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Thanksgiving weekend wine tasting & holiday shopping in Santa Cruz & Carmel

Surf City Vintners is hosting an art, wine & gift bazaar

Surf City Vintners is hosting an art, wine & gift bazaar

I’ve got details on two wine and holiday shopping events worth checking out this holiday weekend: one in Santa Cruz, and one in Carmel Valley.

Santa Cruz
Surf City Vintners is hosting an art, wine and gift bazaar on Friday afternoon in Westside Santa Cruz at the Swift Street Courtyard.

Surf City Vintners is comprised of 10 wineries including Equinox/Bartolo, Odonata, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Silver Mountain Vineyards, and Vino Tabi. At the event, there will be wine tasting, plus gifts for sale by local artisans. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of clothing or non-perishable food for the Walnut Ave. Women’s Center. Wineries are also donating a portion of the day’s tasting fees, which range from $5-10, to the Women’s Center. For more information, visit surfcityvintners.com.

Swift Street Courtyard is at Ingalls & Swift Streets.

Carmel Valley
Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery is holding a special two-day event at its Carmel Valley Village wine tasting room from 1-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday Nov. 28-29.

You’re invited to taste wine as you browse beautiful jewelry and cards for sale from Santa Cruz-based designer Fereshteh Fatemi (disclaimer: I might be biased about the “ beautiful” because Fereshteh is my mother, but she definitely has a lot of fans!). Fifteen percent of all sales will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Beginning Nov. 28, if you visit the tasting room you can pre-order holiday wreaths and gifts from family-owned Creekside Farms, and 15% of these sales will benefit Alzheimer’s research. Other holiday gifts that are available from Holman regularly – not just this weekend – include wine packs, wine club memberships, and organic Holman Ranch extra virgin olive oil (the latter has a 50-case limited production).

The Holman Ranch Tasting Room is at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road. Visit holmanranch.com.

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A Taste of Santa Cruz 2014 features 30 restaurants, wineries

Food from 2013’s

Food from 2013’s “A Taste of Santa Cruz”

The 10th annual “A Taste of Santa Cruz,” at the Cocoanut Grove on Thursday, Nov. 13, features approximately 30 participating restaurants, wineries, and breweries. The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. and benefits first-time home buyers. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Buy tickets online. For more information, visit the site www.atosc.com or call 831-464-2000.

Attendees sample food and drinks, and all proceeds from the event benefit the Santa Cruz Association of REALTORS Housing Foundation grant program that provides closing costs for first time, low-income home-buyers in Santa Cruz County.

Participating food providers include Aldo’s, Assembly, Chaminade, Paradise Beach Grille, Pleasure Pizza’s East Side Eatery, Crow’s Nest, Hula’s, Johnny’s Harborside, Mission Hill Creamery, Shadowbrook, The Point, The Kitchen at Discretion Brewery, Stagnaro Bros. Seafood, and Woodstock’s Pizza. Wineries and breweries include Trout Gulch Vineyards, Storrs Winery, MJA Vineyards, and Uncommon Brewers.

Other highlights at the event: more than 100 raffle prize packages from local businesses and artisans. Prizes include a Las Vegas penthouse stay, four floor seats to a Santa Cruz Warriors game, and four club seats plus VIP parking to a SF Giants game.

Several hundred people attend this event, raising approximately $30,000 annually. Purchasing your tickets in advance is recommended.

Event location: Cocoanut Grove Grand Ballroom, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz

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Family-friendly Santa Cruz events: Mission Hill birthday, Mole & Mariachi festival

Mariachi Gilroy, a performer at the 2014 Mole & Mariachi Festival

Mariachi Gilroy, a performer at the 2014 Mole & Mariachi Festival

Here are a couple upcoming family-friendly events in Santa Cruz.

Mission Hill Creamery’s 2nd birthday celebration: Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
Owner Dave Kumec invites the community to visit Mission Hill Creamery’s Scoop Shop and Dessert Café on Monday, Sept. 15 – all day and until they close – for a $1 birthday scoop of ice cream. This special discount is his way of saying thanks for all your support.

