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On a warm sunny day, inside what was once a three-car garage on the outskirts of Victoria, a father and son  produce Blanc du Bois, a type of white wine.

Once you open the aged wooden door of LaVaca BBQ, you are greeted with three things: barbecue, Big Red and big smiles.

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To many, the kitchen is a sacred place in the home. It’s where we gather in the evenings, where we’re reunited with relatives, where we gossip with our siblings, debate life with our parents, and above all else, it’s where we make good food.

Victoria residents Jim and Virginia Furness have hosted parties for years, whether it's a birthday gathering, holiday celebration or even a breakfast spread for their entire neighborhood.

When autumn arrives, most Victoria residents are only just getting around to thinking about Halloween. But as their neighbors begin carving pumpkins and hanging spooky decorations, Martha Vasquez and her sister Susan Martinez, co-owners of Ventura's Tamales, are already preparing for Christmas.