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Bay Area restaurants for Mother’s Day: Santa Cruz area and Los Gatos

A dish from a past Sunday brunch at Hult’s (not part of their Mother’s Day brunch): pulled pork eggs Benedict with cheddar, slaw & bbq sauce

A dish from a past Sunday brunch at Hult’s (not part of their Mother’s Day brunch): pulled pork eggs Benedict with cheddar, slaw & bbq sauce

Dining out on Mother’s Day is a popular plan, so if you haven’t made reservations yet, better hurry: here are a few restaurant highlights for Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas and Los Gatos, plus a Manresa Bread box (pre-order for breakfast at home).

Also see:

Santa Cruz Area

Shadowbrook
Popular with locals and tourists alike, the usually-dinner-only Shadowbrook will open its doors at 11:30 a.m. on Mother’s Day. Reservations are available until 8:30 p.m. and customers must call 831-475-1511 (no online reservations accepted). The dinner menu will be served all day, and Mother’s Day specials will include spinach/gruyere quiche,  chicken Marsala, and 14 oz. Angus ribeye with lobster Bernaise.
1750 Wharf Rd., Capitola

Chaminade
The Chaminade offers its annual Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 9am-3pm; the price is $64.95 (adults), $18.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Mother’s Day is the restaurant’s busiest day of the year; it always sells out. New executive chef Nicholas Church has created an extravagant menu including a savory seafood bar (including Dungeness crab legs), bourbon glazed honey ham with Jack Daniels glaze, prime rib, omelets made to order, and Belgian waffles with apple compote and fresh berries. Additional highlights: fresh fruit and vegetable medleys, chocolate fondue, and a sundae bar. The kids’ buffet features chicken strips and fries, mini pancakes, and mac and cheese. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.
One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Sanderlings
Sanderlings at Seascape Resort has a brunch buffet from 10 am to 2:30 pm; the price is $47.95 for adults (with a mimosa or a glass of champagne or sparkling cider) and $21.95 for kids 12 and under. Selections include a prime rib carving station; a fresh seafood bar; a salad assortment; fresh fruit; and baked breads. There will be special entrees for kids. Call (831) 662-7120 or visit opentable.com for reservations.
One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos

Hollins House
Hollins House at Pasatiempo has a brunch buffet from 10 am to 2 pm; the price is $65 (includes a glass of champagne). The menu will include made-to-order omelets; Applewood smoked bacon; a carving station with prime rib; Skuna Bay salmon; French toast bread pudding; a meat and chees board; and several gourmet salads. Desserts include crème brulee and carrot cake. Their more casual restaurant next door, MacKenzie Bar & Grill, will be serving an a la carte menu with brunch selections for adults (corned beef hash, eggs benedict, burgers, etc.) and kids (including eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches).
Call (831) 459-9177 or visit opentable.com for reservations.
20 Clubhouse Road, Santa Cruz

Los Gatos

Manresa Bread Mother’s Day Box
Pre-order breakfast for mom this Mother’s Day at Manresa Bread. The Mother’s Day Box includes two kale parmesan scones, two monkey breads, one bag of Manresa Bread almond granola, a 4 oz. jar of Big Sur marmalade, and an optional bag of Verve Street Level coffee. The Mother’s Day Box is available for pre-order on the Manresa Bread web site to pick up at Manresa Bread in Los Gatos. Pricing is $27 without coffee, $40 with coffee. The last day to pre-order is May 5.
276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos

Campo di Bocce
Campo di Bocce will offer a brunch buffet from 10 am to 2 pm; due to the popularity of the restaurant’s brunches, table reservations are limited to one hour. Food selections will include made-to-order omelets, a prime rib carving station, waffles and pancakes, sausage and bacon, fruit, pasta, salads, and strawberry crepes pastries. There are two prices: one for brunch only, and one for brunch and playing an hour of bocce. Adults are $34.95 without bocce and $47.45 with bocce; kids under 12 are $17.95 without bocce and $30.45 with bocce. Call (408) 395-7650 for reservations.
565 University Ave., Los Gatos

Dio Deka
Mediterranean/Greek restaurant Dio Deka will offer a special a la carte brunch menu. Selections will include Eggs Benedict, Strapatsada (baked eggs with tomato sauce, greens, chickpeas and Greek spices), Paithakia (mesquite-grilled boneless lamb-loin chops), and caramelized “Greek” toast with citrus-marinated strawberries. Call (408) 354-7700 or visit opentable.com for reservations.
210 E. Main St., Los Gatos

