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Win a year of coffee from Peet’s Coffee & learn about holiday drinks

Photo credit: Peet’s Coffee, used with permission

Earlier this fall, Peet’s Coffee launched a campaign called “What Fills Your Cup?” In honor of this new campaign, it’s offering fans a chance to win a year’s supply of coffee (via a $1,000 Peet’s gift card)—and there will be five winners. Peet’s invites you to “Share Your Passion” by uploading a photo of yourself in pursuit of your own unique aspirations or passion—such as art, sports, or music. The contest will accept submissions through Nov. 20, 2017 on peets.com/passion. Winners will be randomly selected in a drawing conducted around Nov. 29, 2017. No purchase is necessary.

The Peet’s “What Fills Your Cup?” promotion has a cast of well-known characters who are driven by their passions. “The success of Peet’s Coffee is intrinsically tied to our passion for crafting the finest and freshest coffee sourced from the highest quality beans and hand-roasted in small batches,” said Andrea Fernandes, Director, Brand Marketing, Peet’s Coffee. The individuals whose stories Peet’s chose to highlight include:

  • Kristen Kish, an acclaimed chef (winner of Bravo’s Top Chef) releasing her first book, Kristen Kish Cooking
  • Brianna Cope, a professional surfer from Kauai chasing waves since the age of four, currently traveling the world as a member of the World Surf League
  • Scott Borrero, a lauded commercial photographer and winner of Nigel Barker’s Top Photographer

In other Peet’s news, the 2017 holiday blend coffee is now available at Peet’s coffeebar locations, select grocery stores across the country and online. Each season, Peet’s seeks the year’s best beans to create a unique, celebratory blend. The 2017 blend features beans from Guatemala (“for notes of bittersweet chocolate), Sumatra (“for a hint of warm spice”) and Ethiopia (“for a floral twist”). At the beginning of November, coffeebars started serving two new beverages for the holidays in addition to traditional seasonal favorites. The new drinks are Holiday Spiced Latte and Winter Solstice Tea Latte, both featuring a mix of holiday baking spaces. Returning drinks include Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte and Pepperming Cocoa.

Last but not least, Peet’s is permanently adding House Made Chocolate Sauce to its menu. Coffeebar baristas will prepare it fresh each day with premium ingredients. I’m very excited to try this delicious-sounding treat next time I visit Peet’s!

To find a Peet’s Coffee location near you, use the online store locator.

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Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Market in Capitola & Santa Cruz

Win a holiday dinner from Whole Foods Market

Win a holiday dinner from Whole Foods Market

The Santa Cruz and Capitola branches of Whole Foods Market are offering lots of Thanksgiving options, and even have special staff on-site that will help you with specific holiday needs. Make your Thanksgiving orders in person or online by Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

If you have specific questions for your holiday meal planning, like you want to stay within a certain budget or you’re hosting a gluten-free Thanksgiving or you’d like wine pairing suggestions, each store has holiday specialists available. You can make an appointment or stop by, and it’s a free service. Specialist Erica Stevenson, who works at the Capitola store, truly enjoys providing this service. “Every year, I look forward to working the holiday table. I get to know our regular customers better while getting to meet so many more,” says Stevenson. “And these days so many people have special diets. I get to use my creativity to better suit their needs while still helping them create their perfect holiday dinner.”

Another interesting holiday highlight is a “golden ticket” contest with free ham dinners as prizes! When a customer orders a Thanksgiving meal (only IN STORE, not online) at either location, they will automatically be entered in the Golden ticket promotion. One person from each store will receive a Golden ticket in their pickup meal. This ticket is valid for a “honeyed ham dinner for 8” that can be used for a future holiday meal.

If you want to go outside the traditional Thanksgiving box, how about taking advantage of Whole Foods Market’s sustainable seafood appetizers? Some examples are shrimp & Dungeness crabmeat platter (serves 6-8, $39.99) and shrimp platter with assorted seasonings (serves 4-8, $24.99).

A ready-to-eat heirloom turkey dinner for 12 costs $289.99 (serves 12) and includes an oven-roasted organic 16-18 lb. turkey from Sonora-based family-owned Diestel, herb stuffing (7.5 lbs.), mashed potatoes (4 lbs.), turkey gravy, cranberry relish, green beans with roasted shallots, dinner rolls (24), and two pies: pumpkin and cranberry apple. Other selections include an “intimate organic turkey dinner for 4” ($99.99) and a “traditional ready to cook turkey dinner (turkey is raw) for 8” ($129.99).

