Author Archive | Sarah Wood

Cult Roaster Opens New Shop in Seaside

November 6, 2018 – Seaside-area coffee and beer lovers are in for a new treat: Amelia Loftus, the talented roaster and brewer behind Hidden Fortress Coffee Roasting, has just set up shop in the Press Box space in the Monterey County WeeklyBuilding at 1123 Fremont St.

The move is something of a homecoming for Loftus, who started roasting her character-filled, organic, principally medium-roast, single-origin coffees and blends at her farm in Royal Oaks in 2012 and began selling them early on at the Pacific Grove and Marina farmers’ markets.

Two years ago, Loftus opened her own small café in Watsonville and began pulling back on the Monterey County farmers’ markets. The café attracted a strong following, but Loftus says business was not quite brisk enough to fully utilize her … Read More

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Ron Mendoza Out at Revival and Contemplating New Venture; Caroline Thomson Promoted to Production Manager


Monterey-area local food lovers were shocked on Saturday to learn from their Instagram feeds that Ron Mendoza, the founding chef-partner of Revival Ice Cream, is no longer with the artisanal ice cream business that he dreamed up just a few years ago.

“It is with great sadness that I announce that I am no longer part of Revival Ice Cream,” Mendoza wrote.

“Over three years ago a friend and I wanted to make a positive impact in our city. The idea of bringing food craftsmanship, community and creativity to Monterey was what we set out to do and I feel we achieved it.

However, this is just business and at this point the investors would prefer to continue on their own. And so my idea and my time with Revival … Read More

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Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand Reopens in Carmel Valley

September 11th, 2018 – After a long eight-month wait, Earthbound Farm is finally reopening its Carmel Valley certified organic market and café with a reimagined floor plan, expanded and enhanced coffee service, prepared food and produce offerings, and a redoubled commitment to providing the highest quality experience it can for its devoted customers.

“I’m really excited to welcome people back,” says general manager Jonathan Bagley, who after a single social media posting announcing a soft re-opening of the Farm Stand on Saturday morning saw enthusiastic crowds arrive all weekend. “It’s really an important part of what makes Earthbound Earthbound.”

The Farm Stand had closed in early January for a critical reconstruction of its foundation that was necessary for the safety of its staff and guests. But while it was closed, … Read More

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Hip and High-Concept Coffee Bar/Recording Studio to Open Soon in Seaside

September 4, 2018 – Max Georis found the first of his life’s obsessions—music—at about age 7, when he received a guitar for Christmas from his dad, Walter Georis, who is himself a musician and composer, as well as restaurateur, artist and winemaker. The younger Georis’s passion for music was so strong that it led him to start recording at 16 and release his first album at 17. And along the way, music helped him discover his second obsession—coffee.

“I quickly learned that music and coffee go hand in hand personally for me,” says Georis, who is now 30 and has established a career for himself as a recording engineer, musician and composer, referring to the challenging sleep patterns that were required to get him to this point.

But Georis’s interest … Read More

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Georis Launches The Endless Summer Wine; Tasting Room on the Way

August 21, 2018 – Life in preternaturally sunny Carmel Valley, the home base of artist, composer, musician, restauranteur and wine maker Walter Georis, often feels like a blissful, endless summer.

But as devoted surfers and anyone familiar with 1960s Southern California pop culture may recognize from the image engraved into the bottles of Georis’s new wine label, the name The Endless Summer refers to the seminal 1966 Bruce Brown surf movie. And for Georis personally, the new wines are an expression of a time and place in his life and a deep well of inspiration.

“It’s really about the wine and putting that in a package that relates to my experience when I was young,” Georis says.“The source was an artistic process, an artistic movie.”

Georis is no surfer—“I’m a … Read More

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