Brew Cruz Rolls into Santa Cruz - July 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 […]
Glorious Details at the Googie - July 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 […]
Route 1 Farms scrambles to preserve land - July 22, 2014 – Route 1 Farms owner Jeff Larkey has been holding a series of urgent meetings with neighbors and friends of the farm in hopes of finding a buyer willing to save his prime cropland on Ocean St. Extension at the outskirts of Santa Cruz.  Two idyllic parcels he’s farmed for 30 years […]
Holman buying Wills Fargo - July 22, 2014 – EMB has learned that Holman Ranch is in escrow on a deal to buy the historic Wills Fargo restaurant in Carmel Valley from owner Ben Pon. Pon began divesting his properties last year with the sale of Bernardus Lodge to Noble House Hotels, but still owns Bernardus Wine. Holman Ranch operates a tasting room […]
Celebrating cactus and Mexican heritage - July 22, 2014 – When people ask me how to save water in their edible gardens during this year of drought, my answer is two words: prickly pear. It’s a joke that I find knee-slapping hilarious—but also serious. It sounds extreme, and it’s not the answer most people expect, or want. Few Americanos look at […]
Farmers’ Market Inspires Bistro Night at ATOM - July 21, 2014 – Chef Adam Foster was walking through the Tuesday Farmers’ Market on Alvarado Street, when he came across some Black Monukka table grapes. Strangely enough, one of the first things he thought of was risotto—which he immediately put on the new Bistro Night menu at A Taste of Monterey. Bistro Night is […]
Venus Spirits Launches This Week - July 15, 2014 – Those thirsty for a taste of Sean Venus’ Santa Cruz-made, small batch gin need wait no longer. The first 750ml. bottles should be arriving Wednesday at 41st Avenue Liquors, where they’ll sell for $31.99. Venus Spirits is hosting two release parties this week to introduce the brand: a sold out one […]
On the Road Again: Chef Todd transforms Tarpy’s - July 8, 2014 – For 20 years, Chef Todd Fisher drove past Tarpy’s Roadhouse restaurant to and from the kitchens of other restaurants, marveling at the beauty of the property, and imagining, given the opportunity, the marvelous things he would do with the place. Earlier this year, the opportunity arose, and he went for it. […]
Manresa Closed by Fire, Haute Produce for sale - July 8, 2014 – A serious fire at famed Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos Monday morning has shocked the culinary world and created a feeding frenzy over haute biodynamic produce grown for Manresa at Love Apple Farms in the Santa Cruz Mountains. “What happened in the early morning hours yesterday was a setback,” owner/chef David Kinch said […]
CARMEL FARMERS MARKET TO STAY IN PARK—FOR NOW - July 8, 2014 – Fans of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s year-old farmers’ market will still be able to find it in Devendorf Park on Thursdays, but starting on July 17 they should expect several changes.  In something of a compromise hammered out over several hours of meetings last week, the council on July 1 voted to extend the […]