A bit of history, as told by Dave:
Mission Hill Creamery started 4 1/2 years ago in the Culinary Center of Santa Cruz on Front Street. From those humble beginnings, we have grown to our current location and now offer a variety of ice creams, desserts, novelties, milkshakes, floats, as well as a full coffee and tea menu, and packed pints. Our products are distributed in nine counties and growing. Come help us celebrate as we happily grow into our third year in our Pacific Avenue Creamery store.”

Location: 1101B Pacific Avenue near Cathcart, next to Taqueria Vallarta and across the street from Kianti’s
Hours for 9/15 celebration: Noon to 11 pm

Mole & Mariachi Festival: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
The 2nd annual event is from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, and it offers lots of fabulous food—and not just mole! In addition to local food, wine, beer, and other beverages, guests can enjoy music and dance performances, kids’ crafts and a piñata, and a raffle. I attended last year, and it was great fun for the whole family. There is free admission.

This year, nine local restaurants and chefs will prepare moles. Festival attendees and a panel of local celebrity judges will select their favorites. Santa Cruz restaurant El Jardin won “People’s Choice” last year. If you want to sample moles, there is a $10 tasting kit for sale. A list of mole competitors and other vendors is below.

All event proceeds benefit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Want to avoid the trouble of parking your car? There will be bike valet service at the park, as well a free trolley to the festival from downtown Santa Cruz.

For more info, visit www.thatsmypark.org. Watch a 30-second Mole & Mariachi PSA video here.

Location: Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, 144 School Street near downtown Santa Cruz

Mole competitors:

  • El Chipotle Restaurant in Soquel (preparing “rojo Oaxaqueño mole”)
  • El Jardin Restaurant in Santa Cruz (preparing “Jorge’s Traditional Mole”)
  • My Mom’s Mole from Watsonville (with a 25-ingredient Guanajuato-style sauce that is spicy, not sweet, prepared by chef Cesario Ruiz)
  • Lidia’s Taqueria in Watsonville (traditional Oaxacan dark mole with nopales [cactus paddles])
  • El Chino Restaurant in Santa Cruz (mole with poblano chiles)
  • The Kitchen at Discretion Brewing (Soquel brewery)
  • Vivas Restaurant in Santa Cruz (serves organic food)
  • Maya Mexican Restaurant in Scotts Valley (Michoacán mole)
  • Plaza Lane Optometry (a newcomer to the event, will prepare a staff member’s personal recipe featuring chocolate, peanuts and pumpkin seeds)

Vendors selling a variety of food/drinks:

  • El Jardin Restaurant
  • Garcia’s Fish Tacos
  • Mission Hill Creamery
  • Chocolate Restaurant
  • Sazon Mexicano
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Lagunitas Brewery

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Don’t miss Gourmet Grazing cancer research benefit with a wide array of food & wine

Attendees at a previous Gourmet Grazing on the Green

Attendees at a previous Gourmet Grazing on the Green

It’s time for the 11th annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green, where you can enjoy a large amount of first-rate food (from local restaurants and caterers)—plus beverages from local wineries, breweries, and distilleries—in a friendly and festive atmosphere. And you will be helping support the very worthwhile Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group (SCCBG).

Gourmet Grazing is Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 from noon to 4 p.m. at Aptos Village Park.

The event usually sells out a few days ahead of time, so I recommend you buy tickets soon. This year organizers are allowing 1,200 tickets to be sold instead of 800, so it is possible that tickets won’t sell out as fast—but you never know! SCCBG Board member Mary Anne Carson commented: “Due to its popularity, we’ve expanded our space in order to bring in more food purveyors, restaurants and vintners, as well as more Grazers, this year. We look forward to another stellar event and raising even more funds for the benefit of our beneficiaries.”

Purchase $65 tickets at New Leaf Community Markets (downtown, Westside or Capitola locations) or online. If you have a group of 10, you can get tickets for $50 each. Admission includes food, wine, beer, a souvenir wineglass, and live music. The event is outdoors; last year it actually rained for a short while, but everyone just ran under the few sheltered spots and it stopped as quickly as it started.

