September 19, 2017 - Santa Cruz County's top-rated French restaurant Au Midi is leaving Aptos at the end of October to re-open in a new, larger space on Tyler St. in Old Town Monterey.
"We have to move to be able to do what we want to do," says chef Muriel Loubiere, who owns Au Midi with her husband Michel. "There are just not enough potential customers in Aptos to run a business."
The new Au Midi at 476 Tyler St. will seat 66 people in the dining room and includes a full bar, lounge area and outdoor seating in an interior patio. "We've been thinking about making the move for three or four years and were ... Read More
September 12, 2017 - Chef Soerke Peters and his partner Amy Stouffer closed Friday on the landmark Village Corner restaurant in Carmel. The hardworking chef says his Basil Seasonal Dining will remain open and he will continue to cook there as they work to put their imprint on the new place.
"We want to spice it up a little and give it a new look," says Peters. "But we want to wait and see what the regular customers really like before changing up the menu."
Peters—who joked that he enjoys working 95 hours a week—said he hopes to add more seasonal items to the menu at Village Corner and eventually work to develop a ... Read More
September 12, 2017 - Speakers at an inspiring social investing conference sponsored by Edible Monterey Bay this week are exploring how we all can have a positive impact on our local food system when we invest with our communities in mind—and how local food businesses can tap into new channels for this community support.
Many of the comments made about food producers and purveyors at ComCap17, held in various venues in downtown Monterey, were made during a panel Monday that focused on ways to finance local farms and fisheries.
“There is a need for an ecosystem of support,” said Brett Melone, director of lending for California FarmLink, which assists farmers in buying and selling land. “We ... Read More
September 5, 2017 - Chef, caterer and entrepreneur Terry Teplitzky is gearing up to open two new eateries in Salinas this fall. "I've always been interested in Salinas and just looking for the right opportunity," says Teplitzky, who owns the popular Wild Thyme Deli in Marina and Boardwalk Sub Shop in Monterey.
Coincidentally two opportunities appeared at once, so he is putting in a second Boardwalk Sub Shop at 1220 S. Main Street—where Red's Burger Joint used to be—and plans to open a second Wild Thyme Deli in the Zeph's Building, also on South Main St.
"I've lived in the Las Palmas neighborhood (of Salinas) for 29 years, so I know it's ... Read More
Marina residents and fellow foodies of the Monterey Bay, rejoice! The highly-anticipated Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette at the Sanctuary Beach Resort in Marina will at last open its doors to the public this Thursday, August 31.
Situated above the dunes overlooking the Monterey Bay, Salt Wood features a menu of raw, cured, and wood-fired specialties with a focus on local seafood. At the helm is the young, talented, vibrant executive chef David Baron (formerly of Casanova, and, prior, Michelin-starred Coi and Atelier Crenn).
I became involved with the vision for the restaurant and the road to Salt Wood’s opening when I accompanied Baron on a two-day road trip back in April. We visited a series of his vendors along ... Read More
August 22, 2017 - We are welcoming Edible Monterey Bay's new fall issue with three release parties in September and we hope to see all our friends and fans there. Be sure to RSVP for the party or parties you'd like to attend. Admission is free, but space is limited.
We start at Vertigo Coffee Roasters on September 7 from 6:30-8:30pm in San Juan Bautista, where there will be complimentary wood-fired pizza and meatballs with three olive oil dips courtesy of the organizers of the San Benito Olive Festival, coming up on October 14. There will be local craft beer and wine ... Read More
August 22, 2017 - Despite initial plans for a September 1st ribbon cutting, the new Carmel Valley Chophouse is still undergoing renovation and now expected to open from mid-to-late September.
"It's hard to remodel and run a restaurant at the same time," says Jennifer Roux, who with her husband chef Fabrice Roux, also owns Carmel Valley's Mediterranean bistro Roux. Their new meat-forward restaurant is moving into the space formerly occupied by Brendan Jones' Lokal—which closed in June.
The new place will feature certified Angus beef steaks and fine whiskeys. "Roux is an expression of Fabrice's past, all the places he used to vacation around the Mediterranean, while the Chophouse is for nothing more ... Read More
August 22, 2017 - It’s a wickedly good name for a wine label, Margins. It conjures up so many different notions and concepts, but the intent of winemaker Megan Bell, comes from her personal quest to focus on forgotten or marginalized varietals.
Likewise, Megan Bell herself is not someone you’re likely to forget. She’s the secret shepherd behind Beauregard’s sparkling wine program, and most of the whites produced under this label. She’s been assistant winemaker to Ryan Beauregard for going on three years now, and he makes no bones about his adoration for her.
This summer a 2015 Ben Lomond Mountain Chardonnay she made from start to finish for Beauregard won Double Gold, Best of Class in the International Women’s Wine ... Read More
August 15, 2017 - The first guests are arriving this week at Pebble Beach's newest lodging option Fairway One. Just in time for car week, executives from Ferrari have bought out the entire 38-room facility and will park 75 Ferraris along the first fairway at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Fairway One includes 30 guest rooms, many with ocean views, two four-bedroom cottages named for Arnold Palmer and Clint Eastwood and an elegant meeting facility. At the grand opening party last Friday, CEO Bill Perocchi said the new accommodations were the first step in a series of renovations leading up to the resort's 100th anniversary in 2019—when it will host the U.S. Open championships.
"Guests at ... Read More
August 8, 2017 - It seems only natural that growers and produce folks would want to attend Tanimura & Antle’s first-ever Field Days—after all, looking at innovations in planting and field packing is essential to their work—but what’s the attraction for retail and food service customers?
It’s all because of collaboration, according to Samantha Cabaluna, vice president of brand marketing and communications for the ag giant headquartered in Spreckels.
“Today, collaboration among seed breeders, farmers and their retail and food service customers is essential to address the challenges of meeting the evolving needs of a variety of customers,” says Cabaluna. “Partnering early on makes for a more satisfying experience for everyone.”
In other words, chefs, food service and retail have particular desires and needs, ... Read More