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  • John Cox’s Bear & Star to Open Next Week

    April 25, 2017 - If your travels this spring are taking you to Santa Barbara wine country or points south of there and you’re looking for an exciting, unique and stellar new restaurant along the way, you won’t want to miss the Bear & Star in Los Olivos.

    Starting next Monday May 1st, the latest restaurant launched by former Post Ranch Inn executive chef John Cox—who is also a partner at Cultura – comida y bebida in Carmel—will open its doors for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in a style Cox calls “refined ranch cuisine.”

    As Edible Monterey Bay first reported when Cox disclosed his plans to serve as partner-chef with Eli and Ashley Parker in the new venture last December ... Read More

  • Jacks Monterey Opens With Breezy New Look

    April 25, 2017 - Portola Hotel & Spa cuts the ribbon Wednesday on its entirely reimagined restaurant and bar space—Jacks Monterey—and unveils a new menu that chef Danny Abbruzzese calls ‘California Cultural Cuisine.’

    “I’m thrilled about how opened up Jacks is now. It’s an inviting space. We have seating in the atrium so you can sit under the stars at night and the sun during the day,” says chef Danny. “I’m very excited about serving our interpretation of fresh, cultural foods from this region.”

    General Manager Janine Chicourrat says: “There is no other place that has more cultures than California. There are so many varied flavors and seasonings.”

    In that vein, Chef Danny’s new menu reflects a melting pot of flavor profiles. ... Read More

  • Local Chefs Grab PBF&W Spotlight

    April 25, 2017 - While star chefs like like Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and, yes, even Guy Fieri brought in the crowds for the 10th annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine event last weekend, it's our local culinary stars who form the backbone of the event—especially for the Lexus Grand Tasting extravaganzas on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. 

    Here is Porters in the Forest chef Johnny DeVivo's hand garnishing succulent bites of yellowtail sashimi served with friend rice, avocado and yuzu. More participating local chefs appear in our photo round up...


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  • Historic Will’s Fargo Closes to Become Tavern

    April 18, 2017 - Historic Will's Fargo restaurant in Carmel Valley has served its last dinner. The 1920s era roadhouse closed Monday night and will be converted into the new Holman Ranch Tavern.

    "We're really excited about what's happening," says owner Hunter Lowder. "It's an awesome historic building and it will still be a place where you can get a stiff drink, some comforting food and meet your friends." The tavern—to open on May 20—will include tasting patios for Holman wines and their Jarman label.

    "The restaurant industry is definitely changing and people just aren't going out for high-end dinners anymore," she adds, citing the former Jack London's in Carmel being turned into Cultura last year and the upcoming ... Read More

  • Culinary Stars Arriving for Pebble Beach Food & Wine

    April 11, 2017 - Chefs from around the country are packing up their knives and getting ready to head to our area next week for Pebble Beach Food & Wine—four days of over-the-top indulgence that takes place from April 20 to 23.

    This year's edition features star chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, along with the entire gold medal-winning Bocuse d'Or team USA. The line-up of culinary superstars is deep and includes Dominique Crenn, Tyler Florence, Dean Fearing, Christopher Kostow, Nancy Silverton, Guy Fieri and dozens more. 

    The local bench of chefs tapped for this 10th anniversary event also seems deeper than ever, perhaps a reflection of the growing prowess of the Monterey Bay area culinary scene and vice versa. Pebble ... Read More

  • Big Basin Vineyards Now Open to the Public

    April 11, 2017 - Sure, the road is beat to heck, your GPS will probably be useless, your cell phone might drain its battery trying to find a signal and it will seem like a million miles from nowhere, but this splendid piece of grape-growing paradise on Memory Lane, off China Grade in Boulder Creek, is a destination very much worth the investment in time and potential loss of connectivity. Proprietor and winemaker Bradley Brown has thought so since 1998, when he purchased this parcel, built a magnificent house atop the highest hill and began to plant the vines that have been given birth to some exceedingly popular and highly rated wines.

    Although Big Basin Vineyards has a tasting ... Read More

  • Poke Lab Going Mobile on Wednesday

    April 4, 2017 - Devotees of The Poke Lab’s creative, uber-fresh, sustainable fish and made-from-scratch sauces rejoice: Tomorrow the downtown Monterey restaurant is taking its wildly popular food on the road, debuting regular service to the public in other parts of the area from its food truck.

    Until a soft launch last week, The Poke Lab’s big white van could only be found catering to the lucky guests at private or special public events.

    But starting this Wednesday April 5, it will serve anyone who gets his or herself to the bottom of Harris Court in Monterey’s Ryan Ranch business neighborhood on Wednesdays between 11:30am and 1:30pm—or before the vehicle runs out of food.

    And later this spring, ... Read More

  • Cat. Cloud. Companion Coming to Downtown SC

    April 4, 2017 - Cat & Cloud coffee is teaming up with Companion Bakeshop to open in the new Abbott Square marketplace at the Museum of Art and History in downtown Santa Cruz.

    "They are two great local Santa Cruz businesses that we are thrilled to have at Abbott Square," says project developer John McEnery IV.

    In addition to Cat & Cloud's addictive espresso drinks, the market stall will feature Companion's breads, pastries, cookies and breakfast items beginning early in the morning. 

    "We wanted our second shop to be in downtown Santa Cruz and it's an awesome location. I love it," says Chris Baca, who owns Cat & Cloud together with Jared Truby and Charles Jack. "It's a new concept ... Read More

  • Mundaka Owner Reinventing Restaurant with Baja Theme

    March 28, 2017 - It’s an old truism that popular restaurants tend to stick with the formula that made them famous. But then Gabe Georis has never followed the norm. And so it was recently when he announced the start of something completely different for Mundaka, the beloved Spanish-style tapas restaurant in Carmel that he started in 2009 with chef Brandon Miller.

    “I’m used to people telling me that I’m crazy,” says Georis with a laugh, adding that after eight years, “It’s time to change things up.”

    Georis founded Mundaka after traveling and surfing in Spain, but now that he has small children, he says it’s tougher to visit for inspiration. Plus, he points out, change is good: “I had to do ... Read More

  • Sabrine Rodems on Exhibit: Scratch Coming to Carmel

    March 28, 2017 - Sabrine Rodems is a well-known name to wine club members at Wrath: the winemaker has been the tour de force in the cellar and in the vineyards since what used to be San Saba was reborn and renamed. Owner Michael Thomas has kept Rodems plenty busy with his many often unconventional winemaking ideas, and has given her the latitude to chase different styles, like unoaked Pinot and fiercely oaked Sauvignon Blanc.

    When they ripped out a block of underperforming Muscat (I’m still crying over that), Michael, an archeologist, decided to plant Falanghina, an ancient Roman grape that was vinified in amphora. So, Rodems acquired a modern day replica of the ancient clay vessel from ... Read More

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