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  • Cultura Partners Planning Monterey Venture

    December 11, 2018 - Monterey’s vibrant downtown dining scene is about to get even more exciting.

    If all goes to plan, the creative team behind the wildly popular Oaxacan-influenced Cultura comida y bebida in Carmel will be opening a new restaurant at 481 Alvarado St. in March.

    Cultura partners Sarah Kabat-Marcy, John Cox and Michelle Estigoy just signed the lease in November on what was Alvarado Fish & Steakhouse—the storefront between Bull and Bear and Toribashi. And while they have already started to gut the interior, they are still narrowing down ideas for the restaurant’s cuisine. 

    “It’s definitely going to be influenced by our travels and our appreciation for art, history and culture,” says Kabat-Marcy, Cultura’s managing partner.

    A lot of their ... Read More

  • Winter Issue Release Party on Thursday!

    We hope you'll join us to celebrate the release of our new winter issue, to toast the holiday season and enjoy an evening of delicious local organic food, beer and other libations at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing on the Westside of Santa Cruz.

    SCMB really knows how to throw a party and this one takes place on Thursday, December 13 from 5 to 7pm. It features complimentary small bites provided by local restaurants featured in the story "Global Organic" in the new issue of EMB, including Hanloh Thai Food and Pearl of the Ocean.

    EMB readers also get $1 off beverages, including the brewery's own spectacular beers, hard cider, wine, kombucha or root beer.

    And ... Read More

  • It’s a Vegan Winter at Monterey Bay Aquarium

    December 11, 2018 - Matt Beaudin likes to push the envelope. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s executive chef has broken new ground in forming partnerships with farmers and fishermen to bring local bounty to his menus. Now he’s championing another innovation: a winter menu for the aquarium restaurant featuring mostly vegan and vegetarian dishes.

    It’s all part of Beaudin’s ongoing commitment to the environment, as well as a way to “get people talking,” as he puts it.

    “I hope it inspires people to get excited and to understand that vegan and vegetarian food doesn’t have to be boring,” says Beaudin, who plans to launch the seasonal menu around the beginning of January. “There’s a huge message in there.”

    And it’s also a ... Read More

  • Primal Santa Cruz Ready to Open

    December 11, 2018 - If you are curious about what will be on the menu at Primal Santa Cruz—the new restaurant opening in the next few days on the corner of Mission and Laurel Street—take a look at the photo gallery on its website or Instagram feed. A rainbow of colors, textures and bountiful plates of food will greet your eye. You might not even notice that there is zero gluten pictured. In fact, this is Santa Cruz’ first 100% gluten-free, organic and non-GMO restaurant.

    “Our vision is to provide a place that embraces healthy eating, fosters interaction and movement in our community, and follows an intuitive approach,” explains owner Jason Morgan. “We want to inspire ... Read More

  • Aquarius to Become Jack O’Neill Restaurant

    December 4, 2018 - The fine dining Aquarius restaurant at the oceanfront Dream Inn in Santa Cruz is set to serve its last meal on New Years Eve and will close for a complete makeover, reemerging at the end of February as the Jack O'Neill Restaurant.

    "The age of Aquarius is over," says sales and marketing director Dan Smart. "It's going to be a family restaurant with an approachable concept. We want to attract locals as well as visitors."

    Dream Inn already operates the Jack O'Neill Lounge under an agreement with the family of the late surf icon, inventor of the wetsuit, who passed away in 2017. It is a bright space with spectacular views over ... Read More

  • Sneak Peek at Alderwood Menu

    November 25, 2018 - Edible Monterey Bay got an exclusive sneak peek today at the menu of the new Alderwood restaurant, opening December 12 in Santa Cruz. The stylish six-page menu features seasonal wood-fired cuisine and begins with a full page of reasonably-priced craft cocktails, including The Alderwood—which combines gin, Cocchi Americano, fino sherry and Alderwood bitters.

    "We want to become part of the fiber of Santa Cruz and are creating Alderwood Santa Cruz to serve as a gathering place for the community. This is going to be much more than just a place of business—we aim to be a hub for everyone," says Jeffrey Wall, executive chef at the soon-to-open restaurant.

    Alderwood will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 4pm ... Read More

  • BOLD and Little Figge to Open Carmel Valley Tasting Room

    November 20, 2018 - What was once the Figge Cellars tasting room at 3 Pilot Rd. in Carmel Valley is set to open on December 7 with two new brands: BOLD and Little Figge. The former is the province of Christopher Miller, a Master Sommelier, with experience developing world-class wine lists in places like LA, New Orleans and Seattle. He also makes wine, more on that in a minute. The latter brand is that of the late Peter Figge’s wife, Amy, whose maiden name happens to be Little. At first, Amy wasn’t crazy about the name, but it grew on her. In fact, she helped design the label.

    All of the wines served under the BOLD brand and some ... Read More

  • One Year After Closing, What’s Happening With 1833?

    November 20, 2018 - Almost a year ago to the day, it went public that Restaurant 1833 was completing its sale to local real estate investor Constance Laub.

    Only here comes Thanksgiving 2018, and 1833 remains dark.

    Fortunately there’s still something stirring, and it’s not just the legendary ghosts who have occupied the place in living and corporeal form since its namesake year of construction (1833) and are reported to appear in mirrors and throw salt at service staff.

    More on the sale in a minute. First, a quick review: With a spendy reinvention in 2011, Coastal Luxury Management (that also runs Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Cannery Row Brewing Company and Los Angeles Food & Wine) transformed one of the region’s ... Read More

  • Battle Brewing Over Wharf 2 in Monterey

    November 13, 2018 - With its pioneering and award-winning CSA-of-the-sea subscription service, Real Good Fish gives area fishermen reliable demand and connects its customers with all sorts of intriguing fresh, local and sustainable seafood, including recent revelations like smoked black cod raviolis (done in partnership with Bigoli Pasta).

    But it was a different sort of intrigue that went out to members last month with a “Special Waterfront Call to Action” e-newsletter describing hopes for a new Real Good Fish location on the Commercial Wharf, aka Wharf II, in Monterey. RGF currently has a dockside headquarters in Moss Landing and processes fish at a facility in Watsonville with Del Mar Seafoods.

    The new spot would allow more visibility ... Read More

  • Ristorante Avanti Sells to Chef Jonathan Glass

    November 13, 2018 - After 31 years in business, Cindy and Paul Geise—owners of beloved Ristorante Avanti in Santa Cruz—have sold the restaurant to chef Jonathan Glass. The sale was set in motion about two months ago and closed last week, surprising legions of long-time customers.

    "I’ve spent more than half my life behind bars here,” jokes Paul. “You’ve gotta retire at some point, that’s basically it. ” 

    Indeed. “A whole lifetime of service,” he reflects. And while they are ready to let go, it is still hard to imagine what will come next. For the Geises and also for the public. “Most people don’t realize how emotional this is, not just for me, ... Read More

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