August 22, 2017 - We are welcoming Edible Monterey Bay's new fall issue with three release parties in September and we hope to see all our friends and fans there. Be sure to RSVP for the party or parties you'd like to attend. Admission is free, but space is limited.
We start at Vertigo Coffee Roasters on September 7 from 6:30-8:30pm in San Juan Bautista, where there will be complimentary wood-fired pizza and meatballs with three olive oil dips courtesy of the organizers of the San Benito Olive Festival, coming up on October 14. There will be local craft beer and wine ... Read More
August 22, 2017 - Despite initial plans for a September 1st ribbon cutting, the new Carmel Valley Chophouse is still undergoing renovation and now expected to open from mid-to-late September.
"It's hard to remodel and run a restaurant at the same time," says Jennifer Roux, who with her husband chef Fabrice Roux, also owns Carmel Valley's Mediterranean bistro Roux. Their new meat-forward restaurant is moving into the space formerly occupied by Brendan Jones' Lokal—which closed in June.
The new place will feature certified Angus beef steaks and fine whiskeys. "Roux is an expression of Fabrice's past, all the places he used to vacation around the Mediterranean, while the Chophouse is for nothing more ... Read More
August 22, 2017 - It’s a wickedly good name for a wine label, Margins. It conjures up so many different notions and concepts, but the intent of winemaker Megan Bell, comes from her personal quest to focus on forgotten or marginalized varietals.
Likewise, Megan Bell herself is not someone you’re likely to forget. She’s the secret shepherd behind Beauregard’s sparkling wine program, and most of the whites produced under this label. She’s been assistant winemaker to Ryan Beauregard for going on three years now, and he makes no bones about his adoration for her.
This summer a 2015 Ben Lomond Mountain Chardonnay she made from start to finish for Beauregard won Double Gold, Best of Class in the International Women’s Wine ... Read More
August 15, 2017 - The first guests are arriving this week at Pebble Beach's newest lodging option Fairway One. Just in time for car week, executives from Ferrari have bought out the entire 38-room facility and will park 75 Ferraris along the first fairway at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Fairway One includes 30 guest rooms, many with ocean views, two four-bedroom cottages named for Arnold Palmer and Clint Eastwood and an elegant meeting facility. At the grand opening party last Friday, CEO Bill Perocchi said the new accommodations were the first step in a series of renovations leading up to the resort's 100th anniversary in 2019—when it will host the U.S. Open championships.
"Guests at ... Read More
August 8, 2017 - It seems only natural that growers and produce folks would want to attend Tanimura & Antle’s first-ever Field Days—after all, looking at innovations in planting and field packing is essential to their work—but what’s the attraction for retail and food service customers?
It’s all because of collaboration, according to Samantha Cabaluna, vice president of brand marketing and communications for the ag giant headquartered in Spreckels.
“Today, collaboration among seed breeders, farmers and their retail and food service customers is essential to address the challenges of meeting the evolving needs of a variety of customers,” says Cabaluna. “Partnering early on makes for a more satisfying experience for everyone.”
In other words, chefs, food service and retail have particular desires and needs, ... Read More
August 1, 2017 - Ventana Big Sur is set to host an opening night gala for the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival taking place November 2-4. "We're really excited, we've never had our opening there and it makes so much sense for them to showcase their remodel," says organizer Aengus Wagner.
After the trials and tribulations of Big Sur during the winter storms and the road closures this summer, this year's festival will be especially meaningful. "I'm so inspired by the volunteers who want to put on the festival to pick up the morale of our community, it needs a boost," he says. "People are looking forward to it and we wouldn't want to let them down."
Ventana Big Sur ... Read More
August 1, 2017 - Disrupt, reclaim, take ideas further. 'Innovate the plate' was the theme for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA)’s annual Foodservice Conference & Expo this past weekend. From all over the country, nearly two thousand people—attendees, buyers, and exhibitors—converged in downtown Monterey to focus on fresh produce.
PMA CEO Cathy Burns said these shows are designed to shine a spotlight on fresh produce and encourage an increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. The Fresh Ideas Showcase included products like Babé Farms’ Honey Cone Cabbage—winner of the expo's best new product award; Chef-Ready Bell Peppers that are already cored and seeded; hydroponically-grown greens from Westland Produce; and shelf-stable Fresh Origins' Herb Crystals that add vibrant color and crunchy texture to ... Read More
UPDATED: July 28, 2017 - The popular and innovative beers of Fieldwork Brewing are coming to Monterey with the opening of a satellite tap room at the Uptown Plaza on Munras Ave. next to the Trader Joe's parking lot. It will be the fourth of up to six satellite tap rooms permitted under the Berkeley brewery’s small brewery license. “We rolled out Sacramento first,” explains Fieldwork Co-founder and owner Barry Braden, “then Napa second. San Mateo just opened and now Monterey should open, cross my fingers, somewhere around July 28th.” Braden later updated his target opening date to August 10.
Braden has long been eager to open Fieldwork in Monterey. “When we looked at where we want ... Read More
July 25, 2017 - When Sabrine Rodems, winemaker at Wrath in the Santa Lucia Highlands, first heard about wine in cans, she laughed it off. “Another silly trend!” she thought. In fact, she admits, “If you told me two years ago that I’d be making wine in cans, I’d have said you were crazy. No way!”
Then her boss, owner Michael Thomas came to her with a wacky idea. How about let’s broaden our wine portfolio into some new areas? He suggested cans. She was plenty skeptical, but they started thinking about how they might add a bit of class to the increasing number of offerings in this category.
As they did their research, they tried lots of wine in ... Read More
July 25, 2017 - The beer-centric Felton restaurant and alehouse Cremer House has just hired Peter Henry as its new executive chef. Chef Peter most recently worked as executive chef at Michael's on Main in Soquel and has also worked locally at Café Rio in Aptos, Pajaro Street Bar & Grill in Salinas and at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In fact, it was the former head chef at the aquarium, David Anderson, who encouraged him to attend Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco.
The new chef promises to continue Cremer House's policy of serving only homemade, seasonal, organic dishes, but he plans to adds some new menu items and double down on some of the restaurant's most popular fare.
For example, while ... Read More