David Kinch’s Manresa Gets High Marks

David Kinch's Los Gatos join is one to savor.

According to Bon Appetit magazine, we have even more reason than ever to be culinarily smug. Santa Cruz resident David Kinch’s Manresa in Los Gatos, which has collected two Michelin stars, has now also been named among the twenty “Most Important” restaurants in the country. In fact, it was ranked # 5 (even above the hallowed Le Bernardin in New York). The editorial staff of the magazine chose these restaurants as defining how we eat out. “They’re the fearless spots that drive chefs to innovate, restaurateurs to imitate, and the rest of us to line up.”

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Prop. 37 Advocates Push for GMO Labeling

Santa Cruz food activist Mary Graydon-Fontana is part of the movement to pass Prop. 37. Photo by Chip Schueur.

It looks like a tomato. It’s red and round and a little sweet, with a bitter, savory aftertaste. Underneath its thin skin is fish DNA to prevent it from freezing prior to harvest. Is it a tomato? Mary Graydon-Fontana wouldn’t say so. “I don’t think that’s a tomato,” she says. “That’s a different species that they’re taking it from.”

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California Beer Festival Coming to Aptos

The California Beer Festival comes to Aptos Village Park Saturday, July 28.

The California Beer Festival, your basic craft beer extravaganza, is coming to Aptos Village Park this Saturday, July 28. Let’s see, that’s 70 craft brews on tap, three live bands including “Foreverland”—an unforgettable tribute to Michael Jackson—plus mouthwatering food and bocce ball. Michael Jackson and bocce ball in one afternoon—life is good! CBF sounds like hog heaven for any beer aficionado, especially fans of handcrafted suds. Know that this event will sell out, space is very limited. Proceeds will benefit student athletes in Santa Cruz County.

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Sweet Swanton Strawberries at the Farmers Market

Berries and summer produce are about to be all the rage. Photo by Christina Waters.

These fragrant, succulent strawberries from Swanton Berry Farms are just some of the many indicators of warmer weather and lengthening growing conditions. Our farmers markets are now loaded with strawberries, asparagus—delicious pencil-thin asparagus this week from Hog Farms—young red onions with long slender leaves, broccolini, tiny zucchinis and of course fava beans, the ultimate herald of springtime.

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