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Wine Industry Reaches Out to Help Fire Victims

October 10, 2017 – We’ve been watching in horror as wind-whipped fires raced through the fabled Wine Country of  Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, devastating entire subdivisions, razing historic wineries and closing businesses. People have died, thousands are displaced and the fires continue to threaten new neighborhoods, but the Monterey County and Santa Cruz Mountains wine associations are already banding together to help affected wineries.

“This is a very personal tragedy, not only because the California wine community is close-knit, but also because a number of our local wineries and vineyards also have property in Sonoma and Napa,” said Kim Stemler, executive director of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association.

“Our hearts are heavy as we watch the continued widespread destruction caused by the wildfires that are impacting so many … Read More

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Sante Adairius Opens New Santa Cruz Tap Room

October 3, 2017 – The first customers started arriving just a few hours ago as the “soft opening” of Sante Adairius Rustic Ales‘ new tap room got underway. The long-awaited second location on Water Street in Santa Cruz is much more spacious than the original Capitola tap room, with a warm, homey vibe, 18 taps, bottled beer for sale and a few food items. 

There are shiny varnished wood slab tables, polished concrete floors, picnic tables, tulip pendant lights and a patchwork quilt hanging on the wall. SARA brews are available on tap and in bottles, along with a selection of bottled guest beers.

Hours of the new craft beer destination are from 2pm to 8pm Tuesday to Thursday and noon to 9pm Friday to Sunday, closed on Mondays. An official grand opening is … Read More

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Former Wills Fargo For Sale Again

October 2, 2017 – Historic Wills Fargo steak house and saloon in Carmel Valley—which was converted into the Holman Ranch Tavern just five months ago—is back on the market.

The 4,266 square foot restaurant and bar is for sale for $2.9 million, including the liquor license and all the furnishings and equipment.

“The Lowder family has enjoyed serving the Carmel Valley community and the tavern is going to stay open, operating normally for now,” said Holman Ranch general manager Liz Bolar.

“The ranch will stay in the family and also continue to operate normally. We are looking forward to focusing on events and on the winery,” she said, adding that various options were being considered for a new tasting room.

The current owners purchased the 1920s era roadhouse in 2014 from … Read More

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Aqua Terra Signs Conference Center Deal

September 26, 2017 – After a nine-month bidding process, chef Dory Ford’s Aqua Terra Culinary last week signed a three-year contract to become the primary caterer for the soon-to-open Monterey Conference Center

“It’s very, very exciting. Everyone who works for us is ready for the new challenges that lie ahead and we’re going to swing for the fences on this one,” says Ford, who estimates the new venue will double sales for his already vibrant local catering company. 

The conference center, which is set to reopen this fall following a two-year, $60 million renovation, is run by the City of Monterey and Ford made several presentations to city officials to win the contract. The final pitch was about two weeks ago for the liquor license and he says years of experience Read More

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Au Midi Leaving Aptos for Monterey

September 19, 2017 – Santa Cruz County’s top-rated French restaurant Au Midi is leaving Aptos at the end of October to re-open in a new, larger space on Tyler St. in Old Town Monterey.

“We have to move to be able to do what we want to do,” says chef Muriel Loubiere, who owns Au Midi with her husband Michel. “There are just not enough potential customers in Aptos to run a business.”

The new Au Midi at 476 Tyler St. will seat 66 people in the dining room and includes a full bar, lounge area and outdoor seating in an interior patio. “We’ve been thinking about making the move for three or four years and were just waiting to find the right place,” says Muriel, adding that their current location … Read More

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