Author Archive | Deborah Luhrman


To be honest, winter is not my favorite season. I’ll take the tender pea shoots of spring, the juicy apricots of summer or late harvest tomatoes in fall, over pumpkin pie and fruitcake any time. But our short winter in the Monterey Bay area is nothing to complain about. The weather is often glorious and the envy of the nation. Even the rainiest days provide a good opportunity to cozy up and do some serious cooking or baking. And, of course, it’s the season to gather with friends and family to celebrate the year that just flew right by and make plans for the year to come.

For our winter issue we’ve tried to pull together some of the treats that brighten these short days, starting with Dungeness crab! Like … Read More

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Sneak Peek at Alderwood Menu

November 25, 2018 – Edible Monterey Bay got an exclusive sneak peek today at the menu of the new Alderwood restaurant, opening December 12 in Santa Cruz. The stylish six-page menu features seasonal wood-fired cuisine and begins with a full page of reasonably-priced craft cocktails, including The Alderwood—which combines gin, Cocchi Americano, fino sherry and Alderwood bitters.

We want to become part of the fiber of Santa Cruz and are creating Alderwood Santa Cruz to serve as a gathering place for the community. This is going to be much more than just a place of business—we aim to be a hub for everyone,” says Jeffrey Wall, executive chef at the soon-to-open restaurant.

Alderwood will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 4pm to midnight to accommodate the happy hour crowd, … Read More

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A photo essay by winemaker
Alex Krause captures the pre-dawn
beauty of the grape harvest

Dawn breaks at the Antle vineyard in the Chalone AVA not far from Pinnacles National Park

When the days get shorter and the fog permanently parks itself offshore, it’s harvest season in the vineyards of the Central Coast. Fall is often the hottest part of the year around here and that’s one reason most of the grape harvests take place in the middle of the night.

After just a few hours of sleep, picking crews and winemakers arrive at the vineyards around 2 am, working quickly to fill their bins by dawn. It’s chilly, especially in the vineyards at higher elevations, and that’s just the way the winemaker wants it.

“You want the fruit to … Read More

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As Edible Monterey Bay enters a new phase, it’s probably the right time to answer the question why. Why did I think a local food magazine was an important project to get involved with seven years ago? And why do I choose to continue now as EMB’s new editor and publisher?

First, I love the Monterey Bay area and the way growing food is so fundamental to our local identity. I love how productive the entire region is—the year-round farms, the vineyards, the Pacific Ocean, the backyard gardens and all the fruit trees. It’s a place where the abundance of excellent-quality, clean, healthy ingredients is almost embarrassingly rich. And I love how all those ingredients inspire the region’s chefs, food artisans and small businesses—as well as us home cooks and … Read More

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Union Foodie Truck Launches Next Week

August 14, 2018 – Make way for a new food truck rolling out on the streets of Santa Cruz next week. With an Asian-Mexican fusion menu, Union Foodie Truck is a dream-come-true for owner Rachel Thompson—a former culinary school instructor and longtime chef at The Buttery café. 

“Growing up, my family was all about food,” Thompson says. “It is a family of artists, but it took me awhile to realize that food is my form of self-expression.” She trained in the Cabrillo Culinary Arts program and ended up opening the Corner Café at The Buttery, designing the menu and putting in 15-hour days in the kitchen.

Later she worked for the Professional Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center) in Campbell, where she started out giving cooking demos at … Read More

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