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Soif in Santa Cruz hosts Italian biodynamic wine tasting event Saturday

Soif is hosting a wine tasting with Italian estate Manincor  Photo credit: Manincor Facebook page

Soif is hosting a wine tasting with Italian estate Manincor
Photo credit: Manincor Facebook page

On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. Soif Wine Shop – connected to Soif Restaurant – is hosting Count Michael Goëss-Enzenberg, the proprietor of Italian estate Manincor, for a tasting event. The cost is $20 which includes wine and snacks. Reservations are required; email alyssa@soifwine.com to reserve a seat.

The property Manincor, in Italy’s Alto Adige, is a 400-year-old estate founded by Hieronymous Manincor in 1608.  Manincor comprises a single estate of vineyards, orchards, meadows and woodlands which are “Demeter certified Bio-dynamic as a single entity,” says Soif Wine’s John Locke. “It is one of the most interesting estates we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.  Manincor has won numerous awards for their wines as well as their special prowess in sustainable environmental practices.”

Guests will taste the following wines:

2013 Manincor “Contessa Bianco” Pinot Blanc/Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Manincor “Eichorn” Pinot Bianco
2015 Manincor “Kelterersee Keil” Schiava
2016 Manincor “Mason” Pinot Nero 
2012 Manincor “Rubatsch” Lagrein
2013 Manincor “Conte Rosso” Lagrein/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

Goëss-Enzenberg has administered the property since 1991. At Manincor, hens and sheep graze through the vineyards. Teas, infusions and other herbal remedies are produced from plants grown on the property. A skin care product line, recently started being produced, is principally derived from sap which drips from vines’ wounds after pruning. The new underground cellar is naturally insulated by the soil. No fuel oil or natural gas are required for heating. “In short, Manincor is virtually without equal with regards to their environmental practices,” says Locke. “All of which would be admirable though irrelevant for our purposes, if the wines were not interesting. They are outstanding. The wines reveal a style we greatly appreciate – bell tone clarity, elegance, great complexity, persistence and a high high level of deliciosity. They are exceptional.”

 

Location: 105 Walnut, Santa Cruz

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Cost: $20, refundable with the purchase of six bottles

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Santa Cruz food event highlights for Friday, October 7

Gluten-free Cocomojo’s by Makse Bar, one of several vendors at the Choose Santa Cruz pop-up market Oct. 7 Photo credit: Makse

Gluten-free Cocomojo’s by Makse Bar, one of several vendors at the Choose Santa Cruz pop-up market Oct. 7
Photo credit: Makse

If you’re lucky enough to be in Santa Cruz on Friday, Oct 7, you have an incredible array of one-night-only food choices. Here are details for three events.

Ocean2Table will be at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center selling dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. The Pescatarian Popup will showcase three items: wild morel mushroom soup ($8), fresh sablefish tacos ($12) and fresh sablefish cakes ($8, similar to crabcakes but made with Monterey Canyon sablefish). Ocean2Table is participating in honor of an event at the Center which celebrates the Leatherback Sea Turtle.

Location: Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave. (across from the Wharf)

 

Efi’s Dutch-Indo will be at POPUP for dinner from 5:30-9 p.m. The menu will include Indonesian-style Satay (with yellow rice, Indonesian style peanut sauce, and a side of picked cucumber); Gato Gato (vegetarian) with steamed and fresh veggies, rice and Indonesian-style peanut sauce; and Resoles (ground beef and green onion mix rolled in hand made crepes, breaded and deep fried). Creator Michelle McKay says, “Inspired by my mother, Efi’s (pronounced Afee’s) will be a Dutch-Indo culinary delight. The Netherland once ruled the spice trade in the 17th century. Indonesia with its wealth of spices was once the colonial crown of the spice trade. The Dutch wholeheartedly embraced Indonesian food, not only in the colony, but back home too. I plan on cooking the Dutch-Indo foods that I grew up with.”

Location: POPUP, 1108 Pacific Ave.

