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December 2014 - Good Tidings

Nov 21, 2014 12:00AM ● By Brandi Barnett

Letter from the Editor

December 2014
Cover Photo: Peter Amend  

Wow! We’re overjoyed by the fantastic response to our premiere issue of Enjoy Magazine, and we’re delighted to bring you more of the fascinating stories and beautiful photos that illuminate the treasures of the South Valley.
This month, meet Frank Bennani, who earned a law degree but became a force in the kitchen instead. His Italian restaurant in Dinuba features imaginative dishes that will transport you to another place.
And then there’s Rosalinda Verde, the inherently fascinating young founder of the Visalia Opera Company. “People don’t think opera is relatable, so we work hard to make sure we have translations and narrations, so people feel connected to what they are watching,” she says. “The story is the key to getting your heart and mind involved.”
Meanwhile, Aaron Gomes is bringing big-stage bands to Visalia’s local scene through the nonprofit Sound N Vision Foundation. His vision: To foster arts in the community, especially for youth. “That’s where the heart of this is for me,” he says.
We’ll also take you to some fascinating places that create delicious treats, including Vintage Cheese factory, Stafford’s Famous Chocolates and Ramos Torres Winery. Indulge yourself!
If you’re looking for a unique holiday gift, consider stopping by Good Goods - the museum-like antique shop is filled with treasures from another time. Who says you can’t buy that romantic feeling of nostalgia? Or create your own heartfelt gifts during a class at Visalia’s Garden Street Studio, where your worries will melt away as you tap into your creative potential.
Again, our heartfelt thanks to all who have supported and encouraged us during the launch of this magazine. We’re proud to be part of this thriving, vibrant community. Enjoy the holidays!

~ The Enjoy Team