Hult’s Restaurant
Hult’s is serving a prix fixe brunch for $49, with reservations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers can select from two to five selections for each course. First course options include Swedish pancakes; main courses include chicken and waffles (sous vide fried chicken and cinnamon waffles plus bacon hash) and Eggs Benedict. Desserts include raspberry sorbet. Call (408) 354-3434 or visit opentable.com for reservations.
165 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos

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News for Chaminade Resort & Spa: Easter, new tequila program, hotel renovation

Patrón Barrel Select Tequila and a Chaminade Patrón cocktail

Patrón Barrel Select Tequila and a Chaminade Patrón cocktail

Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz has lots of news to share including a decadent Easter brunch this Sunday (with egg hunts!), a unique Patrón tequila program, and the completion of a multi million dollar room renovation.

Easter buffet
The Chaminade offers its annual Easter Brunch buffet from 9am-3pm; the price is $61.95 (adults), $18.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include honey ham with Jack Daniels glaze; rosemary and garlic encrusted lamb leg; a seafood bar with fried calamari, peel and eat prawns, and more; omelets made to order; Belgian waffles with fresh berry compote; gourmet salads; cheese ravioli; and spinach and cheese mini quiches. Desserts include chocolate fondue and a sundae bar. There will be a special kids’ menu with items like mini pancakes and mac-and-cheese. Kids can enjoy Easter egg hunts at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30 p.m., 1:30pm, and 2:30pm, and appearances by the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts are for hotel and dining guests only. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.

Patrón Tequila program
The Chaminade is the only resort in Santa Cruz area offering Patrón’s “Barrel Select” program, which they launched in January. Through this program, businesses can do a taste testing and hand-select their own “bespoke barrel” of Patrón aged tequila. This is equal to about 27 cases. Because each barrel has been in Patrón’s aging room for a specific period of time, no two are alike. Chaminade chose a Reposado that had been aged for 9 months in a Hungarian Oak barrel.  It’s a blend of tahona and roller mill produced tequila, characterized by an aroma of citrus, fresh wood and light vanilla.  “We wanted to be able to offer our guests and the locals something unique and different,” said Kevin Herbst, general manager at Chaminade.  “This barrel is exclusive to Chaminade and there’s not another tequila like it-which is exciting!” The quantity is limited, so Herbst encourages anyone interested to come in for a taste soon.  Customers can try the tequila in a variety of ways. Two options are the Chaminade Paloma (Patrón Reposado tequila, grapefruit juice, agave nectar, lime, topped off with Cava Freixenet and dash of salt) or the Renovation-rita (Patrón Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime, and orange juice).

Hotel Renovation
Speaking of renovations, the Chaminade recently finished a $7.9 million renovation. All 156 guest rooms and corridors—located across 11 villas—were transformed. The new designs were inspired by themes such as “vintage technology” (railroads, etc.) and “eclectic, bohemian styles from the artisan community of Santa Cruz.” You can book an overnight stay online or call 800-283-6569. Be sure to browse the web site for assorted packages, which include family- and romance-inspired options.

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Chaminade location: One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Valentine’s Day and discounts at Santa Cruz’s Chaminade Resort & Spa

Rose geranium body polish: part of a Valentine’s Day spa package at Chaminade

Rose geranium body polish: part of a Valentine’s Day spa package at Chaminade

Chaminade is a wonderful setting for Valentine’s Day dinner, an overnight stay, a spa treatment, or all of the above. They’ve got some special offers right now; here are a few highlights.

Seafood-themed buffet
For Valentine’s Day dinner on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza and her culinary team are offering an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner with lots of seafood from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy items like Monterey Bay calamari, a variety of shrimp, ahi sashimi, assorted sushi, cracked crab, oysters, and a smoked seafood platter. A selection of hot entrees such as rotisserie chicken and pasta with porcini crème and wild mushrooms will also be served. There will be New England and Manhattan clam chowders as well. Last but by no means least is dessert. Chaminade is renowned for its decadent, always-scrumptious sweets, and there will be NY cheesecake, Bananas Foster, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and more. The Valentine’s buffet price is $120 per person inclusive and each guest receives a glass of sparkling wine. Reservations are required at Opentable.com or 831-475-5600.

