November 29, 2016 - Celebrate the season and help us launch the brand-new winter issue of Edible Monterey Bay magazine at two exciting release parties coming up in two weeks. Our beautiful winter issue is going out to the stores this week. You can pick up your copy at one of our advertisers. Partial list here...
You can also pick up a copy at our release party at chef Brad Briske's Home restaurant in Soquel on Monday, December 12 and at Happy Girl Kitchen in Pacific Grove on Friday, Dec 16. Both events are free.
For those who haven't yet had a chance to try Home, the Soquel release party will be a real treat. Chef ... Read More
November 29, 2016 - "This is the one. Maybe the best OITF event ever!” read the caption of the photo Outstanding in the Field posted on their Instagram account about the event at Big Sur Land Trust’s Glen Deven Ranch. “The day, the place, the people, the food…it really was as good as it gets.”
Outstanding in the Field (OITF) founder, Jim Denevan, admitted that he almost regretted declaring that. “I’ve never said that before – ‘best event ever’ – because I don’t like to think there’s a hierarchy of events.”
Still, the caption remained. And Chef Brett Cooper, of Aster and the featured chef at the Glen Deven Ranch dinner, echoed the sentiment, “The weather was so perfect. There ... Read More
November 15, 2016 - The popular downtown Santa Cruz restaurant Assembly is doubling down on its local food philosophy, hiring a Santa Cruz woman as its new executive chef.
Jessica Yarr, 32, has lived and worked in the area her entire life, with stints at Gabriella Cafe, Theo's, River Café and Mint in Scotts Valley. “I'm a full local Santa Cruz chef," says Yarr, ”and I want to tell the story of Santa Cruz and the Central Coast through my food by sourcing as close to home as possible."
Yarr describes her style as "elevated, contemporary, farm-to-table comfort food."
The new exec chef —who studied at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, Oregon—was recommended for the ... Read More
November 15, 2016 - Knowing where your meal comes from—and being able to tell the story behind it — is key to cooking sustainably. That was the message from Seafood Watch’s second annual Monterey Peninsula Chef Summit, hosted Monday night at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
And Aquarium executive chef Matt Beaudin definitely had some tales to tell.
Beaudin, who has taken his love for locally-sourced food to the max, talked about how he began buying duck eggs from Evergreen Acres Dairy in Tres Pinos, which led to a friendship with owners Mike and Jane Hulme. Now Beaudin is raising four Jacob’s sheep on the San Benito County farm and breeding them.
“They’re the rarest sheep in the world and they might be ... Read More
November 8, 2016 - Monterey Aquarium executive chef Matt Beaudin wants to save the world, one little piece at a time. An advocate for sustainably harvested seafood and the farm-to-table philosophy, he’s also mixing cuisine and community for the greater good.
His latest passion project—bringing better nutrition, funding, and job training to orphaned kids in Mexico—arose from time spent at the Baja Culinary Festival in 2015.
Beaudin has been traveling to Baja every month since, along with aquarium chef de cuisine Adam Young, to spread the aquarium’s Seafood Watch message. He has been speaking with everyone from fishermen to young people to leaders of culinary schools on how choosing sustainable seafood advances conservation.
But his time spent there made him realize ... Read More
November 1, 2016 - Wondering what was going on with the building that once housed the Stockton Bridge Grill? Wonder no more. It’s about to reopen sometime in December as Sotola Bar & Grill, the bright, airy and oceanfront vision of Pleasure Point residents, Ashley and Adam Bernardi.
Food will be fresh, locally sourced, and flavorfully and lovingly prepared by chef Anthony Kresge, who many may remember from his years on the Santa Cruz culinary scene, with his most recent stint at Shadowbrook.
Says Kresge, who was born in Napa, but gravitated to Santa Cruz to surf, “Our goal here is fine dining meets the beach. Casual, with high quality ingredients, and recipes that are inviting to the ... Read More
October 25, 2016 - Lulu Carpenter’s coffee house in the Octagon building in downtown Santa Cruz closed its doors on Sunday. The historic building will now form part of the Abbott Square Market project, being built by the Museum of Art & History in partnership with John McEnery IV.
“It was an excellent run,” the coffee house posted on its Facebook page. Lulu’s had been operating at the Octagon for the past ten years, but the original shop on Pacific Ave. will continue to serve coffee.
Developer McEnery has already leased spaces inside the market complex to several food vendors and the 950 sq ft Octagon may be allocated to two separate food sellers bringing the total number of vendors to nine.
"The Octagon ... Read More
October 25, 2016 - Beginning November 1, you can book a seat on Open Table for Home, chef Brad Briske's new restaurant in Soquel. Until then, they are holding a series of friends and family dinners to work out the kinks and a couple of lucky food writers had a chance to try it last weekend.
We can report Briske's cuisine shines brighter than ever. It manages to be rustic and sophisticated at the same time, with stunning dishes like octopus and potatoes on anchovy miso aioli and arugula salsa verde ($12).
The bungalow that formerly housed Main Street Garden has a fresh coat of paint and simple craftsman-style furnishings that perfectly suit the locale, as well as the idea of dining at ... Read More
October 18, 2016 - Beginning next Monday October 24, the beloved Cachagua General Store will move its legendary Monday night dinners from deep in upper Carmel Valley to Lokal Restaurant in Carmel Valley Village.
“It won’t be the Cachagua store and it won’t be Lokal and we’re completely comfortable with the schizophrenia of that,” said Michael Jones, the operator of both Cachagua’s actual general store and its unique weekly culinary extravaganzas at the same location. “Basically we’re doing a scheduled popup every Monday.”
“There will still be two distinct restaurants as we have two different philosophies,” Jones elaborated, referring to his son Brendan, who has won acclaim for his own restaurant, Lokal, modestly adding, “Brendan’s more visual, technical and creative. ... Read More
October 18, 2016 - For some time, Russell Joyce had been looking for a tasting room setup with a bit more elbow room and sufficient outdoor space to create a true wine destination. He loved the vibe of Walter Georis' place near Talbott’s tasting room; such a sweet place to take in the profound natural beauty of Carmel Valley.
Joyce dreamed of having a fountain, a bocce court, plentiful seating and a fire pit: all the elements that make a place conducive to events. At the same time, his wife Charlotte and her sister Rachel Beshoff, dreamed of having a cool wine bar where guests could hang out when the Carmel Valley tasting rooms closed and enjoy some ... Read More