The Year in Food 2007

Cable Car to the Afterlife

San Franciscans—and anyone who loves “The San Francisco Treat”—had a melancholy moment in October when they heard about the death of Rice-A-Roni creator Vincent DeDomenico. He who shepherded the rice-macaroni blend to wild popularity in the 1960s and beyond lived until he was 92, working happily right up until the end. DeDomenico also built and ran the Napa Valley Wine Train, a gourmet rail excursion through one of California’s most popular tourist destinations (though not recommended by CHOW). And lest we forget, DeDomenico also left behind one hell of an irritatingly catchy cable-car-bell-based commercial jingle. —James Norton