Fresh Summer Grill


My favorite Summer menu, ‘Fresh Summer Grill’.  Watermelon Ritas, grilled lamb lollipops & fresh grilled fish tacos, this Summer’s hits. What could be better than grilled fish tacos and frosty ice cold Watermelon Ritas, Mexican beer, hearty vegetable skewers & corn salad? Just order by number your favorite pics and have a Summer party your guests will remember with Love & Garlic!     

Peach Party, July 20th this Friday!!! join us at Clovis Farmers Market. We will have tastings and our Spreadables on sale. 

Sign-up for our “Cannin’ & Jammin” production cooking classes. Limit 6-8 persons per class, each will receive the fruits of your labor. Production fruit: Apricot, Peaches , Nectarines, Plums, Tomatoes or your loaded fruit trees… A fun activity for friends and family. Call to reserve (559) 438-8677

Love & Garlic

Nancy Vajretti


My day with the “Girl Scouts”

 We were at the Lemoore Air Base with the Girl Scouts one of America’s best

organizations for showing young ladies all sorts of general good stuff. When a Girl Scout

does well at a task they are awarded a badge of completion, this is my part three badges

 1. Eating for beauty, 2. Simple Meals, 3. Locavore . I gave a class on the subjects and

 they would be one step closer to three badges.









This event was a family affair with mothers and sisters a nice day and all enjoyed. I am always happy to work towards helping our youth from cooking to facials the best care grows out of the earth.

















Cooking Class of Easter Pie



Yes, finally we offered a cooking class. If you have ever enjoyed a Love & Garlic cooking class.  You will cook, eat and drink, this class Sangria. We had some real talent in this class! I am always learning something new from the people we teach. We learned about Easter Pie. Read more…


Today in Visalia April 5th Wine and Cheese Walk


Fresh out of the oven last night, on the way to Visalia “Wine and Cheese Walk” w/ our artisan pies. Hope to see you there!

Check-out this event

P.S. We made a few extra just in case you can’t make it to Visalia, just call 438-8677 and pick-up an Italian Tradition







Easter Pie a tradition of baking, picnics and family



Of Easter Pie and Picnics, our Annual Rite: Family and friends have gathered at ranches, deer clubs, homesteads and  picnic grounds for centuries. For our Family, we come with fresh Easter Pies  and lamb for bbq. Friends bring a myriad of appetizers and dishes to round out the menu. For several years now, we  gather at a beautiful ranch in the Valley, Quinta Fay. Rain or shine, it is a tradition. But first, my family, still the lonely doves as we are only four and hoping the new generation will join us soon, make the Easer Pies and Italian Quiche, our meatless version. Jolene rolls the dough, Joan fills the pies, I crimp the edges and Ricardo, bless him, is the baker of all 50+ pies this year. Join us on a visual tour of our endeavors and family gathering.

If you would like to learn how to make Easter Pie, we are offering classes this week. Join us, we will have wine and also each take a couple of pies home, call 559-438-8677


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Post Fresno Food Expo 2012: Reflections, Diary of a caterer


 Product Pac & Labels

Focused on the goal of readiness for the 2012 Fresno Food Expo, our task…to launch our Love & Garlic ‘Spreadables’. We began by designing a product label reflecting our product and artisan style. John, Founder of AdOctane, guided us with expert advice and design. Next in labeling, is the nutrition, ingredient and allergen information. To do this, we had to nail down our recipes. We consulted with a company, Infinity 2, Flavia Flores. From this, John could create the ‘fact’ sheet, the most important information for potential buyers Read more…


Love & Garlic Launches ‘Spreadables’



Love & Garlic Artisan Food & Catering Launches ‘Spreadables’

Made in the Valley Segment aired February 24, 2012…check

Next up….getting ready for the FRESNO FOOD EXPO March 8, 2012 FRESNO CONVENTION CENTER   Trade 9-2  Public Welcome  5-8

We are very excited about offering our popular artisan ‘Spreadables’ for retail sales. Our spreads have been a favorite in the arena of catered foods. We have recently field tested our spreads at several venues in the valley (see photos below) Rick at product promo kick-off, Engelmann Cellers 7-01-2011

Rick at product promo kick-off, Engelmann Cellers 7-01-2011 Movie Night ‘Bottle Shock’


Nancy at product promo kick-off, Engelmann Cellers 7-01-2011 Movie Night ‘Bottle Shock’

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Love Garlic Wine Chocolate

CRU Wine Company

CRU Winery is quite a jazzy place. With a spacious tasting room and grand bar for tasting the many wines offered and a large terrace, CRU is a great place to be.


Wine & Chocolate, the theme for Madera & Fresno Wine Trails, held last weekend just before Valentines Day is huge. Wine lovers from our Valley and beyond trek the Madera & Fresno Wine Trails to enjoy local vintages. We, Love and Garlic, were there to field test our ‘Love & Garlic Spreadables’- Lemon Artichoke Garlic, Fig Walnut and, of course, Roasted Garlic. Our slogan is: Soft cheesy spreadables infused with garlic, herbs, vegetables, dried fruits & nuts…designed for those people that love to get together, taste, compare flavors & have a good time! Seems to me, the minute I have a glass of wine in my hands, I search the area for food pairings.







Our Spreadables were a huge hit. Folks tasted and compared the spreads with each other and with the wines. Everyone took an interest telling us about the many different uses of the spreads, Lemon Garlic Artichoke Spreadable on top of pasta! Roasted Garlic Spreadable on a roll-up with roasted peppers and spinach! Fig Walnut on a Wheat Raisin Bagel! Spreadables are incredible edibles. Look for us at Gourmet & Specialty stores, Wineries (Engelmann Cellars) and Tasting Rooms (Water 2 Wine & The Tasting Room). Taste & Enjoy our Spreadables. Love and Garlic, Nancy V


The ‘Portugy’ & The Italian Our Family of Trees Babies!

Blossom's Blossoms

Blossom's Blossoms

Last March 2010, I wrote about Our Family of Trees. I expressed my longing for Blossom, our orange tree, to bear fruit. ( The ‘Portugy’ & the Italian Part III Orchard Vineyard Our Family of Trees) She has Read more…


Easter Pie 2011 ‘Tradition, Tradition!’


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