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Get your ticket while they last for the Sept. 22 Edible Party!

Mike Fisher of Fisher's Catering.

Mike Fisher of Fisher’s Catering.

Edible Monterey Bay and the San Benito Olive Festival invite you to a free new issue release party at the stunning Pietra Santa Winery in Hollister from 5–8pm on Tuesday, September 22.

Organizers of the San Benito Olive Festival have lined up renowned Fisher’s Catering of Hollister to provide complimentary olive-inspired small bites, and San Benito Bene will serve ice cream treats infused with artisanal olive oils.

Pietra Santa will pour its delicious wines at a cash bar and we will provide the new issue of Edible Monterey Bay for you to take home. Space is limited, so we recommend that you RSVP here before it fills up. Guests who RSVP in advance will be entered to win free prizes.

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Spungin, Probasco and Clark Partner on Cooper Molera Restaurant, Bakery and Café

March 20, 2018 – With renovation of the historic Cooper Molera Adobe in downtown Monterey about halfway complete, Edible Monterey Bay can now report on the exciting new restaurant, bakery and café complex expected to open there this summer as part of a groundbreaking partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Longtime restaurateur and realtor Kirk Probasco is partnering on the project with wildly creative local pastry chef Ben Spungin and Sonoma restaurant manager P.J. Clark. Together they’ve formed the Alta Group to operate two businesses on the historic 2.5-acre property.

Alta Bakery and Café—projected to open in June—will be located in the Corner Store building at the intersection of Polk, Munras and Alvarado St. In addition to espressos and coffee drinks, a glass showcase sunk into the counter … Read More

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Big Little Lies Adds Monterey Products

March 20, 2018 – When the second season of Big Little Lies debuts, expects to spot Nicole Kidman or maybe Reese Witherspoon sipping on a bottle of made-in-Monterey Katie’s Coldpress organic juice and imbibing in several other local products.

“The prop manager emailed me and said they wanted in inject a little more authenticity into the second season,” says owner Katie Raquel. “Then she asked if I knew about any other local products and I said hell yes!” 

Raquel says she sent the production a list of about a dozen strictly local products and that the prop manager had been in touch with most of them to try and incorporate them into the show.

Just like we watch Big Little Lies and try to pick out which scenic local spots … Read More

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Santa Cruz planning new site for downtown farmers’ market

March 20, 2018 – One of the most predictable things about Wednesday afternoons in Santa Cruz is the downtown Farmers’ Market. But many of us don’t realize how tenuous that market location is, and how long the Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Market (SCCFM) has felt insecure about that parking lot at the junction of Cedar and Cathcart streets.

Nesh Dhillon recalls that back in 2006 the parking lot was under development review and the city wanted SCCFM to find an alternate location, which they couldn’t find despite being smaller than the market is today. But fortunately, “when the financial markets came unglued, the city backed off of that project,” he says.

Now, the future seems uncertain again. A highly controversial proposal is being considered by the Santa Cruz City Council, … Read More

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In the Gaggenau Kitchen with David Kinch

March 20, 2018 – When renowned Michelin star chef, David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, mic’d up to do his cooking demo at GourmetFest in Carmel this past weekend, a rapt hush fell over the audience. Cameras trained in to capture his every move: stalking fame. But Kinch isn’t one to relish it. In fact, he explained that while he’s a cook and a chef, he’s not a public speaker. “Help me out here,” he said, “and ask me questions while I’m working. It makes me less nervous.”

Kinch was introduced by GourmetFest organizer David Fink, proprietor of L’Auberge Carmel, who thanked him for being part of the four-day foodie extravaganza that presents an impressive roster of Relais & Châteaux Chefs, along with the world’s finest wine estates.

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Hahn Takes Best of Monterey, Scheid Shows Muscle in Wine Competition

March 13, 2018 – Nicky Hahn, founder of Hahn Estate, passed away last week at age 81, so he didn’t get to hear the news. But he would surely have been proud to learn that the 2016 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Syrah was chosen “Best of Monterey” at the recently concluded Monterey Wine Competition, held at the fairgrounds in King City. Congratulations to longtime winemaker, Paul Clifton, vineyard manager, Andy Mitchell, and to the entire Hahn team for this award. And condolences to them all on the loss of this esteemed pioneering icon of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

It was the 25th anniversary for the Wine Competition, helmed by wine writer Rich Cook, whose write-ups for all the Platinum winners can be found on It’s the first … Read More

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