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BONNY DOON WINERY CONSECRATES NEW VINEYARD WITH HELP OF NATIVE AMERICANS

manRandall Grahm never takes the selection of a name lightly, so years after purchasing a new vineyard site in San Juan Bautista, he used the occasion of his 9th annual Day of the Doon winemaker’s farm-to-table extravaganza on Sunday to announce his choice of a moniker for the ranch. He will call it “Popelouchum” (pronounced: popa-low-shoom), a word meaning both “the village” and “paradise” in the language of the Mutsun people, a local indigenous tribe.

Grahm also disclosed that he’s in talks to lease property and plant his signature Rhone varietals back in Bonny Doon, which is where his winery started in 1983. “How can I be a terroir-driven winemaker, call my company Bonny Doon Winery and not have vineyards there?” he reasoned.

True to its new name, the hilly, … Read More

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NEW USDA GUIDELINES FAVOR OUR AREA

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Getting more fresh fruits and vegetables into school lunchrooms across America has many potential benefits. It would help grow healthier children and contribute to a healthier bottom line for Salinas Valley growers and shippers.

That’s why Central Coast Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) invited USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon to tour our area last month. Concannon is in charge of buying food for the country’s massive school lunch program and is working to implement the government’s new nutrition guidelines, which are slated to take effect this school year.

“There are 32 million kids who eat school lunches under our program and we’re on a mission to make those foods healthier, with more fruits and vegetables, less fat and less sodium,” said Mr. Concannon.

The USDA’s top nutrition official toured the lettuce fields … Read More

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ACT QUICKLY TO ATTEND LIVE EARTH FARM’S BENEFIT PARTY THIS WEEKEND!

Live Earth Farm is expecting the fundraiser for its Farm Discovery Program to be held at the farm on Saturday from 3pm to 6pm in Watsonville to sell out soon, so if you’d like to attend this 3rd annual event, be sure to buy your tickets fast!

Tickets for a barn dance with the Groove Grass band at 7pm, however, will be sold at the door.

Guests at the main fundraiser will be invited to amble among seven food stations set up around the farm, each featuring a local farmer, chef and winemaker.

A special children’s program for ages three and up will include farm activities and making adobe oven pizza.

A silent auction and the barn dance, to which the whole family is invited, will follow the afternoon of … Read More

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LOCAL INGREDIENTS ARE NEXT UP IN CARMEL VALLEY

Brendan Jones and Mathew Zolan
Zolan and Jones in front of the future location of their beer garden

Brendan Jones is a chef with a passion for ingredients, particularly local ones, and that’s a good thing for farmers, food lovers and restaurants in the region: Soon, he’ll open two new businesses that will help bring more local ingredients to all.

The first of the ventures, Lokal, will be a high-concept but also highly affordable new restaurant in what for years was a Carmel Valley breakfast and lunch fixture called the Chatterbox. The restaurant will serve only locally sourced food and drink, and behind a flowering vine-covered gate up the block, it will operate a beer garden complete with Czech-style, locally brewed beers.

But together, the restaurant and its beer garden are just one of the … Read More

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SUSTAINABLITY PLAYS WELL AT PEBBLE BEACH FOOD & WINE

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From left to right: Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s; Ed Kenny, Town Kaimuki;
Mark Pomaski, Roy’s; Pablo Mellin, Roy’s; Dave Caldiero, Town Kaimuki.  

It was only fitting that amid the dozens of special meals held as part of the 2011 Pebble Beach Food & Wine extravaganza, the one that focused on sustainable seafood was also the one that shone a light on our region’s home team of talented chefs and vintners.

Representing the Monterey Bay area for the featured lunch, “Sustainable Delicacies from the Sea,” held on Friday, April 29, were Jeff Rogers, the Monterey Bay Aquarium executive chef, and Ted Walter, chef of Passionfish in Pacific Grove. And present to introduce his wine was Randall Grahm, founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard of Santa Cruz.

Ted Walter and Randall Grahm
Ted Walter and Randall Grahm

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