Sometimes, you have to change direction to get back to what's important. That’s the case for Chef Chris Watts, who recently left Carmel Valley Ranch for Salt Wood Kitchen in Marina. The restaurant's most recent executive chef was Paul Corsentino.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Friday, August 13, 2021
When The Meatery opened in Seaside in 2018, it was both a food event and a neighborhood event. People thronged to the much-anticipated butcher shop and deli. It was both an old-timey throwback to the days of neighborhood butcher shops, and also a leading example of the future of meat eating,…
Thursday, August 12, 2021
The calendar of events in the region is filling up after a drought of events due to Covid-19 and shelter-in-place orders. On Saturday, Aug. 7, hundreds spent about four hours on a warm and sunny day celebrating the 10th annual Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival.
Friday, August 06, 2021
The building on the southeast corner of Seventh and Dolores in downtown Carmel, currently home to the Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse, is for sale. The 8,000-square-foot parcel, and striking, light-filled 1972 structure, is listed at $7.7 million with Carmel Realty Company.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
A culinary legend in Monterey County has left Bernardus Lodge and Spa. Chef Cal Stamenov, who opened the kitchen at Bernardus in 1999 with the lodge's founder Bernardus Pon, has moved on after 22 years mastering the acclaimed kitchen at the Carmel Valley destination.
Saturday, May 01, 2021
For over 40 years, Tommy’s Restaurant provided affordable food and a simple, friendly diner atmosphere. The restaurant started in Monterey inside Cypress Bowling Alley in 1973, then moved to Seaside in 1977 where it became famous for the $0.99 "Working Man's Breakfast," and then moved in 200…
Monday, March 08, 2021
The idea last year was two-fold: The government would pay restaurants, serving as a bit of an economic stimulus for an industry in need, to cook and deliver meals to seniors, who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and have been instructed to stay home and avoid unnecessary trips, includ…
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Gaston Georis, the man behind Carmel restaurant La Bicyclette passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the age of 79. Born in 1941, he immigrated to California from Belgium in the 1950s. Though he is well known as a restaurateur, he had a passion for life that was evident in his several careers…
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
In the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 27, Seaside police discovered smoke coming from the roof of Googie Grill. Officers called in the fire department and six fire trucks were dispatched at 2:32am. They arrived at the restaurant at 2:37am.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
We all know that 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year—we need not belabor that point. And neither the Covid-19 pandemic nor the deep inequalities it has exposed will go away the moment the clock strikes midnight. Finding a worthwhile “new normal” is going to take work and careful effor…
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
This is exactly the kind of showdown that health officials had hoped to avoid, hence repeated visits to businesses in violation of health code and stay-at-home orders with an emphasis on education and voluntary compliance.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Linda Hanger and Kristina Scrivani have joked they decided in 2010 to open their wildly popular Stone Creek Kitchen during one of the worst recessions the country has ever seen, and have made the decision to close it during the pandemic, a disaster of another type but one with financial rami…
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
On July 28, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors (meeting via Zoom) voted unanimously to approve a face covering ordinance, requiring anyone out and about in public to wear a mask or face penalties.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
As many restaurants have started coming back for dine-in service as Covid-19 guidelines allow them to, others have stuck with takeout-only, and others remain closed entirely. In some cases, restaurants are shutting down entirely.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
It was a bold idea to help struggling businesses during a pandemic that was perhaps too innovative for a town that values its Good Old Days. P.G. Al Fresco, Pacific Grove City Manager Ben Harvey’s attempt to create an outdoor dining space for restaurants on Lighthouse Avenue as they reopen w…
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Shortly after they were forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Monterey County schools started offering grab-and-go meals for children in the county facing food insecurity.
Monday, June 08, 2020
Monterey County got the go-ahead from Health Officer Edward Moreno to reopen—or widen the opening—of more businesses including restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, wineries and bars, gyms, zoos and museums beginning Friday, June 12.
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
After more than 30 years at the helm of restaurant group Downtown Dining, Tony Tollner is retiring, and selling his restaurant dynasty. (His plans now include motorcycle trips and hiking.)
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Monterey and Santa Cruz counties have been cleared by the California Department of Public Health to advance to the next stage of reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
On Thursday morning, May 21, Jeffrey LeTowt of The Tuck Box had his day in court. Or at least his first day of several.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
When the day comes that dine-in eating is allowed to resume in Monterey County, some large restaurants might be able to make the economics work after removing tables to comply with social distancing rules. They’ll have to balance wages, food, water and overhead costs with less diners bringin…
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Being treated to a hearty brunch and mimosas or bloody marys at your favorite spot with your family is like a rite of passage for moms on Mother’s Day. Since families can’t wine and dine their moms in restaurants this year due to Covid-19, many local restaurants are offering takeout specials…
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
It's one of the silver linings of a pandemic and economic crisis: innovative solutions and partnerships. One such innovation—meant to help provide economic stimulus to restaurants and help seniors who are staying home and still need to eat—is the state's Great Plates Delivered program, annou…
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
There will not be customary parades or communal festivities for Cinco de Mayo this year due to Covid-19, but it's still an opportunity for a history lesson—and to drink a celebratory margarita.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Beer and cider sales are up 20 percent across the country during this extended coronavirus lockdown, which makes sense considering that drinking is one of the few options for fun right now. But while the big corporate brands are doing well, many craft brewers appear to be struggling, accordi…
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
For years, Gladys Parada dreamed of opening a simple lunch cafe. She'd perfected a basic menu of sandwiches and a soup-of-the-day in her years with a food truck. And when The Press Club in Seaside became available, it looked like a long-time dream come true.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Just after Monterey County Health Officer Edward Moreno issued a shelter-in-place order shutting down all "non-essential" activities on March 18, Yann Lusseau prepared to close his bakery, Parker-Lusseau.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
It's weird timing to open a new grocery store, sure. But a new Grocery Outlet location opened on schedule in Prunedale on March 17, hours before the county Health Department announced a shelter-in-place order would take effect at midnight on March 18.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Just before 1pm on Tuesday, a young man sat on the curb near Rise + Roam in Carmel, staring glumly at his phone. Todd Fisher, the executive chef of the restaurant group that includes Seventh & Dolores, Folktale Winery and the newly opened Rise + Roam gestures toward him.
