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Talbott Vineyards Sold to E. & J. Gallo Winery -

splash-nine-largeAugust 26, 2015 – Robert Talbott, Inc. announced today that an agreement has been reached to sell the Talbott Vineyards business and related assets including their Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in Monterey County’s Santa Lucia Highlands to E. & J. Gallo Winery.

In 1982 Robb Talbott established one of the California Central Coast’s most highly regarded estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay programs at Talbott Vineyards. This was developed by featuring two of Monterey County’s grand cru vineyard sites: The Diamond T Vineyard in Carmel Valley and the legendary 525 acres of vineyard at Sleepy Hollow, in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The two vineyards offer different growing conditions, yielding rich and distinctive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that embody their unique terroirs.

“Our family is proud of our pioneering role in Monterey County … Read More

Truck Stop 831 launches pop up series -

11222888_10153542245708000_7807938710394937653_nAugust 25, 2015 – Is the Monterey Bay area finally getting a food truck culture? Last Saturday night hundreds of people flocked to the Food Truck Block Party in Watsonville, First Friday in Santa Cruz now features two food trucks on Abbott Square and this weekend Truck Stop 831 is launching its first event in the parking lot of Northridge Mall in Salinas. The “Endless Summer” Food Truck Party will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Aug 29-30 from 11am to 4pm. It will feature five to seven food trucks each day, along with live music, a bounce house and skate ramp. Organizer Domingo Rivera says this weekend is just the first of many events he’s planning. 

“I love food trucks because the chefs are the most passionate, grassroots people … Read More

Basil recovering quickly from fire -

55f49627-f163-4801-aa03-ecfdbc60fd73August 18, 2015 – Construction crews are working day and night to repair damage at Carmel’s Basil Seasonal Dining, which was closed by a smoky blaze on the first day of the Concours d’Elegance last week. Chef Soerke Peters says the fire broke out in old insulation in the wall between the stove and the dining room forcing the evacuation of diners and staff during lunch service on August 12. Firefighters managed to remove newly upholstered banquettes before hacking through the wall to put out the fire. “We are hoping to reopen by early next week,” says Peters. 

“I feel bad for our customers who had reservations with us during car week that we had to cancel, so we’re planning to do a re-opening party for everybody as soon … Read More

West End Celebration Kicks off Friday -

WECposterartsm copyAugust 18, 2015 – Sand City hosts the 14th annual West End Celebration this weekend, showcasing the visual, performing and culinary arts taking place on a daily basis in renovated buildings along the west end of the city.

In addition to two days of song and dance—with a dynamic line-up of bands, ensembles, duos and soloists, as well as more than a dozen open studio tours—there will be plenty of food and beverage to sip, sample and savor. Here are a few of the foodie stops worth making:

Sweet Elena’s: Since 1992, celebrated pastry chef Elena Salsedo-Steele has been serving up sweets in her artisan bakery, Sweet Elena’s, where everything is made from scratch and enjoyed fresh. She opened the bakery café following a 14-year tenure as pastry chef … Read More

Spotlight on young exec chef at HGP Dinner -

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Chef John Paul Lechtenberg and Hollins House mixologist Todd McAtavey

August 18, 2015 – It is probably safe to assume that not many twelve year olds sit around pondering farm-to-table cuisine. But for John Paul Lechtenberg, Executive Chef at Hollins House in Santa Cruz, that’s when his first lightbulb food moment happened. He was on a train trip through Canada and ended up eating at a restaurant that had a hydroponic garden. That meal drew a connection for him, linking the farm and the dinner table. That was in 1996 and he’s been connecting the dots ever since.

The chef, who goes by JP, grew up eating Filipino and German recipes. His multicultural background afforded an interesting view on the “similarities but complete differences” in his first food experiences. “I … Read More

Hunter Hill owners set to retire, winery put up for sale -

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Christine and Vann Slatter of Hunter Hill Wines

August 18, 2015 – Vibrant, energetic and beautiful, Christine Slatter doesn’t look like your stereotypical great grandmother or someone about to “retire” any time soon. When we caught up for a quick chat, Christine and husband Vann had just welcomed their new great grandson, were getting organized for the rush of bottling prior to a very early harvest and had just listed their beloved farm, where they’ve lived for 47 years, on the market. A decision they arrived at after much thoughtful discussion.

They’d already decided not to make wine for the 2015 vintage, and were happy to have sold the lions share of their grapes: just a wee bit of Merlot and Zin were still available as of press (ahem) time.… Read More

We want to get to know you! -

7148e424-84a4-4c00-b659-64c5f3e6a162August 18, 2015 – Are you a reader of Edible Monterey Bay magazine? Would you like to tell us what you love about the magazine and help us plan future coverage? Then please fill out our reader survey by August 31 and we’ll enter you to win free local food and wine event tickets!

Meantime, you can also share your thoughts at one of our fall issue release parties! But RSVP soon—space is limited at both of these free events! We’ll hold the first on the beautiful patio at Laili in Santa Cruz on Wednesday September 9 from 5-7pm. There will be a cash bar and a tantalizing array of complimentary appetizers, including Mediterranean plates, nan and mini bolanis. The second will be at the colorful and eclectic Haute EnchiladaRead More

Mozaic opening today in Santa Cruz -

ae9e08f2-4b49-428f-be25-bf72c866de4a-1August 11, 2015 – The folks behind Yafa and Dametra Mediterranean restaurants in Carmel are opening their first outpost today in downtown Santa Cruz. Mozaic at 110 Church St, just off Pacific Avenue, occupies a 150 seat space formerly home to Louie’s Cajun Grill and Clouds. “Our menu is similar to Dametra with kababs and Greek and Italian specialties, there’s also a nice selection of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes,” said manager Jay Dib. The interior has been completely remodeled with colorful Turkish crafts.

There are Turkish textiles on the walls in the entry way, lending warmth, and the space is lit by an exotic handblown chandelier that gives off a kaleidoscope of colored light. New pendant lights over the long bar look like ancient Greek mosaics and newly painted … Read More

Bill Lee at it again with Pink Shack -

1229f8ee-874c-4491-9e7b-afdf9f8b70bcAugust 11, 2015 – Indomitable restauranteur Bill Lee has a new project up his sleeve. After leaving Rocky Point restaurant earlier this summer, you may recall he started up a summertime shave ice catering business. Now he’s planning a new venture in Carmel Valley called the Pink Shack. It’s named for the tropical paintings by Steve Barton that once adorned the walls at his famed Bahama Billy’s eatery in Carmel. Lee is planning a casual place that reflects the holiday island mood of the paintings. 

He’s picked out a village location on Del Fino Place that offers a wide sun-drenched patio where guests can order casual food, sip a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful Carmel Valley view.

“We envision a popular destination for ‘townies’ to take a … Read More

Belgian Brewery set for Cannery Row -

b35d6ab1-a310-494f-aa3d-8f5f47552ba8August 11, 2015 – Belgian Pacific is “just three Belgian guys who want to share the beer culture of Belgium with Monterey,” explains Fabrice Rondia—one of the three. Along with partners Damien Georis and Jonathan Geisler, Rondia is creating a beer tasting room and brewery on Cannery Row where visitors can learn about, experience, and appreciate the quality of Belgian beer.

The three guys are all originally from Belgium though they have been living on the Monterey Peninsula for varying lengths of time. Rondia has been here more than half his life. Having met through mutual friends, the three talked about introducing Belgian beer here and, on a trip back to Belgium, Georis found Leopold 7.

Leopold 7 is brewed by the Brasserie de Marsinne in the small village of … Read More

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