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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

Caligra and Bottle Jack: Two Rising Stars from the Santa Cruz Mountains -

David Schutz of Caligra Wines

David Schutz of Caligra Wines

June 30,  2015 – Some may remember the quaint vineyard setting off Bean Creek Road in Scotts Valley where Roudon-Smith, one of the original wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains, once welcomed visitors to linger and picnic in the shady glen.

For a time, it became Skov Winery—the name owners David and Annette Hunt bestowed upon it in 2011—reflecting her Scandinavian heritage. The name means “forest” in Danish.

During this time, Scotts Valley resident, high tech marketing consultant, longtime home winemaker and avid biker, David Schutz, frequently bicycled past this barrel-festooned spot and observed the frenzy of harvest with a bit of envy. He’d been making wine with friends in various places, using pretty basic equipment. Then, one fall day as he rode by the … Read More

Mozaic taking over Louie’s in Santa Cruz -

d9a7c809-9bc0-4ebd-b45a-f1f6f804eb2eJune 23, 2015 – The folks behind Yafa and Dametra Mediterranean restaurants in Carmel are expanding to downtown Santa Cruz to open Mozaic in the space formerly occupied by Louie’s Cajun Kitchen by the end of July. “We’ve always loved Santa Cruz. It’s kind of bohemian and very open to our music and our foods,” says Ben Khader, who’s partnering on the new project with Faisal Nimri.

Yafa and Dametra are both popular with Carmel locals as places to enjoy good food and music in a great atmosphere with a friendly, homey feel.

“We want to bring in the best of Dametra and the best of Yafa and we are calling it Mozaic because it’s a beautiful combination of many pieces,” said Khader.

Dishes will include their signature chicken, shrimp … Read More

Il Grillo delights in Carmel -

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Executive Chef Brad Briske

June 23, 2015 – Late last week, Il Grillo—the cricket in Italian—called friends and family to preview what is to come from the new restaurant owned by Emanuele and Anna Bartolini, of Carmel’s wildly popular La Balena. Friday evening, we answered the cricket’s call and headed over to enjoy the summer evening on Il Grillo’s patio and taste some of the dishes that will be on the menu.

As we settled into the cozy table and chatted with the couple next to us, Anna brought us glasses of red wine to start and showed us the impromptu menu for the evening. Chef Brad Briske had handwritten his offerings on a thick piece of white cardboard. There were five carpaccio plates from which to choose. Carpaccio … Read More

Cremer House launches line of condiments -

7006cf38-8bbe-4cdd-855c-85231d956aa5-1June 16, 2015 – Good news for fans of Cremer House condiments. The popular gastro-pub in Felton is launching its own line of homemade spicy sauces and pickles within the next week. Botttles of Hen Sauce, tomato jam, cilantro mint chutney and amber ale mustard will soon start appearing on shelves at local New Leaf Community Markets and at Mountain Feed in Ben Lomond. The stores will also stock mason jars of seasonal pickled vegetables from local farms, made in the The Pantry next door to the restaurant by Emily Eder—aka the pickle girl.

Cremer House co-owner Emily Thomas says it was a natural progression for them, as the six-month-old restaurant begins to hit its stride. The other co-owner, Bob Locatelli, also owns the Felton and Boulder Creek New Leaf … Read More

Coniglios bring back taste of Med Market -

1465June 16, 2015 – People used to line up, tourists and locals side by side at the counter, to order fresh-made sandwiches, composed salads, and deli meats sliced to order. We’d wander the aisles, choosing house-made cookies, European chocolates, exotic olives, local and regional wines, and other indulgences. Then we’d walk across the street and disappear into Devendorf Park, or follow Ocean Avenue down to the sand for a picnic. We’d peel back the white paper wrapped round each purchase, and share.

This was the Mediterranean Market, an institution in the old milk bottle-shaped Carmel Dairy building at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Mission Street. Today, the building remains and is still under the auspices of early owners, the Coniglios, whose family is rooted in the Monterey Peninsula heritage … Read More

Join us for summer launch parties -

a786dd26-23a9-4d9f-995d-00d0ba96d66eJune 9, 2015 – Be sure to RSVP soon if you’d like to join us for our free summer issue release parties! At Carmel Belle in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, on Tuesday June 16 from 5–7pm, chef Kyle Odell will serve up complimentary appetizers including Glaum Ranch Deviled Eggs, Aged Cheddar Pannini Bites, Steak Lettuce Wraps, Roasted Local Vegetable Platters with house aioli and Organic Marinated Quinoa Salad. The party at The Cremer House in Felton on Monday June 15 from 5–8pm, the complimentary small bites will include house-baked Pretzels with Alehouse Mustard and Porter Cheese, Yam Chips with Mint Chutney, cheeses from Garden Variety Cheeses including one washed with Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Brown Ale and the restaurant’s new line of House Pickled Vegetables, Hen Sauce and Chutney. Both parties will … Read More

New Winery set to open at Former Chateau Julien -

e8cc1bd1-a0be-48d2-b3cb-4879ea11f885-1June 9, 2015 – The fast-growing Carmel Valley wine scene is about to get a fresh injection of excitement when Folktale Winery & Vineyards opens its doors on the former Chateau Julien estate next month.

Proprietor Gregory Ahn closed on the picturesque and unusually accessible 16-acre vineyard property—which features French Chateau-like buildings and runs from Carmel Valley Rd. to the banks of the Carmel River in Mid-Valley—in April. The Chateau Julien wine label will remain the property of founders Bob and Patty Bower, and has been relocated.

The name Folktale not only refers to what Ahn calls the magical nature of the place, but to story telling—and in particular, Ahn’s aim to tell the stories of Monterey County’s diverse, high-quality and unique terroir.

Beginning this summer, the winery will pour … Read More

Soif debuts new look, new menu items -

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Soif owner Patrice Boyle and chef Mark Denham

June 9, 2015 – Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar in downtown Santa Cruz is relaunching with a new open-plan kitchen and dining room, new menu items and a large new bar area.

Following an expansion and remodel that began in early May, Soif is holding soft opening dinners for family and friends and, if all goes well, is expected to reopen to the public within the next few days. A free Reopening Celebration is set for June 17 from 5-7pm and everyone is invited.

The wide-open kitchen is a focal point as you enter the restaurant, highlighting angular trapezoid beams above.

“Kitchen staff are happier when they can see people out there in the dining room enjoying the food they prepared,” said … Read More

The chef and the farmer at In Your Backyard -

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Chef Ken MacDonald

June 9, 2015 – Learn the secrets of farm-to-table cooking while enjoying award-winning wines from Holman Ranch. That’s the recipe for a lovely evening at the final regular session of EMB’s popular In Your Backyard series at Holman Ranch Tasting Room in Carmel Valley.

Executive chef Ken MacDonald of Edgar’s Restaurant at Quail Lodge is teaming up with Jamie Collins of Serendipity Farms on Tuesday, June 16 for the event, organized by Edible Monterey Bay so that readers can personally meet the local chefs, farmers, fishermen and food artisans who fill the pages of our magazine every quarter.

Using ultra-fresh, seasonal produce, chef Ken will demonstrate creative ways to make dishes that allow these signature ingredients to shine. Jamie Collins, who writes the column “What’s in Season” … Read More

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