Author Archive | Sarah Wood

Edible Notables: WAGYU WRANGLERS

When John Cox first visited the stunning, 714-acre Fess Parker Ranch in Los Olivos last year, it was just as a favor to a friend, Paul Hoyle, president of the Fess Parker hotel group. Cox found himself on a tour past the ranch’s long-established vineyards and new wagyu cattle, as owner Eli Parker sought Cox’s advice for selling the prized beef to restaurants.

But Cox immediately saw potential for something even better. He imagined creating a restaurant for the Parker family where they could serve the wagyu and other products from their ranch themselves.

“It would be such a waste for that wagyu to go out of the family— no one is going to have the same connection to those animals,” Cox says. “You talk about the terroir—as soon as

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New Chef, New Cuisine at Il Grillo in Carmel

May 30, 2017 – Lots of changes are in the works at Il Grillo restaurant in Carmel as new executive chef Quinn Thompson’s cooking style begins to show itself in the food, differentiating the restaurant from its elder sibling—the popular La Balena—and as he prepares to present new menus and start serving breakfast in July.

“It’s time for it to have its own identity,” says Anna Bartolini owner of Il Grillo, which she and her husband Emanuele opened two years ago as a smaller, more casual version of La Balena, offering its own distinct dining experience. “We are so excited!”

Until now, Il Grillo has been supervised by La Balena’s executive chef, first Brad Briske, and since last year Adelfo Barragan.

The Bartolinis have been thrilled with Barragan’s job taking over … Read More

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Holman Ranch Tavern Opening Saturday with Fresh, Casual Menu and Look

May 16, 2017 – Diners looking for stellar comfort food made from scratch with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients will find it in the new Holman Ranch Tavern, located in the former Will’s Fargo. And they’ll also get to have a cocktail flight on the side.

Cocktail flight? Yes, that’s right—novel and tasty flights of three different martinis, margaritas, cosmopolitans and bourbons will be served right along with the wine flights you might expect from the owners of the Holman Ranch winery, as well as craft beer flights and an array of imported and local wines, beers and ciders by the glass.

Whether or not a cocktail flight is your thing, the message here in that the owners and staff of the tavern, which will hold its grand opening this … Read More

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John Cox’s Bear & Star to Open Next Week

April 25, 2017 – If your travels this spring are taking you to Santa Barbara wine country or points south of there and you’re looking for an exciting, unique and stellar new restaurant along the way, you won’t want to miss the Bear & Star in Los Olivos.

Starting next Monday May 1st, the latest restaurant launched by former Post Ranch Inn executive chef John Cox—who is also a partner at Cultura – comida y bebida in Carmel—will open its doors for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in a style Cox calls “refined ranch cuisine.”

As Edible Monterey Bay first reported when Cox disclosed his plans to serve as partner-chef with Eli and Ashley Parker in the new venture last December (click here to read) the star in the … Read More

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Poke Lab Going Mobile on Wednesday

April 4, 2017 – Devotees of The Poke Lab’s creative, uber-fresh, sustainable fish and made-from-scratch sauces rejoice: Tomorrow the downtown Monterey restaurant is taking its wildly popular food on the road, debuting regular service to the public in other parts of the area from its food truck.

Until a soft launch last week, The Poke Lab’s big white van could only be found catering to the lucky guests at private or special public events.

But starting this Wednesday April 5, it will serve anyone who gets his or herself to the bottom of Harris Court in Monterey’s Ryan Ranch business neighborhood on Wednesdays between 11:30am and 1:30pm—or before the vehicle runs out of food.

And later this spring, expect the truck to add new locations, starting with Carmel, and additional days … Read More

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