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Santa Cruz PopUp Dungeness Crab Feed from Ocean2Table

Ocean2Table lingcod that was dry cured, then cooked to perfection, with asparagus and Parmesan/bean salad at a July 2015 Pescetarian PopUp

Ocean2Table lingcod that was dry cured, then cooked to perfection, with asparagus and Parmesan/bean salad at a July 2015 Pescetarian PopUp

We’ve all been waiting patiently (okay, maybe impatiently!) for Dungeness crab season, and Santa Cruz-based Ocean2table has created an event to celebrate its arrival.

On Sunday, April 24, at the Food Lounge (link) in downtown Santa Cruz (1001 Center St.), Ocean2table is hosting the latest in its series of Pescetarian PopUp Dinners: a Dungeness crab feed. Tickets are $60 and must be purchased in advance, online. See end of article for the menu, which includes local, organic vegetables plus some burn morels that Charlie Lambert and Ian Cole foraged this week. As always, the seafood will be local, wild and sustainable.

Lambert and Cole are the founders/operators of seafood company Ocean2table. I went to one of their popup dinners last year and it was absolutely wonderful—for a visual example, see photo above. Local companies they are utilizing for the April 24 dinner include Companion Bakeshop, Rodoni Farms, Pinnacle and Swanton Berry Farm.

Whether or not you can make this event, you should know that Ocean2table is a great place to get very fresh seafood via pick-up or delivery. Subscribers to their email list (fresh catch “fish alerts”) get notified the day before local fresh fish is available. Customers must place half- or full-share orders by the announced deadline. There is no obligation to make a certain number of purchases; you can remain on the email list and buy seafood as infrequently or frequently as you choose.

For more information on the event or their seafood alerts, visit getocean2table.com.

April 24 Dinner Menu

Main course:

  • Dungeness crab in the shell, caught in the Monterey Bay, served with garlic butter and homemade cocktail sauce

Sides:

  • Rosemary-infused Companion Bakeshop sourdough boules
  • Wild morel, Brussels sprout and potato salad including wild King fire burn morels and creamy tarragon dressing
  • Kale and Parmesan salad featuring Pinnacle kale

Dessert:

  • Strawberry crisp featuring Swanton Berry Farm berries

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Whole Foods Market news: lobster special, holiday selections, and raffle prizes

Bûche de Noël, a decadent holiday treat at Whole Foods Market

Bûche de Noël, a decadent holiday treat at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market in Northern California, including stores in Santa Cruz and Capitola, has lots of selections for the 2014 holiday season including food and gifts.

Also, just for today, Friday, Dec. 19, the Capitola and Santa Cruz locations are having a great deal on lobster tails: three for $15.

I’ve been introduced to a few new WFM treats this holiday season, including Whole Foods-brand chocolate truffles and Fleur de Sel French caramels. I highly recommend both as a hostess gift, co-worker gift, or a gift to yourself!

A tip for Hanukah, Christmas, or New Year’s: My family decided to have WFM Dungeness crab for Thanksgiving and it was some of the best crab we’ve had in a long time. If you buy 3 crabs or more, you get $1 off per pound (the initial cost varies depending on market price that day).

They offer a build-your-own Hanukah dinner for eight for $119.99. Customers choose one entrée from

  • Brisket 4 lbs
  • Roast Turkey 10-12 lbs
  • Organic Roasted Chickens 6-9 lbs
  • Vegan Stuffed Field Roast En Croute 4 lbs

With this meal, you also receive Matzoh Ball Soup–3 qts, Chopped Chicken Liver–2 lbs, Tzimmes–4 lbs, Applesauce–1 qt, 12 Potato Latkes, 16 Rolls, and Chocolate Matzoh Crunch — 2lbs.

WFM has several Christmas feasts with turkey, serving from 4-12 people. If you want something less than traditional, they have options like a roasted pork loin meal for four with a fully cooked pork loin (tender thanks to sous-vide technique), mashed maple sweet potatoes, green beans with shallots, roasted root vegetables, and rosemary and thyme seasoning blend.

