Author Archive | Sarah Wood


How three new ventures—
Home restaurant, Cultura – comida y bebida
and Revival Ice Cream — are helping
reshape our local food culture

Top Left: Ron Mendoza, Revival Ice Cream; Top Right: Brad Briske, Home;
Bottom: Kyle Odell, Matt Glazer, Michelle Estigoy, Michael Marcy,
Sarah Kabat-Marcy and John Cox, outside Cultura


Is fine dining dying—or even dead?

This question has been bandied about for years as restaurant costs have risen and American culture has become more casual. After all, “fine dining” refers at least as much to a highly formal, labor-intensive and solicitous manner of service as it does to food prepared with the finest ingredients and techniques. Many of the country’s most renowned chefs have been opening more casual eateries for some time now, and … Read More

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Artisanal Butcher Shop Coming to Seaside

IMG_3121February 14, 2017 – The Monterey Peninsula will soon have its own modern, artisanal butcher shop.

Partners Jason Balestrieri and Kevin Hincks—who met when they were both chefs at Cantinetta Luca in Carmel—are aiming to open a full-service, whole-animal butcher and housemade charcuterie emporium called the Meatery in June or July.

“We’re going for the classic butcher feel and we want it to be more customer oriented than anything else around here,” Hincks says. “One of us will always be here to greet the customers.”

The partners are completely renovating the space the business will occupy at 1534 Fremont Ave. near Broadway in Seaside.

Aside from the attentive service, the other classic touches the partners have planned for the massive, 2,200 foot space include pressed tin ceilings.

The Meatery will also be … Read More

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Grist for the Mill: Winter 2016

gristSum16Nothing defines the Monterey Bay area’s local food scene and our local food itself more than our farmers. Just as the seafood from our namesake bay and the foraged delicacies from our coastal woodlands, the remarkably diverse and prodigious harvest of our farms and ranches fires the imaginations of our chefs, food artisans and home cooks. And ultimately, it’s the bounty of our farms and ranches that makes up most of the local food on our plates.

If you’ve met any of them, you also know that our farmers are some of our region’s most fascinating people.

Yet unless you live on a farm or are lucky enough to count some of our farmers among your friends, odds are you seldom get a chance to step onto a local farm. … Read More

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Cachagua General Store Closes, But Party Goes On

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-5-58-17-pmOctober 18, 2016 – Beginning next Monday October 24, the beloved Cachagua General Store will move its legendary Monday night dinners from deep in upper Carmel Valley to Lokal Restaurant in Carmel Valley Village.

“It won’t be the Cachagua store and it won’t be Lokal and we’re completely comfortable with the schizophrenia of that,” said Michael Jones, the operator of both Cachagua’s actual general store and its unique weekly culinary extravaganzas at the same location. “Basically we’re doing a scheduled popup every Monday.”

“There will still be two distinct restaurants as we have two different philosophies,” Jones elaborated, referring to his son Brendan, who has won acclaim for his own restaurant, Lokal, modestly adding, “Brendan’s more visual, technical and creative. We’re more comfort food I think—osso bucco, stews and steaks.”… Read More

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Aquarium Tackling Seafood Traceability, Climate Change and Human Rights

rw04-335_sSeptember 13, 2016 – The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced yesterday that it is joining forces with USAID’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership to improve the traceability of seafood coming into the United States. Also on Monday, the aquarium disclosed that by the end of the year it will release a new tool aimed at helping businesses identify whether seafood they want to import may have been caught by slaves or others whose human rights were violated.

The aquarium made the announcements at its Sustainable Food Institute, an annual conference for journalists, chefs, institutional food buyers and other influencers committed to protecting the planet by promoting sustainable food choices.

The always excellent event was held on September 12 and 13 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa and offered a remarkable lineup … Read More

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