Monday, March 16, 2020
One way restaurants are responding to the coronavirus situation is by introducing curbside pick up or using a delivery service in order to keep human contact minimal.
Reid Norris, executive director of Everyone's Harvest, knowns things can change given the COVID-19 pandemic that has seen Gov. Gavin Newsom urge bars and nightclubs to temporarily shut down and restaurants to reduce seating to keep diners away from each other.
Adapt. Do whatever it takes. Survive.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday, March 15, requested that bars, pubs and wine tasting rooms across the state shut down temporarily as the state tries to stem the spread of COVID-19. He also asked that restaurants cut capacity in half to allow for greater social distancing. (The recommended m…
Thursday, March 12, 2020
With uncertainty the only certainty about coronavirus and upcoming events, Pebble Beach Company decided to cancel the popular Pebble Beach Food & Wine.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
New Brew…Yeast of Eden was named the Best New Brewery in California by the 2019 RateBeer Best Awards. A team of brewers from around the world sampled something like 640,000 beers to come to this conclusion, which sounds like a fun process (although how is one capable of rating beer after dow…
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Open and Shut…The popular Turtle Bay Taqueria in Seaside has closed. A new spot, Boiling Krab, is in the works in the same location at 1301 Fremont Blvd., with an anticipated opening in April. While we’re on that block It’s home to a new panadería. La Yaquesita has opened at 1450 Fremont Blv…
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Book It Now…Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette in Marina has teamed up with luxury Champagne label Veuve Clicquot for a four-course dinner on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6pm. If you have time and $168 in your pocket, call 883-5535 to reserve a seat.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Keeping Score…The restaurant count in Monterey County keeps changing. The Happy Anchor dropped—not gonna say it—last week and early reports are all good. The food truck specializes in grilled cheese, tomato bisque and tater tots. You’ll have to check online to find out where it docks next. M…
Thursday, February 13, 2020
There will likely be a few verbal rotten tomatoes tossed at this afternoon’s meeting of Pacific Grove’s Economic Development Commission. On the agenda is the somewhat controversial proposal to add a second—and swankier—farmers market to the city’s weekly schedule.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Shades of Blue…Business in Seaside is booming, and the newest addition is Deja Blue, with a soft opening this weekend, followed by a grand opening Feb. 22. (It’s at 500 Broadway, where the Dunes used to be.) They’ll dish New Orleans-inspired cuisine and host live jazz, blues and comedy—“some…
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Cocktail Hour…Word is that Pearl Hour has expanded its hours. The destination bar on Lighthouse in Monterey is now open daily at 5pm. That's every single day. That is a very good thing for those who love clever cocktails and live music.
Friday, January 31, 2020
The answer is yes. And with that, I can shut down the computer and get an early start on happy…Oh, yeah. Evidence.
A decade ago, Gladys Parada was ahead of the culinary edge, at least for Monterey County. Now she is planning a step back in time—a soup and sandwich diner.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Sing Babaloo…Hidden Fortress has fallen. Or it will come Feb. 8. The small-batch organic coffee roaster is leaving its space at The Press Club in Seaside. Replacing the coffee shop will be Babaloo, a diner featuring Cuban soups and sandwiches, along with coffee drinks. You may remember the p…
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Two of us were parked at one of the window seats in Wild Fish when a couple opened the door, but hesitated to come inside. The woman poked her head our way and cautiously asked “is it any good?” She went on to say that food service at the highly-regarded Pacific Grove restaurant had plummete…
Monday, January 20, 2020
Another new face…There's a new chef at Pacific Grove's Wild Fish. Nico Long took the helm last week after Margaret LaVetty's brief stint in the kitchen. Long was born in P.G. but served as chef all around the world—as a private chef on luxury yachts, at resorts and so on. If you're keeping s…
Sunday, January 19, 2020
News writer, columnist and senior curmudgeon Mary Duan describes the egg rolls from Salinas Donut as “weirdly good.”
Friday, January 17, 2020
There’s nothing particularly smoky about the Smokin Willie burger at Bayonet Grill. No bow to procuring artisanal cave-aged cheese or Wagyu beef, either. And yet you can’t put it down.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Dinner Time…Carmel is hosting Carmel Culinary Week Jan. 19-26, exploring Carmel as the “Next Big Little Foodie Getaway.” It’s a new thing that sounds like a good excuse to binge eat. The week will be full of prix fixe menus, complimentary tastes and culinary demonstrations at over 65 Carmel …
Thursday, January 09, 2020
The owners of Porta Bella Restaurant, Dametra and Mediterranean Restaurant agreed to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit.