Author Archive | Deborah Luhrman

Italian Celebrity Chef to Helm Basil Seasonal Dining in Carmel

November 9, 2017 – The chef/owners of Basil Seasonal Dining in Carmel have parted ways and well-known Italian chef Andrea Palmieri will take over the locavore kitchen there in January.

“Andrea is a really incredible chef,” says Denis Boaro, who is now sole owner of Basil after buying out partner and Basil’s executive chef Soerke Peters. “Andrea gives cooking classes and has made many TV appearances and runs a family restaurant called BucaVino in Rome.”

Boaro promises that Basil—the Monterey Bay area’s first Green Certified restaurant—will not change too much. “We are going to keep the same locally-sourced California cuisine and continue the great work that Soerke has been doing,” he says.

Chefs Denis Boaro and Andrea Palmieri

“But he will be using Italian techniques and there will be some Italian influence, because … Read More

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Lakeside Debuts New Home Base

October 24, 2017 – Lakeside Organic Gardens is putting the finishing touches on a massive new state-of-the-art cooler and shipping facility in Watsonville that will allow the company to keep up with the public’s growing appetite for healthy, organic produce.

The new 100,000-square-foot facility just off Riverside Dr. was designed by Lakeside owner Dick Peixoto, who also acted as master contractor, overseeing every step of the construction process.

“We made the whole design from start to finish,” says Peixoto. “It’s been a lifelong dream, in the thought process for at least 10 years and under construction for over a year.”

“It wouldn’t work for Driscoll’s or Dole, it’s designed just for our business and is going to make us much more efficient,” he adds.

Lakeside grows about 50 different varieties … Read More

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New Craft Brewery for Seaside

October 3, 2017 – Get ready to welcome a brand new craft brewery to the Monterey Peninsula. Other Brother Beer Company has acquired a 7,000 square foot building at 877 Broadway in Seaside and is getting ready to build a tap room and brewery to open in 2018.

“We’re not really into it to make a lot of money, but to build a community around something we really love,” says Evan Loewy, who is partnering with Michael Nevares and brewer Kevin Brown on the project.

Loewy, a Carmel native, lives in San Francisco and manages marketing for the family’s Other Brother Olive Oil company. The boutique olive oil producer sources olives from the family orchard in Carmel Valley, an orchard in Templeton and six or seven growers across California to make their … Read More

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Charlie Cascio (and goats) hired by Carmel Valley Ranch

July 11, 2017 – The Monterey Bay area’s most revered and reclusive artisanal cheese maker Charlie Cascio is joining Carmel Valley Ranch and moved in six of his Swiss Saanen dairy goats on Monday.

“This all started when there was the fire last year up at Charlie’s property in Palo Colorado that destroyed his house,” says CVR executive chef Tim Wood. He offered to board Charlie’s goats at the ranch and helped organize a fundraising dinner for him and fellow chef Matt Millea, who was also burned out of his home.

Charlie boarded his goats elsewhere and has now returned to his property, but the seed of the idea grew.

Over the last few months, Carmel Valley Ranch built a beautifully-furnished shed to house a little herd—five pregnant goats, one who … Read More

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Abbott Square Market Opening Gradually

July 4, 2017 – The six restaurants and two bars that comprise Abbott Square Market in Santa Cruz are opening little by little and developer John McEnery couldn’t be happier that the long-awaited project is finally taking off.

Cat, Cloud, Companion coffee and baked goods shop opened Saturday along with the adjacent Pizzeria La Bufala and last night the two bars Front & Cooper and Cooper & Front served their first delighted customers with creative and sophisticated cocktails that set a new benchmark for the Monterey Bay area.

Wednesday Veg on the Edge will start serving vegan cuisine. Then the three remaining restaurants—Poke It, Milk and Wood ice cream and All Aboard oyster bar—are expected to come online over the next few weeks, creating a vibrant new culinary hub and meeting … Read More

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