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Manresa’s Jacob Pilarski popping up at PG’s Happy Girl Kitchen this weekend!

Untitled-2It’s not too late to snag tickets for Happy Girl Kitchen’s pop-up dinners this Friday and Saturday night—which will bring back none other than Manresa’s Jacob Pilarski, who kicked off Happy Girl’s pop-up series with a sublime repast in February.

This time, the Los Gatos-based chef will transform Freewheelin’ Farm’s delicious produce into a benefit for the Santa Cruz-based , FoodWhat youth empowerment and food justice program—and a great time for guests.

The BYOB (nice opportunity to share a bottle of wine with your neighbor) dinners, a steal at $55 a head (with room to donate more towards the impressive and well-deserved program), will certainly deliver more than just a delicious meal.

Untitled-3The Food, What ?! youth will be working side by side with Chef Pilarski to create … Read More

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Carmel Outdoor Artisanal Food Market to Arrive in September

Application deadline for market manager job extended to next week.


Carmel Mayor Jason Burnett drinking a smoothie made
from the kale he grows in his organic roof garden.
Photo by Patrice Ward.

The weather typically never keeps a Carmel-by-the-Sea resident from walking uptown or down to the beach. Whether en route to coffee or lunch, to post mail, attend services, hear music, see a play, admire art, shop or just connect with the community, there is a culture and a practice of getting there on foot.

Maybe it’s because it takes longer to find a parking place than it does to walk up the street. Perhaps it is because walking is a healthy alternative to driving. It could be because people find it a very European thing to do in their … Read More

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Holman Ranch Hosting Romantic Pop-up Dinner on August 28th

Photos by Matt Gnibus, Tom O’Neal and Rachel Short

2Dine under the stars surrounded by a vineyard and feel like a Hollywood star yourself by staying overnight at the historic Holman Ranch on Tuesday, August 28.

This event promises to be the most romantic installment yet in Edible Monterey Bay’s Pop-Up Supper Club series, as it will take place amid the grape-laden vines at Holman Ranch, with its classic Spanish-style stone hacienda, horse stables and acres of hillside vineyards and olive trees. What’s more, the ranch, which is private and not often open to the public, will make luxurious guestrooms available to the first 10 takers.

A portion of the proceeds of the night will benefit the Food Bank for Monterey County, which delivers more than 6 million pounds of … Read More

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Celebrate Earthbound Farm Stand’s 20th Anniversary

with EMB’s next Pop-Up Supper Club on July 14th

Earthbound_FarmJoin Earthbound Farm founders Drew and Myra Goodman and your friends from Edible Monterey Bay for an all-organic gourmet dinner on their farm in Carmel Valley on Saturday, July 14th. The event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand and at the same time benefit Ag Against Hunger, a project that collects surplus produce to feed needy people in our area.

Bernardus Winery and Heller Estate Organic Vineyards will be pouring wines that they have generously donated for the event. 

“Drew and I started Earthbound Farm 28 years ago just down the road from the farm stand, with a 2 1/2 acre heirloom raspberry farm and a roadside stand,” explains Myra. “When we moved … Read More

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Fêting the Reds at the Monterey Wine Festival

Photos by Camilla M. Mann

Monterey_Wine_Festival_June2012-FINAL_Page_1_Image_0001Taste. Sip. Swirl. Enjoy. Those were the orders from California’s longest-running wine festival, which celebrated its 36th anniversary this year.

The festivities at the Monterey Wine Festival kicked off on June 8 with a Friday evening event—“A Night to Celebrate Reds”—at Monterey State Historic Park’s Custom House Plaza and continued through the weekend with more food, more wine, and more fun, including the West Coast Chowder Competition and the Bartenders Fedora where local bartenders competed for the title of “best cocktail.”

While the festival does not come close to descending into bacchanalian madness, it is a celebration of the vine that would make Bacchus proud.

On Friday evening, when I attended, it was a celebration of red wines from more than twenty different vintners, hailing … Read More

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