There has been quite a bit of buzz in the local restaurant scene about Brad Briske. He has moved from the tuscan restaurant in Carmel, La Balena back to his former digs in Soquel and opened his own place. HOME is the former location of Theo's and later Main St. Garden Cafe where Briske worked as head chef before moving over to the Carmel scene. Prior to that he was at Cafe Gabriella in Santa Cruz.

I swung by the newly opened (Nov. 1) HOME and met Brad with a freshly milled bottle of our Nov. 2016 olio nuovo for him to test drive. I returned a couple of weeks later to see if he liked it. I can't tell you how gratifying it was to hear him say, "It was a wow, I haven't had anything like this oil in the US, it was like the stuff I had in Tuscany while traveling and eating there the last two Decembers. I used as a topper over a bunch of dishes, I want some."

We had a celebratory dinner there last night and it too was a wow. The goat chops were delectable (first time having them). Grilled Mackerel was also a big hit with my Dad and the Scallops with Chanterelle mushrooms just plain yummy.