Author Archive | Deborah Luhrman


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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Assembly Restaurant Gets Some Love

July 3, 2018 – A talented new chef is bringing his fine dining chops to Assembly restaurant on Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz. Chef Matty Love, a native of Salt Lake City, is moving south from Sacramento, where he was chef de cuisine at The Firehouse, the capital city’s famed special occasion restaurant.

“I’m really excited to be here in Santa Cruz and to be part of the community,” he says. “The restaurant is already refined, my plan is to make some really great food that people will love.” 

According to Zachary Davis—owner of Assembly, the Picnic Basket and Penny Ice Creamery, with business partner and chef Kendra Baker—”Matty is a great combination of steady and humble and talented and community-minded, all the things we believe in.”

Love has been in … Read More

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Dust Bowl Brewing Eyes Former Wharf Marketplace

June 8, 2018 – After sitting empty for the past three months, the old train depot that formerly housed The Wharf Marketplace has a prospective tenant that would add a new dimension to downtown Monterey’s thriving craft brew scene.

The owners of Dust Bowl Brewing in Turlock have applied for a beer license for the property and are working to assume the lease—which was granted to Tanimura & Antle by the City of Monterey in 2013—so they can open a satellite taproom.

“We’re still trying to get all our ducks in a row and going through the process,” says Dust Bowl founder Brett Tate. “But we’re excited about the possibility of bringing our brand to Monterey.”

“With all the places that John Steinbeck wrote about there, Dust Bowl seems like … Read More

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