Whole Foods Market features several different types of turkey a la carte including Diestel in heirloom ($4.99/lb.) and organic ($3.99/lb.) varieties. Other meat selections include sous vide leg of lamb or pork loin (serves 4, $49.99/lamb and $39.99/pork).

A la carte sides include brussels sprouts with shallots and pecans (serves 4, $17.99, and it’s vegan). Like a few other holiday items, this became available at the market’s Hot Bar earlier in November, and I got to sample it. It’s wonderful!

One dessert option is cranberry crumble pie. This was a popular holiday item in previous years, but in 2013 it wasn’t available. Many people asked for it last year, so they decided to bring it back. All holiday pies, including Brown Butter Walnut, Pumpkin, and Apple, come in 10-inch versions for $19.99 and include 100% all-butter crust.

If you end up needing last-minute Thanksgiving supplies, both stores are open on Thanksgiving from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day before, they’re open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Whole Foods Market Santa Cruz is located at 911 Soquel Ave. Call (831) 426-9901 for more information.

Whole Foods Market Capitola is located at 1710 41st Ave. Call (831) 464-2900 for more information.

Win free burritos for 20 years from Chipotle Mexican Grill

Win free burritos through Chipotle’s Adventurrito contest

Win free burritos through Chipotle’s Adventurrito contest

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in business, the restaurant Chipotle Mexican Grill is holding a three-week treasure hunt leading up to a grand prize of free burritos for 20 years. And there isn’t just one grand prize winner, there are 20!

“Adventurrito” begins on Saturday, July 13, 2013, which is the exact day of Chipotle’s anniversary. There will be a series of 20 online puzzles and daily prizes. During the first 19 days of the contest, Chipotle is giving away free burritos for a year (that’s one burrito a week for 52 weeks) to 20 contestants each day. On the last day of the contest, the first 20 players who finish the puzzle first will be awarded the Grand Prize of free burritos for 20 years (that’s one burrito a week for the next 20 years).

Specific details: Chipotle will unlock a daily puzzle at 20:20 Mountain time each night at Adventurrito.com (so 7:20 p.m. Pacific time, or California time). Once the puzzle is unlocked, players who attempt to answer the puzzle before 20:20 Mountain time on the following day will be entered into a daily lottery to win a year of free meals at Chipotle (20 winners will be selected each day). If a player has answered all of the 19 daily puzzles correctly by 20:20 Mountain time on Thursday, August 1, the twentieth puzzle is unlocked and that player has a chance to solve the puzzle and win the grand prize. In order to participate, players must register at Adventurrito.com — where you can also get more rules and details on the contest, like how to get puzzle hints in the form of haikus or “Hai-clues,” and extra entries for referring friends.

“Twenty years in, we are changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “That vision has connected with a lot of people and helped to make them very loyal customers. In celebrating this milestone, we thought giving something special to our customers was the right thing to do, since they have given so much to us over the years.”

The first 19 puzzles will vary from easy puzzles to more challenging ones, and will incorporate Chipotle history as well as its commitment to food from more sustainable sources. Each will be accompanied by a video clue presented by “friends of Chipotle,” including celebrities, athletes, political leaders, and farmers.

Note that you don’t have to purchase any Chipotle food to enter the contest. However, if you haven’t tasted Chipotle’s newest menu item, delicious sofritas, you might want to try it sometime soon. You can read more about it in my June article.

Bon appetit and good luck! On Twitter? Follow me @santacruzfoodie.



Win free dinner at Santa Cruz restaurant Oswald & learn about Wed discount dinners

Halibut dinner entree on Wed May 29, 2013 at Santa Cruz restaurant Oswald

Halibut dinner entree on Wed May 29, 2013 at Santa Cruz restaurant Oswald


Downtown Santa Cruz restaurant Oswald has graciously agreed to give away a gift certificate for free Wednesday dinner for two to one of my Examiner.com or SantaCruzFoodie.com readers. See end of article for how to enter, and keep reading for more on Oswald.


