June 28, 2017 - After years of celebrating the vegetable bounty of the Salinas Valley, is the Monterey Peninsula hungry for meat? We'll soon find out when chef Todd Fisher's sizzling new 7D Steakhouse opens on Thursday, to be followed in August by chef Fabrice Roux's new Carmel Valley Chophouse.
Officially called the Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse, the new venture is run by Folktale Winery with a team that not only includes Fisher, but also chef Jeremiah Tydeman, previously with Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill, and Joe Valencia, a veteran of Rio Grill and Porter’s in the Forest, in the front of the house.
The Folktale Winery team is taking on the concept of a great American steakhouse and ... Read More
June 27, 2017 - Tourists will start trickling back into Big Sur on Saturday thanks to a new shuttle bus service to be operated daily by Sur Transportation.
The company has a very complete webpage here that explains everything about the service, but basically visitors will be allowed to park at Andrew Molera State Park ($10) and take a ten-passenger van ($5) to the trail that crosses Pfeiffer Canyon and be picked up on the other end of the trail in a different van that will make stops on the so-called "Big Sur Island" at places such as Nepenthe, Big Sur Deli and Hawthorne Gallery.
The service will be operated daily from noon ... Read More
June 27, 2017 - Skov, the newly reincarnated label of Annette and David Hunt, has its genesis in the former Roudon-Smith Winery, which became the first Scotts Valley winery of modern times back in 1978. This sunny, secluded spot on Bean Creek Road is once again opening its doors to the public, after a long hiatus.
The official Grand Opening of Skov took place Saturday, June 24. Going forward, tasting room hours will be noon - 5pm on Saturdays, with tastings available by appointment on Sundays. They hope you’ll come, relax and drink in the special ambiance of the place, where time seems to slow down, diminished in scope by the towering redwoods.
But for now, grab a glass and we’ll ... Read More
June 20, 2017 - Chef Brandon Miller is joining brewer J.C. Hill at Alvarado St. Brewery & Grill in Monterey. The veteran local chef—who spent 13 years at the helm of Stokes Restaurant and eight years at Mundaka in Carmel—is brimming with enthusiasm for his new gig.
"It's going to be a blast! It's right in my wheelhouse, so it's really cool," says Miller, who has been brewing beer at home for 30 years. "I'm going to see what I can pair with J.C.'s big, hoppy beers and where I can incorporate beer into the food."
After a good run serving tapas, paella and other Spanish specialities at Mundaka, owner Gabe Georis decided to convert the restaurant over to a Mexican seafood ... Read More
June 20, 2017 - Master mixologist Josh Perry—who recently left Restaurant 1833 in Monterey—is scouting locations and looking for investors to open his own higher-end cocktail bar.
"It's something that Monterey lacks and I want to move things up another notch," he says. While still in the early planning stages, Perry hopes to find the right space on the Monterey Peninsula—ideally in downtown Monterey—and get his new business up and running by early next year.
Meantime, you can catch him behind the bar at Cultura - comida y bebida in Carmel, where he will be mixing up south-of-the-border cocktails alongside bartender Matt Glazer.
Let's hope he makes a version of his Smokey & the Bandit—a cocktail Perry debuted at an 1833 media tasting last year. ... Read More
June 13, 2017 - Great news for fans of Kickin Chicken. The late night Santa Cruz fried chicken and waffles delivery service will open its first bricks and mortar restaurant in July, with a second location planned to open in 2018.
"Now that we are going to have our own space, we can really have some fun," says partner Justin Williams, who wants it to be "a nicer version of Cracker Barrel" with lots of kitsch, a dash of humor and a $10-12 price point that appeals to college students and those in the service industry.
Kickin Chicken will move out of the incubator kitchen at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge and open in the upstairs space at Motiv on ... Read More
June 13, 2017 - Some relief may be in sight for Big Sur businesses that depend on tourism and are located on the so-called Big Sur Island, south of the collapsed Pfeiffer Canyon bridge and north of two slides blocking Highway One to the south.
Caltrans says a pedestrian trail through the canyon will open to the public on July 1 and Monterey County is planning a new shuttle bus service to take visitors from the parking lot at Andrew Molera State Park to the trailhead and then pick them up on the other side. The 10-seat shuttle service would then drop people off at businesses such as Post Ranch Inn and Nepenthe which are normally bustling with summer tourists.
Caltrans ... Read More
June 13, 2017 - There’s a reason why Monica Lopez Ramirez and her husband Anthony decided to hold the grand opening of their new wine and beer bar in San Juan Bautista on June 18, which also happens to be Father’s Day.
You see, she has always associated the number 18 with good things. Beginning with her birthday, which is February 18, this young lady has found the number to bring happiness and good fortune, so why not leverage that?
She and Anthony—who own an electrical company and alarm service in Salinas–were married on November 18, 27 years ago, when she was, unsurprisingly, 18 years old. The couple uses the number 18 on their kids’ jerseys, too.
“I am not superstitious!” claims ... Read More
June 6, 2017 - An outpouring of sympathy and condolences is coming from the local food and wine community, following news that winemaker Peter Figge was found dead at his Marina winery on Monday.
Figge, 46, had just opened a new tasting room in Carmel Valley and police say the death is under investigation. He was a dear friend to fellow winemakers, who are stunned at the tragic loss of such a charismatic colleague.
Figge had opened his new Carmel Valley Tasting Room next door to Quail and Olive in April, moving from the Winfield art gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea. He was delighted at the opportunity to have a dedicated space within the growing wine community in the Village.
Figge, who hailed from Iowa, ... Read More
June 6, 2017 - Monterey Bay Aquarium executive chef Matt Beaudin is always looking for new projects that make a difference in the world—and planting his own organic vegetables is his latest effort.
As you might recall, Beaudin was the guy who (literally) went the extra mile to discover Evergreen Acres Dairy in Tres Pinos, featured on the cover of EMB’s spring issue. He began buying goat feta cheese and duck eggs from the dairy, and then was inspired to buy rare breed sheep and care for them on the ranch belonging to Mike and Jane Hulme.
Now, he’s journeying into produce, helping out at an organic farm in San Benito County that has signed on to be the main ... Read More