Monterey Green Drinks
2nd Tuesday of each month
(In 2013, that's 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10)
Venue: Eco Carmel
, San Carlos Street between 7th and 8th, Carmel-by-the-Sea CA 93921
Store phone: 831-624-1222 Contact: Jordan Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVPs are encouraged, though not necessary, at our Facebook Event page.
Featured Guest for May:
This month's featured guest is Monterey Bay Salt Company. Owner Bob Kirkland will join us to explain his local business. Sea Salt, obtained by the evaporation of seawater, is used in cooking and cosmetics. Historically called bay salt or solar salt, its mineral content gives it a milder taste from table salt which is usually refined from mined rock salt. from Wikipedia
At the Monterey Bay Salt Company, we believe that the cool mineral-rich saline waters of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary provide our natural sea salts with a unique flavor.
As the first salt company in Monterey Bay in over 50 years, Our company brings forward the tradition of harvest pure natural Sea Salt,directly from the source; the Ocean. We make our Salts naturally through evaporation and reduction of Sea water in solar green-houses and shallow pools.
Don't miss the opportunity to meet Bob and learn more about Monterey Bay Salt Company.
Wine & Food Sponsors for Green Drinks in May:
WE Cooperative is a Monterey Peninsula-based organization founded in 2011 dedicated to:
improving access to locally sourced organic produce
supporting small farmers, producers and local entrepreneurs, and
helping our customers decrease their carbon footprint and increase their joyful and healthful eating.
Bernardus: Since its beginning in 1989 Bernardus Winery has had the mission of creating the finest wines while caring for and protecting the beautiful Carmel Valley where its estate properties are located. That mission has continued to this day and has expanded to our partner growers we source fruit from our employees, our customers, and to our local and global environment.
Our largest estate vineyard, Marinus, was designed to be as efficient as possible in order to reduce the needs for water, sprays, and outside inputs. Ninety percent of the vineyard was planted in a single rain-shed that drains and collects in our own reservoir. All of the buildings that were subsequently built were tied into this system so all rain fall on our roofs is directed to our holding facility. Culverts, silt collecting ponds and marshes are all arranged to capture and clean all rain fall or runoff and then divert it to the reservoir to be used for summer irrigation.
In addition, no trees were removed during the layout of the vineyard. Large stately oaks are spread throughout the vineyard and now give home to owls and other birds of prey. Bat boxes and owl boxes are also placed around the property to encourage these hunters to make their home here. The marshes and other zones set aside for habitat are seeded with flowering native plants to attract beneficial insects and to increase the biodiversity of the estate.
Our winery facility has produced compost from pommace for over 20 years now. This pommace in addition to nitrogen fixing cover crops can provide all the nutrients our grapes require. Each year we spread almost 200 yards estate produced compost onto our vineyards and gardens. The winery has also changed its packaging to use lighter glass, reusable and recycled cardboard boxes, and less glue and ink in our packaging. In 2012 we were proud to purchase and install a nitrogen gas generator. This eliminates the need for delivery of gas in tanks saving 100’s of road miles each year and eliminating the need for offsite inputs.
In our vineyards and winery, in our organic gardens and farms, and in our Tasting Room and offices we have followed sustainable principles and practices since before it was popular. For Bernardus Winery it is about doing what’s right for the land, the people, and the wine. Cheers.
New Wine Glasses!
We just received a donation of brand new wine glasses, thanks to the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival, which will be held October 19, 2013 Noon-5pm in Oldtown Salinas.
Now in its third year, the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival is a fantastic event showcasing the amazing wine, cultural, and culinary talent the Salinas Valley and Monterey County has to offer. The 2013 festival will be held on October 19th in Oldtown Salinas, sprawling over 7 blocks and preempted by two winemaker dinners and a kickoff party. Look for an exclusive VIP Lounge, four stages, chef demonstrations, and a bounty of wine, food, and brew tastings! Thousands are expected to enjoy the best Salinas has to offer over the course of the afternoon.
A 100% nonprofit and volunteer-run event, the proceeds annually benefit the Oldtown Salinas Foundation, the Monterey County Young Professionals Group, and a rotating nonprofit beneficiary - this year, the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Foundation. It also brings an abundance of commerce and positive experience to Oldtown Salinas and the small business merchants located there, in addition to exposing local artisans of wine, food, brews, and the arts to attendees from all over California and beyond. Tickets go on sale July 13 - for more information, please see our website www.salinasvalleyfoodandwine.com. We are also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
There is an entrance fee of $10, which includes delicious appetizers, drinks and local wine.
Green Drinks is a monthly networking event created to provide professionals in the field of sustainability, regardless of affiliation, an opportunity to network and to discover new business opportunities.
Green Drinks is held at Eco Carmel
, an exciting new retail concept in Carmel by the Sea: a store, showroom, consultancy and green hub that offers inspiration and ideas for all those who want to lead a greener and more energy efficient life.
Proceeds benefit The Sustainability Academy
, a local non-profit whose mission is to accelerate the mainstream practice of sustainability on the Central Coast of California. The event is also supported by Sustainable Carmel
and the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival
There is no membership or attendance requirement (besides entrance fee). Green Drinks is open to all professionals interested in networking and learning more about the wealth of knowledge and commitment Monterey businesses have to local sustainability and the green economy. Green Drinks International is a network of nearly 800 chapters of professionals in the field of sustainability that meet monthly to network and discover new business opportunities.
Green Drinks Monterey was founded by Environmental Relations, a local public relations firm supporting companies making positive social and environmental impacts on the world."
There's also Green Drinks Santa Cruz on the first Thursday of every month - check out their website at http://www.greendrinks.org/CA/Santa%20Cruz