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Restaurants for Easter in Santa Cruz, South Bay and SF

Past brunch dishes at Porta Blu in Menlo Park. Photo credit: Porta Blu

Dining out for Easter 2019? It’s this coming Sunday; here are some restaurant and food vendor highlights for Santa Cruz, the South Bay, and San Francisco.

Santa Cruz & Scotts Valley

Chaminade Resort & Spa

The Chaminade offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; the price is $65 (adults), $20 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include fresh carved prime rib and leg of lamb, a seafood bar, omelets made to order, a devilled egg trio, a Mediterranean mezze display, several salads, and desserts such as Easter specialties and pastries. There will be hourly Easter egg hunts for the kids between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – these are open to restaurant and hotel guests only. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations. Visit chaminade.com.

One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

Hilton Scotts Valley

The Hilton SV offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; the price is $35 (adults), $19 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include roasted herbed turkey, a carving station with honey glazed ham, a smoked salmon platter, Belgian waffles with berry compote, chicken apple sausage, an omelet bar, and desserts including a shortcake bar and cinnamon apple bread pudding. There will be Easter egg hunts at noon and 2, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Call (831) 440-1000, ext 4 for reservations.

6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley

South Bay

Manresa Bread

At the three Manresa Bread  locations (Los Gatos, Los Altos & Campbell), a few special dishes are available for Easter feasts. Guests can pre-order partner/head baker Avery Ruzicka’s seasonal strawberry apricot Panettone, fig walnut or chocolate Babka, and tomato and asparagus quiche, to pick up at the bakeries between April 19-21. For advance orders, visit pre-ordermanresabread.com. Additional treats are available at the two bakeries (276 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, and 271 State St, Los Altos) and the one all-day café & bakery (Campbell, 195 E. Campbell Ave.) during Easter weekend. For Easter brunch April 20, Manresa Bread Campbell will add dishes such as burrata and asparagus toast, vegan vegetable soup, and doughnuts. Visit manresabread.com.

 

Porta Blu

At Porta Blu there will be an “Easter Brunch Bash” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bay Area native / Chef de Cuisine Michael Riddell, has created a menu with dishes such as Lemon Pancakes, Rosemary Ham Benedict, and Dungeness Crab Toast. Families are invited to indulge in a gourmet spread of dishes, snap a photo with the Easter bunny, grab a basket for the egg hunt, or play in the petting zoo. Porta Blu’s weekly jazz brunch series will continue on Easter, with live music provided by local saxophonist Michael O’Neil. For reservations, visit portablurestaurant.com.

200 Independence Dr/, Lobby Level, Menlo Park

 

San Francisco

Recchiuti Confections

An artisan chocolate leader for over 20 years, Recchiuti Confections is known for meticulously sourcing ingredients and hand-crafting their recipes in small batches using traditional European techniques. Store locations are One Ferry Building, Shop #30, and 801 Twenty-second Street. Visit recchiuti.com. The below items are available both in store and online.

  • Force Noir Eggs (12 pieces, $25): Dark chocolate shells filled with vanilla-laced chocolate and hand-painted with a fresh new design of lustrous pink and purple. 12 egg-shaped halves making up 6 whole eggs packed in an elegant platinum box
  • Almond Hazelnut Praline Eggs (12 pieces, $25): Signature 45% milk chocolate shells filled with 45% milk chocolate hazelnut-almond praline. 12 egg-shaped halves making up 6 whole eggs packed in an elegant platinum box
  • Bunnies and Blossoms (8 pieces, $22): Hop into Easter with the Bunnies and Blossoms truffle collection. Each Burnt Caramel truffle is topped with original artwork; truffles are made by blending dark, smoky caramel with 70% dark chocolate ganache and enrobing it in semisweet chocolate

 

Presidio Social Club

Nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s iconic Presidio National Park, Presidio Social Club (563 Ruger St.) is a former military barrack turned modern eatery paying homage to its historical past by celebrating classic Americana cuisine and a completely in-house maintained barrel-aged cocktail program. Presidio Social Club invites families to enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch between 9 a.m. -3 p.m. either indoors or on the restaurant’s tree-lined open patio (dependent on weather). They will offer both classic and specialty a la carte menu items such as those listed below. Visit presidiosocialclub.com. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

