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Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

MODESTO — The new Panera Bread restaurant opened Monday on McHenry in Modesto. Have you noticed the long lines at the drive-thru?

Now we have word of another sandwich eatery getting ready to set up shop here.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is renovating the bank at 1400 Standiford, according to city permit records.

A media spokesman for the restaurant chain confirmed it’s opening a restaurant here but said it’s still early in the process and he didn’t have detail he could share yet... Read More

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Today might arguably be one of the best days of the year. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s National Tequila Day, of course! And this year, we should all celebrate because it’s also on a FRIDAY!! On top of that, it’s summer and here in Sacramento our farmers’ markets and local shops are bursting with the most amazing fresh fruits and veggies to play with in tequila concoctions. This trifecta makes for the ultimate tequila celebration, no excuses. ... Read More

Almond crop forecast down 3 percent

Almond crop forecast down 3 percent

MODESTO — California’s 2015 almond crop forecast is down by about 3 percent from May’s subjective forecast, the Almond Board of California said Wednesday.

The updated forecast is also down about 4 percent from last year’s crop.

The objective forecast is based on 890,000 bearing acres and finds the crop for 2015-16 will be 1.80 billion meat pounds

“This year’s objective estimate reflects the continued and unprecedented stress that California almond growers are experiencing as they cope with historic drought conditions,” said Mike Mason chairman of the Almond Board of California. “The California agricultural community is certainly hoping that the drought abates next winter, but in the meantime, growers are doing everything within their power to conserve water.”... Read More

One Table dinner brings out Modesto for United Way

One Table dinner brings out Modesto for United Way

MODESTO — Two hundred guests, 10 sponsors, one table.

United Way of Stanislaus County & Datapath IT put on a huge family-style dinner, called the One Table community dinner, for Modesto residents to raise $25,000 for the Graduation Coach program, which helps at-risk youth graduate from high school.

“I saw it in Park City, a similar concept,” said Datapath IT Vice President David Darmstandler. “We took that same concept and changed it, kind of made it our own here.”... Read More

Blog: Panera hiring in Modesto

Blog: Panera hiring in Modesto

MODESTO — Here’s another sign Panera Bread is close to opening in Modesto. The company is hiring.

According to its website, there are seven positions open, including bakers, catering coordinators, customer service workers and production associates... Read More

California wines sales, popularity continue to grow

California wines sales, popularity continue to grow

SAN FRANCISCO – California domestic wine shipments were up 4.4 percent form last year while retail value of the state’s wine rose 6.7 percent, according to the California wine institute.  ... Read More