New GM at Wharf Marketplace -

a7eee150-6288-4b91-ae47-f4cfddd1d26dAugust 19, 2014 - After launching Monterey’s Wharf Marketplace one year ago for Salinas produce giant Tanimura & Antle, Brant Good has left his post as general manager, and his assistant manager, Erin Massey, a nutritionist, has been named the fresh food-focused market’s new GM.

Good had brought to the venture a background in produce and a career of working in local fine dining restaurants, most notably, as executive chef at the Sardine Factory.

That experience, and the ultra-fresh produce and other high-quality foods he stocked helped establish the Wharf as a go-to market for many chefs on the Monterey Peninsula, as well as a popular shopping destination for home cooks and tourists looking for healthy snacks, salads and other prepared foods along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. 

In … Read More

Thomas Farm Opens Fields for First U-Pick Event -

10547456_653900774678759_190600799191993439_nAugust 18, 2014 – From its highest point, Thomas Farm resembles a crazy patchwork quilt: vermilions clash with violent oranges, while sprinkled here and there are smaller patches of blues and violets. Closer to the fields, an expanse of yellow becomes a meadow of tall sunflowers bent with the weight of their buds. However, the majority of patches are filled with dappled rainbows of dahlias.

“We have been successful with flowers, because for a while now it has been difficult to find organic flowers at the level we grow them,” says Kari Thomas, co-owner of Thomas Farms along with her husband Josh. “But it’s been growing. When we first started selling dahlias, they were not that common and now it seems like everybody and their brother is growing dahlias.” Kari … Read More

Breaking Bread with Jewish Soul Food -

PAT_3259 (531x800)August 18, 2014 – Savory matzo ball soup, corned beef and pastrami sandwiches on rye, blintzes, New York egg creams and the perennial favorite, potato latkes, are just some of the dishes that draw crowds to Carmel’s annual Jewish Food Festival.

On Sunday, August 24, upwards of 3,000 Jewish and non-Jewish residents will descend Congregation Beth Israel to devour the some of the culture’s tastiest traditions.

A fundraiser for the host synagogue powered by hundreds of volunteers, the festival, now in its 27th year, is admission free and boasts a myriad of other attractions, from crafts and music to a reenactment of a traditional Jewish wedding.

For all that Carmel does have in the way of noteworthy culinary offerings, traditional Jewish fare is not really among the options.… Read More

First Boat-to-table Event Celebrates Ocean Friendly Dining -

Bass-fish-swimming-fastAugust 12, 2014 – Dining in the fields of a farm and reflecting on the bounty of the surrounding soil has become a fairly common offering in our region. This September 14, local residents and visitors will have the opportunity to partake in this ritual beside another rich part of our foodshed—the ocean. The first annual Boat-to-Table Santa Cruz dinner will take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center on the far coast of Santa Cruz’s Westside.

“It expands the idea of the farm-to-table event into another environment that people depend on for their food supply,” says organizer Anne Freiwald.

Surrounded by one of the area’s premier ocean research facilities, participants will enjoy seafood from the bay—possibilities include white seabass, sablefish, spot prawns, California halibut, market squid, and albacore—freshly caught … Read More

You’re invited to fabulous fall release parties -

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 11.58.33 AMMake plans now to join Edible Monterey Bay and celebrate the release of our new fall issue at two not-to-be-missed special events. It’s our 3rd anniversary and we’re holding two release parties in less visited parts of our coverage area this time, to give readers a chance to discover some of the attractions right here in our own backyard. They’re on different dates and they’re free, so plan to attend both!

