Chop suey was supposedly invented on this date, Aug. 29, 1896 during Qing Dynasty premier Li Hongzhang’s visit to the United States. His chef was trying to create a dish suitable for both Chinese and American palates. The dish features meat (often chicken, fish, beef, prawns, or pork) and eggs, cooked quickly with vegetables such as bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery in a starch-thickened sauce. It is now a popular dish and served around the world.
Something that will definitely please all tastes is the wine crafted at Chevalier Winery. Pierre and Jeanette Chevalier are having a Labor Day celebration on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1 to 3 from noon to 5 p.m. at the winery, 5720 French Creek Road in Shingle Springs. Stop by to toast the holiday. For more information call 530-677-1676 or check out chevalierwinery.com.
For more good tastes go to Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, for the four-course luncheon on the Vineyard Patio on Saturdays and Sundays. Pairings 2012 is a treat for the taste buds and this weekend Chef Gabriel Glasier is preparing a beautiful meal to pair perfectly with the Miraflores wines. The nice thing is that diners can chat with the chef and learn about the pairings. For reservations call 530-647-8505.
The party is on at Powell’s Steamer Co. and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Sept. 1. Sheila Hill is celebrating her five year anniversary as owner of the downtown hot spot. There will be music, seafood and pasta specials, prime rib and beer and appetizer specials. The special band includes Larry Park, Val Pease and Eric Hill. The party starts at 5 p.m and entertainment begins at 9 p.m. For more information call 530-626-1091.
The Pine Lodge, 6231 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines, is having a Labor Day barbecue on Monday, Sept. 3. Stop by to enjoy good company, and complimentary hamburgers and hotdogs. For more information call 530-644-2413.
The members of the Apple Hill Growers Association are ready to start the season. Many farms are ready to open this weekend. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.