Several food/drink vendors are participating in the “Choose Santa Cruz” pop-up market at design agency Cosmic from 5-9 p.m. Food and drink vendors include Coffeeville, Makse Bar, Farmer Freed Culinary Salt Blends, Companion Bakeshop, Santa Cruz Winegrowers Association, and Lupulo Craft Beer House. Other participating local businesses include Childish Santa Cruz, Agency, Hive & Hum, A’zaht Designs, and Glow Candle Lounge (soon to open on Pacific, candle-making studio Glow is an offshoot of Petroglyph ceramics studio). The City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Office is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Choose Santa Cruz brand and web site. They are also launching the Choose Santa Cruz coloring book, a collection of drawings from local artists of their favorite sights and scenes around Santa Cruz. The books will be available for sale at the event and online afterwards, and there will be space available, along with colored pencils (supplied by Palace Art), for people to color in books they buy. 

Location: Design by Cosmic, 115 Cooper St.

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Food, wine and beer at 2016 Grazing on the Green benefiting cancer research

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The 13th annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green—Saturday, Sept. 24 at Aptos Village Park, features 70-plus vendors including local restaurants and caterers, other food businesses, and local wineries, breweries, and spirits distilleries. Proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group (SCCBG).

 

The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Buy $65 tickets at New Leaf Community Markets (downtown, Westside or Capitola locations) or online http://sccbg.org or it will be $70 at the door if it’s not sold out. If you have a group of 10, you can get tickets for $60 each. Adult admission includes food, drinks and a souvenir wineglass. Kids 10 and under are free; kids ages 10-20 are $35.

 

Participating restaurants, farms, and food vendors for 2016 include The Crow’s Nest, Café Cruz, Café Rio, Real Good Fish, Niman Ranch, SunRidge Farms, Ashby Confections, Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine, Cremer House, Ella’s at the Airport, Surf City Sandwich, Hula’s, Hollins House and Sid’s Smokehouse.

 

Participating wineries, breweries and distilleries include Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery, Beauregard Vineyards, Hallcrest Vineyards, Kathryn Kennedy Winery, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Sones Cellars, Wargin Wines, Wrights Station Winery, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Discretion Brewing, Seabright Brewery, New Bohemia Brewing Co. and Venus Spirits.

 

Proceeds from SCCBG’s events benefit these local cancer support and research organizations: Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association, Katz Cancer Resource Center, researchers from UC Santa Cruz, the Teen Kitchen Project, and WomenCARE Cancer Advocacy.

For more information on the event, see www.sccbg.org.

There is free shuttle service every 15 minutes from Cabrillo College; parking is also free.

Aptos Village Park: 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos

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Venus spirits event, winemaker dinner and more at Santa Cruz Food Lounge this week

There is an MJA Vineyards winemaker dinner at the Food Lounge Aug. 19

There is an MJA Vineyards winemaker dinner at the Food Lounge Aug. 19

Attention fine wine, spirit and beer lovers: the Santa Cruz Food Lounge is hosting events you can enjoy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Aug. 18-20, 2016.

Thursday: Venus Spirits Meet the Maker & Tasting

The event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with local spirit maker Sean Venus of Venus Spirits. At 5:30, doors open and the kitchen begins serving food; there is a limited selection that night (cheese plate and/or chicken entrée) and people can pre-purchase online to receive a discount and ensure the food doesn’t sell out. At 6:30 p.m., guests will learn the story behind the local distillery and the craft of making spirits as Venus leads attendees through six tastings of his award-winning agave, gin, and whiskey. A special crafted cocktail by Venus mixologist Andrew Hansen will conclude the evening. Cost for the spirit tasting and talk is $25; buy tickets at eventbrite.com.

 

Friday: MJA Winemaker’s Dinner

Chef Rachel Hughes of Tanglewood Catering is collaborating with MJA Vineyards for a multi-course dinner with wine pairings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kristy Dawn Silveira and winemaker Marin Artukovich of MJA Vineyards will be present. Wines served will be Sauvignon Blanc (paired with watermelon/feta skewers), Chardonnay (with Burrata, beet and pancetta salad), Pinot Noir (pork medallions with smoked cherries and apple/potato mash), Merlot (“Forest Floor” savory nut crumble, roasted wild mushrooms, micro scallions and braised short ribs). The dessert course is Cabernet Sauvignon with bittersweet chocolate pot de crème with chocolate-covered coffee beans. Tickets are $75 with wine and $65 without. Buy online at eventbrite.com.

Saturday: Biergarten

The Food Lounge debuted a summer beer garden series in June, and it continues today from noon to 7 p.m. There will be many beers available plus German-style food. There is lots of patio seating and a relaxing atmosphere. Free admission; attendees pay separately for food and drinks. The event is pet- and family-friendly.