Don’t forget, the Chaminade offers a great brunch buffet every Sunday (including this year’s Valentine’s Day) from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $30.95 for adults, $17.95 for kids 6-12, plus tax/gratuity. Reservations are available by phone or online.

An Affair to Remember
Through February 29, Chaminade is offering a special package for two that includes overnight accommodations at 10% off the best available rate, two glasses of wine and an appetizer to share at Linwood’s Bar & Grill, and wine tasting for two at wineries MJA Vineyards and Beauregard Vineyards. Blackout dates apply. Package prices start at $219. For reservations or more information call 800-283-6569 or visit the web site.

Spa Valentine’s Packages
The Spa at Chaminade has created two different Valentine’s packages, both available until Feb. 29. For reservations and information call The Spa at Chaminade at 831-465-3465. When enjoying spa treatments at The Spa at Chaminade, guests can relax before and/or after on the spa’s peaceful patio with a rock waterfall and a beautiful view of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I took time to tour the patio recently, and it was divine.

  • The Be My Valentine spa package includes a 75-minute rose geranium body polish, a glass of sparkling wine, and chocolate-covered strawberries made on-site. Cost is $216 inclusive.
  • The Valentine for Two package features an 80-minute side-by-side couples massage, a split of sparkling wine, and chocolate-covered strawberries.  Cost is $405 inclusive.

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Chaminade location: One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 4: Win brunch at Chaminade in Santa Cruz

Berries and cream at the Chaminade

Berries and cream at the Chaminade

It’s Day Four of Santa Cruz Restaurant Examiner/Santa Cruz Foodie’s “12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.” Today’s prize is a gift certificate good for brunch for two at the Chaminade Resort & Spa (for regular brunch, not Christmas brunch). See end of article for how to enter.

This year, Chaminade is offering both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffet meals. They are very popular, so reservations should be made as soon as possible at 831-475-5600. The resort is located at One Chaminade Lane in Santa Cruz.

On Christmas Eve, the Chaminade will serve a buffet dinner from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dinner features items such as cheese, fresh fruit and seafood displays (the latter includes whole poached salmon), Castroville artichokes with caramelized shallot vinaigrette and chipotle aioli, cheese ravioli, prime rib, house-smoked pork loin, roast turkey breast, dried cherry/pecan sourdough stuffing, and whipped Yukon gold potatoes. There is also a separate kids’ buffet with items like macaroni and cheese. The price is $49.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 6-12 years old, and free for children under the age of 6.

On Christmas Day, there will be a buffet from noon to 6 p.m. Cost is $53.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 6-12 years old, and free for kids under of 6. The menu is similar to Christmas Eve; two of the many entrees are lasagna with pumpkin ricotta béchamel and honey bourbon glazed ham.

If you’re in need of a holiday gift idea, Chaminade offers gift cards which you can order online. You can send your electronic gift card by email, text, or Facebook. You can also choose to print it out. The eGift can be used for resort stays, dining in the restaurant and more.
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CONTEST:
One person will win a gift certificate for Sunday brunch for two at the Chaminade’s Sunset Restaurant (valued at more than $60). The certificate is not valid on holidays.

To enter, email your name to tfatemi@gmail.com by 9 pm. Thurs, Dec. 17 and include the word “Chaminade.” The drawing will take place the next morning and the winner will be notified via email.

Employees of Examiner.com are not eligible for the promotion.

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Santa Claus visits breakfast buffet at Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz

Santa Claus and a breakfast guest at last year’s “Breakfast with Santa” at Chaminade

Santa Claus and a breakfast guest at last year’s “Breakfast with Santa” at Chaminade

During the next two weekends, Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz is a great place to visit with your family for “Breakfast with Santa.” These events are Saturday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

At the Breakfast with Santa events, Chaminade will serve an extensive buffet with made to order waffles and omelets and more plus champagne or mimosas for adults. There will also be take-home teddy bears for the kids, unlimited pictures with Santa (with your own camera), and letter writing to Santa (Chaminade sends a personalized letter back to kids). The cost is $36.95 adults, $17.95 kids 6-12, and $11.95 kids under 5. Make reservations at the Chaminade web site.

Chaminade also has a holiday shopping event coming up. On Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m., they’re hosting a pop-up Makers Market at the on-site spa. There will be lots of locally handcrafted products and artwork to choose from, plus spa products. Attendees can purchase beverages such as wine to enjoy while they’re shopping.