  • Mission-style chilaquiles ($15.95): with scrambled eggs, tomatillo, cotija cheese
  • Slow-roasted Leg of Pork ($23): with soft polenta, fried eggs, and salsa verde
  • Challah French Toast ($14.50): with pecan butter and maple syrup
  • Brioche Beignets ($10): with brown sugar hot chocolate

 

Capo’s Chicago Pizza & Fine Italian Dinners

Celebrating “Chicago-style cuisine with an emphasis on authenticity and quality ingredients,” Capo’s owner Tony Gemignani invites guests to experience a traditional Italian Easter dinner with classics such as his Stuffed Crust pies. Originally derived from the traditional Italian Easter pie, Scarciedda, Capo’s offers stuffed pizzas like the Big Jim, Old Chicago, and Frank Nitti.

641 Vallejo Street

 

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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

Purim, Easter and Passover food at Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola

Gayle's draws lots of customers all year round

Gayle’s draws lots of customers all year round–photo credit: Gayle’s web site

It’s already time for Purim and Easter, and Passover will be here before you know it—Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola is well stocked for all of these occasions. It’s recommended you pre-order to guarantee availability.

Purim: Gayle’s has Hamentashen in both Nutella and Lemon Poppy Seed varieties. These are $2.50 and available through March 24.

Easter: This year’s Easter a la carte selections include spinach balls (with Parmesan and herbs), deviled eggs, quiche (bacon and caramelized onion or broccoli and cheddar), rosemary roasted potatoes, and hot cross buns made with raisins, candied orange peel, and icing.

They also offer Easter dinner, which is available for pick-up after 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26. It includes Corralitos ham with citrus spice glaze, potatoes au gratin, lemon asparagus, and butter flake rolls (serve 2: $38, serves 4-5: $90, serves 8-10: $165). These dinner items are also available a la carte.

Special Easter desserts include Bunny Parade carrot cake, Salted Caramel Bird’s Nest cake, and triple chocolate egg cake. The first two are $25 and the latter is $34. Individual Easter pastries include Easter cupcakes ($3.50) and chocolate brownie eggs ($4.25). Cookies include decorated chicks ($2.50).

Passover: They are offering a classic Passover beef brisket dinner ($17.95) with zucchini & potato latkes, honey glazed carrots, lemon asparagus and haroset. On Passover (April 22), this will be available cold at noon or hot at 4 p.m. The dinner items are also available a la carte.

Matzo ball soup (with Gayle’s own chicken broth, chicken, carrots and scallions—a la carte for $7.50) will be available for several days, from April 22-30. Special desserts also available until the 30th include macaroons (coconut or chocolate hazelnut, $1.95) and lemon almond ricotta torte ($22.95) and strawberry rhubarb crisp with matzo meal streusel topping ($8.95/$21.95).

Location: 504 Bay Ave. Capitola, 831-462-1200

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Lindt Chocolate expands Easter treat offerings for 2016

Lindt Chocolate has lots of fun items for Easter 2016

Lindt Chocolate has lots of fun items for Easter 2016

Lindt Chocolate has always been a delicious option for Easter with many fun offerings, and this year they added even more great selections—whether you’re looking to make an Easter basket for one of your kids or you want to buy a treat for a special someone.

I had a recent opportunity to try a couple items—the traditional mini chocolate egg bag and the brand-new large, hollow milk chocolate Lindt “Little Chick”—and highly recommend both (the latter also comes in a package of five mini hollow figures made from milk chocolate).

The 2016 Lindt Easter collection is available online, at Lindt Chocolate Shops, and at select retail locations.

Here are a few other Easter highlights from Lindt:

Lindt Bugs and Bees
These decorative, foil-wrapped critters are perfect for spring and to crawl around in Easter baskets. The bugs and bees are comprised of milk chocolate with hazelnut and have a crisp filling.

Lindt Chocolate Carrots
These make a cute combination with the Lindt bunny since all bunnies love carrots. Each of the four solid milk chocolate carrots is blended with hazelnut.

Lindt GOLD BUNNY Basket
This ready-to-gift bunny basket features a pair of hollow milk chocolate Lindt GOLD BUNNY figures in a springtime display.

