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LATEST LOCAL FOOD NEWS
  
Edible's local foods go national

Our parent company Edible Communities enters a new era this week launching a national website dedicated to local foods and getting ready to debut a TV series on PBS. While it may sound contradictory, the website Edible Feast brings together photos and articles from the 80+ local editions of Edible Magazine across the country. The content-rich site introduces you to farmers, chefs and food artisans who are on the cutting edge of the farm-to-table movement from Hawaii to Maine. One of the best features is a big collection of regional recipes that you can put to good use right now through the holidays. Try the First Known Chouder recipe from Edible Boston, Lazy Person's Roast Turkey from Edible Michigan, Kentucky Bourbon Balls from Edible Ohio Valley,  and don't miss the vegan Nacho Kale Chips from Edible Sarasota or the article Marijuana: It's What's for Dinner from Edible Sacramento. Debuting in January, the PBS TV series is also called Edible Feast and travels the country meeting folks who are passionate about good local food. View the trailer...

Peninsula Chefs take on Yosemite
The very first session of Chef's Holidays at Yosemite's iconic Ahwanhee Hotel will feature "A Taste of Monterey and Carmel" including Chef Cal Stamenov of Bernardus Lodge, Brandon Miller of Mundaka, and Jerry Regester of The C Restaurant. Our creative local chefs will be at Yosemite from January 12-14. The popular gourmet series includes eight sessions, with celebrity chefs from the Bay Area and beyond. To see the full program click here.

You're invited! EMB's winter party
Edible Monterey Bay and DIG Gardens in Santa Cruz are pleased to invite you to a holiday open house and Winter Issue release party on Saturday, December 7 from 5-8pm. Mark your calendars and don't miss this chance to raise a glass from Storrs Winery or McIntyre Vineyards, while enjoying delicious small bites from Marisa Johnston and her catering company, By Marisa. There will be great shopping for holiday decorations and unique gifts for the stylish gardener on your list and you can be among the first to take home a copy of our terrific Winter Issue. Admission is free. See you there!

Get ready for spring beekeeping
The Anarchist Beekeeping Club is looking for bee-lovers in the Monterey Bay area who would like to help bring national experts Les Crowder, Melanie Kirby and Mark Spitzig to our area for intensive weekend instruction next March and April. If you're interested please contact Dave Stocks by email or call 408.605.3977 by Dec 15.


Apply for Ag Focus
If you want to learn more about the local agricultural scene, one of the best places to start is by taking Agri-Culture's award-winning Ag Focus class. The class meets for a full day once a month and you have a chance to get out in the field to meet growers of all our major crops—from strawberries to mushrooms, grapes and ornamental plants. Topics covered include environmental impacts, use of new technology and labor. Part of the cost of the course is paid by the participant. Applications are due by January 17th. Download application here...


TOP FOOD EVENTS
 
Carmel Market open Wednesday
Wednesday, Nov 27 | Sunset Center, Carmel | 10am-2pm
Get your shopping list ready and hustle down to the Carmel Farmer's Market on Wednesday morning this week. The market takes place one day early to help customers prepare their locavore Thanksgivings. The downtown Santa Cruz Farmer's Market will also be open for all your holiday needs as usual on Wednesday afternoon.


Surf City Vintners Gift Bazaar
Friday, Nov 29 | Swift St. Courtyard, Santa Cruz | Noon-5pm.
The dozen or so boutique wineries that make up Surf City Vintners in Santa Cruz are throwing an anti Black Friday party. They invite you to escape the mall madness and relax while sipping wine and shopping for unusual gifts made by local artisans. Bring a donation of food for the Walnut Avenue Women's Center and the wineries will donate a portion of the tasting fee to the center.  www.surfcityvintners.com


Rising International Marketplace
Friday, Nov 29| Carmel Kitchens and Baths, 26386 Carmel Rancho Lane | 11am-4pm. 
Another worthy alternative to the Black Friday madness is organized every year by our newsletter sponsor Carmel Kitchens & Baths.
Be sure to stop by and shop for stunning gifts made by women in conflict zones from 20 countries. The Global Marketplace features jewelry, hand-dyed batik table runners, raffia fruit baskets, and colorful Zaina aprons made in the D.R Congo. Proceeds go to benefit marginalized women in the United States and internationally through Rising International. Shoppers will enjoy complementary refreshments and a chance to win fabulous door prizes. Please stop by and say hi to Gary and Julie.  www.risinginternational.org

Dungeness Days on the Wharf
Throughout December| Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey
It's Dungeness crab season at last!! And where better to enjoy it than the classic seafood restaurants on Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf. Each spot is offering crab specialities beginning on Sunday and running throughout December. Fresh steamed crab and cioppino are available everywhere, but Old Fisherman's Grotto has Crab Pot Pie and Café Fina sautés crab Asian-style with saki, sriracha and green onions. Crabbing trips are available and on Saturday, Dec 7 Wharf Walks with Tim Thomas focuses on "The History of Crabbing on the Monterey Bay."  www.montereywharf.com


Holiday FEASTival Dinner
Thursday, Dec 5 | Indy Marketplace, 600 Ortiz, Sand City | Happy hour 5pm, Dinner 6pm. $35.
Dungeness Crab is also the star of the Indy's Holiday FEASTival Dinner on Thursday, Dec 5. We're previewing it now because by next week the tickets may be all gone. Enjoy Crab Cioppino, Spinach and Ricotta Canneloni and three special desserts, along with live music from the Thom Cuneo Jazz Band, a Santa Photo Booth, an ugly sweater contest and a mini holiday bazaar.  www.indymarketplace.com


more food and wine events...
 
