The 10 Best U.S. Airports for Food, According to Our Readers

Thirteen miles south of Downtown San Francisco, the region’s largest airport shuffled nearly 10 million travelers to and from their destinations in 2022.

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10 Amazing Places To Visit In California This Spring

One of the most beautiful times to visit Napa Valley is early spring. The vineyards of Northern California, from Napa to Calistoga, are bursting with bright yellow mustard blossoms. Visit the Oxbow Public Market in Napa for some of the best gourmet food in the area.

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Napa, California: A Hidden Gem of a City with Endless Benefits

Napa is a food lover’s paradise, with a diverse range of dining options that cater to every taste and budget. From casual cafes to fine dining restaurants, the city offers something for everyone. Oxbow Public Market is a must-visit destination for foodies, with its artisanal food stalls, craft beer, and wine. Another popular destination is the Michelin-starred restaurant La Toque, which offers a seasonal tasting menu featuring locally sourced ingredients.

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Taste of the Valley: C Casa restaurant is open at the Oxbow Public Market

C Casa’s new restaurant at the Oxbow Public Market is open, adding a sit-down dining room and new menu adding to the popular taqueria, all in the space once occupied by Kitchen Door.

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2021 Food Halls 101

2021 Food Halls 101 Seminar Set for November 8-9


Back by Popular Demand, the two-day event introduces attendees to the nuts and bolts of building, curating and operating THE placemaking venue in retail today – the Food Hall.

NAPA, CALIFORNIA, JULY 14, 2021 — The Carlin Company, America’s preeminent developers of artisan food markets, announced today that its successful Food Halls 101 seminar is back by popular demand. The seminar, first held in 2019, was postponed in 2020 due to Covid-19. Motivated by the interest and demand generated by first seminar, Steve Carlin and Lloyd Llewelyn of the Carlin Company are expanding the symposium and have assembled a world-class panel of experts for 2021. Joining Steve and Lloyd are Phil Colicchio and Trip Schneck, Executive Managing Directors of Cushman & Wakefield’s Colicchio Consulting team, and Sherry Villanueva, owner and managing partner of ACME Hospitality. The panelists will present individual case studies and participate in a series of barstool discussions to be held November 8-9 at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia in Napa, California.

The two-day conference is designed to provide real estate professionals, public agency planners, design architects, operators, hospitality partners and other interested parties with insightful and critical information on how several varieties of food-based real estate projects are created and operated. The Food Halls 101 seminar will focus on the triple bottom line approach. It will provide guidance to help participants understand how to: (1) make successful decisions relating to market analysis, financial expectations, design, operational oversight and day-to-day management critical to the creation of a strong profit center; (2) support vendor-quality and the expansion of the artisan food industry; and (3) build a successful, activated community hub.

Along with industry concept discussions, Food Halls 101 will feature curated programming and experiential activities, including a guided tour of the renowned Oxbow Public Market, located adjacent to the CIA at Copia. The event will also feature presentations from food hall design expert Ed Eimer of Eimer Design, Christian von Eckartsberg and Hans Baldauf from BCV Architecture, and Doug Washington of Doug Washington Design. BCV was the architectural team behind the Oxbow Public Market and the retail portions of the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

“The overall Food Halls 101 conference was extremely beneficial for developers, architects and owners who are considering such a project. A very comprehensive discussion regarding the overall industry. It was very enjoyable. Looking forward to the next event”, said Rita Scaia of API(+).

“Lloyd and I are excited to be presenting the 2021 Food Halls 101 Seminar at the CIA at Copia this year and to be able to include the expertise of Phil and Sherry in the program,” said Steve Carlin. “There’s so much to discuss about our rapidly changing industry and the evolution taking place in food and market halls across the country.”

To learn more about Food Halls 101 and request an invitation, visit: . Registration opens on July 21, 2021.

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Long-awaited St. Elmo Public Market in South Austin to open this year

About half of the upcoming St. Elmo Public Market in South Austin is pre-leased to a variety of food and beverage retailers as shell and core construction finally nears completion, developers said.

The mixed-use project’s centerpiece — a 40,000-square-foot market space crafted out of a 1950s warehouse and former bus manufacturing facility for Austin schools — is expected to be turned over to tenants for buildout in April, said Matt Roy, one of the developers of the project. It has been likened to the Pike Place Market in Seattle. The St. Elmo market, which is south of Ben White Boulevard and bounded by Industrial Boulevard and South Congress Avenue, will open before the end of 2020, according to
developers. Construction began in early 2018.

Brandon Bolin — partner with Addison, Texas-based Maker Bros. Inc., the lead developer of the project — said tenants have their own buildout schedules, but all are expected to open in the third quarter of the year. The 12.5-acre site will also be home to a 385-unit apartment complex to the north of the public market and connected by a landscaped space for special events such as festivals and farmer’s markets and a pedestrian thoroughfare lined with Spanish sycamore trees. To the south of the market will be a 105,000-square-foot office building. A plaza and playscapes will be installed at the front entrance of the market. A parking garage will also be constructed on the site.


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