Author Archive | Mark C. Anderson

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

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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

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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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