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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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John Cox’s Bear & Star to Open Next Week

April 25, 2017 – If your travels this spring are taking you to Santa Barbara wine country or points south of there and you’re looking for an exciting, unique and stellar new restaurant along the way, you won’t want to miss the Bear & Star in Los Olivos.

Starting next Monday May 1st, the latest restaurant launched by former Post Ranch Inn executive chef John Cox—who is also a partner at Cultura – comida y bebida in Carmel—will open its doors for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in a style Cox calls “refined ranch cuisine.”

As Edible Monterey Bay first reported when Cox disclosed his plans to serve as partner-chef with Eli and Ashley Parker in the new venture last December (click here to read) the star in the … Read More

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Jacks Monterey Opens With Breezy New Look

April 25, 2017 – Portola Hotel & Spa cuts the ribbon Wednesday on its entirely reimagined restaurant and bar space—Jacks Monterey—and unveils a new menu that chef Danny Abbruzzese calls ‘California Cultural Cuisine.’

“I’m thrilled about how opened up Jacks is now. It’s an inviting space. We have seating in the atrium so you can sit under the stars at night and the sun during the day,” says chef Danny. “I’m very excited about serving our interpretation of fresh, cultural foods from this region.”

General Manager Janine Chicourrat says: “There is no other place that has more cultures than California. There are so many varied flavors and seasonings.”

In that vein, Chef Danny’s new menu reflects a melting pot of flavor profiles. He takes traditional moussaka, which is ubiquitous in every … Read More

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Local Chefs Grab PBF&W Spotlight

April 25, 2017 – While star chefs like like Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and, yes, even Guy Fieri brought in the crowds for the 10th annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine event last weekend, it’s our local culinary stars who form the backbone of the event—especially for the Lexus Grand Tasting extravaganzas on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. 

Here is Porters in the Forest chef Johnny DeVivo’s hand garnishing succulent bites of yellowtail sashimi served with friend rice, avocado and yuzu. More participating local chefs appear in our photo round up…


Chef Johnny DeVivo of Porter’s in the Forest and assistant preparing his popular yellowtail.

Chef Matthew Beaudin of the Monterey Bay Aquarium finishes a dish called “Duck, Duck, Goose” with duck heart tartare, pickled ginger brulée and goose egg bottarga.


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Historic Will’s Fargo Closes to Become Tavern

April 18, 2017 – Historic Will’s Fargo restaurant in Carmel Valley has served its last dinner. The 1920s era roadhouse closed Monday night and will be converted into the new Holman Ranch Tavern.

“We’re really excited about what’s happening,” says owner Hunter Lowder. “It’s an awesome historic building and it will still be a place where you can get a stiff drink, some comforting food and meet your friends.” The tavern—to open on May 20—will include tasting patios for Holman wines and their Jarman label.

“The restaurant industry is definitely changing and people just aren’t going out for high-end dinners anymore,” she adds, citing the former Jack London’s in Carmel being turned into Cultura last year and the upcoming conversion of Mundaka to modern Mexican fare.

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Culinary Stars Arriving for Pebble Beach Food & Wine

April 11, 2017 – Chefs from around the country are packing up their knives and getting ready to head to our area next week for Pebble Beach Food & Wine—four days of over-the-top indulgence that takes place from April 20 to 23.

This year’s edition features star chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, along with the entire gold medal-winning Bocuse d’Or team USA. The line-up of culinary superstars is deep and includes Dominique Crenn, Tyler Florence, Dean Fearing, Christopher Kostow, Nancy Silverton, Guy Fieri and dozens more. 

The local bench of chefs tapped for this 10th anniversary event also seems deeper than ever, perhaps a reflection of the growing prowess of the Monterey Bay area culinary scene and vice versa. Pebble Beach Food & Wine—along with the many other festivals on our … Read More

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