Author Archive | Elizabeth Limbach

DOWN BY THE BOARDWALK

The Picnic Basket offers
a true taste of Santa Cruz


Left: Co-creators: Picnic Basket owners Zach Davis and Kendra Baker.
Right: The Picnic Basket’s Market Salad.
Photos by Ted Holladay

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the city’s most iconic tourist attraction— drawing three million visitors each year—and yet its dining options don’t exactly scream “Santa Cruz.”

Despite the bounty of fresh local and organic foods in the area, the amusement park is unsurprisingly lined with funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy and an astounding array of deep-friend specialties. Luckily for those who like their roller coasters—but prefer to fuel up on something other than deep-fried Twinkies afterward— the Boardwalk area now boasts a restaurant that actually embodies the region’s culinary potential.

The year-old Picnic Basket is the second gastronomic … Read More

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD?

Local groups are working to help ensure you do

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Photo by Rob Fisher

What do shoppers across the European Union as well as in China, Japan and Brazil know that American consumers do not?

They know whether or not the foods they eat contain GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. Right now, most food labels in the U.S. give Americans no hint of whether a food contains GMOs, but thanks in part to the efforts of concerned citizens here in our region, Californians will be able to weigh in on the matter through a ballot initiative in November.

As part of the statewide push to put a GMO labeling requirement on the California November ballot, 100 volunteers with the group GMO-Free Santa Cruz gathered 15,544 signatures earlier this year in support … Read More

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LOCAL HERO WINNER 2015 – BEST NONPROFIT: TEEN KITCHEN PROJECT

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Cooking up comfort, confidence and community

Photography by Patrice Ward

When Angela Farley’s son Charlie began recovering from the lung cancer he contracted at the astonishingly young age of four, she didn’t expect to stay long in “the cancer world.”

Yet, four years later, here she is still—at the helm of a growing nonprofit organization of her own creation that provides nourishing meals to local families shattered by life-threatening illness. The organization, Teen Kitchen Project, has been voted Best Nonprofit of 2015 by Edible Monterey Bay’s readers.

“I was consumed with managing my PTSD by organizing food delivery for people who were sick,” she says of the period that followed her son’s upturn. “The work chose me.”

Inspired and trained by Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, Farley’s meal delivery effort … Read More

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EDIBLE LIFE: NOT EASILY LABELED

Why “natural” has become a bad word
and how best to navigate the rising
tide of food seals and certifications

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Cody Compau by Patrick Tregenza.

Just north of Watsonville, Fiesta Farm’s 1,000 egg-laying hens are happily roaming their 10 acres of pasture, which are emerald green after a much-needed soaking of rain.

Sarah Lopez, who runs the farm together with her husband, Aurelio Lopez, watches a brood of birds head into their nesting trailers to lay eggs. The rest of the clutch scratches at the ground, foraging for grass, bugs, worms and mice.

“If they can get their beaks or claws on a lizard or snake, they’ll eat that, too,” says Sarah Lopez, noting that the lucky lady who catches a reptilian snack is inevitably chased around the yard by … Read More

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IN THE KITCHEN: GOOD TO THE BONE

Kitchen Witch Bone Broth brews deep nourishment

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The Kitchen Witches, opposite, from left: Magali
Brecke, Missy Woolstenhulme and Rhiannon Henry.

Photography by Tchell DePaepe and Clayton Ryon

Three years ago, Rhiannon Henry cooked up an auspicious pot of bone broth as a birthday gift for a friend who was ill. One batch led to another, and soon she had a waiting list of friends who wanted in on the nutritious drink.

From there, Henry’s broth brewing took on a life of its own, growing into a business, Kitchen Witch Bone Broth. After it appeared in an article authored by this writer in Good Times’ weekly last year, thirst for the brew began to outstrip Henry and her kitchen’s capacity. Fortunately, the story also prompted two local women, Missy Woolstenhulme, a … Read More

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