Edible Monterey Bay


Photo by John Cox

Courtesy chef Craig von Foerster

Sierra Mar was my first real cooking job out of culinary school. Chef Craig was an incredible mentor to me and many other young cooks who had the opportunity to spend time in his kitchen. His chanterelle risotto recipe remains one of my all-time favorite mushroom dishes. Sometimes it’s impossible to improve on a classic recipe and I hope you will enjoy this iconic Big Sur dish! Chef Craig was kind enough to let us use this classic recipe that was originally published in the Sierra Mar cookbook.


2 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
1 cup carnaroli rice

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Courtesy Ayoma Wilen, chef-owner, Pearl of the Ocean in Santa Cruz

2 tablespoons organic olive oil or coconut oil
10–12 black mustard seeds
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1/8 of medium red onion, diced small
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
12 fenugreek seeds
1-inch piece fresh cinnamon stick
½ teaspoon sea salt (preferably sourced from ancient salt deposits)
1 13½-ounce can coconut milk (may use ½ can coconut cream and ½ can water)
1 cauliflower with fresh green leaves attached
1 handful hydrated cashews (soak cashews in water overnight)
1 medium red tomato, diced small
¼ jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
8–10 fresh curry leaves, if available
½ teaspoon spice mixture, freshly ground


½ tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
Grind seeds into powder.

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