Five VIA articles serve up insight on some of the world's leaders in the farm-to-table movement.
What is the recipe to success? For food lovers, it's wholesome ingredients mixed with innovation and passion. Read on to learn about the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement; how a Marin County community prides itself on their local bounty; what makes Provence and Tuscany food capitals of the world; and how underdog dining destinations in the West are leaving folks wanting more.
Maui : A bounty of tropical treats
Tomales Bay, Calif. : Briny oysters and savory cheeses north of San Francisco
Provence and Tuscany : Europe's culinary destinations
Oakland : Fine dining in the other city by the bay
Portland's Division-Clinton : A melting pot of innovative dishes
Photography by Mitch Tobias 
This article was first published in May 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.