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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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South of the Bridge, Big Sur Watches and Waits

Times have been tough before in Big Sur, but never quite like this. Nature unleashed fury in the form of fire, then water, to devastating effect, and now residents are trying to figure out how to live life in a community cut off from almost everywhere else.

Photo by Kodiak Greenwood

Although CalTrans is promising a new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge by September, some residents are doubtful that it will happen that fast. Clearing of some slides on Highway 1 last week has allowed access to businesses such as Big Sur River Inn, the Roadhouse, and Fernwood on the northern side of Big Sur, but the ones south of the bridge are continuing to watch and wait.

The highway—pretty much the lifeline to everything—is the key to the tourism that typically … Read More

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Moth-Style Radio Launching at CV’s Lokal this Thursday

After trying out the concept on a few friends last week over beef bourguignon, Lokal Restaurant chef/owner Brendan Jones will hold a soft launch this Thursday of his new weekly Moth-style story-telling night.lokal

For $25, attendees will receive a choice of soup or salad and a few entrees, including a vegetarian option, as well as the story telling that follows.

Dinner will begin at 6pm and the story telling at 7pm. The chance to tell your story is open to all, open-mic style, but Jones is asking for a limit of six to seven minutes per story, Moth-style.

Jones is calling his program Cokoon Radio and once it takes off, he hopes it will become an official affiliate of the cult NPR radio program.

To reserve your spot, call 831.659.5886.… Read More

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Assembly Debuts Trendy Craft Cocktails

IMG_5078March 21, 2017 – Assembly Restaurant in Santa Cruz is all about showcasing local purveyors and that extends to the show-stopping new craft cocktail program it has been rolling out over the past few weeks.

“The fun thing about our skill set—like in the kitchen—it’s seasonal and flexible according to what purveyors have to offer,” says chef Kendra Baker, co-founder of Assembly, the Picnic Basket and the Penny Ice Creamery. “We’re able to shift and move in much the same way as we do in the kitchen.”

The afternoon I was there, the copper-top bar was piled with fresh Meyer lemons grown by Daniel Paduano at Abounding Harvest Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Bar manager Zane Griffin was shaking up a Pink Lady cocktail mixing local Venus Spirits Gin … Read More

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Gourmetfest Opens Thursday With Big Charity Goal

54463de2-1fc1-455a-85a2-37e97012225aMarch 14, 2017 – How do you get some of the world’s best known chefs to come to Carmel for the Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest 2017? Founder David Fink makes it sound simple: “I invite all the top chefs,” he says, some whom he’s known for decades and others that he’s never even met.

Of course Fink is delighted to have old friends like Daniel Boulud and Michael Tusk on board, but he’s equally jazzed about having Gabriel Kreuther (“I’ve never met him, but he’s a rock star in New York”) and Shinichiro Tagaki (“my brand-new friend from Japan”). They’re part of the more than 18 stellar chefs that will create culinary history this Thursday through Sunday at GourmetFest’s unforgettable food and wine events.

“This is something very, very special for … Read More

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Humble Sea Brewing Set to Open This Weekend

296321c1-3218-4ce5-b8d8-be086db32204March 14, 2017 – In March of 2015, three young guys from the Santa Cruz Mountains boldly declared in a blog post that—with no money in their pockets—they were going to start a craft brewery. They’ve been sprinting to their goal ever since, and now, exactly two years later, the beer-lovers at Humble Sea Brewing Co. are ready to open their Westside taproom to the public.

Pending final inspections over the next couple of days, doors will be open by the end of the week. Make sure to check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or their website for the official greenlight announcement. Once opened, you’ll be able to stop in for a beer and a bite Wed-Sun, 2-9pm. A small kitchen on-site run by Andy Potterfield, formerly of Cremer House, will be offering a Read More

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