Explore four restaurants in one night via the Downtown Santa Cruz Dishcrawl

Dessert from a Dishcrawl in San Jose

San Jose has been having Dishcrawls for a while now, and finally Santa Cruz is getting its very own! The first one is Wednesday, January 23 beginning at 7 p.m. It costs $45; buy tickets online. See end of article for a chance to win a $20 discount on the January 23 event!

Here’s an overview: Dishcrawl, as the company proclaims, is similar to a pub crawl but it’s focused on food instead of drinks (although you’re welcome to consume drinks as well). You pay one price for the event, and then get to go on a “culinary tour” and explore four restaurants in one evening, all within walking distance from each other. The names of the restaurants are kept a secret; ticket-holders are emailed this information 48 hours prior to the event.

Wes Katayama is the Santa Cruz Dishcrawl Ambassador. Dishcrawl is located in many cities across the country, plus Canada. Each city has an ambassador who takes charge of the events and enjoys connecting local foodies with interesting restaurants. Dishcrawl has just arrived in Santa Cruz, and Katayama is excited to lead folks on these journeys. “My goal, like the goal of Dishcrawl, is to ultimately strengthen the community bond through food,” shares Katayama. “Food is such an amazing tool for bringing people together, and with these events we hope to bring locals together, and tighten their relationship with the local restaurants and chefs around them.” Feel free to email the Ambassador at wesk@dishcrawl.com with any questions. Note that if you’re vegetarian, you can definitely be accommodated — you just need to specify that when purchasing tickets.

For more information, see the Santa Cruz Dishcrawl web site, Facebook page, and Twitter account (@dishcrawlsc).

CONTEST:

Enter to win a $20 discount on one ticket to Santa Cruz Dishcrawl. You need to do both of the following by Wednesday, January 16 at noon:

1) Follow @dishcrawlsc and @santacruzfoodie on Twitter.

2) Email tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the words “Dishcrawl Santa Cruz contest” (also let me know your Twitter name so that I can verify you have followed both Twitter accounts)

The winner will be notified on Thursday, January 17 via email.