Edible Monterey Bay

November 12, 2019 - Almost exactly 10 years after Cannery Row Brewing Company opened to great fanfare, the modern-day Cannery Row keystone has closed, with small (but real) hope of reopening.  The enthusiasm was understandable, as CRBC tapped into something Monterey—and Northern California—hadn’t tasted previously. Seventy-five craft beers on tap was the most in any one ... continue reading
November 12, 2019 - The tables were set, the candles lit and the room crackled with anticipation as chef David Kinch offered a first taste of the Riviera-style cuisine he will serve at his highly-anticipated Mentone restaurant in Aptos. The sneak peek—held at Manresa Bread's all day café in Campbell last week—attracted friends and fans ... continue reading
October 29, 2019 - As is often the case in family owned businesses where not all the members are as keen on the particular product as others, Cima Collina winery is closing its doors after 18 years. Winemaker Annette Hoff announced in a recent email and on Facebook that the winery is shutting down production, ... continue reading
October 22, 2019 - With apologies to Sir Mix-A-Lot, there was a posse on Broadway Saturday night. No fewer than 250 people—longtime Peninsula locals and many from Seaside—turned up over the course of a three-hour packed-house soft opening at Other Brother Beer Company on Broadway Avenue/Obama Way in Seaside. A series of delays pushed the opening back months and ... continue reading
October 22, 2019 - Putting a restaurant together is a challenge under the best of circumstances. And when you’re talking about a completely new kind of hybrid café, it’s even tougher. But to hear Michael Trainer and Jazmin Grant tell their story is to believe that improbable ideas are possible—and even necessary. “We want to keep Santa ... continue reading
October 22, 2019 - Chef John Cox savors a good challenge, the bigger the better. One year he decided he’d attack the massive amount of water wasted in restaurants by cleaning plates with compressed air. Another time he confronted reeling ocean health by making jellyfish—which in unbalanced waters are proliferating at insane rates—part of his ... continue reading
October 15, 2019 - Just in time for the mushroom season, Far West Fungi has opened a brick and mortar shop on Laurel St. in downtown Santa Cruz. The culinary mushroom specialists have a family farm in Moss Landing and a small retail location in the Ferry Building in San Francisco. At 1,000 square feet, the Santa ... continue reading
October 15, 2019 - One of the tastiest effects of Bernardus Lodge’s extended reign in Carmel Valley is how much it has boosted the wider regional foodscape. The list of tastemakers who have emerged from Chef Cal Stamenov’s kitchen read like a who’s who of local stars and outstanding eateries, and includes Ben Spungin (Alta ... continue reading
October 8, 2019 - Merriam-Webster doesn’t quite get it. A tavern (\ˈta-vərn\), the dictionary decides, is “an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk on the premises.” Not that this definition is false. It’s just so woefully incomplete.  A tavern, done right, is so much more—it’s a blue-collar refuge, a valhalla of comfort food, ... continue reading
October 1, 2019 - His life story reads like adventure fiction, what with the professional Porsche racing, Olympic Games (as a marksman), estate game hunting in Somerset, international business victories, legendary wine dinners, an African safari company, and his status as the oldest living Dutch Formula 1 driver. His wines rank among some of the ... continue reading