Deli Up!

Photo by Cory Bilicko Local dignitaries and Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce members joined Steve DeSisto and Anthony Grillo, owners of Rocco’s Deli Italiano, on Monday morning for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the restaurant’s opening. Located in Signal Hill at 2420 E. 28th St., Rocco’s opened its doors for business last month to begin bringing…

Vegging Out

Story and photos by Leighanna Nierle Staff Writer The fourth annual Animal Acres Compassionate Cuisine food and music event, a celebration which raises funding for animal rescue and refuge efforts, took place last Friday evening at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach. More than 20 local restaurants served a wide…

Pho America is no ‘foe’ to the American palate

Pho America owner Karen Tran, with brother Henry Le, show the restaurant’s clay pot rice with shrimp. Photos by Neena Strichart by Vicki Paris Goodman Entertainment Writer Say “fuh” (not “fo”) and you’ve pretty much got it. Pho, the classic Vietnamese rice noodle soup, has really grown in popularity over the last few years. Today…

Foodie meets demand, pursues lifelong love with culinary career

Chef Lucia Robles says she prefers the client interaction of catering to the restrictions of working in restaurant kitchens. By Rachael Rifkin Staff Writer Food has always played a role in shaping Lucia Robles’s life. Her catering business Lucia and Company emerged as a culmination of her lifelong love affair with the culinary arts. In…

The Wine Press: Are wine descriptions useful information or a pretentious grocery list from some guy’s imagination?

By Dave Solzman Owner, Delius Restaurant There seems to be no end to the scents and flavors that people detect while giving their first impression of a wine. Could they really be tasting all those fruit flavors; black currant, blackberry, cherry, pineapple, lemon, lime, peach, apricot, apple and pear? And how about those non-fruit flavors?…

First Fridays injects another dose of culture into Bixby Knolls

Bixby Knolls ushers in spring on First Fridays, April 3. Historical home movies, bronze men, drum circles, art students, photography, live music and urban ambiance are some of the things being offered along Atlantic Avenue. · Historical Society of Long Beach, 4260 Atlantic Avenue, will be showing home movies from 1925 of local aviator Earl…

Food, beverage industry leaders to be honored

The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), formerly known as The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), is celebrating its 34th Annual Food and Beverage Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 23, at The Hyatt Regency in Long Beach. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7…

Local vegetarian event to benefit animal sanctuary

The community is invited to celebrate International Vegetarian Day in Long Beach with art, music, and vegan food and beverages, all for a good cause. All proceeds from the third annual “Compassionate Cuisine” event in Long Beach, scheduled for Saturday, October 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will go to Animal Acres farmed animal…