Edible Monterey Bay


A passion for great beer has guided this couple up the long and eventful road to opening a new taproom in San Juan Bautista

Fran and Sean Fitzharris at their brewery. Photo by Lynsie Larkin.


Brewery Twenty Five, just outside of San Juan Bautista, is a little hard to find. It sits on top of a steep hill behind the house of brewery owners Fran and Sean Fitzharris. This rugged spot is not the most ideal place for a brewery.

“It’s a fun story now, but we lost a keg rolling down the hill,” Fran says. “It just broke my heart at the time.” Then there’s the challenge of getting equipment into the brewery. “Getting these two fermenters up the hill was an … Read More

Fieldwork Brewing Aims for August Opening

UPDATED: July 28, 2017 – The popular and innovative beers of Fieldwork Brewing are coming to Monterey with the opening of a satellite tap room at the Uptown Plaza on Munras Ave. next to the Trader Joe’s parking lot. It will be the fourth of up to six satellite tap rooms permitted under the Berkeley brewery’s small brewery license. “We rolled out Sacramento first,” explains Fieldwork Co-founder and owner Barry Braden, “then Napa second. San Mateo just opened and now Monterey should open, cross my fingers, somewhere around July 28th.” Braden later updated his target opening date to August 10.

Braden has long been eager to open Fieldwork in Monterey. “When we looked at where we want our beer served, Monterey’s a great spot for us. It’s a really sophisticated and engaged … Read More

Six-Star Dinner

October 24, 2014 – This is “The Story of the First-Ever Six-Star Dinner” prepared by Ventana Inn executive chef Paul Corsentino as a fundraiser for the organic garden at Captain Cooper Elementary School in Big Sur and beautifully written by literacy teacher Will Bans, who coordinated the effort.

The first star…

Cooper’s garden needed help.

For 20 years, the Children’s Garden at the school has provided students with a year-round connection to the Earth’s bounty of plants, vegetables and herbs.

It is one acre of beauty whether measured by the peek of the Pacific Ocean, or by its output: a small orchard of 16 fruit trees, 20 raised vegetable beds, two grape arbors, two native-plant beds, a berry patch and a greenhouse.

The garden is also one of the first … Read More