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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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An Apple in Your Glass Everyday for An Entire Week

June 19, 2018 – Did you think cider was a fleeting obsession?  Nay, nay. Just look around you and behold the number of cideries in Santa Cruz at the moment. There’s Santa Cruz Cider, Surf City Cider (aka Santa Cruz Scrumpy), Rider Ranch, Soquel Cider, Tanuki Cider and Ratel Cider. Apples are such a strong suit in the Pleasant Valley area of Santa Cruz, they’ve long been coveted by cider makers.

Inspired by the growing thirst for hard cider, the cider makers of Santa Cruz County have put together a blockbuster week of tastings, tours and tap takeovers, including their first ever Open Orchard Tour on Sunday, June 24 featuring free tours and tastings at four local apple orchards. Come see where cider begins: in the orchard! Meet the makers, … Read More

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Brewers Drill for Water on Cannery Row Ahead of Opening

June 12, 2018 – A few years ago, when I spoke to Fabrice Rondia, he talked about “three Belgian guys who want to share the beer culture of Belgium with Monterey.” Rondia—along with Damien Georis and Jonathan Geisler—wanted to create a beer tasting room called Belgian Pacific and a brewery, where visitors would learn about, experience, and appreciate the quality of Belgian brews.

Fast forward three years and the project has progressed and evolved. There are now three phases. A coffee shop set to open in September, the beer tasting room, which will follow later this year, and the brewery, where they will eventually make Leopold 7 beer currently being imported from Belgium

Rondia is now living on the property at 419 Wave Street, just above Cannery Row, where you … Read More

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Cima Collina’s Summer Solstice Dinner With Chef Jérôme Viel

June 12, 2018 – Quite frankly, you had me at cardamom ice cream. But I digress regarding dessert.

Let’s start with the genesis of the Cima Collina Summer Solstice Dinner that will be held next Thursday, June 21, on their incomparable back patio in Carmel Valley Village.

Winemaker and operations manager Annette Hoff enjoys creating events where you can have a great time with good friends, food and wine. “We release new wines every summer and it’s fun to release them all together, paired with food,” she says. “What better day to do it than the longest day of the year! It is so beautiful at night in Carmel Valley, especially here under the trees, on the lovely patio.”

She enjoys working with chef Jérôme Viel, who created the entire … Read More

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Dust Bowl Brewing Eyes Former Wharf Marketplace

June 8, 2018 – After sitting empty for the past three months, the old train depot that formerly housed The Wharf Marketplace has a prospective tenant that would add a new dimension to downtown Monterey’s thriving craft brew scene.

The owners of Dust Bowl Brewing in Turlock have applied for a beer license for the property and are working to assume the lease—which was granted to Tanimura & Antle by the City of Monterey in 2013—so they can open a satellite taproom.

“We’re still trying to get all our ducks in a row and going through the process,” says Dust Bowl founder Brett Tate. “But we’re excited about the possibility of bringing our brand to Monterey.”

“With all the places that John Steinbeck wrote about there, Dust Bowl seems like … Read More

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How Anthony Bourdain Changed a Local Food Writer’s Outlook on Life

June 8, 2018 – He appeared in my viewscape fully-formed years ago, the spirit animal I didn’t know I had.

We were plenty different—him far more brazen, knife-skilled, tatted-up, sharp-tongued and swashbuckling than I dared endeavor, every bit a Jersey bad boy, martial artist and anti-vegan—but in core philosophies we clicked.

There was one of them right there on the pages of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly—the book that converted me as a follower and launched him on his trajectory toward international icon and cult-worshipped star of shows like “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.”

“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds?” he writes. “Or do … Read More

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