Oysters: An Odyssey Every year, five million Island Creek oysters grow in the muddy flats of Massachusetts's Duxbury Bay. Most end up at top restaurants, but a few make it no further than Island Creek's floating "Oysterplex" for the farm's own seafood feast.
Trendspotting: Gardens During World War II, 20 million victory gardens helped feed America. Today's gardeners are in it for the ultrafresh food, of course, but also for the pleasure and health benefits of digging in the dirt. Here, a guide to modern seed-sowing.
Top Chef Top 10: Floyd Cardoz As he prepares for the end-of-year opening of NYC's North End Grill, Top Chef Masters contestant Floyd Cardoz muses on some of his favorite things, like TV's The Big Bang Theory and Sudoku.
The Hungry Crowd: Superfly The partners at Superfly Presents (the guys behind San Francisco's Outside Lands, Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the Superfly During Jazzfest Series) believe excellent food, great wine and world-class music belong together.
The Help: Southern Food Crispy fried chicken, silky collard greens, delicate tea sandwiches: Southern food never looked more delicious than it does in The Help, the film based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel.
The Fabulous Beekman Boys' Barn-Raising Potluck TV's fabulous Beekman boys, America's most unlikely goat farmers, step back in time with an old-fashioned barn raising and a potluck with their spectacular neighbors.
Wine Intel These Walla Walla, Washington, tasting rooms trade flowers and folksiness for giant TVs and turntables, creating the ultimate wine-guy hangouts.
Value Summer Wine F&W's Ray Isle names summer's most chillable reds, whites and rosés, all with bright acidity and not a lot of alcohol (under 12.5 percent). Plus, his favorite wine cocktails to make in a pitcher and a no-holds-barred light-beer smack down.
Alfresco Dining No need to wait around for room service: These three hotels take guests on food expeditions that conclude with a cooking lesson, a wonderful alfresco meal or both.