Author Archive | Deborah Luhrman

Felton and Boulder Creek Markets Leave New Leaf Group

February 13, 2018 – Just days after C.E.O. Wendy Collie resigned and plans to open a New Leaf store in Carmel were scrapped, the owner of the Felton and Boulder Creek markets says he is exiting the New Leaf/New Seasons group and re-branding his stores as Wild Roots Markets.

“It was a tough decision,” says owner Bob Locatelli, “We’ve had a great run with New Leaf for 24 plus years, but just decided to go off in a new direction. It got to the point where we wanted to focus more on our local community here in the San Lorenzo Valley.” He says they have been considering the move for nearly two years, as the formerly small Santa Cruz-based natural foods chain entered into a phase of rapid expansion, after … Read More

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Local winemakers get out in front of the sparkling wine boom with lots of pink and a rainbow of quirky new bubbly varieties.


It was already fall. Days were getting shorter, nights were getting colder and the chardonnay grapes at Beauregard Vineyards’ Bald Mountain Vineyard in Bonny Doon still had not ripened. “The plants were shutting down and losing their leaves. All of the fruit was under-ripe—it was just unacceptable,” recalls winemaker Ryan Beauregard.

So Mother Nature forced his hand and Beauregard used the under-ripe grapes to make his very first Champagne-style sparkling wine—a type of wine that requires highly acidic, immature fruit. “It’s a scary investment in equipment and time, but it forced us to take the risk,” he says.

Little did Beauregard know that … Read More

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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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