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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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Ron Mendoza Eyes New Seaside Venture in Brewery

January 15, 2019 – Talented pastry chef Ron Mendoza has a new venture up his sleeve. Since leaving Revival Ice Cream last September, we’ve been anxiously awaiting his next project and it turns out he will be teaming up with friends from Other Brother Olive Oil to open what he calls a “temple of fermentation” at the Other Brother Beer Co. — under construction at 877 Broadway in Seaside.

Mendoza says he plans to sub-lease kitchen space inside the 7,000 square foot brewery and prepare foods based on Other Brother products, like olive oil gelato, breads using spent grains and beer floats.

“I used to use their olive oil at Revival and we developed a friendship through our mutual love for skateboarding,” Mendoza says. The new business will be called Ad … Read More

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Medals for Monterey County Wines at SF Chron Competition

January 15, 2019 – Judging the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is a marathon of commitment. You spend three and half days judging this competition, whereas others usually entail just a single day or at most a day and a half. That’s because there are over 6,800 entries to evaluate, from all over the world, at what is the largest wine competition held in the United States.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, as this was my first time judging at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, where the competition has been held since it began. Initially, it included just wines from Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties, gradually adding all of California, and then Oregon, Washington, New York and Virginia. Eventually, it expanded to include wine from all over the world, … Read More

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Grand Opening of Salinas Butchery, Sausage Shop

January 15, 2019 – Knowing where Zio Brand Meats is located is like being part of a secret society. Located at the back of a warehouse along Highway 68 in South Salinas, it has minimal signage and a bare-bones appearance.

But over the past year, locals have gradually been let in on the secret, through friends and family sharing the news that a new specialty butcher shop was in the neighborhood. And now owners Ellis and Lindsay Almond are getting ready to open up their business to what they hope will be an even wider circle of customers.

They’re holding a grand opening celebration, serving up sandwiches made from their handcrafted sausages, this Thursday from 11am-2pm. Zio Brand will continue having a monthly sausage barbecue every third Thursday of the … Read More

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Fine Dining Chefs Launch Soquel Café

January 8, 2019 – Four fine dining chefs—all veterans of the renowned Michelin-starred restaurant Sons & Daughters in San Francisco—are about to open an unpretentious breakfast and lunch spot in Soquel village.

“I was done with the city. I had a thirst for a higher-quality of life and wanted a place to raise my family and live closer to nature,” says Matt McNamara who pulled back from his role as chef/partner at Sons & Daughters five years ago to start an 83-acre organic farm called Ox & Willow near Summit Rd. in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Joining him at the new Soquel spot are Alex and Jen Jackson, a husband and wife duo who cooked at farm-to-table style restaurants in Portland and Austin before moving to San Francisco, where Alex … Read More

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Fishermen Take Center Stage During Get Hooked Restaurant Week

January 8, 2019 – Local seafood—and the people who catch it—will be in the spotlight beginning Monday at more than a dozen Monterey Peninsula restaurants during the first-ever Get Hooked restaurant week, part of California Restaurant Month.  

From January 14-21, the Get Hooked campaign is luring residents and visitors alike to try seasonal local fish at restaurants in Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove, with sweet, flaky rockfish and rich, buttery sablefish taking center stage.

It’s all part of an effort to link local chefs with local fishermen, and to show diners how important it is to eat freshly harvested seafood that comes from Monterey Bay—supporting the region’s commercial fishing industry as well as celebrating the best of what’s right here.

Shockingly, 90 percent of the seafood that is consumed in the … Read More

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