New this year is a “big bottle silent auction,” courtesy of new festival partner Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association (SCMWA). There will also be a bottle booth operated by SCMWA, an alliance of more than 60 wineries promoting wine produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation.

Some of the food creations that participants will taste have been created with products generously donated by event sponsors Coke Farm, Watsonville Coast Produce, and presenting sponsor New Leaf Community Markets.

Some of my favorite dishes from last year’s festival included Café Rio’s Rio Prawn Spring Roll (included mung bean noodles, sprouts, carrots, green onion, basil, and mint) and Johnny’s Harborside’s Gazpacho Seafood Cocktail (calamari, scallops, shrimp, garnished with baby romaine and a watermelon radish). For more 2013 highlights, see my recap article.

There are more than 25 participating restaurants, farms, and food vendors for 2014 including The Crow’s Nest, Shadowbrook, Café Cruz, Café Rio, The Whole Enchilada, Solaire Restaurant and Bar, Hula’s Island Grill, Santa Cruz Fish Co., Everett Family Farm, MacKenzie Bar & Grill, Friend in Cheeses Jam Co., Redwood Hill Farms, The Penny Ice Creamery, and The True Olive Connection.

More than 25 participating wineries, breweries and distilleries include Venus Spirits, Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery, Beauregard Vineyards,  Burrell School Vineyards, Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Seabright Brewery, Sones Cellars, Bonny Doon Vineyards, and Kathryn Kennedy Winery.

This year, Kathryn Kennedy Winery will pour wine including 2011 Kathryn Kennedy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, which sources say is “amazing.”

Proceeds from SCCBG’s events, including this year’s Gourmet Grazing, benefit these local cancer support and research organizations: Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association, Katz Cancer Resource Center, UCSC Cancer Research, the Teen Kitchen Project, and WomenCARE Cancer Advocacy. Over the last decade, SCCBG has distributed more than $1.5 million to directly support the Santa Cruz community.

There will be a raffle, with ticket sales benefiting SCCBG. Prizes include jewelry, restaurant gift certificates, a wetsuit from O’Neill, and SCMWA Wine Passports.

More details:
There is free parking and free shuttle service from Cabrillo College Lot E.
For more information on the event, see www.sccbg.org or call (831) 465-1989

Aptos Village Park: 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos

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Santa Cruz’s Chaminade: food, wine, and beer events during September

A selection by Chef Kirsten from Chaminade’s July 2014 Farm to Table dinner, courtesy of Chaminade Facebook page

A selection by Chef Kirsten from Chaminade’s July 2014 Farm to Table dinner, courtesy of Chaminade Facebook page

Santa Cruz’s Chaminade Resort & Spa is offering several opportunities to feast and indulge during the month of September.

Saturday, Sept. 6: Beer, Brats & Blues
At the 2nd annual Beer, Brats & Blues, from 5-8 p.m., reps from local breweries including Discretion Brewing and Santa Cruz Aleworks will be pouring brews. The food will include sausages (such as kielbasa and bratwurst), a variety of housemade mustards, Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut, coleslaw, cucumber dill salad, warm pretzels, German potato salad, and apple strudel bites. Carie & the SoulShakers will provide live music.
Cost: $40 adults, $18 kids 6-12, free for kids under 6

Friday, Sept. 12: Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series
At this month’s Farm to Table Dinner, Route 1 Farms and Morgan Winery will be featured during a five-course meal. The annual series, which began in June and ends Oct. 10, showcases local wineries and local farms through dishes prepared by skilled Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza. Diners also get the chance to meet farmers and winemakers. Read about my memorable experience at the June Farm to Table Wine Dinner, which includes food details.

Want to make it a complete Chaminade experience and stay overnight? Visit this link; the hotel offers special packages with accommodations plus the Farm to Table dinner for two and breakfast for two.
Cost for dinner (no accommodations): $80, includes five-course dinner and endless wine, excludes tax and gratuity

All month long: California Wine Month
September is officially California Wine Month, and Chaminade is celebrating with three special offers.

