Author Archive | Kathryn McKenzie

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



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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Chef’s Summit Preaches Sustainability

14a56ef7-3275-4e3e-ac10-8b5cb890146bNovember 15, 2016 – Knowing where your meal comes from—and being able to tell the story behind it — is key to cooking sustainably. That was the message from Seafood Watch’s second annual Monterey Peninsula Chef Summit, hosted Monday night at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

And Aquarium executive chef Matt Beaudin definitely had some tales to tell.

Beaudin, who has taken his love for locally-sourced food to the max, talked about how he began buying duck eggs from Evergreen Acres Dairy in Tres Pinos, which led to a friendship with owners Mike and Jane Hulme. Now Beaudin is raising four Jacob’s sheep on the San Benito County farm and breeding them.

“They’re the rarest sheep in the world and they might be the first (domesticated) breed,” Beaudin told a crowd of … Read More

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Aquarium Chef Plans Tijuana Restaurant

6ad05aa4-b944-43ce-b36f-27c79bc9ff6cNovember 8, 2016 – Monterey Aquarium executive chef Matt Beaudin wants to save the world, one little piece at a time. An advocate for sustainably harvested seafood and the farm-to-table philosophy, he’s also mixing cuisine and community for the greater good.

His latest passion project—bringing better nutrition, funding, and job training to orphaned kids in Mexico—arose from time spent at the Baja Culinary Festival in 2015.

Beaudin has been traveling to Baja every month since, along with aquarium chef de cuisine Adam Young, to spread the aquarium’s Seafood Watch message. He has been speaking with everyone from fishermen to young people to leaders of culinary schools on how choosing sustainable seafood advances conservation.

Delgado and Beaudin in Mexico

Delgado and Beaudin in Mexico

But his time spent there made him realize that more needed to … Read More

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Exploring the artistry in a bar of soap


Lavender amethyst crystals

When was the last time a bar of soap made you stop in your tracks to marvel at its beauty? Or feel like taking a bite? We usually think of soap as being a utilitarian item, something not necessarily beautiful, pleasing, or even interesting on a day-to-day basis. Certainly, few of us even consider whether the soap we use is good for the earth.

But one local enterprise that is giving careful thought to these things is Tiny Ranch Soap Co. of Carmel Valley. Its handcrafted small-batch soaps are not only lovely to look at, but also contain ingredients that help skin look and feel its best. And because these soaps are made with sustainability in mind, using locally grown botanicals whenever possible and without harsh chemicals, … Read More

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