Author Archive | Mark C. Anderson

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

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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

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Artisanal Charcuterie and BBQ Coming to Monterey

July 24, 2018 – The PigWizard has found a place to work his magic. Finally.

After all sorts of plot twists over the course of a decade and a half—including teaching at the now-departed Monterey Culinary School, endless pig roasts, wild private parties, and a food-truck misadventure-of-sorts that involved driving from the Northwest with a hole in the floor of the vehicle—Jonathan Roberts has a place to call his own.

He now pockets the keys to one of my favorite under-the-radar spots in the area at 32 Cannery Row. It was once home to the former Bayside Cafe (which morphed into Bon Ton L’Roy’s Lighthouse Smokehouse a half mile away), and then the more fleeting Harborside Deli & BBQ, whose owners completed some solid capital improvements.

It sits under the Read More

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Captain + Stoker Reopens Under New Ownership

July 18, 2018 – Earlier this month—when the bottom fell out of a deal for Cat & Cloud to acquire Captain + Stokerand Captain + Stoker suddenly closed—co-managers Tyler Ellis and his fiance Kelsea Richmond were too rocked by the news to talk about it right away.

“Not right now,” Ellis wrote via email. “It happened so fast. I’m pretty emotional. Lemme slow down.”

After they had some time to process, Monterey transplants Ellis and Richmond expressed awe at how much they clicked with their newfound coffee-and-community existence.

“I am simply going to miss working at Captain + Stoker,” Ellis said. “I was connected with so many customers, our employees, everyone involved. I was myself every day, and I’ve never felt I could be so comfortable in any other … Read More

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Captain + Stoker Closes as Sale Falls Apart, Cat & Cloud To Open Two New Santa Cruz Cafés

July 10, 2018 – Wendy and Peterson Conway had a seemingly simple dream: a community coffee shop with single-origin beans, world-class equipment and farm-fresh food they’d pull from their chicken ranch and orchard in Carmel Valley.

It would be called Captain + Stoker, named for and decorated with tandem bikes—like the one they rode into their wedding ceremony.

“Captain + Stoker was started with the intention that connecting with one another can both make our lives more meaningful as well as more empowered,” the original plans read. “Being in tandem is seeing we still need one another, perhaps more than ever.”

They pulled it off in style, debuting Captain + Stoker to enthusiastic reviews in late March. When the legendary cyclists who helped found the place (Tom Ritchey and Thomas … Read More

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