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Monday, August 21, 2017

Century Celebration

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Shoshanna Rose (right), of Arcata, helped cut and serve the Creamery Building replica cake that building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, brought to share with Fervor Fest attendees. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Shoshanna Rose (right), of Arcata, helped cut and serve the Creamery Building replica cake that building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, brought to share with Fervor Fest attendees.

It took four days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Creamery Building in Arcata this past week. Building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, have spent the last 40 years rejuvenating the building and hosting an eclectic mix of tenants in the center of the emerging Creamery District — so they and friends decided to throw a party.

Arcata artist Lush Newton introduced her outdoor art installation "Golden State Creamery: The Land of Milk and Honey" at Thursday's evening reception at the Creamery District. She said her work commemorates the history, people and culture surrounding the historic Creamery building on its 100th anniversary. The billboard was inspired by designs for the original tenant, California Creameries, and her portable hand-painted figures were based on historical photos (including one of her great aunt riding a cow).

Friday evening's highlights were the Arcata Playhouse's outdoor shadow-puppet show that followed the Elemental Spectacle procession that included dancers, stilt walkers, giant puppets and a large dragon marching around the Creamery Building to live music. The Ya Habibi dancers performed next at the entrance of the Creamery prior to the shadow-puppet show.

More than 20 vendors offered unlimited samples of beer, wine, kombucha, cider and distilled spirits at Fervor Fest on Saturday. A large crowd attended the family-friendly event that included live music, food vendors and a popular children's play area. In mid-afternoon, the Finigans brought out the 100th anniversary cake shaped liked the Creamery building to share with Fervor Fest attendees.

The Creamery Festival wrapped up on Sunday with the last of the Flynn Creek Circus shows.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Bivalve Bacchanal

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Tens of thousands of locally produced oysters met their fate at the 27th annual Oyster Festival. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Tens of thousands of locally produced oysters met their fate at the 27th annual Oyster Festival.

You could get just about any creative approach to raw or barbecued oysters on Saturday at the 27th annual Oyster Festival in Arcata – except oyster-flavored ice cream. Staff from Humboldt Creamery, who were passing out free ice cream in the Family Fun Zone, said they might work on that for next year.

The Arcata Plaza was a packed house for the annual celebration of all things related to oysters, including an Oyster-Calling contest, a Shuck-n-Swallow contest, live music and many other food and beer options. In addition to the family-oriented fun, side streets off the plaza held an art market, a “green” zone (electric vehicles and environmental information booths), as well as the usual Farmers’ Market.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Best of the Oyster Fest

Posted By on Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Savory Grill and Cafe's winning oysters. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Savory Grill and Cafe's winning oysters.
Upsets and new blood (brine?) marked this year' Arcata Bay Oyster Festival. As crowds swarmed the plaza, lining up for paper trays of oysters, judges (myself among them) sampled entrants in the Best Raw, Best Cooked, Best Non-oyster and, for the first time this year, Best in Show. The new Best in Show category, according to head Oystress Rachel Marella, keeps high-scoring entrants — sometimes a mere half point behind the winner — across categories.

While previous years have have left many wondering whether the Sushi Spot juggernaut could be stopped from another sweep, some new entrants nabbed top honors. The coveted Best Raw went to newcomer Savory Grill and Cafe for its oysters served in a molcajete cauldron and topped with carmelized onions, pineapple, red wine vinegar, cilantro, lemon juice, shallots, garlic, olive oil, cherry tomatoes and chives. And there's your recipe for Fourth of July, folks.

Sushi Spot keeps the cooked crown for this creamy-spicy entry. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Sushi Spot keeps the cooked crown for this creamy-spicy entry.
Sushi Spot stayed in the game for Best Cooked, serving up a showstopper of a barbecued Goose Point with a creamy, spicy-sweet topping of garlic-jalapeño aioli, honey sriracha, crunchy toasted  garlic and green onions.
A luxe lobster and Oyster dish from Five Eleven. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • A luxe lobster and Oyster dish from Five Eleven.
Five Eleven won Best in Show with a grilled Humboldt Bay oyster served with lobster sauce and roasted corn salsa, and a raw Humboldt Bay oyster with honeydew melon and cucumber gazpacho and golden trout caviar. (Its cooked oyster score was a mere .1 points behind Sushi Spot and the raw was .5 behind Savory's entry.)  
Cucumber gazpacho on an Oyster from Five Eleven. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Cucumber gazpacho on an Oyster from Five Eleven.
Salt Fish House, in its first year at the festival, took Best Non-oyster with a skewer of grilled octopus, cherry tomatoes and olives, with lemon vinaigrette and mint.

Skewered octopus won Salt Fish House its first prize. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Skewered octopus won Salt Fish House its first prize.