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Location: One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, 831-475-5600

Santa Cruz County food & wine events this week

Chaminade’s “Happy Yappy Hour” is July 6 from 5-7pm. Photo Credit: Chaminade

Chaminade’s “Happy Yappy Hour” is July 6 from 5-7pm.
Photo Credit: Chaminade

There are many food and wine events occurring this week in Santa Cruz County. Below are details for a few of them–including one tonight, July 6.

Monday, July 6: Chaminade’s “Happy Yappy Hour”
From 5-7 p.m., Chaminade Resort & Spa is hosting “Happy Yappy Hour” on the Sunset Patio. They’re offering drink, appetizer, and “yappetizer” specials, and invite dogs and their owners to attend. Chaminade is donating a portion of the proceeds from this event to the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter. They will also be serving Chateau La Paws wine; this company contributes funds to no-kill shelters and animal rescue organizations.
One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, chaminade.com

Wednesday, July 8: Soif’s “Re-Opening Celebration”
Soif invites the community to a re-opening celebration from 4-6:30 p.m. July 8. They’ll be serving appetizers and drinks. As you may recall, Soif reopened two weeks ago after extensive renovations. Learn about their new food menu, new wine bar, and upgraded wine shop in my June 19 article.
105 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, soifwine.com

Thursday, July 9: Lionfish SupperClub’s “A Taste of Ancient Grace”
From 6-10 p.m., Lionfish SupperClub is holding a special outdoor dinner event at the downtown Food Lounge. Attendees must purchase tickets in advance for $75. Last week’s preview event at the Lounge, where Lionfish sold a la carte Greece-inspired items, was very well received. Highlights included spiced ground lamb souvlaki skewered on freshly picked rosemary stems—a very succulent, flavorful dish—and a wonderful, chilled lemon-herb zucchini soup.
1001 Center St., Santa Cruz, lionfishsc.com

Friday, July 10: Food Lounge’s “Artisan Food Market”
From 2-7 p.m., the Food Lounge is the site of the Artisan Food Market, described as ‘farmers market meets cocktail hour.’ There will be more than 20 local food artisans and pop-up vendors, plus local wine and beer available for purchase. The first of these monthly events was held in June; read details.
1001 Center St., Santa Cruz, scfoodlounge.com

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Santa Cruz’s Chaminade serves up new season of Farm to Table Wine Dinners

A scene from Chaminade’s 2014 Farm to Table Dinner Series. Photo credit: Chaminade Facebook page

A scene from Chaminade’s 2014 Farm to Table Dinner Series. Photo credit: Chaminade Facebook page

Chaminade Resort’s annual Farm to Table Dinner series, which features very fresh items from local farms plus delectable libations from Central Coast wineries, is starting soon. Want to whet your appetite? Read my recap of 2014’s opening night feast.

2015 Chaminade dinner dates:

  • June 26: Martin Ranch Winery, Coke Farms, Black Hen Farm
  • July 24: Storrs Winery, Fiesta Farm
  • August 21: Morgan Winery, LeftCoast GrassFed
  • September 25: Summit to Sea Wineries, Everett Family Farm
  • October 30: Alfaro Winery, Route 1 Farms

The cost is $110 per person and that includes hors d’oeuvres (served at the 6 p.m. reception), a seated five-course dinner at 6:30 p.m., and wine (served at reception AND dinner). Tax and gratuity are excluded. Call (831) 475-5600 or visit web site for details, including links to the wineries and farms that are being showcased. The specific menu is posted as each event draws near.

Chef Kirsten Ponza promises an exciting season. “We are very excited to be welcoming a new farm Pescadero called LeftCoast GrassFed,” says Ponza. “Also, Rebecca King will be coming back this year with her Garden Variety Cheeses.” I’m a big fan of Garden Variety Cheese; if you haven’t yet tried King’s products, or even if you have, I can only imagine the scrumptious and creative ways that Ponza will incorporate them into her menu! Chef Ponza hasn’t yet decided which night she will feature these, but when she does, it will be posted on the Chaminade site.

For people visiting from another town who want to stay overnight—or for locals interested in a fun “staycation,” the Chaminade offers Farm to Table culinary packages that include overnight accommodations for two, Farm to Table dinner for two, and breakfast for two.

Chaminade’s first Farm to Table Wine Dinner was held in 2008 with only a dozen guests. Now each event draws dozens of guests, and usually sells out quite a while ahead of time.

