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  • “Gut-Friendly” Shop Opening in Santa Cruz

    January 16, 2018 - An exciting new food shop dedicated to gut health is taking shape on Locust Street in Santa Cruz. "We may be the most gut-friendly store on the planet," says owner Mark Kaltenbacher, who also owns Central Coast Juicery in Pacific Grove.

    The as-yet-unnamed shop at 111 Locust St. has just received Health Department certification for its all-raw, organic kitchen and is opening sporadically and training staff as it begins stocking shelves with foods rich in prebiotics and probiotics. 

    Once it fully opens in mid-February, the shop will stock grab and go items that promote gut health, such as yogurts, vegan pizzas, falafels, veggie burgers, meal bars and salads with prebiotic dressings and kraut crackers, ... Read More

  • 11th Hour to Open Santa Cruz Coffee House

    January 16, 2018 - Farmers market coffee roasters Brayden and Joel Estby, who founded 11th Hour Coffee about a year ago, are getting ready to open their first bricks and mortar coffee house in downtown Santa Cruz. They will begin by offering their coffee at the Food Lounge Pantry and talks are still underway regarding their upcoming location.

    "It was really the environment of coffee houses that got me into this business in the first place. I love the way they connect people and enable conversations and friendships,"says Brayden, adding that learning the craft of coffee roasting and serving came afterwards.

    He started out roasting coffee beans at home and as the business took off the brothers ... Read More

  • New 1833 Owners Take Charge

    January 9, 2018 - Restaurant 1833 has been closed since Thanksgiving. And, though there is no date set yet for its reopening, the anticipation is palpable. As new owner Constance Laub says, “It's just so hard waiting.”

    The Stokes Adobe first opened as a restaurant in 1950, but its history reaches back to its namesake year – 1833 – when Hoge and Benjamin Day developed the property for Ambrose Tomlinson. James Stokes, a British sailor turned pharmacist, purchased the property from Tomlinson and expanded the structure, adding seven more rooms and a second story. Years later Gallatin Powers acquired the property and opened the first restaurant in the adobe, Gallatin’s. In its heyday Gallatin’s attracted politicians of note as ... Read More

  • Ramen is Back in Monterey

    January 9, 2018 - Soft opening of a brand new ramen restaurant in Monterey is expected to take place later this week. Toribashi is opening at 487 Alvarado Street, right in between Poke Lab and Revival Ice Cream, replacing Alvarado Ramen which closed last fall.

    The new owner, Sam Park, brings new recipes and more than 30 years experience cooking in Toyko and Santa Clara, where he owns Sushi O Sushi.

    The 39-seat counter-service restaurant has been renovated and staff training gets underway this week, along with menu tweaking during January. The official Grand Opening takes place on February 8.

    Toribashi will feature authentic traditional Japanese ramen with a California spin. Broths are prepared using high-quality ingredients and ... Read More

  • Happy Girl Dumps Four Barrel Over Harassment

    January 8, 2018 - Following charges of sexual harassment made against the founder of Four Barrel Coffee, Happy Girl Kitchen in Pacific Grove has dumped the San Francisco roaster saying its coffee “is starting to taste bitter. Real bitter.”

    Former employees filed a lawsuit Friday against Four Barrel founder Jeremy Tooker, alleging he sexually assaulted several women, harassed others and created a toxic work environment.

    In a letter to Four Barrel also sent to the media, Happy Girl owners Jordan and Todd Champagne wrote:

    “After reading the reports of sexual harassment and allegations filed against Jeremy Tooker we started to investigate to uncover the truth. We are living in a different time now spawned by the #MeToo movement ... Read More

  • Wildest beer festival returns in 2018

    December 19, 2017 - After a one-year hiatus, Twisted Tasting is back and tickets are now on sale—what better present to give or to get this holiday season? The beer bacchanalia takes place in Santa Cruz on February 17 as part of SF Beer Week.

    "Our challenge this time is to make the Civic Auditorium feel like a disco in the 70s," says organizer Emily Thomas of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. To help with the big hair, she is bringing in Seattle drag queen Harlotte O'Scara. 

    Expect mirrored balls and a Studio 54 vibe. Dress to impress and be prepared to boogie in between brews.

    "In the beginning we would focus on going out and finding really mind-bending beers ... Read More

  • Earthbound Farm’s Organic Farm Stand to Shutter for Major Renovations

    December 19, 2017 - Earthbound Farm’s farm stand, beloved in the region for the organic groceries, special events and casual, accessible, and high-quality organic farm-to-table dining experience it provides, will close for about three months of major renovations on January 7th.

    “The farm stand has been an iconic part of Carmel Valley for the past 25 years, a destination for what is organic,” says Jonathan Bagley, the farm stand’s general manager. “The goal is to serve our mission and serve our guests in the best possible way and that becomes increasingly difficult when the infrastructure is so badly in need of repair,” Bagley added, noting that the foundation of the more than 100-year-old historic building, which was moved to the ... Read More

  • Organic Produce Network Brings Out the Growers

    December 19, 2017 - Driven by the 75-million strong millennial generation, the organic sector is growing fast according to speakers at the Organic Grower Summit put on by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network in Monterey last week. "Wall Street is bullish on organics, it's big, it's growing and it's on trend," investment banker Scott LaRue told the 800 conference goers.

    While organic produce still represents only 12% of sales, it is growing 13 times faster than the food industry as a whole. According to research presented by LaRue:

    81% of millennials want to know how their food is produced

    81% of millennials at willing to pay more for foods benefitting their health

    73% are willing to pay more for ... Read More

  • The Wine House Comes to Town

    December 12, 2017 - What is now The Wine House used to be part of an historic Carmel Valley dairy farm, but will not, to my knowledge, be serving milk. Cheese, though, will be a staple, along with charcuterie and a wealth of food options that go beyond typical bar snacks.

    Now that all permits are in place, The Wine House will have its official soft opening this Thursday, December 14. A grand opening will follow in the next few weeks.

    The brain child and “baby” of sisters Charlotte Beshoff Joyce and Rachel Beshoff, The Wine House was conceived of as a proper wine bar, where both wine and beer would sate the thirsts of the ... Read More

  • Carmel Poke Co. Opening Friday

    December 12, 2017 - Carmel is getting its own poke shop beginning Friday, when the Carmel Poke Co. opens at the Crossroads shopping center in the space formerly occupied by Island Taco.

    “We’re very excited to be able to offer a very healthy and quick spot that’s going to be a great place for people from Carmel and Carmel Valley or people on their way to and from Big Sur,” says Alessia Ucelli, who owns the new eatery with her husband Brian Gorrell, a local fisherman.

    Ucelli says they will feature as much local fish as possible, including Dungeness crab poke bowls and ceviche made with local cod when available.

    Also on the menu is the original Hawaiian-style poke, which is ... Read More

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