Edible Monterey Bay

Mercado Sagrado Lands in Big Sur

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 on the earth and giving back and nourishing the community,” says co-founder Heather Culp.

Organizers have put together a full schedule of events, including a pop up restaurant by plant-based culinary artist Greg Arnold—founder of the trend-setting Mesa Verde vegan restaurant in Santa Barbara.

Arnold creates artful, healthy and sustainable dishes using organic produce from local farms and edible flowers. He is also known as a fermentation funkmaster and makes a line of fermented condiments—like … Read More

Black Point Market Touts New Concept in Convenience

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 reality hit hard.

“We ended up getting ahead of ourselves,” he reflects, but “you can’t rush bureaucracy.” A stop work order put them back to square one, but today, all of that is behind them as they welcome in a stream of happy customers. “It’s been good, the community really needed a place right here,” says Nemchonok.

The affable, customer service superstar has been in the food world for over 10 years. He found himself … Read More

Michelin Comes to Monterey

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 boasted the highest density of Wine Spectator Grand Award winners in one region, anywhere. While wine-driven, it was still a very lofty honor only superlative restaurants would endeavor to win. (For the record, the five WS Grand Award spots were Pacific’s Edge, The Sardine Factory, Casanova, Bernardus and Sierra Mar.)

Michelin has published ratings for San Francisco and Napa Valley restaurants since 2007, but for years only went as far south as Manresa in … Read More

Caraccioli Sparkles Beyond The Bubbles

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 mid-palate richness right out of the gate,” he says.

Scott Caraccioli

He explains that the Brut Rosé was released in the fall of 2018, as the red wine adds a sweetness that helps carry it to an earlier maturity, whereas the Brut really needs time after the dosage is added.

Caraccioli feels extremely fortunate to have apprenticed under the late Michel Salgues, a Frenchman who worked at the famed Roederer house of sparkling wine … Read More

Cat & Cloud Battles Caterpillar in Trademark Dispute

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 out they only sell things like lattés, coffee subscriptions and some apparel featuring felines and condensed water vapors. 

Just kidding: No farmer went in Cat & Cloud seeking an excavator or a backhoe. 

If that scenario seems ridiculous to you—people confusing the heavy machinery Fortune 500 behemoth called Caterpillar with the locally owned-and-operated coffee outfit Cat & Cloud—you’re not alone. 

That’s the primary reason why outcry is so fierce as locals learn Caterpillar … Read More