No matter what you decide to order for a holiday feast—and remember you can add party platters, flowers, desserts, and more—the deadline for ordering Hanukah and Christmas meals is 12/22. In-store pick-up for Hanukkah is daily until 12/24; for Christmas it’s 12/19-12/26 (except 12/25 when they are closed).

Want a chance to win a fabulous prize while donating to a great cause? The Capitola store is holding a raffle benefiting Teen Kitchen Project (teenkitchenproject.org). Donate $5 at the register and be entered to win a ham dinner for 8 (to be picked up 12/24), a $100 gift card, or a holiday gift basket filled with WFM goodies. You get to choose which of the three prizes you’re competing for. The raffle drawings take place at the end of the day Dec. 21, but the store will continue to fundraise for Teen Kitchen Project until Dec. 24.

Other seasonal news:

  • Planning a Hanukah feast? WFM has menu suggestions including a recipe for pear and sweet potato latkes
  • Whole Foods Market in Santa Cruz has unique “Ornaments for the Planet” made by kids. They partnered with Gault Elementary 5th grade classes, teaching them about the Whole Planet Foundation and how micro-loans work. Students made ornaments that are being sold for $5; all proceeds benefit Whole Planet Foundation
  • A stocking stuffer idea: WFM sells holiday gift cards in denominations of any amount

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.
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Whole Foods Market Dungeness crab, Wellshire ham, & Capitola holiday tastings

Wellshire spiral ham at Whole Foods Market

Wellshire spiral ham at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market in Northern California, including stores in Santa Cruz and Capitola, has lots of tasty offerings for the 2013 holiday season including Dungeness crab and Wellshire Spiral Sliced Hams. I’ve had the great fortune to eat both in the last couple weeks, and highly recommend them. More details are below.

Also, Whole Foods Market (WFM) in Capitola is offering holiday tastings on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 12 -2 p.m. Each department will be handing out samples of at least one product; rumor has it that the crab and/or ham will be available to taste!

Wellshire Spiral Sliced Cooked Half Hams are sold exclusively at WFM, not in any other grocery stores. Because they are spiral sliced, it’s easy to just pull off however much or little you want at a time instead of taking the time and energy to carve. The hams have no preservatives, nitrates or antibiotics; the animals are fed very wholesome grains. The cost is $3.99/lb. for semi-boneless, cooked, seasoned uncured ham and the meat is moist, flavorful, and wonderfully addicting! I brought home an 8-pound ham, and I can’t believe how many meals I ate. These included:
• Split pea soup with ham
• Ham sandwiches
• Ham, cheese & avocado omelettes
• Ham & pineapple pops (really easy recipe from the Whole Foods collection)
The Dungeness crab at WFM Capitola is delivered fresh from San Francisco fisherman six days a week, specifically from Pezzolo’s Seafood at Pier 45. You can taste the freshness, and the WFM Seafood Department staff members do a fantastic job of cracking and cleaning your whole, cooked crabs (free if you ask). The crab is really meaty and delicious; my family ate ours cold and dipped various bites into lemon, butter, or both. Some nice seeded baguettes and a side dish of brussels sprouts were the perfect accompaniment; of course, some people will choose to heat their crab and everyone has their own preferences for what to eat with crab! Bon Appetit.

Bonus: if you buy 3 crabs or more, you get $1.00/off per pound (the initial cost varies depending on market price that day).

The crab is “Super Green Rated” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. What does that mean, you wonder? As stated on WFM’s site: It’s “good for the environment and good for health… the Monterey Bay Aquarium has identified seafood that’s ‘Super Green,’ meaning that it’s excellent for human health and is caught or farmed responsibly. The Super Green list highlights products that are currently on the Seafood Watch ‘Best Choices’ (green) list, are low in mercury and are good sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.”


WFM Santa Cruz Area Location Details:

Both stores open 8am-9pm daily


Whole Foods in Capitola
:
1710 41st Ave, Capitola 95010 (831) 464-2900
Whole Foods in Santa Cruz:
911 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 95062 (831) 426-9901
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