Author Archive | Kathryn McKenzie

Award-Winning Olive Oil from Monterey County

You may have seen them at the Carmel farmers’ market and walked right by without realizing that some of California’s best olive oil comes from the hills of south Monterey County near the tiny town of San Ardo.

Olive oil enthusiasts who find themselves on the road between King City and Paso Robles would be advised to look for the 43 Ranch tasting room, just off Highway 101 at Los Lobos Road, about an hour south of Salinas. There, owners Greg and Cindy Traynor greet customers at a facility that combines a vintage industrial vibe with modern conveniences, including two charging stations for electric vehicles.

Despite the fact that the Traynors are relative newcomers to the world of olive oil—they planted their 4,800 olive trees in 2012 and had their … Read More

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A young Salinas man works hard to
prove vegan farming is the next big thing

With heart on hand, farmer Leo Sanchez shows his love for farmers’ markets


When Leo Sanchez first heard about growing produce “veganically,” without the use of any animal-derived fertilizers at all, he was skeptical. “I actually thought it was silly and not going to work out,” he says. After all, the Salinas native had long been coached in traditional organic farming methods, which call for using chicken manure, fish emulsion, bone meal or other animal-based fertilizers.

Sanchez—now the owner of Lazy Millennial Farms—has discovered that veganic practices work very well in commercial organic agriculture— and his methods, learned through research, trial and error, and experimentation, may very well be the next … Read More

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Assembly Closes; Owners Announce New Project

August 23, 2018 – Fans of Assembly restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz were shocked to learn that Sunday, August 19 was the last day of business for the popular farm-to-table restaurant.

Created by chef Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis, Assembly was the go-to spot for events such as the Santa Cruz Warriors season openers, family celebrations and marriage proposals, and most recently, the official launch of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. The restaurant has always been a strong supporter of Edible Monterey Bay and graciously hosted a release party for our winter 2016 issue.

Assembly opened four and a half years ago, offering farm-to-table cuisine with flair and panache. Baker and Davis posted an open letter on the Assembly website, thanking customers, farmers and employees for their support, and hinting at … Read More

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Stationaery Restaurant and Cafe Ready to Open in Carmel

August 21, 2018 – Anthony Carnazzo and Alissa Bell Carnazzo like to describe their modern new Carmel restaurant, Stationaery, as a homey kind of neighborhood place where you can meet friends and share a meal or a cup of coffee. And that makes perfect sense, seeing as it’s a return to hometown roots for the couple, who came back to raise their family in the county where they grew up.

It’s a homecoming as well for Stationaery chef Amalia Scatena, who says she’s thrilled to be back in her home state after 15 years of work in Tuscany, Virginia and South Carolina. Her menu will reflect her love of place, with the best and freshest of what the Central Coast has to offer.

The archaic spelling of Stationaery reflects both … Read More

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Santa Cruz Church to Serve Pints With a Purpose

August 14, 2018 – It’s no accident that the Bible is loaded with references to food, drink and community. Caring for people is about feeding bodies as well as souls. Now a local church is adding another dimension to this idea—by building a restaurant and brewery in downtown Santa Cruz where Sunday services will also be offered.

Leaders of the progressive Greater Purpose Community Church have leased the huge space that previously housed iconic Logos bookstore on Pacific Avenue and are planning the remodel, with a hoped-for opening in summer or fall of 2019.

Envisioned is a full restaurant on the street level and a brewery in the basement, going by the name Greater Purpose Brewing Company.

“I hope it totally changes people’s perception of Christianity,” says GPCC pastor Christopher … Read More

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