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Teen Kitchen Project: two brunch dates remain in series, plus new kids’ classes

A scene from TKP’s brunch benefit Sunday, March 25, in Aptos

Teen Kitchen Project has been running a brunch fundraiser series since March. There were two Sundays in March, then they skipped Easter, and now two Sundays remain — April 8 and 15. Entrees rotate each time and have included Huevos Rancheros with rice and beans; orange-zested thick cut French toast with spiced maple syrup; and broccoli cheddar quiche with country style sausage and home fries. There are two seatings each day, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m., and brunch takes place at TKP’s newly renovated teaching kitchen and café at 8061 Aptos St. Cost is $35 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. The TKP teens do the cooking and serving. Entrees include a basket of freshly baked goods at each table, plus coffee, tea and juice. My family and I dined with TKP on March 25, and thoroughly enjoyed the meal–from the delectable scones to scrumptious sausage, Chilaquiles and more! View menus and purchase online at teenkitchenproject.org/brunch.One hundred percent of proceeds benefit TKP.

TKP recently began offering cooking classes for kids ages 8 and up, for $35 each, and they are now expanding to offer a few for kids 5-8. At the first one for “littles” on Monday, April 30, kids will make pizza. “Teen Kitchen Project is excited to open our doors to aspiring chefs ages 5 and up who are interested in learning more about developing their culinary skills,” says founder Angela Farley. “We believe empowering young people with the knowledge and skills to prepare food from scratch is essential to accomplish our goal of building a healthier Santa Cruz County, one meal at a time.”

Topics for the older kids have included burgers, tacos and dumplings. During the 2-hour classes, kids work with other students in groups of two to four. There are also adult chefs and a teen helper present. At the end of class, participants get to eat the food they prepare. Monday and Wednesday classes are at the Aptos location (8061 Aptos St.), and Friday classes are at the Soquel location (2880 Research Park Dr.). Enrollment is limited. Visit the registration page at crm.fundly.com//6708/Pages/Events/#/.

For those unfamiliar with Teen Kitchen Project, executive director Angela Farley launched TKP in 2012 after her son was diagnosed with cancer. Farley decided she wanted to help other families affected by cancer, to at least attempt to decrease some of the pressure and feelings of being overwhelmed. Today, the organization regularly delivers 600-700 free, healthy meals for clients throughout Santa Cruz County who are in crisis due to illness.  Teen volunteers ages 13-18 prepare meals with the assistance of adult volunteers. The teens gain valuable skills as they volunteer. For more info, visit the web site teenkitchenproject.org.

 

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Scotts Valley Beatles-themed Sunday brunch with Food Trucks A Go Go

Acai Cup by Aunt LaLi, a featured item at Sunday’s Beatles Brunch

Acai Cup by Aunt LaLi, a featured item at Sunday’s Beatles Brunch

Food Trucks A Go Go is hosting a Beatles Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Skypark in Scotts Valley. It’s the latest installment for the fun monthly food truck series that LaLi Kates of Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Cafe launched in September. Save the date for February’s event—it’s going to be Sunday brunch on Feb. 21 at Skypark. Details will be announced soon.

On Sunday, Jan. 10, brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Food vendors include Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café, Ate3One, G’s Tacos, and India Gourmet. In case of rain, the event will be canceled and rescheduled.

When asked what her inspiration was for creating this month’s new theme, Aunt LaLi replied, “I wanted to create a twist (and shout) for this month’s Go Go Brunch and pairing Beatles music with delicious brunch items seemed like a good fit!” She says that the food vendors are excited and are creating unique items for Sunday. Want a preview? How about cold poached salmon with champagne dill sauce, cucumber, local mixed greens and a buttermilk biscuit; a Huevos Rancheros sandwich; breakfast burritos; a bacon-eggs-pancake combo; samosa sliders; a large selection of naan (garlic, onion, and more) served with garbanzo beans and chutney; chai tea, and mango lassis.

Aunt LaLi’s will be selling espresso drinks, affogatos, and acai cups (see photo above). Aunt LaLi says these cups contain strawberries and bananas mixed with acai (from delicious Brazilian Amazon fruits packed with powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas), then topped with strawberries, bananas and granola.

There will be lots of seating available at picnic tables throughout Skypark. Attendees can enjoy Beatles music while they dine. LaLi says the playlist with “classics” will include Loaf Me Do, Lucy in the Fries with Diamonds, I Wanna Hold Your Ham, Lettuce Be, and Ate Days A Week.

Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

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Two weekend events: Assembly adds brunch service & Hop N’ Barley Fest expands

Bread pudding from Assembly’s new brunch menu

Assembly Serving Brunch

Popular downtown restaurant Assembly is launching weekend brunch service beginning Saturday, June 28. The restaurant will open at 9am and, according to co-owner Zach Davis, “feature a menu of seasonally inspired bunch favorites including house baked pastries and breads.” Choices include savory bread pudding with broccoli, Gruyère, hollandaise and a poached egg; see photo above. Can’t wait to try the newest creations from Chef Carlo Espinas!

And there’s more: To celebrate the new brunch menu, this weekend Assembly is featuring guest Verve Coffee Roasters baristas crafting complimentary Verve espresso drinks for diners.
1108 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, http://assembleforfood.com

Hop N’ Barley Fest

Also on June 28, it’s the 5th annual Hop N’ Barley beer and bbq festival. Most events are on Saturday at Sky Park in Scotts Valley, but this year the festival has expanded from one day to two. There are approximately 60 breweries participating, and there will be live music. Saturday is the main event with beer and barbecue, with gates opening at 10 a.m. and beer starting at noon. The gates close at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, there is a morning disc golf tournament at DeLaveaga and an afternoon craft and home brew competition. Tickets range from $25-80, but it’s free for non-beer-drinkers including kids – event organizers emphasize that “kids and dogs are welcome.” The Hop N’ Barley beer and bbq festival benefits non-profit Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, hopnbarley.org

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