 Location: Santa Cruz Food Lounge, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz

Contact Info: www.scfoodlounge.com, info@scfoodlounge.com

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Three Sunday events: Soif & Ocean2table in Santa Cruz, fire benefit with food/wine at Monterey Aquarium

Santa Cruz’s Soif hosts 4th annual waiters race

Santa Cruz’s Soif hosts 4th annual waiters race

There are many food and wine and events this weekend in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area. Here are details on three occuring Sunday, Aug. 7: a fun waiters race at Soif, a delicious seafood and wine popup with Ocean2table and MJA Vineyards, and an epic benefit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with more than 20 chefs and wineries.

 

Noon to 3pm: Waiters Race at Soif

Soif Restaurant & Merchants is hosting the fourth annual Waiters Race on Walnut Avenue.  As in previous years, three-person teams from several area restaurants will navigate an outdoor course, demonstrating many of the skills members of the service industry bring to work every day.  The event is billed as “not only a friendly competition among area restaurants, but also a celebration of the skill and dedication of members of the service industry.” This event is free; teams from Soif, Woodstock’s Pizza, 99 Bottles, Ulterior @Motiv, and Assembly are participating. The three judges are David Kinch (chef/owner of Michelin 3 Star restaurant Manresa in Los Gatos and owner of Bywater in Los Gatos, he’s a Santa Cruz resident); Sue Slater (Department Chair/Instructor in Cabrillo College’s Department of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management); and Paul Mekis (Director of Wine for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts and winner of an SF waiters race many years ago).

Location: 105 Walnut, Santa Cruz

 

5 to 8pm: Ocean2table Pescetarian Popup at MJA Vineyards

MJA Vineyards is hosting a popup with Ocean2table. There will be several a la carte dishes available featuring Ocean2table seafood and there will be optional wine pairings. Food dishes are subject to change depending on what the fishermen catch on Saturday. All seafood is local, wild and sustainable and all vegetables are local and organic. A tentative menu includes sablefish cakes drizzled in spicy garlic aioli; lettuce wraps with pan-fried lingcod, parsnip slaw and chipotle crema; tacos with pan-fried petrale from Half Moon Bay; and wild morel mushroom soup.

Location: 328 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz

 

6 to 8pm: Soberanes Fire Relief Benefit at the Aquarium

The Monterey-based restaurant group Downtown Dining (Tarpy’s Roadhouse, Montrio Bistro, Rio Grill) is partnering with the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a benefit. There is free admission and free coffee; tickets for food, beer and wine will be sold at the event. More than 20 chefs are participating including Todd Fisher (Tarpy’s), Tony Baker (Montrio), Cy Yontz (Rio), Michelle Lee and Matt Bolton (C Restaurant+Bar), Yulanda Santos (Aubergine), Tom Snyder (Esteban at Casa Munras); Mo Tabib (The Fish Hopper); Johnny DeVivo (Porter’s in the Forest); Tim Wood (Valley Kitchen at Carmel Valley Ranch); and Angela Tamara (Peppoli at Spanish Bay). Aquarium exhibits will be open during the event. 100% of all proceeds collected will go to those impacted by the fire through the “Soberanes Fire Fund” of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) created the Soberanes Fire Fund to assist communities affected by the Soberanes Fire which began July 22, 2016. Donations will provide both immediate relief and support in the aftermath of the fire.

Location: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey

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August cooking classes at New Leaf Community Markets in Westside Santa Cruz

Learn about gluten-free baking with apples at a New Leaf cooking class Photo credit: New Leaf

Learn about gluten-free baking with apples at a New Leaf cooking class
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New Leaf Community Markets has a lot of interesting cooking classes coming up this month. In addition, they have a few “tasting events” and nutrition/education lectures; some of these are free. Here are a few highlights; these are all at the Westside Santa Cruz location at 1101 Fair Ave. (831-426-1306).

Preregistration is required at newleaf.com/events.

 

Tuesday, August 16: All About Apple Gluten-Free Baking
Learn how to utilize gluten-free grains and flours in delicious, gluten-free apple recipes. Nutrition Consultant Stephanie Horning will also teach you how specific ingredients support your health.

Time & Cost: 6–8:30pm, $35 per person/$60 for two.

