Who are we and what are we all about?
We promote sustainably-minded businesses that produce exceptional food and drink because we like good flavor near where we live and want these businesses to stay in business. Central Coast Foodie is an insider’s field guide—blog, podcasts, and index—to the most delicious, sustainable food and drink options in California’s Central Coast.
Explore this site for info on restaurants, farmers markets, wineries, cheese shops, craft beer, local olive oil, and other specialty food and drink producers & products from Santa Cruz to Ventura.
We aim to educate consumer-citizens about more sustainable food and drink options presenting foodie insights that are 85% positive and 15% serious about current threats to a healthier and more equitable food system. Bike touring for foodies is our specialty.
What’s with the old map?
The map that provides the image for Central Coast Foodie’s design was produced in 1848, a year before the Gold Rush. Many reference points are in Spanish or reflect Indian names. At one point, the word “Unexplored” curves across a blank of wilder lands to the east….
In an effort to puzzle out the best tools for a great kitchen on a writer’s earnings, sometimes we’ve requested a sample of a particular well-reviewed item such as a garlic press recommended by America’s Test Kitchen. We’ve requested book titles that we’d like to review and have enjoyed receiving them and keeping them as useful tools for our kitchen and garden. We share our reviews with the publisher and author so that they will further disseminate our positive, interesting reviews to like-minded audiences via their own networks. Much like promoting those businesses we want to stay in business—those who produce exceptional food and drink—we enjoy promoting books and other ventures by talented folks in the food industry who bring sincerity and zing to the conversation. Because we would not be able to afford ticket prices to the wide range of foodie events we attend, we’re grateful for the media passes we receive to attend events. We work in partnership with event producers to help spread the word about the best festivals, parties, and celebrations throughout the Central Coast. Sometimes we are approached by a business or organization that would like to access our audience through, say, a giveaway, a calendar mention, or a Facebook mention. If we determine that these relationships benefit our Central Coast Foodie readership, we’ll share it.
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