September 20, 2016 - After a one-year hiatus, due to fears of a monster el niño season, get ready for some serious hiking with stemware. Big Sur Food & Wine is back from November 3-5 and tickets went on sale Sunday.
It was a little iffy again this year due to the Soberanes fire, but organizers decided to go ahead with slightly smaller version of the popular festival.
"We want people to come to Big Sur and enjoy themselves, but to tread lightly and help boost the economy down there," says CFO and events director Elsa Rivera.
There will be no Gateway to Big Sur event this year, because Hyatt Carmel Highlands is under renovation and another option, Ventana ... Read More
September 20, 2016 - Amelia Loftus has worn many hats: baker, farmer, personal shopper, brewer, jam-maker. Now, having run Seven Bridges Brewing Supply for 15 years, written a book, and started a farm, Loftus has turned to coffee roasting as her next adventure.
“I think it’s somehow in my blood and I don’t really know what else to do,” says Loftus. “After I left Seven Bridges, I spent a few months looking for a regular job and it was just a nightmare. I have a lot of bookkeeping skills so I was applying for a bookkeeping job and having to dress up, sit in a stodgy job and I just can’t see myself doing that.”
She bought a small two-pound roaster ... Read More
September 13, 2016 - The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced yesterday that it is joining forces with USAID’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership to improve the traceability of seafood coming into the United States. Also on Monday, the aquarium disclosed that by the end of the year it will release a new tool aimed at helping businesses identify whether seafood they want to import may have been caught by slaves or others whose human rights were violated.
The aquarium made the announcements at its Sustainable Food Institute, an annual conference for journalists, chefs, institutional food buyers and other influencers committed to protecting the planet by promoting sustainable food choices.
The always excellent event was held on September 12 and 13 at ... Read More
September 13, 2016 - Twenty years ago this month, Carmel Brewing Co. and the Monterey Doubletree Hotel—now Portola Hotel & Spa—joined forces and opened a 150-seat brewpub and restaurant to serve as a tasting room for the brewing company. Over the course of two decades, Peter B’s has expanded, earned accolades, collaborated with local food purveyors, earned even more accolades, and cemented itself as a pillar in the local craft beer scene.
For instance, every Wednesday, the brewpub hosts KRML’s live broadcast of Pub Talk featuring the Beer Geek, Chris Nelson, and the Girl Beer Geek, Merideth Canham-Nelson. Chris says of their broadcast, “This is a great opportunity to highlight Peter B's and the greater beer community on ... Read More
Sept 6, 2016 - Please join us to celebrate the release of Edible Monterey Bay’s new fall issue at Porters in the Forest in Pebble Beach and Earthbelly in Santa Cruz! We're also having donate-what-you-can golf benefit, 100% of the proceeds to go to Soberanes Fire relief!
First up is the party at Porters, which is located at the renowned Poppy Hills Golf Course. The party will run from 5–8pm on Tuesday September 27. Enjoy the beautiful deck overlooking the Pacific, drink specials at the cash bar and complimentary appetizers from the inventive chef Chef Johnny De Vivo. Among the surprises he is cooking up are short rib tortellini, grilled octopus and croquettes.
And if you can get out ... Read More
September 6, 2016 - Founding chef and partner Phillip Wojtowicz (at left in photo) is back in the kitchen at the iconic Big Sur Bakery.
"He created the foundation of our cuisine there, so it's very comfortable to have him back at the helm," says pastry chef Michelle Rizzolo, who started BSB with Wojtowicz in 2008. Later the couple married and wrote the luscious seasonal cookbook Big Sur Bakery: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant. Mike Gilson (pictured right) is the third partner.
"Mike and I both love Phil's food and feel very, very connected to it," she added. "The menu changes with every batch of produce that comes in."
Wojtowicz ... Read More
Sept 6, 2016 - Less than a year after opening their delightful Carmel Valley garden bistro, chef Fabrice Roux and his wife Jennifer are scouting locations for two more restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula.
"We already have the concepts planned," says Jennifer. "One will be all things Asian, with French techniques, and the other will be an earthy French country-style place with cassoulets and confit."
Right now they are searching for the right venues to realize their dreams in Pacific Grove or Carmel or at the mouth of the Valley. "It has to be the perfect fit," she says. "We want it to feel as if we are welcoming you into our home to eat as we do."
While waiting for the perfect ... Read More
Sept 6, 2016 - A hopeful new chapter in the long and twisted narrative that is the Chalone AVA began back in April when Michael Michaud returned to the winery as consulting winemaker, 20 years after he departed the place.
At the time, Michaud told us, “I had always said to the members of my original staff and to my family that if someone would rescue Chalone from the corporate scenario, I would be happy to come back and help. The biggest challenge now is trying to build awareness of the Chalone AVA. In the last decade, there has not been much education in the marketplace about it.”
He noted that plans were in the works to get the ... Read More
September 6, 2016 - The sound of trumpets and the aromas of exotic spices will fill the air at the Mole & Mariachi Festival taking place at the Santa Cruz Mission State Park on Saturday, September 10.
Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates our region’s heritage and close ties to Mexican culture with music, food and fun. Four mariachi bands with perform—including an all-female ensemble called the Mariachi Feminil Orgullo Mexicano—and nine local chefs are competing for bragging rights to the best mole in town.
Mole (pronounced MOLE-lay) is a Mexican sauce that excites chefs and diners alike, because of its complexity and because unsweetened chocolate is often used to create a bass note in ... Read More
August 31, 2016 - New Seasons Market—the parent company of New Leaf Community Markets in Santa Cruz—has announced plans to open a 23,000 sq ft store at the intersection of Rio Rd. and Crossroads Blvd. in Carmel.
The long-rumored opening is not expected to take place until spring 2019, according to a news release from the Portland-based natural foods chain.
“Locals will have a neighborhood grocer offering organic favorites paired with everyday grocery classics, served up by friendly staff,” the release said.
The store will go into a new shopping center, called the Rio Ranch Marketplace, being developed by Foothill Partners—the same group that brought Trader Joe’s to Monterey and is ... Read More