The wonderful Oswald, with delicious creations by Chef Damani Thomas, has been offering special three-course prix fixe dinners on Wednesday evenings for about three years now. The dinners cost $29; guests choose one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert. For each of the three courses, you have three selections to pick from.


I dined at Oswald on Wed. May 29 and truly enjoyed the prix fixe dinner. My appetizer was a pea soup with crème fraiche and mint and it was simply delightful: smooth, savory, and seasoned well. Other choices included sautéed prawns with coconut oil, dates, hearts of palm and citrus. For an entrée, I selected Alaskan halibut with broccoli, salsify (a root vegetable, sort of like a parsnip), and lemon-kumquat sauce, and was immensely satisfied. The fish was moist and tender, and the vegetables and sauce, with the sauce having both sweetness and tartness, provided the right contrast. Plus the dish had a gorgeous appearance, which always makes me enjoy food more (see photo above).

My dining companion chose an entrée of roasted chicken with shelling beans, snap peas, and orange reduction. He was very happy that he selected this – it was actually by default since he often eats red meat but there wasn’t any on the prix fixe menu that night. His second choice would have been fish but I’d already chosen that and he wanted to order something different. It’s not common for a restaurant to do chicken so well that you talk about it for a couple days, but that’s what Oswald did. The meat was perfectly cooked moist with crispy skin, the sauce had a great citrus flavor, and the beans successfully complemented the chicken. For dessert, the vanilla crème brulee dessert hit the spot with its creamy filling and cooked-exactly-right crisp caramelized top. In a word? Yum.


The restaurant serves dinner Tuesday-Sunday beginning at 5:30pm, and lunch on Fridays only from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit Oswald at 121 Soquel Avenue (at Front), Santa Cruz; call (831) 423-7427 for reservations.




Fine print: employees of Examiner.com are not eligible for this promotion

The winner will receive a gift certificate good for Wednesday prix fixe dinner for 2 at Oswald Restaurant (total value of certificate is $58). If you are the winner, please be sure tip your server!


To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com by Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m. and include the phrase “Oswald contest.” The drawing will take place later that evening; the winner will be notified via email.


On Twitter? Please follow me @santacruzfoodie.




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).


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.

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day One: Santa Cruz holiday cookies

Front Street Kitchen in Santa Cruz is a co-op kitchen that offers catering, culinary classes, and more

Front Street Kitchen opened in early 2012 in Santa Cruz, and it is the first participant in the Santa Cruz Foodie/Santa Cruz Restaurant Examiner’s “12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.” That’s right: today is Day One of TWELVE DAYS of food-related giveaways! You can win a great prize (limited to one per person for the duration of this promotion). Keep reading for how to enter contest.


Front Street Kitchen is a co-op kitchen that offers catering, culinary classes, and more. There are three talented local caterers involved, including Andrea Mollenauer (you may recall that during the Thanksgiving season, she shared her cranberry chutney recipe).

On Sunday Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. FSK is holding a community workshop entitled Holiday Cookie Baking. The owners emphasize this will be “more like a holiday community gathering” as opposed to a class. Here is the description:

We will be baking, decorating and exchanging some of the season’s favorite recipes; coffee and hot apple cider will be served. Bake in our well-equipped commercial kitchen with friends and family, take home both finished and ready-to-bake holiday treats for your holiday.

To make it even more fun, there are some optional festive activities:
* Recipe Exchange – bring 10 copies of your favorite holiday cookie recipe to share
* ‘Cutest Apron’ contest – winner takes home a prize!
* Special Holiday packaging ideas – available for purchase. Or bring your own packaging to transport your loot and save on paper waste

The cost is $25 per adult, and $10 per child 14 and under with participating adult (maximum 2 kids per adult for reduced rate). To RSVP, so FSK knows how many goodies to prepare, call (831) 588-4515 or email info@frontstreetkitchen.com. The venue is located at 504A Front Street; for more information see FSK’s web site and Facebook page.




One lucky reader will win FREE ADMISSION to Holiday Cookie Baking.

To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the words “Holiday Cookie Baking.”

Or post a comment to this article on my Facebook page.

Either way, the entry deadline is Thurs. Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

The drawing will take place that evening and the winner will be notified via email.

Good luck and happy holidays!