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Food Trucks A Go Go hosts Santa Cruz summer events

A fried chicken taco and pork taco from February made by Saucey’z, a vendor at the June 30 event. Photo credit: Tara Fatemi Walker

Food Trucks A Go Go is hosting a variety of summer events including June 30 in Santa Cruz and weekly Taco Tuesdays at Soquel’s Blue Ball Park (officially named Anna Jean Cummings Park).

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS

June 30’s event, at Santa Cruz’s San Lorenzo Park (137 Dakota Ave.), has free admission. There will be a beer and wine garden with refreshments from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and Bargetto. Food truck participants will include Ate3One, G’s Tacos, Saucey’z, and Lindsey’s Palate Pleasures. Dinner and drinks will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. At the family-friendly event, there is lots of space for groups to enjoy the evening. There will be a bluegrass theme and lawn games. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and there will be tables and chairs available for seating. The City of Santa Cruz, FOPAR (Friends of Parks and Recreation) and Food Trucks A Go Go are collaborating to put on this event.

 

This is the first of four Food Truck Fridays at San Lorenzo Park: the remaining dates are July 28, August 18 and September 29.

TACO TUESDAYS

Food Trucks A Go Go is also hosting weekly Taco Tuesdays at Soquel’s Blue Ball Park (461 Old San Jose Rd). Every Tuesday from 5-7:30 p.m., except July 4th when they’re taking the week off, there are at least two trucks selling food and drinks. The trucks vary from week to week; past ones have included Holopono and G’s Tacos. There are picnic tables, and people are welcome to bring blankets to picnic on the grass.

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Trifecta of food events in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley Friday, Oct. 28

Food from vendors  in the Oct. 28 Food Trucks A Go Go event: Choke Coach carne asada fries, Ate3One poke nachos, G's Mexican Tacos taco plate, Aunt LaLi's sundae

Food from vendors in the Oct. 28 Food Trucks A Go Go event: Choke Coach carne asada fries, Ate3One poke nachos, G’s Mexican Tacos taco plate, Aunt LaLi’s sundae

There are several food- and wine-related events in the Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley areas this weekend; here are three going on tonight, Friday Oct. 28 — actually they all start in the late afternoon, at 4 or 4:30 p.m., depending on the specific event.

Scotts Valley Dinner & Movie with Food Trucks A Go Go

Food Trucks A Go Go has organized dinner & a movie at Scotts Valley Community Center. The original venue was the outdoor Skypark one block away, but that was changed due to the rain forecast. Dinner service is from 4:30-7:30 pm. The movie, Transylvania 2, begins at 6:30pm. Valley Churches United is hosting a Beer & Wine Garden and is also collecting canned goods. People who come dressed in a Halloween costume and who make a canned good donation will receive a treat. The food truck line-up is Ate3One, G’s Mexican Tacos, Aunt LaLi’s and Choke Coach.

Location: Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

 

Tanglewood Halloween Popup at MJA

Chef Rachel Hughes of Tanglewood Catering is collaborating with MJA Vineyards for Pop Up in the Cellar: Halloween by Tanglewood at the Westside Santa Cruz wine tasting room. The menu is influenced by Halloween and the wines of MJA. Food will be available from 4 p.m. until it’s sold out; items are sold individually. The menu is Carrot Ginger Soup with a Sour Cream Web ($5), Meatballs in a Red Sauce with Alfredo ($8), Green-eyed Deviled Eggs with Red veins ($6), Bleeding Panna Cotta ($7) and Medusa Chocolate Mousse Cake ($7). There will be a costume contest as well.

Location: MJA, 328 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz

 

My Mom’s Mole at Food Lounge

My Mom’s Mole is doing a “Dia de los Muertos” night of dining and dancing at the Food Lounge.  Costumes are encouraged. It starts with Happy Hour from 4-6 with dinner service from 5 to 9 pm (or until sold out). There will be rueda de casino (Cuban-style salsa) dance throughout the night. Beverages (beer, wine, cider & cocktails) will be available from the bar. The food choices will be roasted chicken, pulled pork, roasted root vegetables, and wild rice & butternut squash with fall herbs, all served with My Mom’s Mole (vegan), Mole Poblano (Gluten Free), or Mole Verde (Gluten Free).

Location: Santa Cruz Food Lounge, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz

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Food Trucks A Go Go expands with weekly Westside Santa Cruz, Soquel & Scotts Valley offerings

 

An example of a poke dish from Pono Hawaiian Grill, whose food truck Holopono will be at local events July 26 and July 29. Photo credit: Pono Facebook page

An example of a poke dish from Pono Hawaiian Grill, whose food truck Holopono will be at local events July 26 and July 29. Photo credit: Pono Facebook page

 

Great news for local food truck fans: starting this week, Food Trucks A Go Go is going to operate weekly events in Westside Santa Cruz, Soquel and Scotts Valley.

