Author Archive | Kathryn McKenzie

Ag Against Hunger Program Adopted by Grower-Shippers

April 23, 2019 – Ag Against Hunger—the Salinas nonprofit that for more than a quarter-century has distributed millions of pounds of surplus fresh produce to West Coast food programs—has been adopted as a core program of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation.

AAH’s program manager Alicia Cask will join the Grower-Shipper Association staff, where she will work alongside the foundation’s executive director, Lisa Dobbins. Cask will continue to coordinate field gleaning and fresh produce outreach opportunities.  

While the Ag Against Hunger program within GSAF will continue to handle gleaning and advocacy, the distribution of the produce will now be done by the Food Bank for Monterey County, which recently opened a brand-new $10 million facility on West Rossi Street in Salinas.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” says Dobbins. Since the Food … Read More

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Celebrating a century of excellence in food and wine, Pebble Beach is gearing up for a very special year


It all began with food in Pebble Beach…and even today, with golf and glamour grabbing much of the attention, the Monterey Peninsula’s most luxurious enclave still offers some of the finest culinary experiences on the West Coast.

This year, Pebble Beach celebrates its 100th anniversary in a big way, hosting one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, the U.S. Open Championship on June 10–16. To mark its centennial year and welcome guests, a brand new Visitor Center was built and is open to the public from 8am–5pm daily. It brings the story of the resort’s past century to life through attractive displays, a huge interactive relief map of … Read More

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Grand Opening of Salinas Butchery, Sausage Shop

January 15, 2019 – Knowing where Zio Brand Meats is located is like being part of a secret society. Located at the back of a warehouse along Highway 68 in South Salinas, it has minimal signage and a bare-bones appearance.

But over the past year, locals have gradually been let in on the secret, through friends and family sharing the news that a new specialty butcher shop was in the neighborhood. And now owners Ellis and Lindsay Almond are getting ready to open up their business to what they hope will be an even wider circle of customers.

They’re holding a grand opening celebration, serving up sandwiches made from their handcrafted sausages, this Thursday from 11am-2pm. Zio Brand will continue having a monthly sausage barbecue every third Thursday of the … Read More

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Fishermen Take Center Stage During Get Hooked Restaurant Week

January 8, 2019 – Local seafood—and the people who catch it—will be in the spotlight beginning Monday at more than a dozen Monterey Peninsula restaurants during the first-ever Get Hooked restaurant week, part of California Restaurant Month.  

From January 14-21, the Get Hooked campaign is luring residents and visitors alike to try seasonal local fish at restaurants in Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove, with sweet, flaky rockfish and rich, buttery sablefish taking center stage.

It’s all part of an effort to link local chefs with local fishermen, and to show diners how important it is to eat freshly harvested seafood that comes from Monterey Bay—supporting the region’s commercial fishing industry as well as celebrating the best of what’s right here.

Shockingly, 90 percent of the seafood that is consumed in the … Read More

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Prunedale Wine Family To Open Restaurant

December 18, 2018 – Like many other small wineries, Kevin Olson Vineyards finds itself in a slightly frustrating situation: its output is not enough to attract the attention of a large distributor, but how then to get its wines out to potential fans?

If the winery was in Carmel or Santa Cruz, it would be a no-brainer—a tasting room would be the way to do it. But Olson Vineyards is in Prunedale, the rural, somewhat scattered North Monterey County community that is better known for its beer-drinking, pickup-truck-driving lifestyle.

But the Olsons—Kevin, wife Patti, and sons Nick and Parker— have persisted. And now, their tasting room/wine bar 101 Wine Press is close to becoming reality, and will offer Olson chardonnays and pinot noirs as well as a selection of premium … Read More

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