  • The Grape Escape Package: Enjoy wine tasting at one of Chaminade’s preferred wineries, 10% savings on overnight accommodations, breakfast for two and waived corkage fee when you have dinner at Linwood’s Bar & Grill.
  • California Wine-down at The Spa at Chaminade: The Spa at Chaminade has packaged their 80-minute Aromatherapy Massage (your choice of aromatherapy blend) with an afternoon of tasting at one of Santa Cruz County’s premier vineyards. The package is available for the entire month of September for $189, which includes a 15% savings. For this package, call 831-465-3465 to schedule appointment—make sure to mention the special offer.
  • Price “Crushing” Bottles of Wine All September Long: Linwood’s Bar & Grill at the Chaminade, open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily, serves a variety of California wines alongside their all-day-fare menu. Select bottles of wine will be half-off their normal price during the entire month of September.

Make reservations for any or all events (except the spa promotion, see separate number above) at 831-475-5600, and visit chaminade.com for more information.

Location: Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

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Back to School Bash at New Leaf Community Markets

New Leaf offers healthy ideas for school lunches

New Leaf offers healthy ideas for school lunches

It’s back to school season—which also means thinking about back to school lunches, snacks, etc. Living on the Central Coast we have lots of fresh food available, but providing lunches and/or snacks for your kids definitely takes planning. Luckily, New Leaf Community Markets in Santa Cruz and Capitola are hosting events to help.

Community members are invited to visit the Westside store Saturday, Aug. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. for the back to school bash, which will provide ideas for getting ready for the school year ahead. Attendees can sample hot products, enjoy an educational store tour and healthy lunch cooking demos, and participate in fun games and raffles. There will be live music too.

The store tour occurs at 2-3 p.m. It’s called “Lunch Box Heroes” and New Leaf staff will teach which foods are best for your kids (nutrient dense, etc.) to help keep them energized and focused all day long. Tastes of a few of the shop’s favorites will be offered; participants are urged to “bring the kids along to taste as we go!”

Samples from vendors will include

  • Earl’s Organics Fresh Fruit
  • Sambazon Acai Bowls
  • Betsy’s Bar Non
  • Creative Cultures Probiotic Drinks
  • Justin’s Peanut Butter
  • Honest Chips
  • Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
  • SeaSnax

Cookbook Author Elizabeth Borelli will be in the classroom cooking up some healthy lunch options like Vegetable Nori Wraps and Sprouted Wheat Cookies.

From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, there will be a similar Back to School Bash at the Capitola New Leaf. In addition to product samples and lunch demos, highlights include free kids’ haircuts and a fire truck.

For general information, see the New Leaf web site at newleaf.com.

For Westside events, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/o/new-leaf-community-markets-westside-2725205834.
For Capitola events, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/o/new-leaf-community-markets-capitola-4141133429 (note that as of press time, no events after July 2014 are listed on this page).

New Leaf Westside location: 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, 831-426-1306
New Leaf Capitola location: 1210 41st Ave., Capitola, 831-479-7987

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Westside Santa Cruz New Leaf: cooking classes & events for kids and teens

Kids enjoy cooking at New Leaf Community Markets

Kids enjoy cooking at New Leaf Community Markets

Organic, Santa Cruz-based New Leaf Community Markets offers lots of food, coffee, and cooking events, and there are a few cooking classes and events for kids and teens coming up soon at the Westside Santa Cruz New Leaf—including one for the whole family. The July 19 family workshop is taught by Elizabeth Borelli. I took a class with this Beanalicious Living author last fall; she’s a great teacher.

Small Sprouts Workshop for Families: 2-5 p.m. Sat 7/19/14
Engaging kids in food growing and preparation is one of the best ways to start them on a path to healthy decisions.  Join award-winning author Elizabeth Borelli for an interactive workshop that will introduce kids to the fun of sprouting, the benefits of knowing how to prepare yummy food. With easy, step-by-step techniques for delicious recipes you can make at home, such as Ten Minute Spring Rolls to Sprouted Wheat Cookies. Preregistration required.
No age minimum, but it’s probably most appropriate for kids ages 5 and up. $20 adults/$10 kids.

