Author Archive | Kathryn McKenzie

Mundaka Owner Reinventing Restaurant with Baja Theme

March 28, 2017 – It’s an old truism that popular restaurants tend to stick with the formula that made them famous. But then Gabe Georis has never followed the norm. And so it was recently when he announced the start of something completely different for Mundaka, the beloved Spanish-style tapas restaurant in Carmel that he started in 2009 with chef Brandon Miller.

“I’m used to people telling me that I’m crazy,” says Georis with a laugh, adding that after eight years, “It’s time to change things up.”

Georis founded Mundaka after traveling and surfing in Spain, but now that he has small children, he says it’s tougher to visit for inspiration. Plus, he points out, change is good: “I had to do something new.”

And so Mundaka will close after service on … Read More

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

Chef Matt Beaudin of the Monterey Bay Aquarium


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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Hollister restaurant inspired by organic family farm



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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