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  • Tickets Now Live for Pebble Beach Food & Wine

    February 19, 2019 - The online ticketing site for Pebble Beach Food & Wine has just gone live for the general public along with a line up of ridiculously luxurious events taking place from April 11-14.

    "It's epic," says organizer David Bernahl. "We're so lucky that people love good wine and good food and good chefs and like to party in such a beautiful place."

    Now in its 12th year, PBF&W 2019 includes a "Decadence Dinner" with chef Alain Passard of the three-Michelin starred restaurant L'Arpège in Paris, well known for his appearance on Chef's Table. And it also includes an event called "Aviary Live from Pebble Beach," with the people behind what's considered the world's best bar.   

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  • Wild Thyme Set to Open in Salinas this Weekend

    February 19, 2019 - The long-awaited new Salinas location for Wild Thyme is set to open this weekend. "It's going to be everything we used to do in Marina and more," says owner Terry Teplitzky, who closed his Marina deli last June to concentrate on building out the new location at 1366 S. Main St. next door to Zeph's One Stop.

    Teplitzky's homemade corned beef and pastrami will still play a starring role on the menu, but the new spot will be open from 6:30am to 8:30pm so breakfast items have been added, including bagels and lox flown in from the East Coast. He's using Brooklyn's ACME Smoked Fish to also source herring, whiting and smoked whitefish—making ... Read More

  • Sante Arcangeli to Open Aptos Tasting Room

    February 19, 2019 - With hopes of helping create a new high-end tasting destination and a gateway to the Corralitos Wine Trail, Sante Arcangeli Family Wines is planning a new tasting room in the soon-to-open Aptos Village Development.

    "We'll have a small space connected with a barn door to our friends at the Sockshop and Shoe Company next door," says owner John Benedetti, who hopes to open by June.

    The new tasting room will be just up the block from David Kinch's new restaurant, Mentone, and across the Village Green from the planned New Leaf market.

    "We've been talking with the folks at Armitage Wine and Cantine and are hoping to create a pretty fun community space and an ... Read More

  • Dream Inn Opens Jack O’Neill Restaurant

    February 12, 2019 - The Dream Inn is leaning into local with the opening of the new Jack O’Neill Restaurant in the space that was formerly Aquarius, overlooking Cowell Beach and the Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz.

    To prepare for the new surfside restaurant—set to open to the public on February 20—the hotel has joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program for the first time and started sourcing produce from local farms. It has also introduced a new bar menu using Santa Cruz-made Venus spirits, Santa Cruz Mountain wines and local craft beers, and it is partnering with the O’Neill Sea Odyssey teaching vessel so that staff members will be able to tell the story of the Monterey ... Read More

  • Route 1 Farms Going on Hiatus; Groundswell to Farm Ocean St. Extension

    February 12, 2019 - One of Santa Cruz’s longest-running and most beloved organic farms is taking a break in 2019.

    “Our hope is that after dealing with some structural, financial and personal issues we will be back again in 2020,” farmer-proprietor Jeff Larkey wrote in a message to the farm’s customers posted on its website. “It’s been a great and long run but it’s time for some changes.”

    As part of the break, Rt. 1 will not be offering a CSA this year and will likely wind down its farmers’ market stands by the end of February. Larkey has also transferred operations of the 14-acre Ocean Street extension property he has farmed since 1981 to Groundswell Farm.

    But Larkey, who was one ... Read More

  • Friend in Cheeses Launching Social Enterprise Serving Farmers

    February 5, 2019 - The creative and community-minded jam maker behind Electric Beetroot Confiture and the Drought Responsibility Project is getting ready to launch a new social enterprise to turn would-be waste into tasty jams, jellies, vinegars, shrubs and maybe even flavored salts for local breweries, wineries, nonprofits and small organic farms—products that can help them earn extra revenues.

    “This will hopefully be a game-changer for all of us. It’s a win-win on so many levels,” says Tabitha Stroup, chef-proprietor of Friend In Cheeses Jam Co., of her new co-packing project, Terroir in a Jar. “I’m super excited about it.”

    After noticing that particularly at peak of harvest, local farmers were being forced to either turn excess food into compost, ... Read More

  • Mezzaluna Takes Over Bistro Roux

    January 29, 2019 - After a short-lived run at the former location of Fifi's in Pacific Grove, Bistro Roux served its final meal last night. The restaurant at 1188 Forest Ave. has been acquired by chef Soerke Peters, who plans to reopen it in 3 to 4 weeks as Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar.

    "It will serve the kind of comfort food everybody loves, something I can eat everyday," says Peters, who before arriving in our area cooked Tuscan food in New York City and Northern Italian cuisine at Ca Del Sole in Hollywood. 

    The new all-organic restaurant will serve a simple menu of charcuterie, mozzarella, salads, pastas and gelato—all made in house. "We're making our own mozzarella di Bufala with local ... Read More

  • Snap Taco Coming to Santa Cruz

    January 26, 2019 - The talented team behind the Penny Ice Creamery and the Picnic Basket in Santa Cruz is gearing up to launch a new restaurant called Snap Taco in the building that used to house Assembly Restaurant.

    "It's going to be a new school taco joint with flavors inspired from all over planet earth," says Zach Davis, co-owner with Kendra Baker. "The idea is to do something fun and casual that's family-friendly. I think that's what people are looking for."

    Davis and Baker are partnering on Snap Taco with chef Mark Denham, formerly of Soif and La Posta, and manager Sarah Shields. They hope to open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch by the end of February.

    In addition ... Read More

  • Manresa’s David Kinch Planning New Cookbook

    January 22, 2019 - David Kinch, chef-proprietor of the 3-starred Manresa and owner of The Bywater and Manresa Bread as well as a long-time Santa Cruz resident, is getting ready to write his second cookbook.

    Kinch’s first cookbook, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed Manresa: An Edible Reflection, written with Christine Muhlke with photography by Eric Wolfinger, offered copious essays from Kinch about his philosophy and inspirations, as well as detailed recipes for producing dishes exactly as they were made at the time by he and the other chefs and cooks in Manresa’s fine-dining kitchen.

    For the new cookbook, Kinch is partnering with Devin Fuller, a former Manresa team member and a long-time guest at the raucous dinner parties he throws for ... Read More

  • All-Star Lineup for GourmetFest 2019

    January 22, 2019 - Tickets have just gone on sale for GourmetFest—the four-day food and wine festival that runs from March 14-17. This year includes two off-site events with special appeal for local residents. Brand new this year is the Bluegrass and BBQ event at the Wine House in Carmel Valley on Friday, March 15, which celebrates rare wines of Monterey County and library releases from Joyce Vineyards and Testarossa, with a strolling BBQ lunch prepared by chefs Eduardo Marin of Solar de Las Animas, Adriano Venturini of Eden Roc Cap Cana and A.J. Buchanio of Magee Homestead.

    On Saturday, March 16, the Wild Mushroom Hunt and Lunch at the Santa Lucia Preserve returns, with ranger Chuck Bancroft leading the foraging hike, followed by a sumptuous wild mushroom ... Read More

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