Three Winter Issue Launch Parties ahead!! -

wine_1423468cNovember 25, 2014 – We can hardly wait to show you the new winter issue of Edible Monterey Bay!  To introduce it in holiday style we’re throwing three (yes, three!) winter issue launch parties in December. We want to make sure readers and friends from all parts of our coverage area can attend, so mark your calendars and plan to join us at one or all three of these very special events: Monday, December 15 at Assembly in Santa Cruz; Tuesday, December 16 at The Bakery Station in Salinas; and Thursday, December 18 at San Benito Bene in Hollister. Each party is admission free and will feature delicious complimentary nibbles, copies of the winter issue, drinks for sale along with a prize drawing for those who RSVP on our eventbrite … Read More

Monterey Meringues are Psychedelicious -

8350401_origNovember 24, 2014 – Just in time for the holidays, the newest artisan food product in the Monterey Bay area will have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, along with rock and roll tunes.

Monterey Meringues is the latest creation of internationally acclaimed entertainers Leigh Zimmerman, Dominick Allen and their 14-year-old daughter Cayleigh. With bright colors and 40 different flavors, the only thing prettier than their confections are the people who make them.

The family moved to our area earlier this year, drawn by its natural beauty, the enduring memory of the Monterey Pop festival, and because it made such a nice alliteration for “Monterey Meringues.”

They didn’t necessarily need another project, nor were they lacking in inspiration or creativity. Scottish-born Allen plays 11 instruments and toured with the … Read More

Cremer House hires chef, prepares to open -

1ff31000-3c18-41a7-941e-835fd9f9720c-1November 25, 2014 – After years of planning, permitting and restoration, the wait is almost over. Emily Thomas, the woman behind Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, is ready to unveil her latest creation—the beer-focused Cremer House restaurant in Felton. The visionary project, arguably the biggest thing to hit town in decades, was conceived and carried out with extreme attention to flavor, local sourcing and historical detail and is set to open in early December.

“This experience has definitely changed me,” says Thomas. “I compare it to being pregnant for four years. Now I’m ready to share it with the world and watch it grow.”

Built in 1874 by Thomas Cremer, the building is the oldest in downtown Felton and is owned by Bob Locatelli, who also owns the New Leaf Market … Read More


6b8cb4fc-f171-4513-8323-32db0e8c2de3November 25, 2014 – You know popular culture is changing when documentaries about food and farming open at mainstream multiplex theatres rather than at, say, your local church basement. With its plethora of stirring stories that have all the sturm und drang of a Wagner opera, the food movement is catching the popular imagination. And so my head spun a little when, counterintuitively, I went to see Occupy the Farm at the Regal Santa Cruz 9 last Thursday night, and then on Friday attended the opening of Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields at Maya Cinemas 14 in Salinas.

First, Food Chains. Narrated by Forest Whitaker, and featuring Eric Schlosser, Eva Longoria, Eve Ensler and many farmworkers,this is a profound film about the human condition, and the villains … Read More

FOOD CHAINS: Eric Schlosser talks about his new film—and what we have yet to learn about our food -

6b8cb4fc-f171-4513-8323-32db0e8c2de3November 19, 2014 - Despite America’s pervasive obsession with food and the state of our food system, far too little attention is given to the price paid for our food by farmworkers.

FOOD CHAINS, which opens Friday in Salinas and around the country, is the latest film produced by local author Eric Schlosser and actress Eva Longoria. It exposes the human cost of our food and the complicity in this of supermarkets and fast food outlets. It also provides hope for a better way. 

Director Sanjay Rawal includes footage shot in Watsonville and the Salinas Valley, although most of the film focuses on the particularly dire struggle and successful activism of tomato pickers in Florida.

