Author Archive | Deborah Luhrman

Earthbound Purchased by Taylor Farms

April 16, 2019 – Privately-held Taylor Farms has purchased Earthbound Farm from the French conglomerate Danone, bringing the beloved organic brand back home to the Salinas Valley and catapulting Taylor to the forefront of the organic produce sector.

While the price was not disclosed, Bloomberg News reported last June that Danone was looking for a buyer and valued Earthbound in the neighborhood of $500 million.

No formal announcement has been made regarding Earthbound’s popular farm stand on Carmel Valley Road, but employees tell us they don’t expect any major changes. 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to return ownership of this organic produce leader to local roots and family ownership,” said CEO Bruce Taylor in a news release announcing the sale.

Earthbound was founded in 1984 by Drew and Myra … Read More

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Klaus Georis Launches New Dinner Series

April 2, 2019 – Chef Klaus Georis is launching what he calls a “six-month residency” at the Stationaery in Carmel ahead of opening his highly-anticipated new restaurant in Seaside later this year.

Beginning this week, Georis will be serving a four-course prix fixe dinner at the Stationaery every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

“I’m using this as a pilot project to try out the style of food I cook and see how people receive it,” says Georis, who describes his style as minimalistic and European. 

A menu posted for the first dinner of the residency starts with Parmesan and black truffle soup, followed by white asparagus with iberico ham, fermented asparagus and elderflower honey. The third course listed is grain porridge with green garlic, aged goat cheese and ramps and the … Read More

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Estevan Jimenez Named Chef of the Year

March 19, 2019 – Rancho Cielo executive chef Estevan Jimenez will receive the prestigious Chef of the Year award from the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Culinary Federation at its annual gala in May.

Jimenez—who formerly worked at Aqua Terra Culinary, Ventana Big Sur and the Monterey Bay Aquarium—was selected because of his professionalism and expertise, and for his dedication to community service—both in his work with at-risk youth at Rancho Cielo and within the chapter.

The talented chef attended the California School of Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu program and moved to Monterey shortly afterwards as a chef for Bon Appetit Management, which at that time handled the aquarium restaurants and events. He was promoted to chef de cuisine in 2007 and then moved on to the position of … Read More

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Monterey Area to be Included in New Michelin Guide

March 5, 2019 – Michelin Guide inspectors have been secretly visiting Monterey County restaurants for the past year in preparation for a new guidebook due out this summer, which goes beyond San Francisco to include six other areas of California. “We’re just thrilled, we’re over the moon,” says Rob O’Keefe, marketing director of the Monterey County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “While it will be very good for restaurants that make it into the book, it will also put Monterey County on the culinary map for discerning travelers.”

The new California guidebook was announced today at a joint news conference with Michelin and Visit California in Sacramento, attended by MCCVB CEO Tammy Blount-Canavan. New areas covered in the Michelin California guide include Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. … Read More

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GRIST FOR THE MILL SPRING 2019

Shelby, Kate and I hopped on a red-eye flight to the East Coast last month to represent Edible Monterey Bay at the national conference of Edible magazine publishers—which we will host here in the Monterey Bay area in 2021!

There are about 80 independently owned Edible magazines published in the United States and Canada, but we only get together once a year so it’s always an exciting time—exchanging ideas, talking trends and indulging in the best local cuisine.

The big news at this year’s conference—superbly hosted by our friends at Edible Sarasota—was the return of founder Tracey Ryder to the helm of our network. Tracey, who started the very first magazine, Edible Ojai, had the vision to grow that small magazine into the community of local food publications you see … Read More

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