Kids Summer Cooking Camp: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon 8/18-Thurs 8/21
The July 21-24 version of this camp sold out, so if you’re interested, I highly recommend you sign up soon! At this four-day summer camp with Chef Lauren, kids will learn how to make all three meals of the day, snacks, beverages and desserts that are all delicious and nutritious. They will also learn healthy alternatives to wheat, gluten, dairy and white sugar along the way. This mini-culinary experience will bring out the chef in each child and they will walk away with a wealth of cooking knowledge. Parents will watch their child excel in the kitchen and be able to take the night off from cooking while their son or daughter whips up a nutritious family meal. At the end of each camp day, the group will enjoy a well-balanced lunch and engage in conversation about food, cooking and healthy habits. (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free).
Open to kids ages 8-12. $195.

There is also a four-day Teen Summer Cooking Camp from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon 8/4-Thurs 8/7. The description is same as the kids’ one above, except it’s open to teens ages 12-18.
The cost is $195 if you buy an early-bird ticket by July 25. After that, it’s $225.

Food-Flix Film Series for Kids and Teens
New Leaf began hosting a free summertime film series in late June. On selected Fridays at noon, New Leaf invites the community to watch “critically acclaimed documentaries about the state of our current food system while enjoying a healthy afternoon snack.” Ages 8 and up may attend with parents’ consent. On June 27 and July 11 the store aired Food Fight and Forks Over Knives, respectively. Remaining dates and films are below. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

July 25th – Super Size Me
While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month.

August 8th – The Future of Food
Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia’s eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.

August 22nd – Food Beware – The French Organic Revolution
Jean-Paul Jaud’s documentary visits a village in France where the mayor has mandated an all-organic menu for the lunch program in the local school. Farmers, parents, kids and health care advocates discuss the impact of the decision.

For more information, call 426-1306 or see the New Leaf web site at newleaf.com.
For events, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/o/new-leaf-community-markets-westside-2725205834.

New Leaf Westside location: 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz & Monterey food & wine events this weekend

Wine from Comanche Cellars and bread from Carmel Valley Country Bread, featured at Terranova Saturday

Wine from Comanche Cellars and bread from Carmel Valley Country Bread, featured at Terranova Saturday

There are many food and wine events occurring this weekend in Santa Cruz and Monterey. Below are details for three programs on Saturday and/or Sunday, June 7-8, 2014.

Other events include:

  • First Friday Santa Cruz — See firstfridaysantacruz.com for exhibits, and note there are usually several venues offering delicious refreshments to accompany art-viewing
  • Opening night of the Chaminade’s annual Farm to Table Wine Dinner series — read schedule and details at www.chaminade.com/santacruz_restaurants/farmtotable

Santa Cruz Saturday: Strawberry Festival benefiting women’s center
At the Strawberry Festival June 7, which benefits the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, you can win dinner for 2 at 12 Santa Cruz restaurants. That’s the grand prize of the event’s raffle which has 100 prizes. It’s an annual festival for WAWC (Walnut Avenue Women’s Center), which has worked to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families for more than 75 years. Read more at the WAWC web site at wawc.org. The festival raises funds for youth development services including mentoring, teen pregnancy prevention, teen dating violence awareness, educational workshops, and support groups.

Strawberry Festival 2014 will be held at 303 Walnut Avenue in Santa Cruz from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  Admission is free, and there will be food available for purchase including BBQ, strawberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and strawberry lemonade. There will also be carnival games, a bounce house, and live music.

