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Staci Giovino - Carmel's Food Expert

Staci Giovino, founder of Carmel Food Tours started her women owned and operated company due to her love for the outdoors, food and wine back in 2012. Since then her company has become tripadvisors #1 Activity to do in Carmel.

Shortly after arriving in Carmel from Colorado Staci started working on a solution to her "where to eat" problem in Carmel. Researching the most interesting and delicious options available in the community, while studying the history Staci has created the best "behind the scenes" and “off-the-beaten-path” food and cultural experiences not only in Carmel but in the U.S this is a "must do" when you are in Carmel by the Sea.

The Names and Faces Behind Carmel By The Sea's Culinary Scene

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A Tour of Monterey with Chef Justin Cogley

Justin Cogley joined Aubergine restaurant in January 2011. As Executive Chef he oversees Aubergine and all of L’Auberge Carmel’s culinary programs. Make sure you check out his recipes page.

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Scott Scheid from Scheid Vineyards

Al Scheid founded Scheid Vineyards in 1972, fast forward to today it is a family run enterprise. Take a moment to get to know the names and faces behind the vines.

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Scott Lund - 3rd Generation Chocolatier

Chocolatier and owner of Lula's Chocolates, Scott Lund learned first-hand the art of chocolate making from his grandmother, Lula who made candy for 65 years from her home in Wyoming.

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Katie Blandin-Shea's Garden To Glass Cocktails

Katie Blandin-Shea, founder of Bar Cart Cocktail Co. teaches workshops, caters special events and creator of hand-made batches of bitters and tonic syrups, sourced from local wild-foraged ingredients found in Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula. Taste the Central Coast at your next get together!

Chef Kurt Grasing

Chef Kurt Grasing’s Coastal Cuisine

Chef Grasing has worked in some of the finest restaurants in the world before opening the door to his namesake restaurant Grasing’s in 1998. The award winning Chef's California Cuisine reflects stylist simplicity by using ultra fresh ingredients gleaned from California’s Carmel Coast and Central Valley.

Chef Soerke Peters

Chef Soerke Peters' Certified Green Restaurant

Born and raised in Germany, Chef Soerke Peters spent years perfecting his craft before opening Basil, the first Certified Green Restaurant in Monterey County. His coastal cusine dishes are made with organic, local, sustainable and free range ingredients without any hormones or antibiotics.

The Biggest Name in Food & Wine In Carmel By The Sea

Chef Pèpe has been part of Carmel's culinary scene since purchasing Carmel Bakery, the oldest retail business in 1985. Prior to purchasing the property Pèpe worked up the street at Wishart's Bakery mastering his baking skills.

In 1990 Pèpe and his wife Sandra opened Little Napoli Bistro Italiano. Next came Pèppoli at Pebble Beach with its beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean opened in partnership with Italian winemaker Piero Antinori and the Pebble Beach Company in 2000, followed by Vino Napoli Wine Bar in 2007 and Vesuvio Trattoria in 2010.

Pèpe and Sandra's sons, Christian and Gian Antonio, have followed their parents into the world of food, wine and cocktails and our an integral part of the family business as it enters its second generation. On the rooftop of Vesuvio's is Starlight Rooftop Lounge, one of the hottest bar scenes in town and where you will find Mixologists Christian Pèpe and Jason Wallace mixing, stirring and shaking up thier specialty crafted cocktail creations.

I found myself getting lost browsing through Chef Pèpe's website, I found him to be creative, fasinating and humble. Make sure before you leave his website that you check out his shop where you can find his handcrafted Wine, PèpeCello, an Italian-Style Lemon Liqueur with a Splash of California, Little Napoli's Pasta Sauce and his son, Christian's Single Barrel Cocktails. After purchasing his PèpeCello come back to this page for some refreshing cocktail recipes.

No stranger to getting up early, the motto for Pèpe and his baking crew at Carmel Bakery is “we bake while you sleep”. As Pèpe says, “For over 100 years the bakers at Carmel Bakery have supplied the ‘village in the forest by the sea’ with fresh baked goods, and I am so proud to own this piece of Carmel history”. Equal parts bakery, deli, Starbucks Coffee Bar and neighborhood hangout, Carmel Bakery specializes in Scottish shortbread, English scones, Italian biscotti and giant soft Bavarian pretzels. Deli-style sandwiches, house made soups and fresh salads are also served.
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Viva Little Napoli–Little Napoli is lively as a festa, packing more Italian charm into its cozy quarters than most big city restaurants. Chianti is served by the glass and olive oil is poured into saucers printed with sensible advise such as “non parlare, baciami” (don’t talk, kiss me). All the talking and kissing stops quickly when the generous plates of food arrive at the table. Viva Little Napoli. – Reprinted quote from Gourmet Magazine
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Pèppoli at Pebble Beach captures the look and feel of dining in a Tuscan villa, albeit one overlooking the famous golf links and the Pacific Ocean. Rich earth tones, tapestry-style awnings and Tuscan ceramics grace the restaurant. One entire wall serves to showcase the wines, while another feature is a terracotta grill and rotisserie.
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Light appetizers are offered on a daily basis. Vino Napoli is fast becoming a local's hangout after work where friends meet up before or after dinner. The tables at Vino Napoli are communal, and our guests sit together and converse about wines and other topics of interest.
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Both of Pepe's sons, Christian and Gian Antonio, were an integral part of the creation of Vesuvio and both are certified "pizzaioli", having graduated from the VPN Pizza School in Napoli, and Vesuvio features an authentic Italian wood-burning oven.

Vesuvio features two bars, one adjacent to the main dining room, and the other on the rooftop terrace. Master mixologist Christian Pèpe has created many signature cocktails for the two bars, many using house-infused spirits.

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