Edible Monterey Bay

Primal Santa Cruz on Mission Street has changed its name to VIDA and is shifting direction "focusing on farm-to-table cuisine with fermentation as the driver." Founder Jason Morgan has brought in Sebastian Mañjon Cubero as partner and executive chef and the two have been serving brunch from 8am to 2pm in the reimagined restaurant for the past week. ... continue reading
June 11, 2019 - In the middle of Big Sur, an intriguing new attraction has taken up residency for the next three weeks. The Mercado Sagrado is a platform for creative and healing arts and artists that originally took place in Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles. "Everyone we work with has those values of treading lightly ... continue reading
June 11, 2019 - “Good things come to those who wait” is a fitting slogan for Black Point Market, the looooong awaited grocery store-deli-bakery-coffee shop mash-up that has finally opened on East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. A year ago, co-owner Sasha Nemchonok said they would be open in three to six weeks, but then ... continue reading
June 4, 2019 - For as long as it has had restaurants, the Monterey Bay area has not had any with Michelin stars.  That’s not for a lack of amazing eateries. It’s simply because Michelin didn’t visit.  Michelin-starred chef Justin Cogley That seemed like an oversight. At one point in the 1990s, the Monterey area alone ... continue reading
June 4, 2019 - As he popped the cork on his latest releases—the 2013 Caraccioli Brut Rosé and the 2013 Cuvée Brut—winegrower Scott Caraccioli expressed pride in these particular bottlings, which incorporate estate fruit from his family’s Escolle Vineyard for the first time.  “I feel this is the most balanced and perfectly composed vintage, with a ... continue reading
May 28, 2019 - A young farmer went into Cat & Cloud coffee company in Santa Cruz the other day looking for a Caterpillar 320 GC Medium Excavator with 90.0 kW net flyweight power.  He was furious to find out that Cat & Cloud doesn’t sell the 320—or the any of the backhoe loaders he wants.  Turns ... continue reading
May 28, 2019 - Yafa Mediterranean restaurant in Carmel today became the first and only restaurant in the Monterey Bay area to ever win the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand designation. The award means Yafa is an especially good value, offering two excellent courses plus wine or dessert for $40 or under. Michelin has never covered restaurants ... continue reading
May 28, 2019 - A combination coffee house/brew pub is the latest addition to Oldtown Salinas, promising not only house-roasted coffee drinks, but also a selection of craft beers and live entertainment. The Beerded Bean, at 210 Main Street, is set for a soft opening this Friday and a grand opening on Saturday. The soft opening on ... continue reading
May 21, 2019 - The Folktale food-and-beverage team behind the likes of Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse, the Chef Duel series and barrel room concerts is nothing if not ambitious. But in the coming weeks and months they’re giving that ambition added dimensions, even for them, and expanding into new genres with panache. In fact, their ... continue reading
May 20, 2019 - In a major expansion, Venus Spirits has broken ground on a new craft distillery, tasting room and restaurant adjacent to its current location on the west side of Santa Cruz. "We're building a space where we can share our brand with more customers and allow them to stay longer," says owner Sean Venus. ... continue reading