what's new at Moo

    While the yellow brick road takes Dorothy and her friends to Oz, the “peanut brittle road” will take her somewhere much sweeter — a blissful state with a belly full of sweet-and-salty ice cream. Follow the Peanut Brittle Road is Moo Creamery’s latest creation, a concoction that would

  • Norma, Rosa and Jesus Diaz have owned and operated Bakersfield-based La Rosa Fruit Bars and Ice Cream for more than 35 years. Jesus Diaz, right, started the business in 1980 with wife Rosa and now daughter Norma runs the business, headquartered on Niles Street.

    La Rosa celebrating fruits of family's labor

    On a hot day in many Bakersfield neighborhoods, listen closely and you can hear them — the four bells of the paleteria carts carrying La Rosa fruit and ice cream bars. That’s the siren call of a sweet local tradition going strong since 1980. The business, started by Jesus and Rosa Diaz, continues