Edible Monterey Bay

Winners of the Foragers Festival Fungus Face-off

January 21, 2020 – All those who attended the Fungus Face-Off at the Big Sur River Inn last weekend went home winners—with their bellies full of mushroom goodness and their hearts warmed by local wines.

But participating chefs tried to outdo each other in the good natured competition to benefit the Big Sur Health Center and here are those winners:

Chef Nick Balla of Coast Big Sur was awarded judge’s choice Best of Show for his curried squash soup with wild herb za’atar and matsutake mushroom oil.

Chef Eric Piacentine of Big Sur Bakery won the People’s Choice Award for his savory mushroom custard, made with mushroom-crab broth with local chanterelles and black trumpet mushrooms.

Chef Jonny Black of Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn won the award for Best … Read More

Rise + Roam Bringing Roman Style Pizza to Carmel

All rise. OK—this is not a religious ceremony. But if things go right for the ambitious and fun-loving folks behind Rise + Roam, their new restaurant will answer pizza lovers’ prayers with a tasty style of pie not seen around these parts. And a flock of fans will be converted.

The key ingredients, from a practical perspective, include: 1) a well-established parent company that also runs Folktale Winery, Seventh & Dolores and Pacific Bowls & Rolls; 2) a gifted and experienced pizza maestro in executive chef Aaron Rayor, whose past stops include award-winning Cantinetta Luca in Carmel, celebrated Bestia in Los Angeles and farm-driven hit Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York; and 3) a 3,500-square foot, strategic and freshly reinvented location on the outside corner of Carmel … Read More

New Leaf in Merger with Global Retailer

December 10, 2019 – With five stores in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Aptos and Half Moon Bay, New Leaf Community Markets and its parent company, New Seasons Market, are merging with Good Food Holdings, part of South Korea’s Emart retail group. Good Food Holdings also owns Bristol Farms and Lazy Acres markets in Southern California and Metropolitan Markets in the Pacific Northwest.

The merger—set to close in January—gives the Seoul-based retail and restaurant giant a network of 49 high-end natural food stores from San Diego to Seattle. New Leaf and New Seasons will continue to operate independently as certified B Corporations, according to the news release issued by New Seasons.

“This partnership with Good Food Holdings ensures our longevity as a community cornerstone—one that continues to nourish our neighbors and staff, … Read More