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  • Ron Mendoza Out at Revival and Contemplating New Venture; Caroline Thomson Promoted to Production Manager

    Monterey-area local food lovers were shocked on Saturday to learn from their Instagram feeds that Ron Mendoza, the founding chef-partner of Revival Ice Cream, is no longer with the artisanal ice cream business that he dreamed up just a few years ago.

    “It is with great sadness that I announce that I am no longer part of Revival Ice Cream,” Mendoza wrote.

    “Over three years ago a friend and I wanted to make a positive impact in our city. The idea of bringing food craftsmanship, community and creativity to Monterey was what we set out to do and I feel we achieved it.

    However, this is just business and at this point the investors would prefer to continue on their ... Read More

  • Kinch to Debut Casual Mediterranean Food at Mentone In Aptos

    Ever clever as if developing a new password that would bring a smile to the discoverer, Kinch has arrived on a name for his new venture that cracks open the portico to his much-anticipated Aptos Village restaurant concept. Mentone is the Italian spelling for the French village of Menton on the French/Italian border, literally the last stop on the Côte d'Azur before you cross into Italy.

    The town actually did not become part of France until 1860, having previously belonged to the Republic of Genoa, then Monaco and then Sardinia. And even after World War II, it was fought over. An English doctor discovered it to be a great place for folks with tuberculosis to mend, and English and Russian aristocrats built many palaces, hotels and ... Read More

  • Carmel Bouchée Reopens with Zagouri at Helm

    Fans were a bit disoriented earlier this year when their beloved Andre’s Bouchée closed its doors. But with the official announcement of the return of former chef Jacques Zagouri, in partnership with Richard Oh and Kavindra Pandey, they needn’t suffer the ills of classic French food depravation any longer.

    Oh says he first met his friend Jacques at the restaurant 10 years ago, and quickly became a big fan of its fine French cuisine. “I’ve always loved this restaurant. Dining here was such a pleasure. I was selling wines to them 10 years ago,” notes Oh.

    The restaurant had been owned since 2009 by the Lemaire family, and prior to that, David Fink, under the name Bouchée. When it ... Read More

  • Vino Locale Brings It to Santa Cruz

    Sometimes things can get twice as nice. Vino Locale, a wine bar long beloved in Palo Alto, just opened a second location on the Santa Cruz Wharf, former location of Vino Prima. This gorgeous spot was originally built in 2004 as the tasting room for Beauregard wines.

    When Ryan took over the old Bonny Doon “Lost Weekend” tasting room in the hamlet of Bonny Doon in 2009, Larry Jackson took over and established Vino Prima, which became a locals' wine bar, featuring wide views of West Cliff and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

    Last year, Jackson decided it was time to retire, so he put the place up for sale, and Vino Locale owners JC Andrade and Debra Szecsei jumped at ... Read More

  • Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand Reopens in Carmel Valley

    After a long eight-month wait, Earthbound Farm is finally reopening its Carmel Valley certified organic market and café with a reimagined floor plan, expanded and enhanced coffee service, prepared food and produce offerings, and a redoubled commitment to providing the highest quality experience it can for its devoted customers.

    “I’m really excited to welcome people back,” says general manager Jonathan Bagley, who after a single social media posting announcing a soft re-opening of the Farm Stand on Saturday morning saw enthusiastic crowds arrive all weekend. “It’s really an important part of what makes Earthbound Earthbound.”

    The Farm Stand had closed in early January for a critical reconstruction of its foundation that was necessary for the safety of its staff and ... Read More

  • Scheid Wine Blending Seminar Part Whimsy, Part Math

    By Shondra Savadkohi

    If only school were this enjoyable. The Art of Blending seminar, held at Scheid Vineyards’ Tasting Room last month in Carmel, was an opportunity for guests to try their hand at creating their own signature blend.

    California wineries are known for producing wine by the varietal, or type of grape, like Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. But wineries often make blends as well—their own custom melody of varietals. The idea is to mix separate wines and come up with a new and unique wine with its own flavor profile.

    Scheid winemakers Marta Kraftzeck and Vincent Catalaa hosted the after-hours seminar. The attendees were a fun and eclectic gathering of people, some new to the Carmel area, others Scheid Wine ... Read More

  • Hip and High-Concept Coffee Bar/Recording Studio to Open Soon in Seaside

    September 4, 2018 - Max Georis found the first of his life’s obsessions—music—at about age 7, when he received a guitar for Christmas from his dad, Walter Georis, who is himself a musician and composer, as well as restaurateur, artist and winemaker. The younger Georis’s passion for music was so strong that it led him to start recording at 16 and release his first album at 17. And along the way, music helped him discover his second obsession—coffee.

    “I quickly learned that music and coffee go hand in hand personally for me,” says Georis, who is now 30 and has established a career for himself as a recording engineer, musician and composer, referring to the challenging sleep patterns that ... Read More

  • Chef Joshua Plesh Hired at Wild Fish

    September 4, 2018 - Chef Joshua Plesh is now heading the kitchen at the seafood-centric Wild Fish in Pacific Grove.

    A promising newcomer to our local dining scene, the L.A. native began cooking when he was 21, training under chef Jason Neroni, owner of the buzzy Rose Café in Venice Beach. Later he ran a seasonal pop up restaurant in Anchorage called Harvest, offering a nine-course tasting menu that proved so popular that the five-month season was fully booked on its second day in business.

    More recently Plesh worked at the renowned The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington, where he cooked alongside Noma-trained head chef Blaine Wetzel.

    The Willows Inn is a ... Read More

  • Kinch Bringing New Concept to Aptos Village

    August 28, 2018 - Much speculation has circulated about the involvement of Michelin-star chef David Kinch with the new Aptos Village shopping center. The Santa Cruz resident has signed a lease for what he describes as a casual wood-fired eatery.

    Although a rumor is going around that he has already ordered a pizza oven from Italy, Kinch says this isn’t true.

    In an email, Kinch confirmed that although a lease had been signed at Aptos Village, he was unable to give further details, saying, “We are fine-tuning the concept at this point. The rumor about the oven is wrong.  Our menu is not defined yet.”

    But wouldn’t pizza by Kinch be a sure-fire hit? One can salivate over the possibilities that this star ... Read More

  • Assembly Closes; Owners Announce New Project

    August 23, 2018 - Fans of Assembly restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz were shocked to learn that Sunday, August 19 was the last day of business for the popular farm-to-table restaurant.

    Created by chef Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis, Assembly was the go-to spot for events such as the Santa Cruz Warriors season openers, family celebrations and marriage proposals, and most recently, the official launch of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. The restaurant has always been a strong supporter of Edible Monterey Bay and graciously hosted a release party for our winter 2016 issue.

    Assembly opened four and a half years ago, offering farm-to-table cuisine with flair and panache. Baker and Davis posted an open letter on the Assembly website, thanking customers, ... Read More

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