Edible Monterey Bay

Wineries Want to Help You Cope With COVID

March 20, 2020 – All small businesses are feeling the pain of government orders to stay at home. Wine tasting rooms, like bars, are the center of social activity for many and the fact that they can no longer be open for tasting is causing a major disruption to the fragile economics of wineries all over. Now, more than ever, we need wine to bring us together, even if virtually. So, take advantage of these great offers from your local tasting rooms and post what you’re drinking on social media! We want to see how creative you are getting in lockdown.

Major takeaways: go online and place an order, email the winery or call. Many wine tasting rooms will be open this weekend for bottle sales and order pickup, and … Read More

New Owners for Davenport Roadhouse

March 10, 2020 – Cue lots of ambition and heart. The new owners of the venerable Davenport Roadhouse have both in spades. And they also have a sense of what it takes to succeed in the often volatile hospitality landscape.

Vanessa Kerr Chamberlain and her husband, Chris Danger Chamberlain, have eyes wide open as they take over day-to-day operations at the Davenport Roadhouse. The couple, who lives in Scotts Valley with their two daughters, fell in love with the Davenport Roadhouse the moment they saw it. “This place has such good bones!” says Vanessa, who is originally from New Zealand. 

The opportunity just looked a wee bit too good to turn down for the Kiwi, who spent a good deal of her childhood moving round the world with her ambassador … Read More

Fresh Start for Pioneering Santa Cruz Brewery

March 3, 2020 – Keiki and Jason McKay are doubling down on the answer to the question, beer or wine? The answer is: Yes! Now, they will have more of both to offer, at both of their restaurant locations. With their acquisition of Seabright Brewery, the Cantine Winepub (Aptos) owners have two locations to serve guests a unique taste of the local beverage scene.

“We had been approached by several places about a possible second restaurant,” says Keiki, who many may know as the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. “But we weren’t seriously looking. Then, we were approached about Seabright Brewery, about a year and a half ago. We’ve been tossing it around since September.”

With the cost and timeline associated to build out a new … Read More

Helping Consumers Be the Force for Change

Packaging has become a necessary evil, for reasons of food safety, convenience, efficiency, value preservation and cosmetic appeal. Local solutions provider Sambrailo Packaging has been an innovator in packaging for the fresh produce industry since 1923, when Charles Sambrailo began developing progressive methods to protect produce and improve product quality. Located in Watsonville, with a reach that extends across the major ag regions of California and Mexico, Sambrailo has become a powerful force in the produce packaging world. Family owned and operated for four generations, they have been innovators and forward thinkers, helping players in the complex agricultural food chain to more efficiently and safely get their products to consumers. 

Sambrailo began with apples, building those beautifully painted or labeled wooden produce boxes that have become collectible heirlooms. Adding paper … Read More


Founding Fathers


Three generations of Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers. Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery (bottom row); Ken Swegles and Cole Thomas of Madson Wines (top row).

Raise a toast to one of the creators of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine appellation and his legacy

Life is sometimes an arc that leads to you back to where you belong. You just don’t know when, how or why. When Jeff Emery, a 19-year-old college student at UC Santa Cruz, got the call to help the owner of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard bottle wine in 1979, he could never have imagined that he would spend, literally, the rest of his life in the wine business. Because one little phone call can change everything, it’s always best to answer. You can always … Read More