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New GM, Former Chef Rebooting Earthbound’s Farm Stand

By Sarah Wood

October 2, 2018 – As it completes a major reconstruction and prepares to do more onsite organic product incubation at its beloved Carmel Valley organic café, grocer and event space, Earthbound Farm has named a new Farm Stand general manager with diverse food industry experience—including packaged salad creation—and brought back as a consultant its former long-time chef.  

Andrew McClelland joined the Farm Stand from Dole on September 21st, the same day that Jonathan Bagley, the farm stand manager who saw the 25-year-old operation through its second major renovation and reopening, departed.

Meantime, Sarah LaCasse, the Farm Stand’s former long-time executive chef, has returned as consulting executive chef.

The changes come as some customers have been wowed by a stellar new coffee program and a brightened, airy … Read More

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James Beard Finalist Joins Alderwood

September 25, 2018 – A new burst of cocktail creativity is about to emerge on the Santa Cruz dining scene. The highly-anticipated Alderwood steakhouse and oyster bar has hired Miles Macquarrie to curate a cocktail program that complements the cusine of exec chef Jeffrey Wall.

Macquarrie is bar director and managing partner at Kimball House in Decatur, Georgia—a finalist or semi-finalist in the prestigious James Beard awards for best bar program in each of the past five years. He will be in Santa Cruz to set up Alderwood’s cocktail program ahead of the opening this fall. The barman makes his own house-made bitters and tinctures and loves to use seasonal produce in his cocktails. 

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Scheid Wine Blending Seminar Part Whimsy, Part Math

By Shondra Savadkohi

If only school were this enjoyable. The Art of Blending seminar, held at Scheid Vineyards’ Tasting Room last month in Carmel, was an opportunity for guests to try their hand at creating their own signature blend.

California wineries are known for producing wine by the varietal, or type of grape, like Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. But wineries often make blends as well—their own custom melody of varietals. The idea is to mix separate wines and come up with a new and unique wine with its own flavor profile.

Scheid winemakers Marta Kraftzeck and Vincent Catalaa hosted the after-hours seminar. The attendees were a fun and eclectic gathering of people, some new to the Carmel area, others Scheid Wine Club members for as long as 10 years. There … Read More

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Chef Joshua Plesh Hired at Wild Fish

September 4, 2018 – Chef Joshua Plesh is now heading the kitchen at the seafood-centric Wild Fish in Pacific Grove.

A promising newcomer to our local dining scene, the L.A. native began cooking when he was 21, training under chef Jason Neroni, owner of the buzzy Rose Café in Venice Beach. Later he ran a seasonal pop up restaurant in Anchorage called Harvest, offering a nine-course tasting menu that proved so popular that the five-month season was fully booked on its second day in business.

More recently Plesh worked at the renowned The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington, where he cooked alongside Noma-trained head chef Blaine Wetzel.

The Willows Inn is a true farm-to-table restaurant that operates its own farm and has … Read More

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1224 Pacific Ave.
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Independent, local, family-owned women’s apparel boutique.


310 Harvest Drive
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Locally designed and handmade slumped-glass plates, bowls and serving dishes that add famed art and style to the dining room.

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2801 Mission St. (the … Read More

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