Trailside to become Wave St. Cafe -

603409_424601204250139_1480167719_nJuly 28, 2015 – Good news for fans of Monterey’s Trailside Café. Owners closed the Monterey location last week to concentrate on their new Trailside Café and Beer Garden in Carmel Valley village, but now there’s word that the popular breakfast and lunch spot will be re-opening in August as the Wave St. Cafe. Veteran restauranteur Jack Hakim and his daughters Jennifer Kadosh and Lisa Allen are taking over the spot and will run it in addition to their retro, year-old Googie Grill in Seaside. Allen says they will give the place a facelift, put in new furniture and start over with a “fresh new vibe.”

“I’m really excited, but at the same time kind of overwhelmed,” she says. Like the old place, which first opened in 1998, Wave St. … Read More

Stealth opening for new wine bar -

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 10.30.12 AMJuly 28, 2015 – In something of a stealth opening, winemaker Ray Franscioni has remodeled and reopened the former Ventana tasting room in Monterey as the Roadhouse Wine Bar. There are no signs up yet, but the wine bar—attached to Tarpy’s Roadhouse on Highway 68—serves wines every day  from 11am to 7pm from Franscioni’s Puma Road and Pessagno wineries—two of Monterey County’s most prestigious labels. “It’s a great central location and a building with lots of character,” says manager Tracie Wilkinson. 

Renovation of the old stone house included removing interior walls to open up views of the outdoor pond. A semi-private dining space with a fireplace was created for small group tastings or meetings and there are two tasting bars.

Wilkinson pours a full spectrum of 18 Puma Road … Read More

A Day on Monterey Bay: Where to Eat and Drink -

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The Monterey Bay area is jam packed with year-round organic farms and seasonal farm-to-table eating experiences. While most visitors come for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium or the stunning seascapes of Big Sur just to the south, our favorite places offer an authentic taste of the region.

Expedia has teamed up with Edible Feast and Edible Monterey Bay magazine to bring you a food and drink lover’s perfect day. In spring, be sure to look for locally grown artichokes and strawberries, in summer juicy red raspberries, in fall apples and wine grapes, and in winter Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Tour Monterey in photos. Start your day at Companion Bakeshop in Santa Cruz, where Highway 1 enters town from the north. Read the full Monterey Read More

Carmel Valley Ranch debuts new Valley Kitchen -


July 21, 2015 – After a six-month renovation that has moved through the property like a summer wind, Carmel Valley Ranch is ready to open its new, expanded restaurant this Friday by inviting everyone into the kitchen. Understanding that the restaurant is the hub of the Ranch, and the kitchen is the heart of the home, Chef Tim Wood and his staff have replaced the legendary “Lodge” restaurant with Valley Kitchen—a place where chefs can experiment, guests can gather, and everyone can commune on valley cuisine crafted from the bounty of the area.

“Chef Wood takes his inspiration from the people around him—guests, local vendors, and a diverse staff, who feel like family as they bring to him the flavors and foods of their cultures,” says Director of Restaurant Operations … Read More

Holman Ranch picnic raises the bar on local farm-to-table events -

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Picnicking families enjoying delicious wine and food and stunning views

June 21, 2015 – Holman Ranch’s farm-to-table picnic held on July 15 easily lived up to expectations that it would prove to be one of the most exciting and unique local food and wine events of the summer.

The grand finale of the winery’s 2015 In Your Backyard event series, the evening combined the intimacy, community spirit and farm-fresh ingredients of a sit-down farm-to-table dinner with the freedom and conviviality of a strolling wine and food event.

Sponsored by Edible Monterey Bay, the In Your Backyard finale was set outdoors among Holman’s ravishing historic stone building and hilltop organic vineyards in Carmel Valley.

