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Friend in Cheeses Launching Social Enterprise Serving Farmers

February 5, 2019 – The creative and community-minded jam maker behind Electric Beetroot Confiture and the Drought Responsibility Project is getting ready to launch a new social enterprise to turn would-be waste into tasty jams, jellies, vinegars, shrubs and maybe even flavored salts for local breweries, wineries, nonprofits and small organic farms—products that can help them earn extra revenues.

“This will hopefully be a game-changer for all of us. It’s a win-win on so many levels,” says Tabitha Stroup, chef-proprietor of Friend In Cheeses Jam Co., of her new co-packing project, Terroir in a Jar. “I’m super excited about it.”

After noticing that particularly at peak of harvest, local farmers were being forced to either turn excess food into compost, offload it at next-to-nothing prices or try to preserve it … Read More

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Mezzaluna Takes Over Bistro Roux

January 29, 2019 – After a short-lived run at the former location of Fifi’s in Pacific Grove, Bistro Roux served its final meal last night. The restaurant at 1188 Forest Ave. has been acquired by chef Soerke Peters, who plans to reopen it in 3 to 4 weeks as Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar.

“It will serve the kind of comfort food everybody loves, something I can eat everyday,” says Peters, who before arriving in our area cooked Tuscan food in New York City and Northern Italian cuisine at Ca Del Sole in Hollywood. 

The new all-organic restaurant will serve a simple menu of charcuterie, mozzarella, salads, pastas and gelato—all made in house. “We’re making our own mozzarella di Bufala with local milk from Belfiore in Berkeley, which is great,” says … Read More

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Snap Taco Coming to Santa Cruz

January 26, 2019 – The talented team behind the Penny Ice Creamery and the Picnic Basket in Santa Cruz is gearing up to launch a new restaurant called Snap Taco in the building that used to house Assembly Restaurant.

“It’s going to be a new school taco joint with flavors inspired from all over planet earth,” says Zach Davis, co-owner with Kendra Baker. “The idea is to do something fun and casual that’s family-friendly. I think that’s what people are looking for.”

Davis and Baker are partnering on Snap Taco with chef Mark Denham, formerly of Soif and La Posta, and manager Sarah Shields. They hope to open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch by the end of February.

In addition to an assortment of reasonably-priced street tacos, with plenty of … Read More

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Manresa’s David Kinch Planning New Cookbook

January 22, 2019 – David Kinch, chef-proprietor of the 3-starred Manresa and owner of The Bywater and Manresa Bread as well as a long-time Santa Cruz resident, is getting ready to write his second cookbook.

Kinch’s first cookbook, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed Manresa: An Edible Reflection, written with Christine Muhlke with photography by Eric Wolfinger, offered copious essays from Kinch about his philosophy and inspirations, as well as detailed recipes for producing dishes exactly as they were made at the time by he and the other chefs and cooks in Manresa’s fine-dining kitchen.

Kinch’s first cookbook

For the new cookbook, Kinch is partnering with Devin Fuller, a former Manresa team member and a long-time guest at the raucous dinner parties he throws for his personal friends. The very private … Read More

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All-Star Lineup for GourmetFest 2019

January 22, 2019 – Tickets have just gone on sale for GourmetFest—the four-day food and wine festival that runs from March 14-17. This year includes two off-site events with special appeal for local residents. Brand new this year is the Bluegrass and BBQ event at the Wine House in Carmel Valley on Friday, March 15, which celebrates rare wines of Monterey County and library releases from Joyce Vineyards and Testarossa, with a strolling BBQ lunch prepared by chefs Eduardo Marin of Solar de Las Animas, Adriano Venturini of Eden Roc Cap Cana and A.J. Buchanio of Magee Homestead.

On Saturday, March 16, the Wild Mushroom Hunt and Lunch at the Santa Lucia Preserve returns, with ranger Chuck Bancroft leading the foraging hike, followed by a sumptuous wild mushroom lunch prepared by the … Read More

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