NEW: Lindt GOLD BUNNY Storybook Gift Set
This gift set comes with a 3.5 oz Lindt GOLD BUNNY in milk chocolate and the new “An Easter Surprise: The Tale of Lindt GOLD BUNNY” storybook (as told by the Lindt Master Chocolatier).

NEW: LINDOR Milk Egg Carton
This carton of six smooth LINDOR eggs comes in Milk Chocolate and is perfect for decorating or egg hunting.

NEW: Lindt GOLD BUNNY Carrot Car
Lindt GOLD BUNNY is now on the go. One 3.5 oz Lindt GOLD BUNNY takes the wheel of a specially designed Carrot Car with two 10g Lindt GOLD BUNNYS in tow which are created with premium Milk Chocolate. This one is available exclusively at Kroger.

Happy Easter!

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New Leaf Community Markets’ upcoming classes & Aptos expansion

Artist’s rendering of Aptos Village green and New Leaf Community Markets store

Artist’s rendering of Aptos Village green and New Leaf Community Markets store

New Leaf Community Markets has news to share: it’s adding a location in Aptos, and it has a variety of appealing cooking classes this month including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

First, the expansion. The 17,500 square-foot store, expected to open by August 2017,  will be in the Aptos Village Project (Soquel Drive and Trout Gulch Rd.). The store will be New Leaf’s eighth, including six in Santa Cruz County, one in Half Moon Bay and one in Pleasanton. New Leaf plans to feature outdoor patio seating plus a large freshly prepared foods department with new, made-to-order options such as a wok and ramen bar. Like other New Leaf locations, there will be freshly-made juices and smoothies, local and organic produce, natural meats, sustainable seafood and local handcrafted products.

The store will be housed in the relocated, historic Hihn Apple Barn and serve as the anchor for the Aptos Village Project, which contains approximately 65,000 square feet of leasable commercial space and 69 homes (mostly townhouses and condominiums).

Interested in classes? There are lots to choose from this month across the county; here is a sampling of what the Westside location (1101 Fair Ave., 831-426-1306) is offering.

Global plant-based cooking class
Chef and cookbook author Lauren Hoover-West will lead a four-week hands-on cooking class, “Cooking Around the World,” on Wednesday nights March 9th-30th. All recipes will be plant-based and gluten-free; they include enchilada pie with spiralized carrots, walnut taco “meat,” paleo bread, crockpot veggie lasagna, and carrot muffins. Each class includes a full meal. Topics will include how to spiralize veggies and fruit, fermenting (coconut yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and nut cheeses), veggie and bone broth making, and slow cooker and pressure cooker recipes and techniques. Preregistration is required. The series costs $219 until March 7, then $249. Wednesday classes are 6:30-9 p.m.

Homemade Pie Workshop
Celebrate National Pi Day by assembling sensational seasonal pies from scratch with nutrition consultant Madia Jamgochian. Teams of three will prepare winter/spring favorite pies that are gluten-free—lemon meringue, strawberry cream and apple marzipan—and then enjoy them. Monday, March 14, 6-8:30pm. Preregistration is required. Cost is $35 or $30 each for two.

Gluten-Free Italian Favorites
Join chef Amy Fothergil for a hands-on cooking class Tuesday, March 29, and learn how to make gluten-free Italian classics from scratch: pasta, chicken parmesan, focaccia and a special surprise Italian dessert. Class includes full meal and recipes to take home. Time: 6-8:30pm. Cost is $40 or $35 each for two. Preregistration is required.

Free Spring Bunny Photo Booth
In honor of Easter, customers are urged to “hop on over and snap a picture of your little loved ones with our furry friend.” There are two options: New Leaf can take a pic using their camera, and then send people a link to access it online (parents must sign a release, and New Leaf can use photo for promotional purposes) and/or people can take photos using their own cameras.
Friday, March 25, Noon-3pm, New Leaf, 1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz
Saturday, March 26, Noon-3pm, New Leaf, 1210 41st Ave, Capitola
Sunday, March 27, Noon-3pm, 1134 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

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Restaurants for Easter in San Francisco and the East Bay

Top of the Mark in San Francisco is serving an Easter Brunch bruffet

Top of the Mark in San Francisco is serving an Easter Brunch buffet

Dining out for Easter 2015? It’s this coming Sunday; here are some restaurant highlights for San Francisco and the East Bay.

