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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
  • Photo by Amy Kumler
  • 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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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Oyster Fest Shucks Crowds for Virtual Event

Posted By on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 4:42 PM

As the days grow warmer and COVID-19 lingers, bivalve enthusiasts have wondered what's to become of the 30th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, née Oyster Fest. Today the answer came, at least partially, from Arcata Main Street's Facebook page and website. The all-day seafood, beer and music binge is going virtual on June 20. "We plan to show a different, more informational side of our oysters, the Arcata Bay, our local breweries and restaurants by creating an interactive virtual experience," the post announces.
FROM THE ARCATA MAIN STREET WEBSITE
  • From the Arcata Main Street website
Arcata Main Street, for which the festival is the single largest source of revenue, also teases available DIY food and drink kits to enjoy while streaming the event. The artwork on the organization's website still includes oyster farmers, chefs, the annual Best Oyster competition, live music and DJs, as well as history and an "HSU House Party." That last one might be literal.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. Toasts Food for People

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2020 at 4:31 PM

Like many spring babies, Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. is adjusting its birthday celebrations for the pandemic. Instead of blowing it up with a multi-kegger and a bunch of new releases, the local craft beer company is taking a low-key and charitable approach, introducing a new brew and giving a portion of the sales to Food for People. 
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Humboldt Rising Pale Ale is described in a press release as having a "tight, compact and dense head. Toasted, golden orange in color. Mango, pineapple, orange citrus and mild earthy aromatics float while a mellow wave of subtle malt and juicy pineapple eases your palate into a bright pleasant finish." Those who want to quench their thirst and help those struggling with food insecurity can pick up growlers and crowlers curbside and to go. Or, as the release points out, you can donate directly at www.foodforpeople.org.

Read the full press release below:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mad River Brewing Co.'s New Native Swag

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2020 at 2:33 PM

In October, when the Yurok Tribe bought the Mad River Brewing Co., it became one of only a handful of breweries owned and run by a Native American tribe. Now, with the unveiling of the brewery's new logo, the statement of Native ownership is right on the label.
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According to a press release from Mad River Brewing Co. Chief Operating Officer Linda Cooley, instead of the former red lettering, you'll find the locally brewed ales emblazoned with "a traditional Yurok basket design known as sturgeon back, the Coast Range, healthy redwood forests and the jumping steelhead, which has been synonymous with MRB’s flagship Steelhead Extra Pale Ale for two decades."

These elements are meant to speak to both the tribe's and the brewery's history and commitment to environmental sustainability.

Read the full press release below:

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Fieri vs. Murray is the Cheesy Cage Match We Need

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2020 at 10:36 AM

You may recall we reported back in April that Ferndale's spiky-haired son Guy Fieri has been working with the National Restaurant Association to raise money for restaurant workers who've been laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That collaboration has already come up with $20 million in relief funds. (Psst: If you're a restaurant or bar worker and have received any of these funds, let us know.) And now the host of "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives" is taking it — like a Bloody Mary with a rasher of bacon, skewered jalapeño poppers and a whole-ass hot dog jammed in it — to the next level with a celebrity nacho battle to raise more money.


Fieri and Bill Murray went on the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" to talk about their nacho rivalry as Fieri attempts to teach Fallon to make the classic app, and also to hype their upcoming battle. Well, their sons' battle anyway. Hunter Fieri and Homer Murray will face off Friday live at 2 p.m. on the Food Network's Facebook page during the Nacho Average Showdown, with their dads whooping from the sidelines, to raise more money for the restaurant relief fund.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Po' Boys and Sympathy

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2020 at 12:29 PM

If you go to Fat Anne's Bakery & Bistro's new spot on Main Street in Ferndale (939 Main St.), get the fried chicken. Then tell me what it's like because the fryer was down on the day I visited, though I hear it's being remedied. It happens! But there is little that can stop my body-shaking sobs when I psych myself up for fried chicken only to be denied.
The shrimp po' boy with remoulade and salad. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The shrimp po' boy with remoulade and salad.
Which is why the blackened shrimp po' boy on the lunch menu is remarkable for having cheered me up ($15). The very plump shrimp are curled up in a soft, dense hoagie roll (baked on the premises), rather than French bread, and are grilled to firmness and no further. The smoky char of butter and Cajun seasoning let the flavor of the seafood through and the homemade herbed remoulade would probably make anything taste good and was a balm for my soul. The menu announces slaw but mixed greens with lovely house made croutons and ranch dressing are a fine swap.

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