Super Star chef snagged for Restaurant 1833 -
Chef Jason Franey

Chef Jason Franey

October 30, 2014 - Our stellar local restaurant scene is about to glow even more brightly with the addition of award-winning chef Jason Franey at Restaurant 1833 in Monterey.

James Beard award finalist and one of Food & Wine magazine’s best new chefs of 2011, Franey is currently executive chef at Seattle’s landmark Canlis restaurant and will start as executive chef at Restaurant 1833 in mid-December.

The Monterey restaurant is the flagship property of David Bernahl’s Coastal Luxury Management, which runs Pebble Beach Food & Wine and this year opened highly acclaimed new restaurants in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

“I’m super excited about the move,” said Franey, “I’ve been participating in Pebble Beach Food & Wine for the past three years and it’s exciting to be … Read More

Battlefields to Farmfields: Farmer-Vet Movement is heading our way -

10258356_521353854641732_7210191784422624274_oOctober 28, 2014 - After debuting in dozens of cities and towns around the United States including California, the award-winning documentary Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields is finally coming to the Monterey Bay area. Moving and informative, it portrays the experience of combat veterans who are finding their right livelihood in farming. Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance it will screen at the Veteran’s Hall in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday, November 8 from 7-9:30 pm. The event also features farm-fresh food from Local Harvest Catering using produce from the Homeless Garden Project, and a robust conversation with an expert panel.

The film is part of a social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning to careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan … Read More

Big Wine, Big Food, Big Trees at 6th Big Sur festival -

27579513-addf-4002-8639-de3052e8d19aOctober 28, 2014 - Sipping exquisite wine and food under a redwood canopy is just one option at an upcoming showcase of talented local chefs and wineries. The sixth annual Big Sur Food & Wine Festival kicks off Thursday, November 6, with a daytime Magical Mystery Tour of three private properties on the Big Sur coast followed by the Gateway to Big Sur gala at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands. The festival includes two more days of events in Big Sur at venues like the Henry Miller Library and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Organizer Toby Rowland-Jones is enthusiastic about this year’s program and is extremely proud that, since its inception in 2009, the BSF&W Festival has raised enough money to donate more than $100,000 to local nonprofits that serve the … Read More

Nubo Brewing set to open by end of year -

4d6070a4-5601-4cde-bd5b-b7cda7d655d4October 28, 2014 - Highly anticipated New Bohemia Brewing in Santa Cruz is on track to open by the end of the year. Brewer Dan Satterthwaite showed us around ahead of the Think Local evening he hosted for Event Santa Cruz last week. The sail shaped LEED certified building in Pleasure Point, which houses the brewery, will have a bar downstairs where the brewing will take place and another bar upstairs with glorious sunset views.

“Fifteen years ago the idea of Santa Cruz being a beer destination was…debatable, but now I’m set to be the eighth or ninth brewery in town,” said Satterthwaite, who co-founded the Seven Bridges Cooperative and serves as president of the Bay Brewers Guild. 

Nubo, as everyone calls it, will specialize in the European-style lagers of … Read More

Six-Star Dinner -
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Ventana Inn executive chef Paul Corsentino seasons a dish at the Captain Cooper school garden in Big Sur

October 24, 2014 – This is “The Story of the First-Ever Six-Star Dinner” prepared by Ventana Inn executive chef Paul Corsentino as a fundraiser for the organic garden at Captain Cooper Elementary School in Big Sur and beautifully written by literacy teacher Will Bans, who coordinated the effort.

The first star…

Cooper’s garden needed help.

For 20 years, the Children’s Garden at the school has provided students with a year-round connection to the Earth’s bounty of plants, vegetables and herbs.