San Francisco Restaurants
A16

A16 will host a festive Easter brunch and dinner featuring with creations from Executive Chef Rocky Maselli. For brunch, A16 will offer the restaurant’s regular a la carte menu plus traditional Italian Easter staples like Verdetto. This is a dish from Bari in Italy’s Puglia region where young lamb is braised in white wine until tender; the sauce is thickened with a mixture of egg and grana padano, served with snap peas and English peas and shoots. A16 will be open from 11am-9pm. For more information on A16 San Francisco or to make reservations, visit www.a16sf.com or call 415.771.2216.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Top of the Mark Executive Chef Nenad Stefanovic presents the annual Easter buffet on Sunday, April 5. Guests will enjoy a selection of raw bar items, antipasto, salad, and small plates including roasted marinated beets, with goat cheese, walnut oil and roasted heirloom tomato gazpacho. Entrée selections include pesto marinated sliced strip loin of beef with potato timbers, jasmine tea demi; muscovy duck l’orange with roasted parsnip; and grilled dorado with white bean mash and tomato relish. Brunch favorites can be had at the omelet station and a build-your-own-buttermilk waffle station. Guests of Top of the Mark’s Easter brunch will enjoy entertainment by pianist Ricardo Scales, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Reservations can be made by calling InterContinental Mark Hopkins: 415.616.6940.  Easter brunch is served from 10am – 2pm; Adults are $119 and children between the ages of four and 12 are $59. Visit www.topofthemark.com.

Luce at the InterContinental San Francisco
Luce will feature an Easter brunch buffet on Sunday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Michelin-star Chef Daniel Corey is offering a selection of dishes including chilled poached prawns with a spicy cocktail sauce, herb & garlic roasted tenderloin of prime beef with au jus horseradish and salsa verde, and traditional brunch items such as french toast with banana and whipped cream. Pricing is $75 per person (including bottomless mimosas), $45 per child 4-12 years (4 and younger are free). This excludes tax and gratuity. The traditional Luce a la carte breakfast/brunch items will also be available Easter morning, but only until 10:45 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling 415.616.6566 or visiting opentable.com. Learn more about Luce at lucewinerestaurant.com.

Presidio Social Club
Presidio Social Club will be offering an Easter feast on Sunday, serving both brunch and dinner. Offerings include sea salt baked ham and roasted leg of lamb with spring vegetables.  You can top off the experience with wine, champagne, or specialty cocktails from the PSC Bar. Call 415.885.1888 for reservations. Learn more at presidiosocialclub.com.

Central Kitchen
Highlighting a traditional Easter feast, Central Kitchen invites patrons to celebrate Easter with a three-course family-style dinner for $65 per person featuring lamb. Guests are also welcome to enjoy Easter Brunch, offered from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Kitchen’s brunch menu features sweet and savory delights. From a Medjool date sticky bun to fried chicken benedict, and french toast bread pudding to the CK brunch burger, there is a wide array of dishes. Also available: seasonal Bellinis made with Mercat Cava, a beer float with Death and Taxes black lager, and fresh-squeezed mimosas. Reservations can be made at 415.826.7004 or opentable.com. Learn more at centralkitchensf.com.

OneUP
OneUP, located at the Grand Hyatt in SF in Union Square, is serving a 3-course prix-fixe Easter Brunch with a glass of champagne or mimosa for $60 per person.  Call 415-848-6187 or visit opentable.com for reservations. Learn more about the restaurant at hyatthotels.hyatt.com/corporate/restaurants/oneup/en/home.html.

East Bay
A16 Rockridge

A16 Rockridge in Oakland will offer special brunch and dinner offerings by Chef Rocky Maselli. For brunch, A16 will offer the restaurant’s regular a la carte menu plus traditional Italian Easter staples like Verdetto. This is a dish from Bari in Italy’s Puglia region where young lamb is braised in white wine until tender; the sauce is thickened with a mixture of egg and grana padano, served with snap peas and English peas and shoots. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.a16rockridge.com or call 510.768.8003.

