Author Archive | Mark C. Anderson

Mark C. Anderson Tries a Year of New Eats in One Week

January 2, 2019 – It’s been 11 months and 13 countries since I last saw Monterey County and I’m happy to be home for the first time in a long time. After working as a food-and-drink writer and editor here for more than a dozen years, there were a number of standbys I was hungry to visit (including Gianni’s Pizza, Peter B’s Brewpub and Jose’s Mexican), but I arrived most eager to experience all the new developments.

That made my week here, in essence, an accelerated year-in-review of an intriguing 2018.

I beelined for Broadway in Seaside, where the major makeover—including new sidewalks, fewer car lanes and a pretty new bike lane—present a clear upgrade. But it’s also clear the real revolution lingers ahead, as at least a half dozen … Read More

Continue Reading ·

One Year After Closing, What’s Happening With 1833?

November 20, 2018 – Almost a year ago to the day, it went public that Restaurant 1833 was completing its sale to local real estate investor Constance Laub.

Only here comes Thanksgiving 2018, and 1833 remains dark.

Fortunately there’s still something stirring, and it’s not just the legendary ghosts who have occupied the place in living and corporeal form since its namesake year of construction (1833) and are reported to appear in mirrors and throw salt at service staff.

More on the sale in a minute. First, a quick review: With a spendy reinvention in 2011, Coastal Luxury Management (that also runs Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Cannery Row Brewing Company and Los Angeles Food & Wine) transformed one of the region’s most storied properties—which had been Gallatin’s and Stokes Adobe—into … Read More

Continue Reading ·

Battle Brewing Over Wharf 2 in Monterey

November 13, 2018 – With its pioneering and award-winning CSA-of-the-sea subscription service, Real Good Fish gives area fishermen reliable demand and connects its customers with all sorts of intriguing fresh, local and sustainable seafood, including recent revelations like smoked black cod raviolis (done in partnership with Bigoli Pasta).

But it was a different sort of intrigue that went out to members last month with a “Special Waterfront Call to Action” e-newsletter describing hopes for a new Real Good Fish location on the Commercial Wharf, aka Wharf II, in Monterey. RGF currently has a dockside headquarters in Moss Landing and processes fish at a facility in Watsonville with Del Mar Seafoods.

The new spot would allow more visibility for the business and a strategic spot for its partner fishermen to land … Read More

Continue Reading ·

Festa Moscoso Bringing Together Food Community

October 16, 2018 – Arturo Moscoso was born in Italy and raised in Peru. He drew inspiration from Old World Europe and contemporary Asia, worked in acclaimed kitchens on multiple continents with the likes of Chris Cosentino and Giada De Laurentiis, and migrated to Reno for the final phase of his life, which was cut short by pancreatic and stomach cancer earlier this year. But if the outpouring of love and respect from Monterey County is any indication, the true home of the well-traveled chef is right here.

Moscoso, who starred as executive chef at Pèppoli in Pebble Beach for the better part of a decade, had a personality as as big as his skill set, so it makes poetic sense that a benefit for his wife and two young Read More

Continue Reading ·

Carmel Craft Brewery Coming to the Barnyard

August 21, 2018 – The craft beer revolution that has captivated so many California communities has a new frontier: Carmel.

One of the area’s newer brewers (Mad Otter Ale) is teaming with one of its older producers (Carmel Valley Brewing) to open a fresh taphouse in an intriguing place (The Barnyard).

Carmel has so many wine tasting rooms—around 20, most within a square mile—the City Council has considered a moratorium. But Carmel Craft Brewery will be its first brew house. When Alvarado Street Brewery opens in Carmel Plaza this winter, the city-by-the-sea will have a veritable craft beer boom on its coasters.

Mad Otter Ale and Carmel Valley Brewing beers have been available on a curated playlist of local restaurants, bars and stores for years, but never had a real … Read More

Continue Reading ·