Thursday, November 28 - Happy Thanksgiving!!

43rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner  Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd. Monterey | Noon-3pm. Free.

Community Thanksgiving Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St. Santa Cruz | Noon-3pm. Free.
 
Friday, November 29

Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon  Boardwalk Bowl, 115 Cliff St. Santa Cruz | 11am-10pm. Bring a can of food and bowl a free game.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Potluck Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave. Santa Cruz | 6-9pm. Free.
 
Saturday, November 30

Lights On Celebration: Boutique and Parade  Veteran's Memorial Plaza, Hollister  | 10am-8:30pm. Parade at 5:30pm. Free.

Big Sur Harvest Craft Fair Big Sur Grange, Highway 1, Big Sur | 10am-5pm. Sat & Sun. Free.

Holiday Art and Wine Walk Carmel Valley Village | 11am-5pm.

Christmas Wreath, Swag and Bough Decorating McShanes Nursery, 115 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas | 1:30pm. Free.

 
Sunday, December 1

Stella and Dot Shopping Experience  Holman Ranch Tasting Room, 19 E. Carmel Valley Rd. Carmel Valley | 11am-5pm. 

Holiday Parade of Lights  Old Town, Salinas | 6pm. Free.

A full calendar of food and wine events can be found on our website.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK
 

Apple Pecan Stuffed Squash 


 

Jon Kasky and Nancy Rohan of Paradise Catering in Carmel Valley say this is one of Nancy's favorite dishes. It makes a sweet, healthy Thanksgiving side and is filling enough to stand in as an entree for the vegetarians and vegans at your table. 

2 acorn squash (about 1 1/2 lb.), rinsed
 
1/2 cup apple cider
2 teaspoons canola or olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 Gala or Honeycrisp Apple (1/2 lb. total),
   cored and chopped
1 Golden Delicious or Granny Smith (1/2 lb. total),
   cored and chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fresh minced sage
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
salt, to taste
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons brown sugar

Optional add in: 8 ounces cooked and crumbled turkey sausage
 
Directions:
 
Cut each squash in half; scoop out seeds. Place each half, cavity side down, in a 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Pour apple cider in the bottom of the pan, cover the pan with foil and bake in a 350° F oven until tender when pierced, about 45 minutes.
 
Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons canola or olive oil. Add onion, apples, golden raisins, cranberries, cinnamon, sage and thyme; stir often until apples are tender when pierced, 8 to 10 minutes. If desired, add 8 ounces cooked and crumbled turkey sausage. Season to taste with salt. Stir in pecans.
 
Uncover squash and turn halves upright. Brush edges and inside with the remaining apple cider in the bottom of the pan; fill equally with apple mixture. Drizzle equally with maple syrup. Sprinkle edges with brown sugar and bake, uncovered, until filling is slightly browned on top, about 15 minutes longer.


SPOTLIGHT ON OUR SPONSOR...

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Every cook has different requirements and each kitchen space is unique, so when it comes time to remodel, the goal of the certified designers at Carmel Kitchens and Baths is to create the perfect fit.

“Remodeling is usually something people think about for a very long time before they finally decide to do it,” says owner Gary Courtright. “When they come to us, they either have a dream or a problem and it’s our job to make sure their space works effortlessly and is beautiful.”

Courtright has been designing kitchens, baths, studies and other built-in spaces at Carmel Kitchens and Baths for 12 years and last year took over the business when the previous owner retired. Designer Julie Young has been at CKB 11 years and has a degree in Interior Design. She worked previously in commercial design, before deciding to go for certification by the National Kitchen and Bath Association—a rigorous process that requires 60 hours of course work and sitting for a 6-hour exam. 

Their studio is part of the Carmel Design Collection at the entrance to the Barnyard Shopping Village and is well worth a visit. It’s filled with tasteful model kitchens in a variety of styles, from quaint Carmel cottage to contemporary. You can see innovative pullout shelving, built-in espresso makers, the latest hidden dishwashers and gorgeous new countertop materials that will have you itching to get started on your own remodel. An interesting footnote is that when the displays at Carmel Kitchens and Baths are updated, floor model cabinets and appliances that can’t be sold are donated to Habitat for Humanity, undoubtedly making for some very swanky habitat rooms. Read more...

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