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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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Battle Brewing Over Wharf 2 in Monterey

November 13, 2018 – With its pioneering and award-winning CSA-of-the-sea subscription service, Real Good Fish gives area fishermen reliable demand and connects its customers with all sorts of intriguing fresh, local and sustainable seafood, including recent revelations like smoked black cod raviolis (done in partnership with Bigoli Pasta).

But it was a different sort of intrigue that went out to members last month with a “Special Waterfront Call to Action” e-newsletter describing hopes for a new Real Good Fish location on the Commercial Wharf, aka Wharf II, in Monterey. RGF currently has a dockside headquarters in Moss Landing and processes fish at a facility in Watsonville with Del Mar Seafoods.

The new spot would allow more visibility for the business and a strategic spot for its partner fishermen to land … Read More

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Ristorante Avanti Sells to Chef Jonathan Glass

November 13, 2018 – After 31 years in business, Cindy and Paul Geise—owners of beloved Ristorante Avanti in Santa Cruz—have sold the restaurant to chef Jonathan Glass. The sale was set in motion about two months ago and closed last week, surprising legions of long-time customers.

“I’ve spent more than half my life behind bars here,” jokes Paul. “You’ve gotta retire at some point, that’s basically it. ” 

Indeed. “A whole lifetime of service,” he reflects. And while they are ready to let go, it is still hard to imagine what will come next. For the Geises and also for the public. “Most people don’t realize how emotional this is, not just for me, but for my customers. I mean people have been coming here for a long time. All

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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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Brewpub and Cooking Classes Coming to Carmel Plaza

October 27, 2018 – Big changes are coming soon at Carmel Plaza shopping center. Already something of a gourmet food hub, the downtown complex will gain a highly-anticipated brewpub in December and an expanded Sur La Table store that will offer cooking classes next year.

The Yeast of Eden restaurant and microbrewery is now in the final phase of its build out on the ground level of the plaza, and co-owner J.C. Hill anticipates that it will open by the second or third week of December, barring any major problems. He is now hiring staff for the front and back of the house, with application details soon to be posted on the website (currently under construction).

“Right now we’re putting finishes on the brewery and the interiors,” says J.C., … Read More

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Big Sur Food & Wine Beckons: Get Tickets Now

October 23, 2018 – Undeniably, Big Sur is among the world’s most captivating natural wonders. Constantly shaped by eternal forces, the very place deeply impacts all who live or wander here.

If you’re looking for an experience that can’t be replicated elsewhere, Big Sur Food & Wine Festival is for you. Beginning Thursday, November 1, with the Opening Night Kickoff, and ending on Sunday with a new event, called Gourmet Marketplace, there are plenty of things to catch your fancy over this 4-day event held at storied locations including Ventana Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur Roadhouse and the Henry Miller Library. 

Organizers Aengus Wagner and Elsa Rivera are thrilled at the way this year’s event is coming together.  They just announced details of the auction, to be held … Read More

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