A Little Taste of California

At last, Huxtable's Comestibles -- the 22-item line of high quality refrigerated sauces, pa~te's and entrees, including a number of lowfat, low-salt products -- have arrived in Washington area markets. A limited selection of the California-made foodstuffs, which won the coveted product line award at the 1985 Fancy Food Show in New York, are presently available at select Giant stores, Magruder's and Larimer's, among other places, with Safeway and Sutton Place Gourmet soon to follow.

For the True Chile Fanatic

An affection for things hot and spicy has spawned an admittedly esoteric publication, "The Whole Chile Pepper Catalog." Written by aficionados Dave DeWitt and Nancy Gerlach, the team who authored "Fiery Cuisines" and "Fiery Appetizers" (both from St. Martin's Press), the magazine is devoted exclusively to capsicums -- their history, their identification, their uses (the debut issue contains nearly 30 recipes), their growth, and their sources around the country. For a copy, send a check for $2.95 to Out West Publishing, P.O. Box 4278, Albuquerque, N.M. 87196 or call (505) 268-0288. --

An Evening With Calvin Trillin

That wry and witty chronicler of things culinary, Calvin Trillin, will be appearing at Kitchen Bazaar's Connecticut Avenue branch, 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 28 for an evening of commentary on the state of American food and a discussion of his latest tome, "If You Can't Say Something Nice." The event, open to the public, costs $3, which is applicable to the purchase of Trillin's book. To reserve a space, call 244-1551.