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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Esteban's Reopens in Arcata

Posted By on Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 10:33 AM

After closing briefly upon of the death of its locally beloved proprietor Esteban Gonzales, Esteban's is open once again. His wife, Francisca Gonzales, reopened the tiny Mexican institution on March 4 with help from her nephew Luis Cilveron. Esteban was hospitalized in December of 2020 with COVID-19 and, despite the virus having left his system weeks later, succumbed to pneumonia in January of 2021. According to him, the family used the funds donated by community members to pay for Esteban's funeral and to reopen the restaurant.
An ofrenda for Esteban Gonzales. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
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  • An ofrenda for Esteban Gonzales.
"She is the one who puts all the flavor in the food — she is the one," says Cilveron. That flavor, in the pastor burrito and its deep orange rice, for example, remains the same as when he stirred the pots in the side kitchen and passed food across the tiny counter. "She's working hard to keep the legacy of Esteban, with the food the way he want it." But it's not always emotionally easy.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Eureka Gets Kentucky Fried

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 12:28 PM

If the addition of In-N-Out and Chipotle to the Broadway lineup didn't slake your thirst for fast food, a KFC has arrived to bulk up the ranks. Anticipation has been building for years, even before the massive chicken chain broke ground and built its new location on the site of the infamously run-down Blue Heron Motel, previously owned by Floyd and Betty Squires. Read more about the new restaurant's owner and how it came into its digs here.

To those braving the potential traffic snarl from today's opening, good luck. To those less intrepid or perhaps feeling a little salty, Humboldt has a bevy of alternatives. If you have patience, Arcata's Plaza Grill has a fried chicken dinner in its takeout rotation, as does Six Rivers Brewery, and Restaurant Five Eleven has a popular buttermilk fried chicken. Ferndale's Fat Anne's has fried chicken dinners and buckets that can be made gluten-free upon request, and the recently opened Couxp truck in Arcata features a lineup of fried chicken sandwiches. These represent just the crispy tip of the mountain of local options. Feel free to share your favorites with us.
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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Fieri Buys Ferndale Meat Co. Building, Enterprise Reports

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 11:04 AM

According to the Ferndale Enterprise, the Victorian Village's iconic butcher shop and sandwich stop's building has been purchased by hometown hero hero (not going to apologize for that) Guy Fieri. As soon as editor Caroline Titus got wind the property was up for sale from Paul Beatie of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 4, she passed word on to Fieri, who jumped on the purchase the next day.
Fieri behind the counter at the Ferndale Meat Co. on his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. - FOODNETWORK.COM
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  • Fieri behind the counter at the Ferndale Meat Co. on his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Apparently this doesn't mean you can expect Guy-talian fondue dippers at the counter. Titus reports Fieri will support owner Curt Terribilini's plans to keep things as they are, which is pretty much as they were when a young Fieri worked there and when he featured it on his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Read the full story for the Mayor of Flavortown's reminiscing about the place and a look at its history here.  
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Friday, January 15, 2021

Blue Room Lounge Closes

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 6:52 AM

Garberville lost a stalwart watering hole on Sunday when the Blue Room Lounge announced on Facebook it had poured its last cocktail. The bar's owner did not respond to messages from the Journal but patrons replied to the post with their lamentations. 

It is the start of a new year but the end of an era. We are heartbroken to inform you that the Blue Room has had its...

Posted by Blue Room Lounge on Sunday, January 10, 2021


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all bars not serving food are currently closed in Humboldt County, which is now in the state's purple "widespread" risk tier
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Eating in the Purple Tier

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 5:16 PM

On Tuesday, the state moved Humboldt County back into the purple "widespread" tier. Some of the restrictions under the state's highest risk tier have shifted over the course of the pandemic, so here's a rundown of what's allowed at eating and drinking establishments under current conditions.
The dining room at the Sea Grill, where indoor dining ends after tonight. - PHOTO BY THOMAS LAL
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  • The dining room at the Sea Grill, where indoor dining ends after tonight.
Bars that don't serve food must remain closed. Indoor dining is closed, while outdoor dining is allowed with modifications. Those modifications include spacing outdoor tables at least 6 feet apart (measured from the back of a chair at one table to the back of a chair at the next table) and, if using a tent, only closing one side. Takeout and delivery are still allowed.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Drink to That: Six Rivers Joins Stout Project to Benefit Black Humboldt

Posted By on Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM

On Thursday, Six Rivers Brewery announced the release of its Black is Beautiful stout, joining breweries across the country raising cash to fight racial inequity and police violence.

Started by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio, Texas, the project is "a collaborative effort to raise awareness for the injustices people of color face daily and raise funds for police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have been wronged." Participating brewers, who are invited to use the signature label and tweak the provided base recipe, donate all the proceeds from a stout sold under the Black is Beautiful label to local organizations fighting police brutality and supporting equality and inclusion. They are also asked to "commit to the long-term work of equality."

It’s Thirsty Thursday and we have a special beer release. Black is Beautiful is a collaborative effort organized by...

Posted by Six Rivers Brewery on Thursday, August 20, 2020


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Friday, July 24, 2020

Westhaven's Blackberry Pie Fire Sale

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 10:49 AM

If you're missing the annual Westhaven Wild Blackberry Festival, which is canceled due to COVID-19 this year, help is on the way: The Westhaven Ladies Club will be selling its stockpile of 450 frozen blackberry pies for $20 a pop on Sunday, July 26 starting at 10 a.m. It's help for the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department, too, since all the proceeds from the yearly berry bacchanal go toward its equipment, maintenance and other expenses.

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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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