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Santa Cruz & Capitola restaurant news, Part 1 of 2

Food from Lawmen Ramen at POPUP Photo credit: POPUP Facebook page

Food from Lawmen Ramen at POPUP
Photo credit: POPUP Facebook page

Here is some restaurant news for Santa Cruz and other local areas. I’ll be publishing part two in the next few days. I also wanted to remind folks: if you have any food/restaurant/wine/culinary event news to share, please email me at tfatemi@gmail.com.

The Artbar & Cafe
at the Tannery Arts Center has reopened with a new chef and new menu after a period of closure, restructuring and renovations. The bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails. Food selections prepared by chef Antonette Wood of SwingTime Catering include soups, salads and scones. Earlier this month, the menu featured beef barley soup with fresh spinach; butternut apple goat cheese soup; gouda and chive scones; and mac and cheese. Cocktails included Gimlet Da Vinci (ingredients include rosemary and vanilla) and Woolf’s Moon (vodka, fresh raspberries, Nigori, lemon). Hours are Mon-Thurs from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fri-Sat from 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. The location is 1060 River St., (831) 234-5356.

Gyros & Grill Express at the food court of the Capitola Mall is now open. Their mostly-Mediterranean menu includes selections such as falafel, hummus, Greek salad, chicken gyros, beef gyros, koobideh kabob, and burgers. Sides and accompaniments include garlic sauce and French fries. There are several wraps and platters to choose from, and many of the platters include rice and salad. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily. The location is 1855 41st Ave., (831) 477-0777.

Pho 831 is a new Santa Cruz popup. It had its first appearance Feb. 12 at the winery Sones Cellars and announced that its second popup will be Saturday, March 5 at 6pm, also at Sones Cellars. This time, customers can order food to go or eat on-site. FYI, people under 21 years of age are welcome. Pho 831 will be serving two versions of pho: 1) beef, and 2) vegan mushroom. Event organizers say that both broths are made “with Chef Shane’s medley of flavors inspired by traditional pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) including ginger, star anise, and lemon grass.” Food will be sold until 8:30 p.m. or sellout, whichever comes first. In addition to pho, there will be spring rolls available from Pho 831 plus wine by the glass and bottle, nonalcoholic drinks and water from Sones. The location is at Swift St. Courtyard, 334 Ingalls St. Suite B.

East Cliff Brewing Co. is open for business in the East Cliff Shopping Center, in a storefront next to Dollar Tree. They specialize in English-style ales and current beers include Burton’s Bounty (IPA), Black Point (Porter) and The Gypsy (Irish stout). Hours: Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The brewery just opened Feb. 19 and plans to expand hours in the future. Location: 21517 East Cliff Drive, (831) 713-5540.

Lawman Ramen from chef Amy Ajas is a weekly Friday lunch popup at POPUP. Ajas has great cred — her day job is working as a line cook at Assembly right next door and she formerly worked at a Bay Area ramen eatery. Up until recently, the popup featured two choices–a Tonkotsu bowl with pork belly and a vegetarian bowl; now Ajas has added vegan ramen with a savory mushroom broth and buckwheat noodles to the regular lunch service. Bring your own bowl for a $1 discount. Hours are Fridays 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. POPUP is at 1108 Pacific Ave.

Oswald is now open for lunch Friday through Sunday; it used to only serve lunch Fridays. In addition, the restaurant features a new cocktail hour 4:30-6 Tues-Sat in the bar and lounge. The lunch menu features many new dishes. Chef Damani Thomas says his favorite current lunch item is a sautéed spinach and farro dish; customers can order as-is or add a chicken breast, Arctic char, or fried egg. The bar menu includes Caesar salad, soup (recent varieties have included Fuyu persimmon-squash or mushroom with crème fraiche and scallions), a cheese plate with fruit/nuts/baguette, and a bleu cheese burger and fries. Oswald is at 121 Soquel Ave., (831) 423-7427.

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Santa Cruz’s Chaminade celebrates Oktoberfest with Beers, Brats, & Blues

Enjoy Beers, Brats & Blues on the terrace at Chaminade Oct. 20, 2013

Enjoy Beers, Brats & Blues on the terrace at Chaminade Oct. 20, 2013

In honor of Oktoberfest, Santa Cruz’s Chaminade Resort & Spa is hosting Beers, Brats & Blues on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3–6 p.m. The all inclusive cost is $30 per person; you must be 21 years old to attend. Call (831) 475-5600 to make reservations, which are recommended.

The event takes place on Chaminade’s beautiful courtyard terrace. Since the weather is starting to cool off in Santa Cruz, it might be one of the last Sunday afternoons for a while to enjoy this great location. Gregory Henderson and the Greyhound Blues Band will provide music.

Participating local breweries include Seabright Brewery (serving oatmeal stout), Santa Cruz Aleworks, Discretion Brewing (serving Shimmer Pils), West End Tap & Kitchen, and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.

Here is Sunday’s food menu:
• Assorted sausages including Bratwurst and Kielbasa
• Sauerkraut and caramelized onions
• Homemade flavored mustards
• Pan-fried potatoes with fresh herbs and onions
• Hot soft pretzels
• German potato salad
• Homemade coleslaw
• Cucumber dill salad
• Black Forest tartlet

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The Details
Beer, Brats & Blues
Sunday Oct. 20, 2013 from 3-6 p.m.
Courtyard Terrace at Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz 95065
(831) 475-5600
$30 per person

2013 Scotts Valley Hop N’ Barley Fest with food, beer, and kids’ activities


2012 Hop N' Barley Fest at Skypark in Scotts Valley

2012 Hop N’ Barley Fest at Skypark in Scotts Valley

On June 29, Sky Park in Scotts Valley hosts the 4th annual Hop N’ Barley beer and bbq festival with lots of beer selections plus food and kids’ activities. Hop N’ Barley benefits the non-profit Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. The organization is “…dedicated to providing a broad range of housing opportunities, with emphasis on ownership, that will remain affordable in perpetuity to very low, low and moderate-income residents of Santa Cruz County.”


There are approximately 60 breweries participating, including local Santa Cruz Ale Works, Discretion Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Corralitos Brewing, and Seabright Brewery. Others include Sierra Nevada, Big Sky Brewing Co., and Alaskan Brewing Co. Last year’s event drew 4,500 people!


There will be a kids area, free parking, a skate park, and bands including The Harmed Brothers (11:30 a.m.), Extra Large, Wooster (4 p.m.), and The Joint Chiefs performing live music on two stages. Also, it’s a dog-friendly event. Food will be available to purchase from various restaurants and vendors. Festival organizers recommend bringing hats and sunscreen as there is not a lot of shade at the event.


Gates open at 10 a.m. for “early wristbanders,” and tasting is noon to 5 p.m. For those drinking beer, admission is $39 in advance/$45 at the door and includes a souvenir glass. The event has free admission for kids, designated drivers, and anyone else not drinking alcohol. Buy tickets online.


Skypark is located at 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, 95066


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