Don’t expect green beer

Expo at the brewery highlights environment; plus movement at Crepeville, Chico Taproom and Thai Express

As a certain frog used to say, “It’s not easy being green.” And you know, he was right. It’s hard enough to make a house or apartment energy-efficient—I recently inspected my own home and found several issues that need to be addressed. But, replacing all the windows? That’s pricey! So, I can only imagine the cost and effort involved in upgrading an entire business.

Which brings me to a cool event being held Wednesday (May 17), from 3-5 p.m. at the Sierra Nevada Big Room. Hosted by the city’s Sustainability Task Force, the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the brewery, the Sustainable Business Expo & Happy Hour will offer local business owners an opportunity to learn about becoming more efficient. And yes, there will be beer—just don’t count on it being green (which is a good thing).

The event is designed to make it a little bit easier for businesses to connect with resources that can help them decrease their carbon footprint. There will be booths set up by local companies that offer environmental services like solar installation, along with info on how to take advantage of rebates and other incentives. And, did I mention there’d be beer? To top it off, it’s free. So, mark your calendar. RSVPs are encouraged, as space is limited. Send an email to or call 891-5556.

Crepes, anyone? It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for Crepeville to open in downtown Chico. (Actually, it’s been two years.) But finally there’s some action over at the corner of Third and Main streets. A new sign is pasted on the window announcing they’re hiring staff. So, if you’re in the market for a job, get your booty on over there so we can all get our crepe fix!

In with the old I was supremely bummed out the other day while driving down Nord Avenue past Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine to see that the old sign had vanished and was replaced by one advertising a generic-looking Thai Express. Upon further inspection, however, I learned that the original owners of Sophia’s had opened up Thai Express over near Safeway on East Avenue. And now, they’ve returned home. Phew!

In with the new, too I have yet to check it out, but the Chico Taproom opened on Friday (May 5) and boasts a huge array of beers on—you guessed it—tap. Forty of them, to be exact. They don’t serve food, but you’re welcome to bring your own. It’s located in the Almond Orchard shopping center and hours are noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.

You know you’re from Chico when … It’s hard to believe the festival by the same name is gearing up for its seventh year. But it is. Papa Jim Secola announced on Facebook this week that he’s taking vendor applications for the Oct. 21 event. Spots fill up fast, hence the super-advanced notice. If interested, find the You know you’re from Chico when … Facebook page and click the link to the application.