Author Archive | Sarah Wood

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

September 12, 2017 – Speakers at an inspiring social investing conference sponsored by Edible Monterey Bay this week are exploring how we all can have a positive impact on our local food system when we invest with our communities in mind—and how local food businesses can tap into new channels for this community support.

Many of the comments made about food producers and purveyors at ComCap17, held in various venues in downtown Monterey, were made during a panel Monday that focused on ways to finance local farms and fisheries.

“There is a need for an ecosystem of support,” said Brett Melone, director of lending for California FarmLink, which assists farmers in buying and selling land. “We need investors that are willing to take risks that others haven’t been willing … Read More

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Grist for the Mill

On a bright summer evening this past July, we were walking across London Bridge when we noticed some young Londoners coming from the direction we were headed, engrossed in happy conversation and drinking glasses of beer as they walked. By the time we reached the other side, we felt an exciting energy all around us. How had we forgotten? We were in Southwark, the location of the famous Borough Market! With a history that some believe dates back to the year 1014, it’s known as London’s oldest produce market and boasts more than 100 food stalls.

Poignantly, this was also the site of a horrendous terrorist attack in June, but just weeks later the market was completely unbowed: tantalizing smells from the restaurants that surround it and the sounds of Read More

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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 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 Saturday May … Read More

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