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Pleasure Purveyor

The Monterey Bay area’s most famous chef—David Kinch—has been planting the seeds of his first Santa Cruz County restaurant all his life

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CRYSTAL BIRNS

It’s a Friday afternoon less than a week before chef David Kinch will take advantage of the annual winter closure of his 3-Michelin-starred Manresa restaurant to fly with his girlfriend and other friends to the Caribbean, and he has been counting down the days until they hit the beach.

In a matter of hours, he’ll be greeting guests in Manresa’s dining room, enjoying seeing his life’s work rock their worlds. But right now, his mind and hands are fully absorbed in the pleasure of cooking itself: Kinch is collaborating with some of his team members to make focaccia and pasta in the restaurant’s kitchen. … Read More

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Local Food Artisans and Food Tours, Bring Historic Adobe to Life

February 26, 2019 – In a boon for both local makers and the shop itself, the historic Joseph Boston Store—Monterey’s first general store—has over the last year become a showcase for a large and vibrant array of local artisans including Happy Girl Kitchen, Big Sur Salts, Carmel Berry Co., 43 Ranch and Edison and Melrose Tea.

The change in direction of the store—which most recently sold Victorian-era memorabilia—towards artisanal foods happened after a chance meeting between the store’s buyer, Anne Banta, and the proprietor of Monterey Bay Food Tours, Casey Aguilar.

Banta had recently taken over the buying position as a volunteer for the Historic Garden League, which runs the store and uses the proceeds to care for and restore the historic gardens that form the heart of the adobe … Read More

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Route 1 Farms Going on Hiatus; Groundswell to Farm Ocean St. Extension

February 12, 2019 – One of Santa Cruz’s longest-running and most beloved organic farms is taking a break in 2019.

“Our hope is that after dealing with some structural, financial and personal issues we will be back again in 2020,” farmer-proprietor Jeff Larkey wrote in a message to the farm’s customers posted on its website. “It’s been a great and long run but it’s time for some changes.”

As part of the break, Rt. 1 will not be offering a CSA this year and will likely wind down its farmers’ market stands by the end of February. Larkey has also transferred operations of the 14-acre Ocean Street extension property he has farmed since 1981 to Groundswell Farm.

But Larkey, who was one of the vendors at Santa Cruz’s first farmers’ market … Read More

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Friend in Cheeses Launching Social Enterprise Serving Farmers

February 5, 2019 – The creative and community-minded jam maker behind Electric Beetroot Confiture and the Drought Responsibility Project is getting ready to launch a new social enterprise to turn would-be waste into tasty jams, jellies, vinegars, shrubs and maybe even flavored salts for local breweries, wineries, nonprofits and small organic farms—products that can help them earn extra revenues.

“This will hopefully be a game-changer for all of us. It’s a win-win on so many levels,” says Tabitha Stroup, chef-proprietor of Friend In Cheeses Jam Co., of her new co-packing project, Terroir in a Jar. “I’m super excited about it.”

After noticing that particularly at peak of harvest, local farmers were being forced to either turn excess food into compost, offload it at next-to-nothing prices or try to preserve it … Read More

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Manresa’s David Kinch Planning New Cookbook

January 22, 2019 – David Kinch, chef-proprietor of the 3-starred Manresa and owner of The Bywater and Manresa Bread as well as a long-time Santa Cruz resident, is getting ready to write his second cookbook.

Kinch’s first cookbook, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed Manresa: An Edible Reflection, written with Christine Muhlke with photography by Eric Wolfinger, offered copious essays from Kinch about his philosophy and inspirations, as well as detailed recipes for producing dishes exactly as they were made at the time by he and the other chefs and cooks in Manresa’s fine-dining kitchen.

Kinch’s first cookbook

For the new cookbook, Kinch is partnering with Devin Fuller, a former Manresa team member and a long-time guest at the raucous dinner parties he throws for his personal friends. The very private … Read More

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