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The Details
Farm to Table Dinner Series
Monthly, June through October 2015: Selected Fridays at 6 p.m.
Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz
(831) 475-5600
$110 per person

Bay Area restaurants for Mother’s Day: Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, San Jose

A dish from earlier this year at Hollins House, as posted on their Facebook page February 24, 2015

A dish from earlier this year at Hollins House, as posted on their Facebook page February 24, 2015

Dining out on Mother’s Day is a popular plan, so if you haven’t made reservations yet, better hurry: here are a few restaurant highlights for Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, and San Jose.

Also see:
Mother’s Day menus for Monterey, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove

Santa Cruz Area
Hollins House

Hollins House at Pasatiempo has a brunch buffet from 10 am to 2:30 pm; the price is $75 for adults (includes champagne or mimosa) and $25 for kids 6-12 and under, inclusive of tax and gratuity. The menu will include made-to-order omelets featuring Glaum Ranch eggs and egg whites; duck fat hash browns; Applewood smoked bacon and Corralitos sausage; a carving station with items such as spice-rubbed NY Strip Steak with horseradish cream, veal demiglace, and cilantro pesto; seared Morro Bay swordfish with herb crust and lemon-ginger emulsion; asparagus with lemon and pancetta; and several gourmet salads (including red quinoa/padron/feta and roasted gold & red beets with goat cheese mousse). Other highlights include chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes and bourbon bread pudding.
Call (831) 459-9177 or visit opentable.com for reservations.
20 Clubhouse Road, Santa Cruz

Chaminade
The Chaminade offers its annual Mother’s Day brunch buffet at Linwood’s Bar & Grill from 9am-3pm; the price is $55.95 (adults), $18.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Mother’s Day is the restaurant’s busiest day of the year; it always sells out. Selections include bourbon glazed honey ham with Jack Daniels glaze; prime rib; a seafood bar with whole poached salmon, Dungeness crab legs, and smoked salmon; omelets made to order; and Belgian waffles with apple compote and fresh berries. Additional highlights: miniature sundried tomato/olive quiches, cheese ravioli (with porcini crème, fried leek, sauteed mushrooms), chocolate fondue, and a sundae bar. The kids’ buffet features chicken strips and fries, mini pancakes, and mac and cheese. Call (831) 475-5600 or visit chaminade.com or opentable.com for reservations.
One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Sanderlings
Sanderlings at Seascape Resort has a brunch buffet from 10 am to 2:30 pm; the price is $47.95 for adults and $21.95 for kids 12 and under. I dined there last year with my family and it was quite good, plus we sat outside and had a beautiful view. This year’s selections include a prime rib carving station; a fresh seafood bar; a salad assortment (last year’s included roasted beet-feta-arugula, spinach with avocado-walnuts, and Indian-spiced chickpea with cucumber and red onion); fresh fruit; and baked breads. Other highlights include desserts and a special kids’ menu. Call (831) 662-7120 or visit opentable.com for reservations.
One Seascape Resort Drive (at Seascape Beach Resort), Aptos

Los Gatos
Campo di Bocce

Campo di Bocce will offer a brunch buffet from 10 am to 2 pm; due to the popularity of the restaurant’s brunches, table reservations are limited to one hour. Food selections will include made-to-order omelets, a meat carving station, waffles and biscuits, sausage and bacon, fruit, pasta, salads, and homemade pastries. Campo di Bocce will also be serving $10 bottomless mimosas. There are two prices: one for brunch only, and one for brunch and an hour of bocce. Adults are $34.95 without bocce and $42.95 with bocce; kids 5-15 are $14.95 without bocce and $25.95 with bocce. Kids under 5 eat free. Visit campodibocce.com for details. Call (408) 395-7650 for reservations.
565 University Ave., Los Gatos

Dio Deka
The popular Mediterranean/Greek restaurant will offer a special a la carte brunch menu. Selections will include Eggs Benedict (traditional, or with smoked salmon or crab cakes), Strapatsada (eggs with tomato, feta, and Greek oregano), Paithakia (mesquite-grilled lamb chops), sirloin burger, and cinnamon “Greek” toast. Visit diodeka.com for details. Call (408) 354-7700 or visit opentable.com for reservations.
210 E. Main St., Los Gatos