FIVE
This Easter Sunday, join FIVE at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley for a special a la carte menu from chef Stéphane Tonnelier. Dishes include both savory and sweet items, such as duck confit and potato galette; crab omelette; orzo ‘mac and cheese;’ eggplant parmigiano soufflé, honey mustard glazed ham; and chocolate chip pancakes. Contact opentable.com or 510.225.6055 for reservations. Visit five-berkeley.com for details.

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Restaurants for Easter in Santa Cruz and San Jose

Brunch at Johnny's Harborside in Santa Cruz

Brunch at Johnny’s Harborside in Santa Cruz

Hard to believe but it’s already Easter 2013; if you haven’t made plans for dining out this Sunday, here are some restaurants in Santa Cruz and San Jose with special offerings.

 Santa Cruz Restaurants

Hindquarter Bar & Grille

Hindquarter is open on Easter Sunday. From 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. it will be featuring a special brunch menu with “savory and sweet selections plus luscious libations.” From 5:30-9 p.m. it will be serving its full dinner menu special appetizers, entrees and desserts for Easter. Call (831) 426-7770 for reservations.

303 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

Johnny’s Harborside

Santa Cruz restaurant Johnny’s Harborside is offering a special Easter brunch menu from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (last seating at 2:15 p.m.). Dinner service begins at 3 p.m. with a few specials in addition to the regular menu. Easter brunch specials include a variety of Eggs Benedicts (such as a crab cake variation for $16, traditional for $12), a lobster omelet with asparagus and havarti cheese ($16), and a proscuitto breakfast sandwich ($11). Call (831) 479-3430 for reservations.

493 Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz

 

Chaminade

The Chaminade offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; the price is $49.95 (adults), $17.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include prime rib, honey baked ham with Jack Daniels glaze, rosemary and garlic encrusted lamb leg, a seafood bar with teriyaki salmon, peel and eat prawns, fried calamari and more, omelets made to order, and Belgian waffles with fresh berry compote. Additional highlights: several salads, roasted vegetables, cheese ravioli, a chocolate fountain, and a sundae bar. There will be Easter egg hunts for the kids at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m, and 2:30 p.m. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.

One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

 

Ideal Bar & Grill

Ideal Bar & Grill is serving special Easter Brunch selections, plus a regular limited brunch menu, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and dinner from 4-9:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be at the restaurant from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brunch specials include Crab Benedict ($15) plus Pancetta-wrapped Pork ($15) marinated in rosemary, thyme, and garlic, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Call (831) 423-5271 for reservations.

106 Beach Street, Santa Cruz

 

The Point

The Point is serving special Easter dishes for brunch (8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner (4 p.m. onward). Brunch specials include Cajun Blackened Salmon ($12) with avocado and asparagus benedict, and dinner specials include Bleu Cheese and Prosciutto Stuffed Pork Chop ($16) and Crabmeat and Lobster Lasagna ($21). Call (831) 476-2733 for reservations.

3326 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz

San Jose

Left Bank

Left Bank on Santana Row is serving Easter Brunch special dishes in addition to its regular menu. One selection is Quiche a la chair de crabe dormeur et asperge local ($14.50), which is 
Dungeness crab meat and local asparagus quiche served with organic mixed greens, honey, and passion fruit vinaigrette. Call (408) 984-3500 for reservations.

377 Santana Row, Suite 100, San Jose

Other local restaurants doing Easter meals include Café Cruz in Soquel (dinner begins at 4 p.m.; call (831) 476-3801) and Faz in Sunnyvale (brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. plus easter egg hunt; call (408) 752-8007).

 

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Restaurants for Easter in Santa Cruz and San Jose, Part 2

The Chaminade is serving its annual festive Easter Brunch Buffet this Sunday in Santa Cruz

Dining out on Easter is a great way to celebrate with friends or family or both, and Santa Cruz and San Jose has many restaurants offering special menus this Sunday. See Part 1 for more restaurants, and see below for the second and final group of restaurants I am highlighting. Happy Easter!