The Salinas opening at Maya Cinemas on Friday night at 7:20pm includes a … Read More

Bill Lee wants YOU to join him at Rocky Point -

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 2.08.50 PMNovember 18, 2014 - Monterey Peninsula restaurant world legend Bill Lee hasn’t even been at the helm of Rocky Point restaurant for two months, but he’s already working hard to make this otherworldly location more accessible—especially for locals.

To get the party started, Lee is waiving the $2000 event fee for the restaurant’s remodeled oceanfront private dining room—which now includes a bar and an adjacent oceanside patio and firepits—for all events for the rest of 2014—including New Years’ Eve, which was still available as of press time.

At the other end of the spectrum, he’s also encouraging walk-ins from folks who just want to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine and an appetizer while they watch the whales breach.

The first new menu since Lee and chef Herman … Read More

Food Lounge coming to Santa Cruz -

5faff7bc-6c09-47ec-a430-835709a2c701November 18, 2014 - In a bold new move, multi-talented chef Andrea Mollenauer is leaving Front St. Kitchen to open her own food, art and entertainment venue in downtown Santa Cruz called Food Lounge. Mollenauer—owner of Lifestyle Culinary Arts and a popular teacher in the Santa Cruz ROP high school program—has also helped launch many local, artisanal food businesses from Front St. Kitchen, such as Melinda’s Gluten-Free, Cardamom Tuesday, Mortal Dumpling and Mutari Hot Chocolate.

“The new space has a larger kitchen and almost twice as much floor space,” said Mollenauer, who is keeping quiet about the exact location until current tenants move out. “There’s a courtyard and lots of usable event space in the front where we can have pop up dinners, guest chefs and artisan food … Read More

Pastry chefs delight with Edible Art -
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Pastry Chef Ben Spungin of Coastal Luxury Management created this “Box of Chocolate” with Valrhona Dulcey, creme, granola and pear.

 November 18, 2014 - Blurring the lines between art and food, three Monterey Bay area pastry chefs joined forces last week for a spectacular dinner benefiting Monterey’s Youth Arts Collective. Organized by designer Hanni Liliedahl of Monterey’s Lilify, the dinner was focused around the humble, yet beautiful, pear. 

It showcased the culinary and artistic skills of Ben Spungin of the Coastal Luxury Management Group, Ron Mendoza of Aubergine in Carmel, and Yulanda Santos of Sierra Mar restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur.

Enjoy this gallery of photos of their temporal creations…because that’s all that’s left! Photos are courtesy of the talented Eileen Roche Photography.  

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Teaching farm sprouts in Scotts Valley with a little help from Oprah -

Danica Draper with Utah Tall celeryNovember 18, 2014 - Turning off a bend on Lockhart Gulch Road in Scotts Valley and gazing down at the fertile bowl of land that has become Bee Fruitful Farm, it is very hard to imagine that anything else ever existed here. However, in the 1960s it was a trout hatchery and then gradually, as natural spaces will, evolved into a tangle of overgrowth and wilderness. That all changed in 2002 when Lee and Sue Draper purchased the 7-acres with a hunch that this spot held some diamond-in-the-rough magic.

According to Mandy Draper, Sue’s daughter-in-law, Lee “was like an artist, he could see the potential in properties.” The family’s background in real estate didn’t hurt either. So four years later, after tireless work and a whole lot of vision, … Read More

Slow Food International's Terra Madre Biennial

Slow Food International’s Terra Madre Biennial

November 11, 2014 – With a whopping 100,000 members worldwide, Slow Food International holds the largest food event in the world every two years. It’s called Terra Madre and is held in Torino in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. This year delegates came from 175 countries and out of the 20 Californians at the event, five hailed from the Greater Bay Area including three from Slow Food Santa Cruz.

The Slow Food movement conceives itself as the antidote to fast food, with the goal of preserving traditional cuisines and supporting small-scale farming, fishing, ranching, and food artisans who protect the environment and communities.

Santa Cruz’s three delegates were wowed by the event. “I just returned from the culinary adventure of a lifetime—a global … Read More