Author Archive | Amber Turpin

Davenport Boasts Sustainable Seafood Secret

December 12, 2017 – “Nothing happens fast in the abalone biz,” says Tom Ebert, owner of the American Abalone Farms (AAF) in Davenport. He is mostly speaking of the slow growth rate of the California red abalone that he farms here, where even the smallest ones take 2-3 years to mature. But his statement is also a little sarcastic, referring to the pace of progress he has seen running his business here since 1994.

From an outsider’s point of view, Ebert’s perspective doesn’t seem true. A new venture for the farm began over Labor Day, launching a marketplace, oyster bar and seafood take-out spot on weekends, and has quickly drawn attention to this hidden gem ever since. Business is booming, a large new deck and open air market space has … Read More

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Beyond Pickles: Fermented Food Gets Festival of Its Own

July 11, 2017 – There’s nothing trendier right here, right now than fermented foods and expert preservationists, home brewers and fermenters are headed for Scotts Valley this weekend to take part in the first Fermentation Festival, happening at Skypark on Sunday, July 16. It is sure to be a great opportunity to sample a wide variety of fermented foods and beverages in one place, and to learn more about the benefits of consuming edibles that are alive.

Even if you don’t count yourself as one of the many folks jumping into our current fermented food renaissance, you would be surprised at how much of the stuff appears in your everyday diet: Cheese, beer, bread, yogurt, even chocolate. And while it may seem like this is a new trend (all of the sudden the Perfect Pickler is Read More

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1440 Multiversity’s Healthy Lifestyle Lineup

July 3, 2017 – Santa Cruz County’s newest and largest hospitality venue is nearing completion in the redwood forest above Scotts Valley. With capacity to house 375 guests a night and feed them three healthful, vegetable-driven meals a day, the 1440 Multiversity aims to attract a different kind of visitor—one looking for experiences, knowledge and personal growth.

A jam-packed lineup of instructors includes celebrities like Elizabeth Gilbert and Alanis Morrisette; world-class experts on meditation, yoga and psychology; and a variety of food-related classes. 

Formerly the campus of Bethany University, the property and buildings have undergone a massive $47 million renovation since being acquired by founders Scott and Joanie Kriens four years ago.

Scott—chairman of Silicon Valley’s Juniper Networks—and his wife started the 1440 Foundation in 2010 “around the belief in a whole … Read More

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Oasis Prepares to Open in Santa Cruz

May 9, 2017 – Santa Cruz is definitely a town that celebrates collaboration. Just look around at the flourishing and hyper-friendly beer community, all rubbing elbows and sharing advice with each other. A prime example of this delicious meeting of the minds is the highly anticipated opening of a dream team collaboration between Chris LaVeque of el Salchichero and Alec Stefansky of Uncommon Brewers. The umbrella business, aptly named “Oasis” is sure to become an oasis of food and drink in the revamped Farmers Exchange building on River Street. At last, the very long awaited project is grandly opening for all on Friday, May 19th.

“I’m probably gonna cry a lot when it opens, because I’m so #!&%* happy,” says LaVeque. “It’s kinda like having a baby, and after 4 years giving … Read More

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Meet the Folks Behind Soquel Fermentation Project

May 2, 2017 – For many of us beer believers, seeking out craft breweries is no longer enough. We’ve quickly moved on to searching for “micro” facilities that use 30 to 60 barrel brewing systems—as a way to find small-scale, experimental beers.

But those can still be big operations and leave us dreaming of unearthing a hidden fantasy gem. So then comes the “nano” brewery, a commercial brewery using 3 to 10 barrel systems. Sounds really small, right? Certainly these nano folks make some rare, hard-to-get beers.

We actually have a fair amount of them spread around Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. A very common scenario goes like this: an avid homebrewer, who really geeks out on the chemistry and craft of experimental brewing, and often has some background in tech or … Read More

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