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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.

If you haven’t had … Read More

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Virtual Farm Stand moves organic produce on Facebook

376eaa91-873d-409b-a913-2ad96893ccf3February 21, 2017 – With the twin goals of selling off excess produce and helping fellow farmers,  Serendipity Farms’ founder Jamie Collins is rolling out a brand new kind of farm-to-table distribution system that she calls the Virtual Farm Stand.

“It started because the farmers markets have been kind of slow this winter due to the rains,” says Collins. “One day I climbed up on a box and took a photo of all the beautiful produce that was left over and posted it on Facebook.It sold within a day.”

Interest in Seredipity’s Virtual Farm Stand has already topped 400 members on Facebook and Collins has set pick-up points in Carmel Valley, Aromas and Santa Cruz.

Since beginning the project as an experiment in December, Collins has also teamed up with other farmers to help … Read More

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Greening the Restaurant Industry

1924046_86106990310_8178_nFebruary 21, 2017 – Restaurant industry folks gathered at Montrio Bistro last week to hear chef Soerke Peters—president of the American Culinary Federation Monterey Bay Chapter—answer the question: “Why green your restaurant?”

Eager to be privy to the discussion were chefs from local restaurants, chefs that head up food services at regional hospitals, vineyard owners, food writers, food purveyors, food producers, and even staff members from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Chef Tony Baker of Montrio Bistro, the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) and Wrath Wines were also involved in the event.

Chef Peters led the way locally by making Basil Seasonal Dining, in Carmel, the Monterey Bay area’s first certified green restaurant. While he acknowledged that becoming a certified green restaurant takes effort and time, he also shared something that his grandmother … Read More

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Artisanal Butcher Shop Coming to Seaside

IMG_3121February 14, 2017 – The Monterey Peninsula will soon have its own modern, artisanal butcher shop.

Partners Jason Balestrieri and Kevin Hincks—who met when they were both chefs at Cantinetta Luca in Carmel—are aiming to open a full-service, whole-animal butcher and housemade charcuterie emporium called the Meatery in June or July.

“We’re going for the classic butcher feel and we want it to be more customer oriented than anything else around here,” Hincks says. “One of us will always be here to greet the customers.”

The partners are completely renovating the space the business will occupy at 1534 Fremont Ave. near Broadway in Seaside.

Aside from the attentive service, the other classic touches the partners have planned for the massive, 2,200 foot space include pressed tin ceilings.

The Meatery will also be … Read More

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Outlook for Monterey Wines and 12 to Try Now

a6365ebe-c398-4058-a6de-794cae9ea9ebFebruary 14, 2017 – Yes, we have a few more weeks of winter ahead, but when you live in the Monterey Bay are, you’re surrounded by an endless season of things that bloom. And you’re surrounded by wine—that just keeps getting better. 

Having the opportunity to taste a variety of the latest wine releases from the local vintners at a trade tasting is always a treat. It’s made all the more intriguing when you can actually talk to the winemakers about what they’re doing, what they’re excited about and what they’re planning for the future.

For example, it was awesome to see the wines from Ian and Heather Brand taking a new kind of shape, with the rollout of the I. Brand & Family label that will include exciting new things like … Read More

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Floods Devastate Organic Farms

9a6ac09d-6184-4561-9497-edb7273f5922February 14, 2017 – Heavy rain, wind and flash flooding has severely damaged several organic farms in Hollister and is causing trouble for farmers throughout the Monterey Bay area.

Heirloom Organic Gardens, Catalán Family Farms and California Kurobuta—all located near Pacheco Creek—are among the hardest hit.

“There was water 1,000 feet wide covering our farm in January and then 800 feet wide again last week,” says Jack Kimmich of California Kurobuta—a pig farm profiled in the winter issue of EMB. Click here for story.

“About 70% of our fencing and 125 tons of feed and feed troughs were carried away by the floods,” he said of the first round in January. “The funny thing is lots of pigs went to high ground and slept right through it.”

But he and his … Read More

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