Monterey Saturday: Taste wine and cheer for a horse
Terranova Fine Wines welcomes wine and horse racing fans to watch the Belmont Stakes at its Cannery Row store from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7. The post time for the Belmont Stakes is 3:52 p.m., and Terranova invites guests to help cheer on California Chrome. There will be Comanche Cellars wine tasting, olive oil and balsamic tasting with The Quail & Olive, and bread samples from Carmel Valley Country Bread. The tasting fee will be $10 per person and includes a sample of each wine, along with cheese and bread pairings. A la carte glasses of wine will be $10 each. Samples of olive oils and balsamics are complimentary. Bread, bottles of wine, olive oils, and balsamics will be available for purchase. There will also be a drawing for a signed magnum of Comanche Cellars wine (must be present to win).
315 Calle Principal, Monterey, www.terranovafinewines.com

Santa Cruz Saturday & Sunday: Loma Prieta Winery event
Loma Prieta Winery is having a Pinotage Club Pick-Up Party all weekend, noon to 5 p.m. each day. There will be live guitar music, appetizers, and oysters from local favorite Bill The Oyster Man. Oysters will be $1 each; please bring cash. Painter Jude Bischoff will be exhibiting his nature portraits at the winery on Sun. June 8.
26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos, www.lomaprietawinery.com

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Artichoke festival in Monterey this weekend has chef demos, kids’ activities

Chef demo at a previous Castroville Artichoke Festival

Chef demo at a previous Castroville Artichoke Festival

The 2014 Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, May 31-June 1, has relocated to the Monterey County Fair and Events Center to make room for more food and wine, more people, and bigger entertainment acts. Hours are Saturday Mary 31, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday June 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This year the family-friendly 55th Annual Castroville Artichoke Festival has a lot to celebrate, including the recent designation of the artichoke as California’s official state vegetable, proclaimed by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Festival activities include a farmers’ market, arts and crafts vendors, children’s carnival, artichoke eating contest and artichoke field tours.

Two performance stages will offer live music featuring bands Red Beans & Rice, John “Broadway Blues” Tucker, Nu-Horizon, and tribute bands for The Eagles, Doobie Brothers and Santana.

Attendees can enjoy gourmet artichoke dishes, some with wine pairings, plus food demonstrations prepared by Tony Baker of Monterey’s Montrio Bistro and other local chefs. Celebrity chef Ryan Scott, host of San Francisco’s KGO Radio cooking show and a Top Chef Season 4 contestant, will broadcast live from the festival on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are available online and at the gate; prices are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, active military, and seniors, and free for kids three and under.

The Monterey County Fair and Events Center is at 2004 Fairground Road. For details or online tickets visit www.artichokefestival.org.

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May 2 Santa Cruz dumpling pop-up plus Silicon Valley Restaurant Week

Food from LB Steak on Santana Row, a Silicon Valley Restaurant Week participant

Food from LB Steak on Santana Row, a Silicon Valley Restaurant Week participant

Here are details for two local culinary events:

First, a one-night dumpling pop-up in Santa Cruz Friday, May 2,  beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Location: POPUP, 1108 Pacific Ave.
in downtown Santa Cruz next door to Assembly, from the folks who brought you The Penny Ice Creamery and The Picnic Basket.
Tonight’s event showcases food from “Mortal Dumpling.” The talented man behind this business is Chef Noah Kopito, who also cooks for Hidden Peak Teahouse. I have tasted his dim sum once before—including BBQ pork buns and sesame balls—and I highly recommend it! He also sells his food each Monday from 5:30-7:30  p.m. at Front St. Kitchen (504A Front). Visit Mortal Dumpling’s site for more info and see its regular Monday  menu.

If you haven’t heard of it, POPUP is a space that has rotating “curated food concepts and events” as stated on its web site heypopup.com. Since launching in April, POPUP has had 3 events: two food ones and one with nonprofit Walnut Ave Women’s Center.

Next, Silicon Valley Restaurant Week
The event started Wednesday, April 30 and lasts until May 7. More than 50 local restaurants – from Los Gatos, Downtown San Jose and San Jose’s Santana Row to Mountain View, Saratoga, and Palo Alto – are serving discounted three-course gourmet dinners.

Special menus are offered and typically include three options for each course: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Customers choose one selection for each course. The SVRW menu prices do tend to vary; last fall, restaurants generally priced their meals between $35 and $65. This is because some choose to serve larger portions, use more expensive ingredients, and/or want to showcase signature dishes.

Silicon Valley Restaurant Week is held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Restaurant reservations are recommended.  For more information, and to see menus and prices for selected restaurants, visit the event web site at siliconvalleyrestaurantweek.com.

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