Author Archive | Deborah Luhrman

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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Sustainable Moments Strengthen Local Tourism

Most people understand the important role that tourism plays in the local economy, but it’s hard not to feel some resentment when you have to swerve around visitors stopped on a scenic roadway or witness out-of-towners leaving trash on our treasured hiking trails. That’s why the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching a new initiative called “Sustainable Moments” aimed at educating tourists and developing a more responsible type of tourism.

“We want to create the right balance between the needs and desires of our visitors and the needs and desires of our residents,” says Rob O’Keefe, chief marketing officer at the MCCVB.

The campaign features a series of videos for incoming visitors, tips for sustainable travel, advice on how to travel like a local expert and a dedicated … Read More

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Bernardus Buzzes With New Arrivals

May 2, 2017 – There’s a new buzz at Bernardus Lodge and it has nothing to do with happy hour or their latest 5-star review on Trip Advisor. Hundreds of thousands of honey bees have been moved into the on-site garden of chef Cal Stamenov, where they are happily collecting nectar and making honey that will go into new menu items, spa treatments and, yes, even cocktails—one of them hilariously named the EpiPen!

The new apiary program called “Buzzed at Bernardus” is a longtime dream come true for the lodge and for its star chef, who has kept bee hives at his own home for the past ten years.

“Right now is perfect timing, during the drought the bees were having a hard time,” says chef Cal. “We have more than one … Read More

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Assembly Debuts Trendy Craft Cocktails

IMG_5078March 21, 2017 – Assembly Restaurant in Santa Cruz is all about showcasing local purveyors and that extends to the show-stopping new craft cocktail program it has been rolling out over the past few weeks.

“The fun thing about our skill set—like in the kitchen—it’s seasonal and flexible according to what purveyors have to offer,” says chef Kendra Baker, co-founder of Assembly, the Picnic Basket and the Penny Ice Creamery. “We’re able to shift and move in much the same way as we do in the kitchen.”

The afternoon I was there, the copper-top bar was piled with fresh Meyer lemons grown by Daniel Paduano at Abounding Harvest Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Bar manager Zane Griffin was shaking up a Pink Lady cocktail mixing local Venus Spirits Gin … Read More

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