Top 12 Foodie Stories of 2012: Part Three
January 7, 2013
Sometimes the most entertaining stories are not the most important.
Look no further than Friday's report out of Santa Cruz of a man busted for wearing women's underwear, as that's specifically verboten according to the terms of his probation. He's probably not supposed to decorate his trailer with bras and panties either.
Fortunately on the Monterey County epicurean beat, many of the most portentious plot lines were also fascinating, like these two biggies:
4 • Coastal Luxury Management builds its prodigious brand. They toasted five years of Pebble Beach Food & Wine with guys like Boulud and Pépin. (Check out Thomas Keller's lifetime achievement award acceptance speech from 2012 PBFW here. Look into a review of PBFW 5.0 overall here.) David Bernahl, Rob Weakley, Sarah Potter and the nuclear crew planned relentlessly for—and pulled off—an impressively upgraded Los Angeles Food & Wine 2.0. They celebrated a rather delicious year at Restaurant 1833 (and a James Beard nomination for best new restaurant). They launched an inspired slate of beer partnership events—and set a Guinness Book world record—at Cannery Row Brewing Company. Oh—and they roped me into eating six dozen styles of fried chicken in an afternoon too in advance of a new Sunday night special too. More quietly—but much more significantly—they bought out their partners Dick Clark Productions, the same goliaths that made CLM's made rise possible in the first place. It's like, damn.
3 • Independent Marketplace changes the farmers market game. As I said as part of an exclusive video on "The First Monthly Independent Marketplace in Sand City," I can't remember any event generating the kind of buzz this did when it debuted last spring. It enjoys all of the fresh produce of a farmers market—albeit with more intensely strict attention to organic and small family farm principles than most—plus fresh seafood and a breakthrough swirl of musicians, craft libations, food trucks, artisan everything and kid fun from local purveyors who rotate through each month. The Weekly first broke word that Patrick Orosco, Todd Champagne, Brian Conway and Maya Freeman were incubating the idea, then followed up with "27 Reasons to Check Out The Independent Marketplace for Each of the 27 Days We Waited for It To Return," a look at their fashion-forward installment in September and touched off quite a debate with word they'd start charging a $5 cover. Even the entry fee proved completely incapable of slowing the gathering momentum—now vendors are lining up for a chance to offer something in exchange for the green penny attendees get when they pay.
Top two foodie stories of 2012 tomorrow.