Thursday, August 18: Summer Pies and Galettes
Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian will teach students how to assemble a pie crust from scratch and create delicious pies and galettes. Teams of 3 will prepare three different fillings: peach, rhubarb and blackberry.

Time & Cost: 6pm–8:30pm, $35 per person/$60 for two.

Monday, August 22: Mushrooms for Mind, Body and Heart
Discover which mushrooms improve immunity, lung function, brain function, athletic performance, the nervous and cardiovascular systems, and the whole body, with Host Defense National Science Educator Gina Rivers Contla.
Time & Cost: 6:30pm–7:30pm, Free (pre-registration required).

Thursday, August 25: California Wine and Food Pairing
WSET-Certified Kristen Valenza will share how to properly pair different California varietals with local and seasonal farm-fresh cuisine. The class will include several wine and food pairings.

Time & Cost: 6–8pm, $40 per person/$70 for two.

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Tickets available for Friday farm to table wine dinner at Chaminade

Wrights Station is one of three wineries being featured at the Chaminade dinner July 8

Wrights Station is one of three wineries being featured at the Chaminade dinner July 8

 

The second installment of Chaminade Resort’s annual Farm to Table Dinner summer series is Friday, July 8, and there are still some tickets available for this event with local libations from Summit to Sea Wineries and fresh ingredients from Fiesta Farm. In case you missed it, here is my preview article which describes the series in more detail. You can also visit the Chaminade web site for more information.

 

The cost is $110 inclusive per person and this includes hors d’oeuvres (served at the 6 p.m. reception with wine), a multi-course family style dinner with wine pairings (6:30 p.m.), and dessert. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.

 

For this Friday’s dinner, Executive Chef Nicholas Church is utilizing produce from Fiesta Farm; see menu below. Three wineries from the Summit to Sea wine group will be featured: Burrell School Vineyards, Loma Prieta Winery and Wrights Station.

July 8 menu

Reception:

Flat Bread

Crostini with Grilled Vegetables and Fava Bean Puree

Bacon wrapped Figs

Pork Satay

Wines:

2013 Burrell School “Teacher’s Pet” Estate Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

2012 Wrights Station Unoaked Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

2013 Loma Prieta Pinotage, Amorosa Vineyard, Lodi

2013 Wrights Station Pinot Noir, Arena Block, Santa Cruz Mountains

 

Starter:

Seared Day Boat Scallop with a Prosciutto and Mango Relish

Wine: 2013 Loma Prieta Viognier, Amorosa Vineyard, Lodi

 

Appetizer:

Crispy Pork Belly with Quail Eggs

Apple Puree

Wine: 2013 Wrights Station Pinot Noir, Arena Block, Santa Cruz Mountains

 

Salad:

Grilled Romaine with Smoked Pork Loin and Peaches

Ancho Vinaigrette

Wine: 2012 Burrell School Estate Cabernet Franc, Santa Cruz Mountains

 

Entrée:

Pork Osso Bucco

Soft White Polenta

Roasted Vegetables

Wine: 2013 Loma Prieta Pinotage, Amorosa Vineyard, Lodi

 

Dessert:

Cherry Bombe

Cherry Mousse, Almond Genoise

Salted Caramel

 

The Details

Farm to Table Dinner

July 8, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Courtyard Terrace at Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

(831) 475-5600

$110 per person

 

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More food events to add to Saturday’s Santa Cruz mix

Frog & Toad will be at Bookshop Santa Cruz Saturday

Frog & Toad will be at Bookshop Santa Cruz Saturday

It’s true, I have already let you know of three events happening Saturday, June 25 (tomorrow!) and now I am telling you about two more. Or maybe three or four…keep reading.

If you missed my articles, here are details for the Hop N’ Barley beer festival and Walnut Center strawberry festivals, and for the Pleasure Point Street Fair.

Project Pollinate Festival
The Project Pollinate Summer Solstice Music Festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz. See the event Facebook page for more details including a music schedule. Food details: the Project Pollinate chefs are cooking up a free vegan lunch, to be served at around 1:30. Aptos Natural Foods will be providing organic ingredients for this lunch. There will also be food vendors including Vida Juice Co., La Onda, Pure Heart Chocolate, Solococo and Philosopher’s Stoneground.
Location: 137 Dakota Ave.

