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Thanksgiving, Hanukkah at Whole Foods Market in Santa Cruz & Capitola

Whole Foods Market’s favorite local wine and cheese pairings for the holidays. Courtesy of WFM.

Thanksgiving is almost here, and after that Hanukkah is right around the corner! Whole Foods Market locations in Capitola (1710 41st Ave.) and Santa Cruz (911 Soquel Ave.) have many Thanksgiving selections and several Hanukkah items, and they graciously gave me a gift card so that I could try a few out.

You can place orders in person or online. Thanksgiving pick up dates are through Nov. 23; Hanukkah pick up is Nov. 30-Dec. 9 and selections include wine-braised brisket dinner for eight, and potato latkes with applesauce. Thanksgiving choices at WFM (see a holiday showcase here) include a classic roast turkey dinner for eight (with optional organic turkey upgrade) with a fully-cooked bird, herb stuffing and mashed potatoes turkey gravy, cranberry orange sauce, and green beans with crispy garlic and parsley; spiral-sliced ham; vegan entrees and sides; traditional holiday sides; and desserts. Prime members get a special deal: through Nov. 22, they get organic whole turkeys for $2.99/lb. and whole turkeys for $1.99/lb.

 

Something new and intriguing is a vegan holiday meal WFM has created in partnership with award-winning chef Jeremy Fox, author of the “On Vegetables” cookbook. The meal includes Romanesco Cauliflower Roast with Miso Bagna Cauda, Cremini Mushroom Stuffing with Kimchi, and Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple and Hazelnut Dukkah. You can also order these selections a la carte.

 

WFM is also offering a special seasonal pie from Lisa Ludwinski, founder of Detroit’s Sister Pie and author of “Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit.” The Cranberry Crumble Pie, Ludwinski’s personal favorite for the season, features an all-butter crust, a sweet cranberry compote filling with juicy whole cranberries, grated pear and warm spices, and an oat crumble topping.

Other Santa Cruz and Capitola store highlights that are perfect for the holidays:

  • Seafood: Fresh, Whole Dungeness Crab
    • Crab season is a Bay Area holiday tradition. Pick up at least three sweet and rich whole crab, and save $1 per pound. WFM’s team of local fishmongers will crack and clean free of charge.
  • Specialty Wine and Cheese: Favorite local wine and cheese pairings this season selected by WFM
    • Bay Blue cheese, a mellow blue made in Point Reyes, paired with Sean Thackery Pleides red blend, a “red berry, tangy crowd pleaser”
    • Carmody cheese paired with Jay Vineyards J California Pinot Noir, a “highly drinkable, soft rich wine”
    • Crisp Roederer Estates Anderson Valley Brut paired with Mt. Tam organic cheese, because the wine “goes lovely with soft, ripened cheeses”
  • Local, Organic Eggnog including:
    • Straus Family Creamery, an organic eggnog finished with nutmeg
    • Clover Sonoma Organic Maple Bourbon Eggnog, a non-alcoholic classic
  • Special holiday dishes by Chef Trent of WFM
    • Creations include Ginger Cinnamon Spice Duck or Turkey breast, and Spiced Prime Rib
    • “Pick up your cut at the meat counter, pop into the oven and you are ready to serve your guests,” shared a WFM spokesperson.
  • Humphry Slocombe’s Coconut Shoyu Ice Creamnew and available for a limited time
    • Top your favorite seasonal pie with a scoop of this ice cream, the fourth exclusive collaboration available exclusively at Whole Foods Market
    • Created by San Francisco-based Humphry Slocombe and Chef Melissa King in partnership with WFM—they made their first collaborative flavor, Hong Kong Milk Tea, in 2017
  • Northern California’s Tsar Nicolai caviar
    • Tsar Nicolai sustainably raises and produces top of the line caviar in Wilton, CA.
    • This year, WFM is partnering with the brand for an exclusive trio bundle deal, available in the Seafood dept.

Local Store Details

Whole Foods Market Santa Cruz is 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.

 

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Annual crab feed Saturday at Saratoga’s Mountain Winery

crab feed photo

Cold and hot crab, plus sauces, at the 2015 Mountain Winery crab feed. Credit: Mountain Winery

The Mountain Winery in Saratoga is offering its popular annual all-you-can-eat crab feed on Saturay, January 28. The cost is $105 for adults, $55 for kids 3-11, and free for kids under 3. Advance online ticket purchase is required. Parking is free.

The event takes place at the winery’s Historic Winery Building. Tickets include fresh local crab (choice of cold and/or hot) plus pasta, garlic bread, salad, and dessert. Beverages will be sold separately, and gratuity is not included. When buying tickets, attendees can choose a 4, 4:30 5, 5:30 or 6 p.m. seating. But that doesn’t mean you only have a half-hour or hour to eat. You can choose to have a quick meal or linger for a couple hours. The separate seatings and staggered arrival times are for the purpose of eliminating long lines.

I tremendously enjoyed this event in 2015 and 2016; in 2016, the winery brought in crab from Oregon due to the seafood being unavailable in the Monterey Bay area. How wonderful that local crab is back!

The Details

Crab Feed

Saturday Jan. 28, 4-8 p.m.

Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga

$105 for adults; $55 for kids 3-11

 

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Saratoga’s Mountain Winery serves up crab feed

Crab at the 2015 Mountain Winery crab feed

Crab at the 2015 Mountain Winery crab feed

The Mountain Winery in Saratoga is dishing up its delicious annual all-you-can-eat crab feed on Sunday, January 31. The cost is $100 for adults, $46 for kids 3-11, and free for kids under 3. Tickets cost a bit more than last year since the crab is being brought in from Oregon due to California’s crab shortage. Advance online ticket purchase is required. Parking is free.

The event takes place at the winery’s Historic Winery Building. Tickets include fresh crab from Oregon (choice of cold and/or hot) plus pasta, garlic bread, salad, and dessert. Beverages will be sold separately, and gratuity is not included. When buying tickets, attendees can choose a 4 p.m., 5 p.m., or 6 p.m. seating. But that doesn’t mean you only have an hour to eat. For example, if you choose 4, you can stay until the end. The separate seatings and staggered arrival times are for the purpose of eliminating long lines.

Dinner guests will enjoy live music by acoustic rock/pop band “Hootenanny!” (that’s not a typo, their name actually has an exclamation point in it). For those who will be attending for the first time, know that the event’s atmosphere is fun, casual and comfortable. I enjoyed it tremendously last year. Bon Appetit!

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The Details
Crab Feed
Sunday Jan. 31, 4-8 p.m.
Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga
$100 for adults; $46 for kids 3-11

Saratoga Mountain Winery hosts three crab feed benefits with live music

Crab at a past Mountain Winery crab feed benefit. Photo courtesy of Mountain Winery

Crab at a past Mountain Winery crab feed benefit. Photo courtesy of Mountain Winery

The Mountain Winery in Saratoga is offering three Sunday crab feed benefits in January and February: January 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8. The cost is $75 for adults, $35 for kids 3-11, and free for kids under 3. Beverages will be sold separately, and gratuity is not included. Advance ticket purchase is required; visit mountainwinery.com for details or to buy tickets.

The event takes place at the winery’s Historic Winery Building. For the price of admission, each person receives fresh, Half Moon Bay crab plus lots of other food: there will be a chef-attended pasta stations, garlic bread, salad, and dessert.

A 2014 attendee commented on Yelp: “The buffet offered Caesar salad, coleslaw, pasta, tortellini, cold crab and seasoned hot crab…everything was outstanding…the crab was generously sized, which made it quite easy to enjoy ample amounts of meat with ease…I must have had more crab this evening than any other time in my life combined!  The staff was outstanding, very attentive and…also very generous with the garlic bread that was being delivered to our table.  Half dazed and in crab coma, I was faced with a lemon bar garnished with raspberry sauce dessert to finish things off.  They also brought out steaming hot washcloths to wipe our hands and faces off with, a very nice touch to an already successful crab feast!”

Each crab feed begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. When you buy your ticket, you can choose either a 4 p.m., 5 p.m., or 6 p.m. seating. But that doesn’t mean you only have an hour to eat. For example, if you choose 4, you can stay until the end. The separate seatings and staggered arrival times are for the purpose of eliminating long lines. Parking is free during the crab feeds.

During each event, there will be live music:

  • Jan. 25 — Magnolia Jazz Band
  • Feb. 1 — Hootenanny (acoustic rock/pop band)
  • Feb. 8 — Harmony Grits Bluegrass Band

A portion of proceeds benefits The Mountain Winery Kids’ Foundation, which provides grants to charitable programs that support a target population of disadvantaged or “at risk” children in the Santa Clara county. Past grant recipients include the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley (allowed the after-school Sports, Fitness and Recreation program to serve additional children daily), National Hispanic University (hands-on mathematics and science program for at-risk middle schoolers), and the San Jose Science Workshop (providing significantly at-risk neighborhood children 8 years and older with hands-on projects in science, technology and literacy). Learn more at mountainwinery.com/about-the-mountain-winery/the-mountain-winery-kids-foundation.

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The Details
Crab Feed Benefits
Sunday Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8 from 4-8 p.m.
Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga
$75 for adults; $35 for kids 3-11

Santa Cruz’s Chaminade celebrates crab season with decadent Crab Feast

A scene from a past culinary event at Chaminade

A scene from a past culinary event at Chaminade

The always-enjoyable Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz is hosting a Crab Feast on Saturday, March 22 from 5–9 p.m. The cost is $55 for adults, $17.95 for kids 6-16, and free for kids 5 and under. Reservations are required; call (831) 475-5600 or visit OpenTable.

The event takes place on Chaminade’s Sunset Patio, offering a great view. For the price of admission, each person receives one whole Dungeness crab plus lots of other food: there will be a buffet with all-you-can-eat crab legs (and house-made herbed garlic butter), roasted chicken with linguini, roasted artichokes with aioli, house-made French bread, Caesar salad, and petit fours.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. From 5-6, guests can purchase drinks, mingle, choose their seats, and enjoy the sunset. Dinner will be available from 6-9.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to taste Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza’s food yet, I highly recommend it! Chef Kirsten was promoted to Executive Chef in October 2013, after being named Executive Sous Chef in September 2012. She first joined Chaminade in 2003 as Pastry Chef, but in 2004 she left to take advantage of a unique opportunity: being a Tour Chef for rock band The Rolling Stones! A couple years later, she was back at Chaminade and—with her hard work and creativity—has been rising in the ranks ever since.

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The Details
Crab Feast
Saturday March 22, 2014 from 5-9 p.m.
Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz 95065
(831) 475-5600 or opentable.com
$55 for adults; $17.95 kids 6-16