The power of a meal shared, while separated

Will Kreznick

For many of us, one of the natural consequences of this past year of quarantine has been the need to cook less food. Once the shutdown took effect, all food media outlets — including The Times with our How To Boil Water series — promptly pivoted to providing recipes for one or two people. With families separated and dinner parties being a thing of the past, cooking large batches of food to share was now unnecessary, even dangerous. But as someone who has a pathological inability to cook small meals, it was the one part of our new world I

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Regulation for food trucks may be coming to downtown Paradise

Will Kreznick

PARADISE, Calif. – A change in one local town’s food truck rules could mean more money for local business owners.

After the Camp Fire food trucks started popping up in Paradise.

“I frequent food trucks just about every day for lunch,” said Matt Salsbury, a Paradise resident.

But one place you couldn’t find a food truck was in downtown Paradise. 

Town of Paradise Community Development Director Susan Hartman is proposing to bring food trucks to downtown Paradise in order to help boost already established restaurants.

The proposal is in the form of an ordinance. It would require food trucks to

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Chicago food manufacturers help food banks strained by COVID-19

Will Kreznick

Even now, a year later, many items the organization usually buys are either harder to find or more expensive, which has pushed costs up, Trotter said.

Food insecurity has also skyrocketed during the pandemic. The Food Depository served 44 percent more people in December 2020 than it did in December 2019. Roughly 350,000 pounds of food is flowing out of the Food Depository’s warehouse each day, compared to 150,000 to 200,000 pounds before the pandemic.

Bigger Table’s goal this year is to expand beyond chocolate beverages. The organization is working to develop a vegan chili, and a cheese powder that

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Placer County says food and ag workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Will Kreznick

PATIENTS TO RESCHEDULE. FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL WORKERS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE PLACER COUNTY INCLUDING RESTAURANT, GROCERY AND FARM WORKERS. THEY SAY YOU NEED PROOF OF EMPLOYMENT. YOU CAN TEXT “PLACER VACCINE” TO 989211 T

Placer County says food and ag workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine


Food and agriculture workers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Placer County, health officials said Thursday. The category includes restaurant, grocery, farmworkers, among others. Health officials say you need proof of employment in Placer County to get the vaccine through the county.The county

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WATCH NOW: CHASING FITNESS: Food nixed, and eaten, on 100-pound weight-loss journey | Marc Chase

Will Kreznick


This collection of low-carb, and in many cases high-protein, food options show what Times Editor Marc Chase has consumed, instead of traditional bread products and other snacks, in his process of Chasing Fitness.


Marc Chase



I didn’t adopt any specific fad diet, but I did focus my attention on protein for most of my calories — but in small or reasonable serving sizes. Lean meats became my go-to. Baked, grilled or air-fried turkey breast, skinless-boneless chicken breast, salmon or other fish were my meat sources.

For nearly all of the first 18 months, and even most of the time now,

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