Popup: My Mom’s Mole 
My Mom’s Mole is dishing up food at POPUP from 3-10 p.m. (or earlier if the food sells out): mole and Spanish rice, mole on green waffles, and cactus & kale salad. First, choose a base: Spanish rice or a green waffle. Their Spanish rice is made with rice, tomatoes, and fresh vegetables. Green waffles are made with oats, egg whites, spinach, banana, and cauliflower. Next, choose a filling: roasted chicken, slow-cooked pork, or veggie mix (Brussels sprouts, green beans, mushrooms, & potatoes). Then, choose your mole sauce: original (My Mom’s Mole with pork stock), vegan (My Mom’s Mole with vegetable stock), or mole verde (gluten-free with chicken stock). You can also add cactus/kale salad as a side – it has nopales, kale, red onion, tomato, jalapeño & cilantro in a citrus dressing.
Location: 1108 Pacific Ave.

Bookshop Santa Cruz: Kids’ party with cake
Bookshop Santa Cruz is celebrating its 50th anniversary with lots of fun events, and Saturday it’s the “Rocking Horse Birthday Party” to honor its mascot. Customers are meet with book characters Frog and Toad and enjoy birthday cake from 1-3 p.m. There will be games and activities.
Location: 1520 Pacific Ave.

Soquel Village Sip & Stroll
The Soquel Village Sip & Stroll is from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants can visit various Soquel Village businesses and do wine tasting. There will be family-friendly activities and refreshments in front of Hope Church. It’s a benefit for the Soquel Elementary School Garden Project. Tickets are $30 in advance, $36 at the event, and include a commemorative glass and pours at 10 tasting stations which are at Queen Bee Flowers, Tokaido Gallery, Redz Hair Design, TULA Bodyworks, Play It Again Sports, Loot Vintage, Cowbelles For Heart & Home, Traders Emporium, Center Street Antiques and Wargin Wines Tasting Room. Participating wineries are Armitage Wines, Bargetto Winery, Burrell School Vineyards, Chaucer Cellars, Hunter Hill, Pelican Ranch, Poetic Cellars, Silver Mountain Winery, Trout Gulch Vineyards and Wargin Wines. For information or tickets visit the event web site.

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Pleasure Point Street Fair: family-friendly benefit with great food and drinks

4thannualstreetfairlogo Next Saturday is the fourth annual Pleasure Point Street Fair in Santa Cruz, with a variety of local food and drinks for sale. The event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Portola Drive between 38th and 41st Avenues, has free admission.

The fair includes two stages with eight bands, a kids’ area, and nearly 100 vendors selling arts, crafts, and food.
Food and drinks include:
Ate3One Food Truck: Philly Cheese Steak, Vegetarian Cheese Steak, Poke Nachos, New Bohemia Brewing Co’s Pulled Pork, Naughty Fries
Pono Hawaiian Grill Food Truck: Poke Bowls with seaweed salad and rice, poke plate, 2 different fish, pork bowls: Kahlua pork, kimchi and rice, spam musubi, charsiu pork manapua, poke salad (3 different poke with seaweed salad, carrots and purple cabbage)
Zameen’s Mediterranean Food Truck: gyro, red chili chicken wrap, pulled pork sandwich, roasted sweet potato wrap, strawberry and goat cheese salad, sweet potato fries.
New Leaf Community Markets: Fresh Salads, Sandwiches and rice bowls
Lucy’s Hot Dogs: Hot dogs and sausages
Real Good Fish: Salmon/Avocado Poke, Smoked Salmon, Salmon Collars & Fins
Santa Cruz Fish Company: Fish Tacos
Conscious Creations: Acai Bowls, Coconut Water, Yerba Mate, Rice Bowls, Combo Plate, Wraps and Tacos
Pleasure Point Business Association: Burgers and Veggie Burgers
Expanded Beer and Wine Garden: New Bohemia Brewing Co’s lagers and New Leaf’s private label Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Misc: kettle popcorn, shave ice, organic cotton candy, vegan gelato, ice cream, donuts, dip n’ dots

The kids’ zone will includes crafts with Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery and Woodworm Party Store plus face painting.

Live music at the fair will include Americana, rock, blues, surf and reggae performers such as Coffee Zombie Collective and UTurn. Other highlights include a skateboard contest organized by the Santa Cruz Boardroom.

