Author Archive | Kathryn McKenzie

Gourmetfest Opens Thursday With Big Charity Goal

54463de2-1fc1-455a-85a2-37e97012225aMarch 14, 2017 – How do you get some of the world’s best known chefs to come to Carmel for the Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest 2017? Founder David Fink makes it sound simple: “I invite all the top chefs,” he says, some whom he’s known for decades and others that he’s never even met.

Of course Fink is delighted to have old friends like Daniel Boulud and Michael Tusk on board, but he’s equally jazzed about having Gabriel Kreuther (“I’ve never met him, but he’s a rock star in New York”) and Shinichiro Tagaki (“my brand-new friend from Japan”). They’re part of the more than 18 stellar chefs that will create culinary history this Thursday through Sunday at GourmetFest’s unforgettable food and wine events.

“This is something very, very special for … Read More

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ON THE FARM: MAN ON A MISSION

Aquarium chef forges friendships and
spreads sustainability at a Tres Pinos
farm and around the world

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Chef Matt Beaudin of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA PARGH

For the past few months, Matt Beaudin has been playing a guessing game called “Are They or Aren’t They?”

Beaudin, executive chef for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has been trying to figure out if his three female sheep—shy, shaggy, prehistoriclooking creatures called Jacob sheep, thought to be the first domesticated breed—are pregnant.

It’s not an easy task, in part because of their built-in weapons—female as well as male Jacob sheep can have as many as six horns instead of the usual two, and they’re not afraid to use them. “ey are wicked skittish, and the trick is to get hold of them … Read More

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EDIBLE NOTABLES: FARMHOUSE CAFÉ

Hollister restaurant inspired by organic family farm

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARRY GERBRANDT

The cheerful little café in downtown Hollister wasn’t really supposed to be a thing, until it was.

Farmhouse Café opened in September on a block of San Benito Street that is already a haven for locally made food—The Heavenly Bakery is on the corner, Mars Hill coffeehouse is across the street and San Benito Bene, an artisanal local foods shop, is next door.

Not only that, there’s history here for owner Becky Herbert, whose farming family has been in San Benito County for five generations. “The building where Mars Hill is used to be my great-grandfather’s dry goods store,” says Herbert. “I’ve got agriculture and retail in my blood.”

Herbert opened the café as an outgrowth of her community … Read More

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A Juicy Business: Perfectly Pressed in Rapid Expansion

monica_berrizSeven years ago, Monica Berriz had no idea how juicing would change her life. Not only did she find new energy and vitality as a result, but she also wound up starting a wildly popular local business, Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar.

But Berriz says it’s not just a business—for her it’s a mission to help customers achieve optimal health.

“People tell me how much our juices have helped them,” she says. “It’s very gratifying to serve people and help them be healthier.”

It all began when Berriz first learned about juicing and decided to give it a try. She immediately lost weight and gained energy. It had such an impact on her life that she told all her friends about it—and they started asking her to create healthy juices … Read More

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ON THE FARM: CANNABIS BOWL OF THE WORLD?

Marijuana legalization promises challenges
as well as opportunities for the
Monterey Bay agricultural community

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN PAYTON

With the presidential campaign having held many local residents’ attention hostage during the 2016 election cycle, the passage by a margin of 56% to 44% of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, came as a surprise to many Monterey Bay area residents. But for those in the local agricultural community, Prop 64 was a little more on the forefront of their minds, raising questions such as how it would affect land prices, whether they should consider moving to cannabis production, how many local food producers would do so, and how the newly legal crop would be regulated.

In Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, which some say are well-positioned … Read More

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