Hult’s Restaurant
Hult’s is serving a prix fixe brunch for $39. Customers can select from two to three selections for each course. Three first course options include Swedish pancakes and Caprese salad; three main courses include North 38 Farm’s duck confit hash and Eggs Benedict. The two dessert choices are rum raisin bread pudding and fruit with sorbet. Visit hultsrestaurant.com for details. Call (408) 354-3434 or visit opentable.com for reservations.
165 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos

San Jose
Fairmont San Jose

The Fairmont is serving a special Mother’s Day Buffet in its Fountain Restaurant from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The cost is $62 per adult and $31 per child 5-12. Kids under 5 are free. The buffet will include entrees such as Petaluma chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto and topped with mushrooms and saltimbocca sauce, and grilled Pacific salmon with strawberry-red onion salsa. Other highlights include starters such as sushi and a grilled baby octopus/cannellini bean/pancetta dish, an omelet station with organic eggs, a carving station, and Caesar salad with a 2-year-aged Parmesan wheel. See fairmont.com/san-jose for full menu or call (408) 998-3960 for reservations. There is also a more expensive brunch buffet at the hotel’s Imperial Ballroom.
170 South Market St, San Jose

Il Fornaio
Il Fornaio, located at The Saint Claire Hotel, is serving a Mother’s Day brunch buffet with complimentary champagne. The cost is $50 for adults and $20 for kids 5-12. Kids under 5 are free. Call (408) 271-3366 for reservations.
302 South Market St, San Jose
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Restaurants gather for Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center

2010’s Soupline Supper – credit to Red Bat Photography via Soupline web site

2010’s Soupline Supper – credit to Red Bat Photography via Soupline web site

The community is invited to eat unlimited soup from dozens of local restaurants, caterers, and other food businesses on Thursday April 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to benefit Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center.

The 16th Annual Soupline Supper benefit is at the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. For $30 per person or $55 for two, you receive soup, salad bread, and dessert. Kids’ tickets are $15. As the event tagline says, you can simultaneously “Feed Your Family. Feed Your Community. Feed Your Philanthropy.”

More than 40 participating restaurants in 2015’s Soupline include new participants Assembly, Tramonti, Cremer House, and The Hideout, plus past participants The Art Bar & Cafe at the Tannery, The Bagelry, Bittersweet Bistro, Café Cruz, Chaminade, Charlie Hong Kong, Crow’s Nest, Dharma’s, India Joze, La Posta, Manuel’s, Sawasdee, Shadowbrook, Soif, The Walnut Ave Café, and Zameen. See full restaurant list at souplinesupper.org/restaurants.

At the event there are different tables around the perimeter of the room, all with large containers of homemade soup, with about a dozen available at any one time (selections rotate throughout the evening). Attendees walk around and choose which ones to sample. Public officials and other community leaders serve the soup. This year’s “Celebrity Ladlers” include local politicians David Terrazas, Cynthia Chase, and John Leopold; pastor Rene Schlaepfer (Twin Lakes Church), business owner Larry Pearson (Pacific Cookie Company), and arts leader Nina Simon (Executive Director MAH).

There are lots of tables set up in the dining room where you can relax and enjoy your meal. There is also a raffle and silent auction. Buy tickets and read more information online at the site souplinesupper.org.

Free parking after 4 pm is available at the Boardwalk lot across from the Cocoanut Grove.

The Homeless Services Center is a community-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the coordinated provision of services for homeless persons. The goal of the Homeless Services Center is to provide both emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals that will enable clients to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Restaurants for Easter in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel

Santa Cruz's Chaminade is serving an Easter brunch buffet

Santa Cruz’s Chaminade is serving an Easter brunch buffet

Dining out on Easter is a great way to celebrate with friends or family or both, and Santa Cruz and the Monterey/Carmel areas have many restaurants offering special menus this Sunday.

Also see:

Happy Easter!