Santa Cruz
Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Le Cigare Volant
Le Cigare Volant (formerly Cellar Door) in Westside Santa Cruz offers a prix fixe Easter brunch for $40 created by new chef Ryan Shelton. The three-course meal, served from 10am-3pm, includes one glass of wine. Here is the menu: “Smoked Salmon” Arctic Char Frittatta and Frisee Salad with Complimentary Pairing: Fragola Frizzante (2009 Moscato Frizzante w/Strawberry Nectar), House Made Duck Sausage with Blueberry Granola Farrotto, and Bread and Butter Pudding with Maple Bacon Ice Cream.
Call (831) 425-6771 for reservations.
328 Ingalls Street (in Swift Street Courtyard), Santa Cruz

Chaminade
The Chaminade offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 9am-3pm; the price is $49.95 (adults), $17.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include prime rib, 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, quiche, a chocolate fountain, and a sundae bar. There will be Easter egg hunts for the kids at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm, appearances by the Easter Bunny, and balloon artists. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations or email chaminadeinfo@benchmarkmanagement.com and include your phone number.
One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz 95065

Ideal Bar & Grill
Ideal Bar & Grill has Easter Brunch specials plus limited selections from its regular brunch menu. Selections include Crab Benedict ($15) and Pancetta-wrapped Pork ($15) marinated in rosemary, thyme, and garlic, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Call (831) 423-5271 for reservations.
106 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 95060

San Jose
Left Bank
For Easter, Left Bank on Santana Row is offering special “Spring-inspired” brunch, lunch, and dinner menu additions. A limited regular menu will also be available. Brunch additions include Quiche au Chorizo et Poivrons (Basque-style quiche, housemade chorizo, bell peppers, tomatoes, basil, Ossau Iraty cheese, wild arugula salad, basil vinaigrette) and Crêpes au Jambon et au Fromage de Chèvre (spinach, Parisian ham, goat cheese crêpes, sunny-side-up egg), both $11.75. Dinner additions include Longe D’Agneau Grillèe (marinated grilled lamb loin, polenta cake, spring vegetables, lamb jus, $32) and Flétan D’Alaska (pan-roasted Alaskan halibut, ratatouille, basil oil, $28). Call (408) 984-3500 for reservations.
377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose, CA 95128

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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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Easter dining in Santa Cruz & nearby: Restaurants with special menus, part 2

Dining out on Easter is a great way to celebrate with friends or family or both, and Santa Cruz has many restaurants offering special menus this Sunday. See Part 1 for more restaurants in the Santa Cruz area and one in Half Moon Bay, and see below for the second and final group of restaurants I am highlighting. Happy Easter!

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Cellar Door Restaurant

Cellar Door in Westside Santa Cruz offers a prix fixe Easter dinner for $40. The three-course dinner features rabbit and eggs and also comes with three tastes of suggested wines. Cellar Door’s a la carte menu will also be available on Sunday. Both menus are available from 5:30-9pm, the restaurant’s normal Sunday hours. Call (831) 425-6771 for reservations.

328 Ingalls Street (in Swift Street Courtyard), Santa Cruz 95060

Hoffman’s

Hoffman’s, located in downtown Santa Cruz, is serving Easter Brunch from 8am-2pm and Easter Dinner from 5-9pm. The restaurant is featuring its regular menus plus Easter specials during both meals. Also available are Easter goodies to go including cake, scones, cookies, hot cross buns, and four kinds of quiche. Call (831) 420-0135 for reservations.

1102 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz 95060

Chaminade

The Chaminade offers its annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 9am-3pm; the price is $49.95 (adults), $17.95 (kids 6-12), and free for kids under 6. Selections include slow roasted prime rib, honey ham with Jack Daniels glaze, a seafood bar with Dungeness crab legs, omelets made to order, and an extravagant array of desserts. There will be Easter egg hunts for the kids at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm, and balloon artists. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations or email chaminadeinfo@benchmarkmanagement.com and include your phone number.

One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz 95065

Clouds

Downtown Santa Cruz restaurant Clouds recently started serving Sunday brunch every week. For Easter, it will serve its regular menu (which features three varieties of eggs benedict, waffles, omelets, and more) plus a few Easter specials such as a fourth benedict and at least one extra waffle or omelet (the menu was still being finalized at press time). Clouds is also offering live music during Easter brunch and every Sunday brunch. Call (831) 429-2000 for reservations.

110 Church Street, Santa Cruz 95060

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