It is one acre of beauty whether measured by the peek of the Pacific Ocean, or by its output: a small orchard of 16 fruit trees, 20 raised vegetable beds, two grape … Read More

Truck Stop Rolling Out at Lighthouse Field -

10629801_953959854620419_517080147353008728_nOctober 21, 2014 – Santa Cruz surfers rejoice! The Truck Stop—a fixture at the Live Oak Farmers’ Market—was just granted a concession to operate its popular food truck at Lighthouse Field State Beach.

Owner Fran Grayson says she’ll fire up the stoves within the next week or two in a space located between the lighthouse and the west parking lot.

“I want to serve the surfing community,” says Grayson, who with business partner Juan Cuevas also owns Branch Out Farm in Soquel. “I live on the Westside and we surf there at Steamer’s Lane, so it was a natural place to locate the truck.”

Grayson approached the California State Parks Department for the concession about a year ago and says the process was easier than she expected, “They didn’t drag … Read More

First Olive Growers Festival set for Carmel Valley -

10505557_798796656818003_1797003171206793180_nOctober 21, 2014 – Local growers will celebrate the early 2014 olive harvest at the 1st Annual Carmel Valley Olive Growers Fest on Saturday, November 8, 2014. “We have beautiful oils here. They can stand shoulder to shoulder with any oils in the world,” says Dr. Stephen Brabeck, proprietor of The Quail & Olive, a tasting room in Carmel Valley that will host the free event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clearly proud of the region’s oils, which he says rivals the quality of Greek and Italian oils, Brabeck points out that Carmel Valley growers such as Belle Vue and Tres Osos have won gold medals from the California Olive Oil Council: hundreds of California growers compete for this prestigious, hard-won distinction, and it is no mean feat. Other … Read More

Giorgio’s at 201 Main grand opening today -

DSCN4066October 21, 2014 – The long-awaited grand opening of Giorgio’s at the 201 Main complex in Salinas is today. At a soft opening over the weekend, diners had a chance to sample the menu, which features clearly marked vegetarian, vegan, 100% organic, grass-fed and free-range options. EMB surveyed the menu, sampled some of the food, and is happy to say that Executive Chef Alessio Giannuzzi’s dedication to great ingredients is paying off.

Starting with the ambiance; owners Gerry, Seamus, and Jesse Kehoe’s four long years of efforts have led to a polished jewel. The interior features backlit green onyx tops on both the bar and the chef’s table, which brings diners up close and personal with the pizza oven and open kitchen. Warm colors and lowered lights bring intimacy to … Read More

Trailside Café Carmel Valley is a Post-Hike Haven -

October 21, 2014 – TrailsideThe new Trailside Café and Beer Garden in Carmel Valley Village is nearly complete and owner Sean Allen hopes to open within the next week. While scoping out possible locations for his second Trailside Café, Sean stood on the deck of the old Toast Café and he found himself staring at the fire watchtower in Garland Ranch Regional Park atop a crest in the neighboring Santa Lucia Mountains.

He realized that this new location retained the relevance of the name—Trailside Café—and he set out to secure the space and transform it into a post-hike haven. After months of renovation, Trailside Café Carmel Valley has the look of a bucolic cabin. The motif continues inside with rough-hewn beams, a redwood bar, and lanterns. And a wood-burning stove … Read More

Commonwealth Wednesdays Debut in Carmel -

10255616_271900889654159_1708738055993064489_nOctober 14, 2014 – A weekly showcase for local food pioneers called Commonwealth Wednesdays debuts tomorrow at Carmel Belle and the very first event features the seasonal elixirs, shrubs and mixers of beverage artisan Lauren De Vine.

‘Commonwealth’ means ‘founded for the common well-being’ and, in this case, owners Jay and Chloe Dolata, Chef Kyle Odell, and the rest of the Carmel Belle team aim to connect local food pioneers with the community, for the good of all.

The Dolatas make an effort to operate as a community-minded business, purchasing products from local purveyors and farmers. Taking local sourcing a step further, Commonwealth Wednesdays will allow them to connect those people directly to the community. Once a week, Carmel Belle will host local food pioneers to highlight their products, share … Read More