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  • Captain + Stoker to Reopen Under New Ownership

    July 18, 2018 - Earlier this month—when the bottom fell out of a deal for Cat & Cloud to acquire Captain + Stokerand Captain + Stoker suddenly closed—co-managers Tyler Ellis and his fiance Kelsea Richmond were too rocked by the news to talk about it right away.

    “Not right now,” Ellis wrote via email. “It happened so fast. I’m pretty emotional. Lemme slow down.”

    After they had some time to process, Monterey transplants Ellis and Richmond expressed awe at how much they clicked with their newfound coffee-and-community existence.

    “I am simply going to miss working at Captain + Stoker,” Ellis said. “I was connected with so many customers, our employees, everyone involved. I was myself every day, and I’ve never ... Read More

  • Full Highway 1 Reopens Wednesday

    July 17, 2018 - Great news for hospitality businesses on the Monterey Peninsula and in Big Sur, Highway 1 will reopen tomorrow at 10am at Mud Creek allowing travelers to drive the full length of the iconic highway in both directions for the first time in nearly two years.

    Trouble along Highway 1 began with road closures due to the Soberanes Fire in 2016, which was followed by winter mudslides and the failure of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in 2017. Then an entire mountainside at Mud Creek, near Gorda, gave way in May of last year sending 8 million cubic feet of earth into the surf below. 

    The Mud Creek slide required a new 1/4 mile stretch of roadway to be built on ... Read More

  • Delicious Plant-Based Meals, Delivered to your Doorstep

    July 17, 2018 - Eating organic, delicious and healthful plant-based meals at home just got a whole lot easier. All at once, The Open Hearth has begun offering home delivery and online ordering as well as branching out into Monterey County from its long-time base in Santa Cruz.

    “I love having an opportunity to make my living doing something close to my heart—making food that’s really healthy and satisfying and that’s aligned with my values,” says Open Hearth chef and owner Beth Freewomon, a certified Natural Food Chef.

    To offer a small taste of the many entrees, sides, drinks and desserts that The Open Hearth provides, this Wednesday July 18thand next Wednesday July 25th, Freewomon will be handing out free ... Read More

  • Captain + Stoker Closes as Sale Falls Apart, Cat & Cloud To Open Two New Santa Cruz Cafés

    July 10, 2018 - Wendy and Peterson Conway had a seemingly simple dream: a community coffee shop with single-origin beans, world-class equipment and farm-fresh food they’d pull from their chicken ranch and orchard in Carmel Valley.

    It would be called Captain + Stoker, named for and decorated with tandem bikes—like the one they rode into their wedding ceremony.

    “Captain + Stoker was started with the intention that connecting with one another can both make our lives more meaningful as well as more empowered,” the original plans read. “Being in tandem is seeing we still need one another, perhaps more than ever.”

    They pulled it off in style, debuting Captain + Stoker to enthusiastic reviews in late March. When the legendary cyclists ... Read More

  • Storrs Debut Long-Awaited Pleasant Valley Winery and Tasting Room

    July 10, 2018 - Pamela and Steve Storrs have labored long and hard to bring their dream of an organically-farmed vineyard and eco-friendly winery in bucolic Corralitos to fruition. Longtime winemakers, grape growers, land stewards and sheep herders, the couple met at UC Davis and worked at Domaine Chandon, Almaden and Felton-Empire (which later became Hallcrest) before striking out on their own and starting their brand in Santa Cruz in 1988.

    Relying on great Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards, like Christie, for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus Nora’s Vineyard and Wildcat Ridge for Pinot Noir, the couple also secured award-winning Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from Lion Oaks Ranch and Rusty Ridge, both in Santa Clara. Pam is especially proud to ... Read More

  • Assembly Restaurant Gets Some Love

    July 3, 2018 - A talented new chef is bringing his fine dining chops to Assembly restaurant on Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz. Chef Matty Love, a native of Salt Lake City, is moving south from Sacramento, where he was chef de cuisine at The Firehouse, the capital city's famed special occasion restaurant.

    "I'm really excited to be here in Santa Cruz and to be part of the community," he says. "The restaurant is already refined, my plan is to make some really great food that people will love." 

    According to Zachary Davis—owner of Assembly, the Picnic Basket and Penny Ice Creamery, with business partner and chef Kendra Baker—"Matty is a great combination of steady and humble and talented and ... Read More

  • In Memorium Laura Hubrich

    Edible Monterey Bay lost a beloved friend and long-term team member when Laura Hubrich, who was our bookkeeper until she was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer in February, passed away early on Sunday.

    Even before joining Edible Monterey Bay, Laura became known in the local food community as a marketing manager with Earthbound Farm. But Laura was known best to our staff and our customers for her incredibly positive attitude, great sense of humor, incandescent smile and extremely generous spirit.

    We are heartbroken and miss her greatly. Due to her husband’s own health condition, Laura had recently been supporting them and their two teenage children, so friends have set up a crowdfunding campaign to share her story and help support the ... Read More

  • New Tasting Rooms and Winning Women Winemakers

    Corralitos-based Windy Oaks Estate Winery is moving its Carmel tasting room into the former Carmel Road space at the corner of Lincoln and Ocean as of August 1. They are currently at Dolores and 6th, across from Cultura comida + bebida.

    Says Judy Schultze, “While we enjoyed the four years in the Su Vecino Courtyard, and we always did well there, we feel the new space is in a much better location, more visible and easier to find. Until August 1, we will be open in the courtyard and there will be no interruption in our hours which are as follows: Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 PM and Sunday through Thursday, noon to 6 PM.”

    Carmel Road tasting room closed ... Read More

  • Martinelli’s Launches Hard Cider

    June 26, 2018 - To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the iconic Watsonville brand Martinelli’s is dipping into the growing market for hard cider. Beginning this week, Martinelli’s new 1868 Hard Cider will go on sale exclusively at northern California Costco stores.

    “Martinelli’s did sell hard cider and vermouth before prohibition,” says marketing director Tom Brancky. “But the current release is more about celebrating the company’s rich history.”

    It is being brewed and distributed in partnership with the Gordon Biersch Company in San Jose and considered a “soft launch” or test run for the product, which may or may not be expanded at a later date.

    Hard cider has been enjoying a revival across the United States, somewhat in tandem with the boom ... Read More

  • An Apple in Your Glass Everyday for An Entire Week

    June 19, 2018 - Did you think cider was a fleeting obsession?  Nay, nay. Just look around you and behold the number of cideries in Santa Cruz at the moment. There’s Santa Cruz Cider, Surf City Cider (aka Santa Cruz Scrumpy), Rider Ranch, Soquel Cider, Tanuki Cider and Ratel Cider. Apples are such a strong suit in the Pleasant Valley area of Santa Cruz, they’ve long been coveted by cider makers.

    Inspired by the growing thirst for hard cider, the cider makers of Santa Cruz County have put together a blockbuster week of tastings, tours and tap takeovers, including their first ever Open Orchard Tour on Sunday, June 24 featuring free tours and tastings at four local ... Read More

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