Monday, June 22, 2020

Flavortown, Ohio? Look Out, Ferndale

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Ferndale, hon. I don't want to stir the chili pot here but somebody is moving in on your man.

The city of Columbus, Ohio, in coming to terms with its historically awful namesake, is having an identity crisis. (If you need a refresher on how Columbus' legacy impacts our present, visit Cutcha Risling Baldy's blog for a quick rundown.) According to CNN, Mayor Andrew Ginther has announced the impending removal of the statue of Columbus outside city hall. As for the city's name, a petition is circulating to rename it "Flavortown" in honor of far less problematic Italian American celebrity chef and do-gooder Guy Fieri, its native son. So far, some 17,400 people have signed on.
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Oyster Fest 2020 Winners

Posted By on Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 9:00 PM

You wouldn't know it from looking at the plaza but on Saturday the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival held its 30th annual event. This time, due to the ban on mass gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19, Arcata Main Street held the food festival virtually with host Shoshanna introducing live streaming musical guests, pre-recorded video talks and, of course, the annual Best Oyster competition.

Mad River Brewing Co.'s grilled Pacific topped with brown butter fondue, candied garlic and Meyer lemon confit. - COURTESY OF MEREDITH DAY KLEIN
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  • Mad River Brewing Co.'s grilled Pacific topped with brown butter fondue, candied garlic and Meyer lemon confit.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Drive-through Dinners at the Mateel

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 1:37 PM

SoHum is taking drive-through cuisine next level starting next week with a rotating roster of chefs creating Friday night to-go meals you can pick up at the Mateel Community Center. Guest chef Annikah Hogan kicks off the summer's offerings on June 26 from 4-9 p.m. with "Ginger Lemongrass Pulled Pork, Asian coleslaw, coconut rice, shrimp, pineapple and veggie kabobs" on the menu, as well as lemonade, iced tea and a dessert bar (price TBA). Call the community center at 923-3368 to place an order and visit the website for updates on the menu and prices.
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Mateel Community Center Presents: Summer Drive-Through Dinners

Menu and guest chefs rotate weekly on Fridays

The Mateel Community Center presents Summer Drive-Through Dinners featuring delicious, all natural and/or organic dinner & desserts created each week by local guest chefs all packaged to go.

Opening Friday June 26th, from 4-9 pm and featuring guest chef Annikah Hogan’s summer-inspired dinner:
Ginger Lemongrass Pulled Pork, Asian coleslaw, coconut rice, shrimp, pineapple & veggie kabobs, fresh lemonade & ice tea, yummy dessert bar. Featured menus to be posted ongoing on the mateel.org website. Orders by phone can be placed by calling the Mateel office at 707-923-3368.

Drive right on into the Mateel Hall's lower parking lot at 59 Rusk Lane in Redway to pick up orders and exit out the back gate. Limited seating is available on the hillside, with the best views in town. We await you at the drive-through see you there!



Justine Ketola, Publicist
Mateel Community Center
(323)251-0542
Mateel.org
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Le Monde Makes Way for Manzanilla

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 6:02 PM

On March 20, after the county's shelter in place order began, Le Monde owner Alex Begovic posted on Facebook that the Henderson Center restaurant would be closed until further notice. The restaurant was already up for sale that month but, according to Begovic, the sale fell through amid shelter in place and by April he'd decided to close Le Monde.
The reservation book at the former Le Monde. - PHOTO BY AMY KUMLER
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  • The reservation book at the former Le Monde.
Those gazing into the dining room through the glass to reminisce about the duck confit and crème brûlée will see signs of the next restaurant to inhabit the space, Manzanilla Restaurant. Chef David Velasco-Guzman is opening the Mediterranean spot with partner and sous chef Walter Rubke and Diana Guerrero Garcia, who'll be working in front of the house. Velasco-Guzman is currently head chef at Arcata's Plaza Grill and formerly at Fregoso's Comida Mexicana (once Savory Grill and Cafe), where he created the Best Raw Oyster at last year's Arcata Bay Oyster Festival — an al pastor-marinated Kumamoto. Rubke's local resume includes Cafe Brio and Restaurant Five Eleven.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Online Oyster Fest's Menu

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Like the mollusk itself, much of the information about this weekend's Arcata Bay Oyster Festival developed in secret. But now, on the cusp of its opening, the slow rollout of details is complete and all is revealed, including the players and schedule for this first virtual iteration of the annual food festival.

A press release from Arcata Main Street includes the itinerary in the form of a plaza map. Once participants have picked up their optional DIY kits filled with local oysters, beverages and swag ($140-$160), they can start live streaming the event at www.arcatamainstreet.com or its Facebook page.

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It kicks off at 10 a.m. with a welcome and an intro to some local oyster producers and live music. From there, it's the annual Best Oyster competition (this year including chef demos) and Oyster Calling Contest, with more live music, kids' entertainment and a "History of the Arcata Bay" segment in between. The whole thing winds up with celebrating graduating seniors and a message from the Arcata Police Department's Chief Brian Ahearn at 4:30 p.m. (See the full schedule and press release below.)

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Jerk Kitchen Opens in Eureka

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 9:50 AM

The former Rita's Mexican restaurant on Harris is empty no more, festooned with black, gold and green Jamaican flags and filled with the smell of simmering oxtail. Jerk Kitchen, the popular Jamaican stall at the Arcata Farmers Market, has found a home there and plans its official opening Friday.

Husband and wife owners Joanne Kerr and Dell Bryan are serving a limited takeout menu Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with rotating entrees — curry chicken, beef stew, oxtail — and their signature jerk chicken every day, along with traditional sides like plantains and rice and peas.

Jerk Kitchen flies its colors at the old Rita's on Harris Street in Eureka. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • Jerk Kitchen flies its colors at the old Rita's on Harris Street in Eureka.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Old Town Nooner No More

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Lorrena and Joe Filgas, owners of Cafe Nooner, Cafe Nooner Too and their associated catering business, announced on Facebook that they will be closing the original Old Town location in Opera Alley due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple will maintain the Henderson Center restaurant Cafe Nooner Too. Read the full post below.
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"Despite the federal disaster assistance loans we have received we simply cannot re-construct all three from what amounts to be a cold start status in a concurrent manner," states the post. "It’s not a money issue, but rather there just aren’t enough of us who are experienced and able to re-start three stand alone businesses concurrently and meet our standards." They also hint at a future venture to be named later.

In an interview with the Journal ("Reopening Dining ... Or Not," June 4), Joe Filgas discussed the decision not to open either restaurant for dine-in service and the upheavals he sees in the restaurant industry at large due to the pandemic.

"You're going to see a major shift in the business model and how these businesses are run as long as COVID is around," he said. "Dine-in has died. Whether or not it will recover remains to be seen."

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Arcata Main Street's Virtual Oyster Fest Kits

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 5:22 PM

As the rollout of details about this month's virtual Oyster Fest continues, Arcata Main Street has unveiled its kits for celebrating at home. The at-home festival packages are available for pre-order through the organization's website for $140-$160. They include beer, wine or cider from local purveyors Eel River Brewing Co., Mad River Brewing Co., Gyppo Ale Mill, and Six Rivers Brewery, along with festival swag and, of course, two dozen oysters.
Pre-order kits for remote Oyster Fest-ing. - FROM THE ARCATA MAIN STREET WEBSITE
  • From the Arcata Main Street website
  • Pre-order kits for remote Oyster Fest-ing.
Shells shucked and beverages decanted into commemorative cups, you can then cue up the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival YouTube channel and slurp away as you learn about the harvesting of oysters, check out brewery backstories, hear local music and see who won Best Oyster this year. 
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