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  • 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 much simpler ... Read More

  • Davenport Boasts Sustainable Seafood Secret

    December 12, 2017 - “Nothing happens fast in the abalone biz,” says Tom Ebert, owner of the American Abalone Farms (AAF) in Davenport. He is mostly speaking of the slow growth rate of the California red abalone that he farms here, where even the smallest ones take 2-3 years to mature. But his statement is also a little sarcastic, referring to the pace of progress he has seen running his business here since 1994.

    From an outsider’s point of view, Ebert’s perspective doesn’t seem true. A new venture for the farm began over Labor Day, launching a marketplace, oyster bar and seafood take-out spot on weekends, and has quickly drawn attention to this hidden ... Read More

  • EcoFarm 2018 Digs Deep Into the Soil

    December 12, 2017 - As any farmer can tell you, it all begins with the soil. And that’s the focus of EcoFarm Conference 2018, coming up in the last week of January: renewing and regenerating the ground beneath our feet.

    The 38th annual conference at Asilomar, Jan. 24-27, will focus on what is called regenerative agriculture, a recent and growing movement that combines time-honored practices of caring for the soil with new science that proposes to rebalance the global carbon cycle and slow climate change. And the theme, “Sow Good,” nods to the impact that farmers can make in aiding the environment.

    This year, workshops on the elements of healthy soil, how to create it, and ... Read More

  • Celebrate At Our Winter Issue Release Parties

    November 30, 2017 - It’s party time and we’d like to invite all our dear readers and advertisers to help us celebrate the release of the winter issue of Edible Monterey Bay. You can pick up your complimentary copy of the latest issue and toast the holiday season with a delicious glass of bubbly at Equinox Sparkling Wine in Santa Cruz on Thursday, December 14 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

    Tasty small bites from West End Tap next door will be available along with a cash bar. Equinox tasting room is nestled in the Swift St. Courtyard, so come early to browse all the wonderful shops and tasting rooms. We all deserve that extra glass of wine ... Read More

  • Homeless Garden Project: A Volunteer’s Point of View

    What drew me to food was how its physiological and emotional aspects intersected beautifully to draw people together. To unite people around one table—enjoying each other’s company and conversation while simultaneously respecting, celebrating, and learning from one another’s differences—is indeed something that in today’s climate seems increasingly difficult to accomplish.

    I was driving down Delaware Road in Santa Cruz on my way to the Seymour Center when I noticed an unassuming sign announcing a u-pick farm. Enticed, I decided to turn right on Shaffer Road, passed a sign that read “Planting Seeds, Transforming Lives” and dead-ended into a 3.5 acre farm, marked by a small farm stand and another sign welcoming me to the Homeless Garden Project. Little did ... Read More

  • New Chef for Soif in Santa Cruz

    December 5, 2017 - Wine-centric Soif restaurant in Santa Cruz has a new chef, Marshall Bishop. He's a world traveler who has trained and worked in some of the best restaurants of San Francisco and is a native of Merced.

    "I’m super excited. He’s a really nice guy, very positive and forward thinking. He’s been working in some great places, so I’m optimistic," says Soif owner Patrice Boyle. 

    Chef Marshall started learning about cooking at age 12 from his grandmother, who taught him the importance of fresh, local ingredients cooked from scratch with lots of love.

    He graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu program of The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. There he gained experience in the kitchens ... Read More

  • Rexford to Open Carmel Valley Tasting Room

    December 5, 2017 - Santa Cruz' Rexford Winery is opening a tasting room in Carmel Valley Village, in the space previously occupied by Holman Ranch. Rexford already has a tasting room on Ingalls Street in Santa Cruz and owners hope the second location will help them reach more people.

    "My son and I essentially run the whole winery and really enjoy being in the tasting room on the weekends," says Joe Miller, adding that son Sam will handle the Carmel Valley location. 

    Joe, a retired UC Santa Cruz astrophysicist, and Sam, a jazz guitarist, share winemaking duties and the elder Miller has been teaching courses on wine appreciation for 40 years. "We do a lot of our sales ... Read More

  • Tanja’s Legacy: A Generation That Cares for the Planet

    December 5, 2017 - When Tanja Roos departs MEarth in February 2018, she’ll be the last of the founding generation to leave.

    Roos came to the 10-acre Hilton Bialek Habitat property in 2003 as an intern to work with Craig Hohenberger, who had received approval to use an abandoned Christmas tree farm adjacent to Carmel Middle School for the Habitat, and Ellen Fondiler, who was making preparations for the organic garden. Roos quickly became integral to the Habitat and co-founded MEarth (pronounced Me-earth), a separate not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring kids to appreciate the natural world through experience-based learning at the Habitat. The organization’s values mirror Roos’ passions: sustainability, education, stewardship, community, integrity, and leadership.

    “I have an ... Read More

  • Carmel Valley Chophouse Aims for Saturday Opening

    November 28, 2017 - The ribbon cutting ceremony has been announced and—if you peek through the windows—there’s already glassware on the table! Staff training is underway and it appears the Carmel Valley Chophouse is just about ready open. Owners say they hope to get final permits by Saturday, when they've scheduled the ribbon-cutting for 2-4pm.

    Chef Fabrice Roux and Jennifer Roux, the husband-wife team behind Roux, are opening their second Carmel Valley restaurant in the space on Center Street that was previously occupied by Lokal Restaurant. The idea behind the Carmel Valley Chophouse is a tribute to the Valley and its community. Imagine a salt of the earth steakhouse infused with innovation that comes from featuring locally-grown produce.

    A native of ... Read More

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