Santa Cruz
Chaminade

The Chaminade offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 9am-3pm; the price is $55.95 (adults), $18.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. As of press time, it was nearly sold out. Selections include honey ham with Jack Daniels glaze; rosemary and garlic encrusted lamb leg; a seafood bar with teriyaki salmon, peel and eat prawns, and more; omelets made to order; and Belgian waffles with fresh berry compote. Additional highlights: gourmet salads, cheese ravioli, eggs florentine, chocolate fondue, and a sundae bar. There will be a special kids’ menu plus Easter egg hunts at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30 p.m., 1:30pm, and 2:30pm, appearances by the Easter Bunny, and face painting. Egg hunts are for hotel and dining guests only. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.
One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Sanderlings has a brunch buffet from 9 am to 2 pm; the price is $45.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 2-12. Selections include prime rib; honey ham; Seascape benedict with crab cakes; BBQ pork ribs; whole roasted chicken; and mushroom ravioli. Salads include roasted beet-feta-arugula, spinach with avocado-walnuts, and Indian-spiced chickpea with cucumber, red onion, and more. Other highlights include cracked crab legs and a special kids’ menu.. Call (831) 662-7120 for reservations.
One Seascape Resort Drive (at Seascape Beach Resort), Aptos

Hyatt Carmel Highlands
At the Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ California Market, diners can start Easter brunch with a visit to the Bellini bar where staff will create custom sparkling wine drinks blended with fresh seasonal fruit purees. From there guests will order from the a la carte brunch menu, featuring signature items from the hotel’s new California Market all-day brunch menu. For the finale, guests are invited to the grand dessert buffet with Easter favorites.  Additionally, the hotel’s bunny concierge will be guiding young guests to a bunny petting zoo and Easter egg decorating station. Brunch entrée choices include frittata with cast iron baked egg whites, wild arugula, roasted tomatoes, and Nicasio Valley farmers cheese; brioche French toast with local berry compote and vanilla bean whipped cream; Cioppino with sautéed mussels, clams, local catch, squid ink linguini, spicy tomato broth, and grilled garlic bread; and Cobb salad with grilled chicken, smoked bacon, egg, avocado, blue cheese, tomatoes, and lemon-Dijon dressing. The cost is $49.99 per person, with seatings from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.–call 831- 622-5445.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel

Fandango
The restaurant is serving a special prix fixe Easter brunch ($38.85 for adults, $18.75 for kids 12 and under, seatings 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Dishes include roast leg of lamb Provencal; honey glazed baked ham with Hawaiian sauce; grilled fresh salmon with Hollandaise; eggs benedict Florentine; salad with spinach, orange, bleu cheese, and walnuts; berry shortcake; and chocolate profiteroles. Call 831-372-3456.
223 17th St., Pacific Grove

Sardine Factory
The restaurant is serving a three-course $39 prix fixe menu, with seatings from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, plus a special selection of appetizers and savory entrees. For the prix fixe, guests receive a choice of soup or salad, a choice of three entrees including roast leg of Colorado lamb with port sauce, sautéed Salinas Valley spinach, and garlic mashed potatoes; and a choice of two desserts (Bananas Foster or Cherries Jubilee). Brunch specials include eggs steak benedict with filet mignon; eggs crab benedict; and Maine lobster hash with poached eggs. Call 831-373-3775 for info or reservations.
701 Wave St., Monterey

Tarpy’s Roadhouse
Tarpy’s is bringing back a signature cocktail for Easter: a strawberry hibiscus cooler with house infused strawberry gin, fresh lemon juice, and HUM hibiscus liqueur. Tarpy’s will be serving Easter brunch specials, and these items will become restaurant brunch stapes after Easter. Dishes will include steak & eggs with wood fired prime sirloin steak, crispy fingerling potatoes, bone marrow butter basted eggs and smoked onion jus ($22); Roadhouse French toast (country bread soaked in a whiskey custard with a huckleberry compote and candied pecan butter, $16); and oxtail hash and eggs with braised oxtail, fingerlings and caramelized pearl onions on pimento cheese grits with red eye hollandaise ($19). For kids, Tarpy’s is offering free coloring sheets, stickers and crayons to enjoy during their Easter meal. Call 831-647-1444 for reservations.
2999 Monterey Salinas Highway, Monterey

TusCA Ristorante
The Easter brunch buffet ($40 for adults, $15 for kids over 5, free for kids under 5, seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) will include a cage-free omelet and waffle station; natural smoked bacon; chicken sausage; eggs benedict; sliced fresh fruit; salads such as local watermelon salad with feta and fresh squeezed lemon juice and spring quinoa salad; and a carving station that includes honey and tangerine glazed Easter ham and herb and pepper encrusted carved beef. There will also be entrees including seared salmon with spring tomato and cucumber dill crudo and butternut squash ravioli with toasted hazelnuts and black kale, and a dessert table with cream puffs, chocolate-dipped strawberries, fruit tarts, mini cheesecakes, and more. Call 831-657-6675.
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey

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