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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Humboldt Style: Boots and Brands

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Brandy Mincks and Sorrel Divis button up and buckle up. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Brandy Mincks and Sorrel Divis button up and buckle up.

Next year, when you're standing in front of your open closet wondering what to wear to the Humboldt Del Norte Cattlemen's Association's annual spring dinner and dance, you'll want to scroll through this slideshow. The guys and gals who kicked up their heels in the Humboldt County Fairgrounds' Belotti Hall came correct. (Incidentally, turquoise is having a serious moment.) While volunteers dished out barbecued tri-tip, attendees cruised the auction items — everything from a Guy Fieri-themed basket to a log cabin dollhouse to a throne of horseshoes and antlers — and brought the ranch-style swag. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Up River, Down River

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Dakotarose Scott, 5, of Klamath, adjusts her crown. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dakotarose Scott, 5, of Klamath, adjusts her crown.
As the morning fog burned off, revealing light smoke drifting overhead from inland fires, a diverse crowd gathered at the Yurok Tribe’s 53rd annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22. The morning started with a veterans' breakfast and parade, followed by the announcement of the winners of the Noo-rey-o-won-ee (beautiful girl inside and out) and Keet-ko (strong/able boy) contests, who were honored for their contributions to the community.

Around noon, the smoke and smell of barbecued salmon over cooking fires created a long line for the traditional feast. The stick game tournament started with the 7-, 8- and 9-year-old bracket, with players attempting to throw the “tossel” toward their “up river” or “down river” end line on the field. Live music, food and vendor booths, and a car show kept the attendees busy throughout the afternoon.



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

To the Buzzer

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 6:09 PM

GREG RUMNEY
  • Greg Rumney

The 94th annual Fortuna Rodeo rode into the sunset on Sunday, July 19. Horses, firetrucks, bands and floats made their way down Main Street for the parade, and kids of all ages chanced the games and clanging rides at the carnival, while riders and ropers took on bulls and broncos in the rodeo arena in Rohner Park. Photographer Greg Rumney was there snapping photos of those riding tall in the saddle and tossed into the dirt. 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Shell of a Good Time

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Adam Dietrich takes down an Oyster from the Humboldt Made booth at the 25th Annual Oyster Festival. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Adam Dietrich takes down an Oyster from the Humboldt Made booth at the 25th Annual Oyster Festival.
The 25th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival filled the plaza and plenty of bellies this past Saturday. The sun was out, the bands were swinging and the lines at the more than 50 booths snaked in all directions. When the judging was through, Sushi Spot took home Best Raw Oyster again, Folie Douce won Best Cooked Oyster and a tiny key lime pie from Emerald and Sage Catering snagged Best Non-oyster. By now we hope that, like us, you're finally able to look at a bivalve again because photographer Mark McKenna was there, darting between the grills, tents and revelers to capture the goings on.  


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tourist Trap

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Hipsters, pack your bags. Eureka might be too mainstream for you now. The July-August issue of the American Automobile Association's Via magazine features seven highlights from the "vibrant Northern California seaport, famed for teeming fisheries and towering redwood forests." Carson Mansion, the Hikshari' Trail, Samoa Cookhouse, Sequoia Park Zoo, Living the Dream Ice Cream, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center and Eureka Books all get shout-outs in "Weekender: Eureka, Calif." Read the full article here and swell with local pride.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

DDD in Humboldt: Creole Edition

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Sweet Mama Janisse and Guy Fiery filming Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. - COURTESY OF BLESS MY SOUL CAFE
  • Courtesy of Bless My Soul Cafe
  • Sweet Mama Janisse and Guy Fiery filming Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Sweet Mama Janisse of Bless My Soul is already kind of a big deal (have you had her Voodoo pudding?), but tonight you can see her work some Creole kitchen magic on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives tonight at 10 p.m. on the Food Network. The episode will feature shrimp and crawfish etouffee and jerk chicken leg quarters with caramelized bananas. "It was a blast," she says. "We were like two peas in a pod, man." 

Tune in again on March 7 for Fieri's visit to Cafe Nooner featuring pulled pork po'boys with apple slaw and lamb kebabs. 




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Monday, September 23, 2013

Libation Loses Wine License, Temporarily

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

In the Libation window. - JUDY HODGSON
  • Judy Hodgson
  • In the Libation window.
Libation — the Arcata Plaza purveyor of wine and beer — got dinged with a suspension by Alcoholic Beverage Control for an Oyster Fest violation, according to a sign on the shop's door. The suspension, which forced the shop to close, began on Sept. 19 and will continue through Oct. 3.

According to a homemade sign on Libation's door, the business was admonished for allowing customers to drink wine outside of the store's bar area.
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