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Ag Against Hunger Program Adopted by Grower-Shippers

April 23, 2019 – Ag Against Hunger—the Salinas nonprofit that for more than a quarter-century has distributed millions of pounds of surplus fresh produce to West Coast food programs—has been adopted as a core program of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation.

AAH’s program manager Alicia Cask will join the Grower-Shipper Association staff, where she will work alongside the foundation’s executive director, Lisa Dobbins. Cask will continue to coordinate field gleaning and fresh produce outreach opportunities.  

While the Ag Against Hunger program within GSAF will continue to handle gleaning and advocacy, the distribution of the produce will now be done by the Food Bank for Monterey County, which recently opened a brand-new $10 million facility on West Rossi Street in Salinas.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” says Dobbins. Since the Food … Read More

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Earthbound Purchased by Taylor Farms

April 16, 2019 – Privately-held Taylor Farms has purchased Earthbound Farm from the French conglomerate Danone, bringing the beloved organic brand back home to the Salinas Valley and catapulting Taylor to the forefront of the organic produce sector.

While the price was not disclosed, Bloomberg News reported last June that Danone was looking for a buyer and valued Earthbound in the neighborhood of $500 million.

No formal announcement has been made regarding Earthbound’s popular farm stand on Carmel Valley Road, but employees tell us they don’t expect any major changes. 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to return ownership of this organic produce leader to local roots and family ownership,” said CEO Bruce Taylor in a news release announcing the sale.

Earthbound was founded in 1984 by Drew and Myra … Read More

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Monterey’s Innovative Cult Taco Opening for Sneak Peeks

April 9, 2019 – The creative masterminds behind Monterey’s hottest upcoming restaurant opening have started offering periodic tastings where lucky guests can experience its exceptional food, hip design and pioneering model for service and staffing.

Cult Taco won’t open officially open until May 1, but the partners—Sarah Kabat-Marcy, John Cox and Michelle Estigoy—and manager Kyle O’Dell see the new place as an extension of the wildly popular brand they have established with Cultura comida y bebida in Carmel, and they want to preserve it by being ready.

They also have another reason to take their time: Cult Taco is experimenting with the whole notion of what it means to be a restaurant. The interior and table setting design, ingredient sourcing and dish development have all been done with the care … Read More

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Primal Fire Chef Headlines Pebble Beach Food & Wine

April 9, 2019 – They started building the fire days ago, well over a week before the “House of Mallmann” parties were set to begin at Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

That’s because it’s a quite a fire. And quite a pair of parties.

The fire will rise from the heart of a huge iron dome, its latticework draped with ribeye steaks and chicken, cooking slowly for as many as 12 hours, with a massive 10-foot-diameter custom cast-iron plancha grill sizzling shellfish and whatever’s most fresh from local fisherman. 

Everything from fennel to potatoes will roast in ashes nestled on the grounds of a $40 million estate. The party will run a cool $1,750 a la carte, and feature what promotional copy calls “an idea of life so many of … Read More

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SF Rising Star Chef Joins La Posta

La Posta’s new chef Dante Cecchini

April 9, 2019 – We all know that change can be bittersweet. And for many of us who recently learned about the changes happening at La Posta in Santa Cruz, a little bit of remorse might be felt at the thought of seeing chef Katherine Stern’s delicious food go away.

Stern, who helmed the local gem for almost a decade, and whose dishes transformed many patrons into regulars over that time, has left the restaurant to pursue her own next steps. But the shift has been amenable and the departure was on very good terms.

She says, “I am grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to serve as head chef at La Posta for the last nine years. I was fortunate … Read More

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