• THE DISH: Serve your country, get a deal at a restaurant

    Along with providing a three-day weekend, Memorial Day serves as a time to honor fallen heroes and pay respect to veterans and active military members. And what better way to say thanks for your service than with some free food? Here are a couple of deals to consider. Domino’s is offering a free

  • Owned by Jennifer Sanderson and Jeramy Brown, Valentien isn't afraid to switch up the menu, which continues to evolve. The pair have replaced the customary appetizers with a first-course selection of cheeses, and entrees typically change with the seasons.

    The Dish: Valentien's new menu, Moo ordering made easy, food fest alert

    Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar has just unveiled new menu items and the return of a seasonal dinner event. Valentien co-owner Jennifer Sanderson has tapped the products of Mojave's The Sanctuary at Soledad for a new locally sourced cheese plate. Run by Julian and Carol Pearce, the

  • Winning mac, cheese recipe: We've got it!

    Those not at the Macaroni & Cheese Festival on April 18 missed out on some of the best variations on the classic from local restaurants and businesses. But you don't have to wait until next year to taste a winning dish. The second annual event, held at the Cal State Bakersfield

  • Slice of Italy employee Stephanie Torres prepares to serve a fresh combo pizza.

    PETE TITTL: Pizza place a little slice of heaven

    After a lifetime of eating pizzas and when you consider what Wolfgang Puck, California Pizza Kitchen and other food artists of the world have done with the Italian staple, it's rare to come across something new that is also charming and satisfying. But Slice of Italy downtown has managed to

  • THE DISH: A revival of fine dining at Sundale

    There are a couple new restaurants on the Bakersfield dining scene, and one highly anticipated restaurant is getting closer to opening its doors. La Foret Fine Dining & Lounge has opened at the long-time location of Tavern by the Green on Sundale Avenue. The owner is Jae Shin, who is teaming

  • Murray Family Farms staff — from left, Michelle McNees,  Jennifer Hughes, Yadira Guerrero and Adam Reed — dished their blueberry mac and cheesecake, which took first place at the second annual Macaroni

    The Dish: Life a bowl of cherries - and blueberries - at Murray

    It's a bumper crop of good news over at Murray Family Farms. The business is still relishing its victory at last week's Macaroni & Cheese Festival, where its blueberry mac and cheesecake took first place in a public vote. Adam Reed, marketing and tourism manager for the farm, credits

  • Dining Out with Pete Tittl

    PETE TITTL: Crystal Palace brunch is bucking the trend

    It's fascinating to watch what has happened to the Sunday brunch market in our fair city over the past 35 years. We once had a marketplace that, like Las Vegas, favored the lavish spreads. Many restaurants competed for the best-in-town honor by offering virtually anything and everything. The

  • Elias Skapinakis, owner of Athena's Greek Cafe and Bakery, stands at the counter of the restaurant before the lunch crowd rush. The restaurant will be featured with Pyrenees Cafe and Taft's Asian Experience in an episode of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" premiering April 24.

    Fieri hungry for more hot spots

    When Guy Fieri comes calling, you should expect the unexpected -- from a hand stand-in for the "Diners, Drive-in and Dives" host to a special to-go order of your keftedes. On Friday, in what is likely the final episode featuring Fieri's local adventure, he visits Pyrenees Cafe and

  • Loukoumathes, a dessert of fried puffs of dough with sweet syrup and powdered sugar, is served up hot at the annual Spring Greek Food Festival.

    Spring into Greek culture via food

    It's a good week to go Greek in Bakersfield. Along with some love for Athena's Greek Cafe and Bakery on the Food Network, local diners can get their fill of gyros, spanikopita and more at the annual Spring Greek Food Festival. An offshoot of the popular annual Greek Food Festival in

  • Loukoumathes, a dessert of fried puffs of dough with sweet syrup and powdered sugar, is served up hot at the annual Spring Greek Food Festival.

    THE DISH: Local diners can go Greek or celebrate Earth Day with dinner

    This is Greek week in Bakersfield, but the only fraternity involved is that of dedicated diners. Along with the annual Spring Greek Food Festival at St. George Greek Orthodox Church April 25, Athena's Greek Cafe & Bakery will make its "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" debut on April

  • The Spanish chorizo burger at Moo Creamery made culture website Thrillist's list of the best burgers in California. Of course, that's no surprise to dining columnist Pete Tittl, who declares the Truxtun Avenue restaurant as the best burger spot in Bakersfield.

    Fieri still feasting on Bakersfield

    Guy Fieri's extensive culinary adventure in Kern County continues this week with the debut of the latest Bakersfield-centric episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." Airing Friday night, "Sweet, Savory and Saucy" takes viewers to popular local eateries 24th Street Cafe

  • La Costa bartender Bree Monge halfway through the making of a michelda drink. Scotch has a certain solemnity. Bourbon evokes blue-collar stability. Vodka conveys an icy-clean purity that must be respected. But tequila? Lock the doors and hide the children.

    Chew Review: One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!

    The Chew Review is a roundup by Californian staffers of the best food, drink and deals we've run across in our daily travels. This week's contributions come courtesy of Executive Editor Robert Price and Louis Amestoy, vice president of content. Tequila! It's difficult to write in a

  • Benji's chefs cook the ever popular oxtails for lunch customers.

    PETE TITTL: How we love to hit the sauce at Benji's

    There are some things in life that don't change a lot, and thank God for that. Case in point: Benji's French-Basque Restaurant, among the old guard of Bakersfield's finest restaurants. The last official column I wrote on the Basque institution on Rosedale Highway was four years ago,

  • Bring your coffee pots, sand buckets or goblets to 7-Eleven Saturday and fill it up with sweet Slurpee goodness for Bring-Your-Own-Cup Day.

    Get your Slurpee fill at Bring-Your-Own-Cup Day

    Prepare to contain your enthusiasm: On Saturday, 7-Eleven will hold its Bring-Your-Own-Cup Slurpee Day. For $1.49 (the cost of the medium size), guests can fill up the cup of their choice -- goblet, beaker, sand bucket, etc. -- with sweet Slurpee deliciousness from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. But before you

  • Get your brew on at the first-ever Country

    Longtime beer festival finally getting the twang of it

    Although it misses National Beer Day by a tad, the Country & Craft Beer Festival is out to prove you don't need a made-up holiday to enjoy a good brew. And how can 2,000 beer aficionados -- the number organizers expect to draw Saturday to central Bakersfield -- be wrong? The Active 20-30