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Eat soup Thursday & help Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center

A scene from the 2017 Soupline Supper (courtesy of Soupline web site)

Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center (HSC) invites the community to eat unlimited soup from dozens of local restaurants, caterers, and other food businesses from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Cocoanut Grove.


The 19th annual Soupline Supper assists HSC as it helps families and individuals in our community find safe, permanent homes. Last year’s dinner helped 249 people find a permanent home. For $50 per person, attendees receive soup, salad, bread, and dessert. Wine is available for an additional donation. Kids’ tickets are $20. Buy tickets online.


Participating restaurants in 2018’s Soupline include 99 Bottles, Assembly, The Bagelry, Café Cruz, Erik’s Deli, Gabriella Café, India Joze, Kelly’s French Bakery, La Posta, Manuel’s, Oswald, Shadowbrook, Soif, and Walnut Ave Café. See full restaurant list at souplinesupper.org/restaurants.


The usual set-up is this: 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 Mark Stone, Richelle Noroyan, Cynthia Chase, Zach Friend, Ryan Coonerty, and John Leopold; and arts and community organization leaders such as Keisha Frost (United Way), Nan Mickiewicz (Dominican Hospital), Susan Nemitz (SC Public Library), Susan True (Community Foundation SC County) and Nina Simon (MAH).


Buy tickets and read more information online at souplinesupper.org.

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

HSC is a non-profit organization that partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing. HSC’s vision is that homelessness in Santa Cruz County should be rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Event location: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz

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Restaurants for Easter in Santa Cruz and San Jose, Part 1

Hoffman's in Santa Cruz is serving Easter Brunch and Dinner

The year has flown by, and it’s already Easter Week 2012 – if you haven’t made plans for dining out this Sunday, here are some restaurants in Santa Cruz and San Jose offering special menus. I’ll post more in the next couple days.

Santa Cruz & Aptos Restaurants

Ma Maison Restaurant
Ma Maison in Aptos is offering an Easter brunch buffet from 10am-2pm for $28 per person, prepared by the very talented Chef Lionel Le Morvan, a Paris native. For reservations call (831) 688-5566. The French Easter buffet includes French Toulouse sausage and sautéed onions, Easter Ham with port wine sauce, French garden frittata with Spring morel mushrooms, grilled butterflied leg of lamb, sauteed red potatoes with rosemary, and seasonal fruit salad.
9501 Soquel Drive, Aptos 95003

Johnny’s Harborside
Santa Cruz restaurant Johnny’s Harborside is offering a special Easter brunch menu from 10am-3pm. Easter brunch specials include Dungeness crab and asparagus omelet ($13), a variety of Eggs Benedicts (crab cake or smoked salmon for $13, traditional for $11), and Strawberry Crepes ($9). These are served with choice of roasted potatoes, fruit, or polenta. Another selection of note is Maple Glazed Ham with Pineapple Relish ($20) with an artichoke plus herb scalloped potatoes. Call (831) 479-3430 for reservations.
493 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz 95062

Hoffman’s Bistro
Hoffman’s, located in downtown Santa Cruz, is serving Easter Brunch from 8am-3pm and Easter Dinner from 3-9pm. The dinner includes a la carte options and a prix fixe three-course $40 menu which includes soup or salad, entrée choice, dessert, and a glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Entrees include Honey Glazed Ham Hocks ($23 a la carte) and Pan Roasted Spring Rack of Lamb with yogurt shallot sauce, braised lentils, and candied carrots ($27). Call (831) 420-0135 for reservations.
1102 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz 95060

Cocoanut Grove
The Cocoanut Grove is serving an Easter Brunch Buffet from 10am-2pm (reservations are accepted from 10am-12:30pm). The cost is $34.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 4-12, and free for kids 3 and under. Brunch includes unlimited champagne or Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider. Selections include carved pork loin roulade stuffed with prosciutto, mushroom duxelle & spinach and served with Marsala pan jus, grilled cobia kingfish with lemon beurre blanc, scrambled eggs, french toast, smoked salmon, chicken enchiladas, and fresh seasonal fruit. Call (831) 423-2053 for reservations.
400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 95060

San Jose
Yankee Pier

Yankee Pier on Santana Row is offering a special brunch menu for Easter. Selections include Crab Eggs Benedict, shrimp omelettes, and Brioche French Toast. Call (408) 244-1244 for reservations.
378 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose, CA 95128

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