Edible Monterey Bay

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
October 1, 2019 - The local wine and culinary community are coming together to help make sommelier Pablo Antinao's dream of opening a wine school come true. A party to launch the Monterey Wine School will take place on Saturday, October 12 at The Lab in the Carmel Barnyard and classes are expected to begin shortly afterwards.  Antinao hopes that through ... continue reading
October 1, 2019 - Staring down the nosebleed steep rows of Viognier at Purisima Vineyard (Corralitos) from the relative safety of his 4WD truck, winemaker Cole Thomas, an agroecology major from UCSC, says, “I’ll be honest. I worry about rolling the tractor on these hills sometimes.” It’s a forthright confession from a viticulturist tasked with ... continue reading
September 24, 2019 - All good things come to an end, which can feel a little sad. But it also means new beginnings.  Most of Mercado Sagrado’s involvement with its multidimensional “pop-up” wrapped at the end of June, after a popular run in the heart of Big Sur, The Village Big Sur next to Big Sur ... continue reading
September 24, 2019 - Tasty crepes, refreshing Boba teas and açai bowls are on the menu at the brand new Mr. Z's Crepes & Teas which has its soft opening this week at The Hangar, across from the airport in Watsonville. Owned by Ru and Rocky Patel—who also own the Watsonville Baskin Robbins—Mr. Z's is named for a ... continue reading
September 17, 2019 - It’s a good story, an American dream born on John Steinbeck’s Central Coast that he might appreciate. This version goes like this:  Longtime local Katie Blandin got her start as a youngster in the farming world at Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch. She absorbed more fresh and flavorful intel while delivering produce, managing wholesale ... continue reading
September 17, 2019 - Standing in a field soaked in sunshine, surrounded by buzzing bees and gorgeous green melons the size of rugby balls, Cal Stamenov breaks into a smile the size of a slice of watermelon. The executive chef of Bernardus Lodge has dreamed of this moment for decades—since he was a fruit bandit running ... continue reading