Holman owners and superlative hosts Hunter Lowder and Nick Elliott set the stage, offering guests the chance … Read More

Randall Grahm’s quest for genius grapes, cash -

_ZERMhhoBDogTUpM3eXQJd90i97DY1tpGMsKoi3uH1W7Vd5cQz_6sn8ivKBKLoqgnJvXew=s2048July 21, 2015 – Winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards is on quest to discover new breeds of “genius grapes” and today he launched a crowd-funding campaign to finance his dream to the tune of $350,000. EMB first reported his plans last spring, but we weren’t sure how serious he was until the indiegogo site went live at 6:30am this morning. He plans to breed 10,000 completely new varieties of grapes on his ranch in San Juan Bautista, hoping to find a New World “Grand Cru” that has drought resistance, disease resistance and is “unspeakably delicious.”

The project will take place at his Popelouchum Vineyards, a magical place with good geology that Grahm believes has the potential to produce grapes that express the site’s unique terroir

Nearly $20,000 … Read More

Mission Hill Creamery celebrates 5th Anniversary -


Dave Kumec of Mission Hill Creamery

July 21, 2015 – It is hard to imagine life here in Santa Cruz without artisanal ice cream. No matter the time of day or month on the calendar, you cannot be downtown without seeing someone licking a cone. Believe it or not, this was not the case a mere five years ago. Getting an ice cream cone involved a car ride across town for a scoop of something that didn’t mention ingredient sourcing or what was actually in that sweet treat. Emulsifiers? Corn syrup? Hormone-infused milk? Maybe…

But then Dave Kumec came to town. His vision was to bring the “farm to scoop” movement here, seeing the trend in artisan ice cream growing and realizing that we were primed to receive it. A … Read More

Taylor Farms new HQ a boost for Oldtown Salinas -


Inside new Taylor Farms HQ

July 14, 2015 – The once sleepy streets of Oldtown Salinas are beginning to look a lot more lively, with 400 employees moving into the new Taylor Farms HQ this week. The 5-story neoclassic building occupies a full city block at 150 Main St. adjacent to the Steinbeck Center. “Bruce Taylor designed it purposely without a cafeteria, so workers would have to get out at lunch time,” said Salinas Chamber of Commerce President Paul Farmer.

Oldtown eateries like Giorgio’s and Ticino Café have been eagerly awaiting the influx of potential customers and new businesses like Blue Aces Bake Shoppe are booming.

Participants in the Forbes Ag-Tech Summit last week were the first to experience the new HQ at a reception in the … Read More

New Book Spotlights Carmel Legends -

0201CARMcvr.inddJuly 7,  2015 – Carmel is more than spectacular scenery, quaint homes and exclusive businesses, it’s a community of people who make the place so special. That’s the premise behind a new book called Legendary Locals of Carmel-by-the-Sea written by frequent EMB contributor Lisa Crawford Watson. She packs it with 190 luminaries who have contributed to the character of Carmel—everyone from Ansel Adams, Doris Day and Clint Eastwood to restauranteurs Walter Georis, Rich Pepe and Tony Tollner. 

“This was a labor of love,” says Crawford Watson. “I took it on because this is my home, and because my grandmother, Ruth Watson, was a true Carmel character and a gormandizer of the culture of this community.”

The author remembers being taken to the Spinning Wheel restaurant—where Aubergine is currently located—by her … Read More

Farm-to-freezer pops sweeten hot summer days -

IMG_4967June 30, 2015 – It is a brutally hot summer day and my toddler is in desperate need of some cooling renewal. She squeals with delight at the sight of popsicles, while I internally dread the repercussions a sweet treat will incur. But wait just a minute, now I’m the one squealing with delight upon realizing that these are not your typical popsicles. Carrot, orange, ginger are the flavors of the drippy, sticky, cold delight covering my girl’s face and bringing so much joy. And I’m a happy mom, knowing that the newest farmer’s market vendor is Inzane Pops.

Kalisa Colton, co-owner of Inzane Pops with partner Jonathan Magnusson-Gumm, is also a happy mom. Some would say that creativity can blossom from struggle, which happens to be the story … Read More