On September 3 from 5:30-7:30pm join us in sunny Carmel Valley on the European-style courtyard of Twisted Roots tasting room. We’ll have an array of complimentary appetizers by Wild Thyme catering and you can enjoy Twisted Roots wines for just $5 a glass with owners Josh and Julie Ruiz. Carmel Valley is just 15 minutes drive east of Carmel … Read More

Carmel Gets Trendy New Restaurant -
(l-to-r) Affina's Dexter Salazar, chef James Anderson and Shane Smit

(l-to-r) Affina’s Dexter Salazar, chef James Anderson and Shane Smit (Photo: Manny Espinoza)

August 5, 2014 – Get ready to welcome an exciting new restaurant to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Affina is set to open later this month at the corner of 6th and San Carlos—the latest project of a trio of men who are very familiar on the local food and wine scene.

Affina—which in French refers to the refinement and polishing that goes on in a workshop—will emphasize wine-friendly “new American cuisine, with a little bit of French” according to chef de cuisine James Anderson, formerly of Casanova and La Bicyclette.

Anderson, 26, has been tapped to open the new restaurant by owners Dexter Salazar and Shane Smit, who partnered on the former Constance Wine Room.

Smit brings some celebrity … Read More

Soif bringing expert chef downtown -

123666*304August 5, 2014 – Soif Restaurant and Wine Bar in Santa Cruz has hired Mark Denham as its new executive chef, replacing Santos Majano who left in June to start his own kitchen inside Discretion Brewing. 

Denham is a veteran Bay Area chef, who has worked with everyone from David Tanis at Chez Panisse in the 1980s to Cindy Pawlcyn, Daniel Patterson and David Kinch of Manresa.

“I’m thrilled,” said Patrice Boyle, owner of Soif and La Posta restaurants. “He’s a really sharp person, interested in pushing the envelope and for a long time he’s been doing a lot of the types of things we’re interested in.”

Denham has been seamlessly filling in for chef Katherine Stern at La Posta since the beginning of the year, while Stern gave birth … Read More

Queen of Quince Takes Her show on the road -

QueenofQuince-croppedAugust 5, 2014 – Have you ever seen a quince? If not, you’re not alone. It’s classified as a rare fruit after all.

Quince is a paradox. Its shape is voluptuous; its aroma, reminiscent of guava, pineapple, pear, and vanilla; is heavenly. While it appears soft with its layer of fine fuzz, raw, it’s rock-hard and formidable. If you make the mistake of putting a piece on your tongue, you won’t soon forget its mouth-puckering astringency. It may be the only fruit that can’t be eaten raw.

But once you cook quince, its flesh softens and turns pink. Some people assert that quince tastes like roses smell. I think it’s even more exotic than that.

This week, Pacific Grove author and quincephile Barbara Ghazarian will deliver the keynote address at … Read More

Brew Cruz Rolls into Santa Cruz -

10535655_325654347608601_6735688295875079597_oJuly 29, 2014 – In an updated version of the Magical Mystery Tour, a Santa Cruz woman has rebuilt a 1989 Thomas International school bus to take craft beer lovers on a three-hour tour of the local beer scene. Annie Pautsch says she got the idea for Brew Cruz while doing a tipsy pub crawl by bike with friends. “It’s really fun,” she says. “We visit three breweries and I get nerdy about beer, telling little stories so people have some background and know what to taste at each stop.”

The tour runs daily from 3-6pm and begins at Day’s Market, near Seabright Brewery. Stops include Discretion Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and Santa Cruz Ale Works. A pint at each stop is included in the cost of the tour … Read More

Glorious Details at the Googie -

10394768_725064520869215_5844112222571836035_nJuly 29, 2014 – Break out the poodle skirts! Fifties-style Googie Grill, the Monterey Bay area’s newest retro restaurant, is set to open next week near the busy intersection of Del Monte Ave. and Canyon del Rey in Seaside. Those nostalgic for comfort food, drive-ins and diners, as well as architecture buffs, will enjoy the homespun breakfasts and lunches; dinner service will follow in a couple of weeks.

Have you heard the saying – the devil is in the details? The phrase popped into my head when I visited Googie Grill. It means that even the tiniest components are crucial to the grand design. At every turn, there are carefully curated details to note at this soon-to-open eatery, elements that complement the architecture of the original building, commemorate their … Read More