The nonprofit beneficiary of this year’s fair is the Jay Moriarty Foundation (last year’s was Surfrider; the year before that was the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group). The Moriarty Foundation will receive $2,500. In addition, “Jay Week” features a different activity each day to support the foundation.
Here are some food/drink highlights:

  • Mon June 20—East Side Eatery is donating a portion of the evening’s sales
  • Tues June 21—The Hideout is donating a portion of the day’s sales
  • Wed June 22—Zameen Restaurant and New Bohemia Brewing Co. are both donating a portion of sales (the latter via Pints with a Purpose)
  • Thurs June 23—Chill Out Cafe is donating a portion of the day’s sales

The Jay Moriarity Foundation was created “in the spirit of legendary waterman Jay Moriarity to support local programs that improve the quality of life for our community and environment, and educate and assist our youth.”

Details: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25
Location: Portola Drive between 38th & 41st Avenues

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Bay Area Father’s Day restaurants, Part 2—Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Moss Landing

The Summit Wineries presents Solstice on the Summit Father’s Day weekend Credit: The Summit Wineries

The Summit Wineries presents Solstice on the Summit Father’s Day weekend
Credit: The Summit Wineries

Father’s Day 2016 is now three days away; have you made your plans? Here are details on a few options in Santa Cruz and nearby including restaurants and wine events. If you missed my first Father’s Day post, here are highlights for San Francisco, Monterey/Carmel Valley/Pebble Beach.

SANTA CRUZ
The Chaminade

The Chaminade (One Chaminade Lane) serves a decadent Father’s Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m; the price is $52.95 (adults), $18.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. The menu includes grilled steak with Churassco sauce, prime rib, an omelet bar, eggs benedict, cheese blintzes, fresh fruit, a cheese display, and a delectable selection of pastries and desserts.  Children’s dishes include chicken strips and curly fries, mini pancakes, and macaroni and cheese. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.

Food Lounge
The Santa Cruz Food Lounge (1001 Center St.) has a couple different highlights for Father’s Day weekend:
• Summer Beer Garden debut
All day Saturday and Sunday June 18-19, it’s the first of the Food Lounge’s summer beer garden series. Each month, on the third weekend, the lounge, FL will serve German-style food and local beer on the spacious outdoor patio. There will also be live music, and it’s pet- and family-friendly. Free admission; attendees just pay for food and drinks.

Father’s Day gifts
All dads who visit the Summer Beer Garden from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday receive a free gift.

Soif
Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant (105 Walnut Ave.) will host European winemakers Johannes Selbach and Vincent Brundlmayer 1-3 p.m. Sunday for a taste of German and Austrian wines, including Rieslings. Tickets are $15 and include bread and snacks. Wine club members get one free entry. Call (831) 423-2020 or email alyssa@soifwine.com to reserve a tasting.

MOSS LANDING
The Haute Enchilada

While the Haute Enchilada Café (7902 Moss Landing Rd., 831-633-5843) doesn’t have a special “Father’s Day menu,” it would still make a great place for Father’s Day lunch. I ate lunch there in March; it was a perfect stop during a drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel Valley and I really enjoyed the food (as I have the other times I’ve gone, once for lunch and once for dinner). During my March lunch, I ordered roasted chile poblano bisque and Brussels sprout salad. For the salad, locally grown sprouts are steamed and sautéed in olive oil with garlic, and mixed with organic arugula, bacon, Parmesan, toasted walnuts and walnut oil/chile de arbol dressing. I had a bite of my husband’s Pork Cubano during lunch and it was equally divine. I have to also mention a fantastic dish that I had during an August 2015 dinner: Peruvian empanadas stuffed w/squash blossoms, zucchini, ricotta and topped with chile de Arbol aioli. Looking at the web site just now, it appears this is currently on the lunch menu and not the dinner menu.

Another note of interest: Haute Enchilada recently received a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses such as eateries and accommodations that have earned great reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor “bubble rating” of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

LOS GATOS/SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
Summit Wineries

The Summit Wineries are offering the fifth annual “Solstice on the Summit” Vintners Festival on Father’s Day weekend. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19. A $25 ticket includes a wine glass and is good for admission both days at all five participating wineries (Burrell School, Silver Mountain, Villa del Monte, Wrights Station, and Muns Vineyard—the latter will be at The Summit Store on Sunday only). There will be food, wine tasting, local artisan gifts for sale, live music and tours. Tickets are available from any participating winery. For more information including a list of what is happening at each winery, visit the web site.

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