 

First, the Westside SC details:

Starting July 26, there will be food truck lunch service every Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Delaware Addition parking lot. This week, G’s Tacos and Zameen Mediterranean Food Truck will be featured.

Location: 2120 Delaware Ave.

Next, Soquel details:

Taco Tuesdays at Blue Ball Park (the nickname for Soquel’s Anna Jean Cummings Park) start July 26. Every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., customers can buy special taco selections from local food trucks in addition to each truck’s signature dishes from their regular menus. This Tuesday, G’s Tacos and Holopono are confirmed. Pono Hawaiian Grill operates Holopono; there will be Hawaiian-style tacos plus nachos, salads, poke and more.

Location: 461 Soquel-San Jose Rd.

Finally, Scotts Valley:

Starting July 25, there will be lunches for sale on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club parking lot. This week, G’s Tacos and Zameen Mediterranean will appear.

Location: 5060 Scotts Valley Drive

After LaLi Kates of Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Cafe formed the business Food Trucks A Go Go last year, she launched a monthly food truck event at Scotts Valley’s Skypark. The community response was even better than she had imagined, and she was soon organizing a variety of events, sometimes on Friday nights and sometimes during Sunday brunch.

“We are so excited to be launching these new locations and present the unique and delicious food from our local food trucks,” shared Kates. “The food trucks will rotate to offer a variety of food options at each of the locations.”

At the end of this week, on Friday July 29, Food Trucks A Go Go is partnering with Event Santa Cruz for “Summer Nights & Edible Delights” 5-9 p.m. at the Delaware Addition. Admission is $3. The line-up includes: Holopono, Ate3One, G’s Tacos, Saucey’z, Conscious Creations, Humble Sea Brewing Company and Stockwell Cellars.

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Hula’s lanai celebration, artisan food market, & other Santa Cruz events Friday

New lanai at Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Room

New lanai at Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Room

There are many food events occurring Friday, May 13 in the Santa Cruz area, including a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of a lanai at Hula’s in downtown Santa Cruz.

 

Hula’s: Ribbon cutting
Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room is proud to announce that its new lanai—an outdoor dining space in front of the restaurant—is the first parklet in downtown Santa Cruz. Hula’s and the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz are co-sponsoring a celebratory event from 4 to 5 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30. Happy hour is from 2-6 p.m. with several tiki drinks and pupus at special prices. For more information, call (831) 426-HULA.
Location: 221 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz

Food Lounge: Artisan Food Market
From 4-8 p.m., the Food Lounge is the site of the Artisan Food Market, described as ‘farmers market meets cocktail hour.’ There will be several local food artisans and pop-up vendors plus local wine, beer, and cocktails. Vendors will include My Mom’s Mole, Kickin Chicken, Tanglewood, and new participants such as Big Wave BBQ, Twins Kitchen and Santa Cruz Bakes (pizza to order). The Artisan Market series, which began last June, is held the second Friday of each month.
Location: 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz

Food Trucks a Go Go: Dinner & A Movie
Food Trucks A Go Go is hosting dinner & a movie at Skypark in Scotts Valley, with dinner and drinks being served from 4:30-8 p.m. and the movie Inside Out airing at 8:30. Attendees can choose from eight local trucks, and there are picnic tables at the park. Participating food trucks are Ate3One, Zameen Mediterranean, The Choke Coach, Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café, Carmona’s BBQ, Zocalo Tamales, G’s Tacos #2 and India Gourmet.
Location: 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

Popup: Banh Mi
Third Coast Chef, a group of restaurant-trained chefs, will be selling Banh Mi sandwiches at Pop Up (next to Assembly) from 5 to 10 p.m. Banh Mi is a traditional sandwich from Vietnam. Third Coast’s version will include choice of filling (pork/pate, chicken or tofu) plus pickled daikon and carrots, jalapeno, cilantro, and mint. Green papaya salad and Vietnamese iced coffee will also be sold, and there will be an encore day Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 1108 Pacific Ave.

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Santa Cruz food truck roundup & panel discussion from Event Santa Cruz

Aunt LaLi & Ate3One food trucks at a past Food Trucks A Go Go event

Aunt LaLi & Ate3One food trucks at a past Food Trucks A Go Go event

Event Santa Cruz is partnering with Food Trucks A Go Go to present The Food Truck RoundUp, which aims to highlight the area’s local food scene and will offer a short panel dialogue featuring a few of Santa Cruz’s event producers. The event will be held on Friday, April 29 at 5 p.m. at The Delaware Addition (2120 Delaware Ave).

Admission is free for kids and $3 for adults. Food from some of the area’s popular local vendors and craft beer from Humble Sea Brewery will be available for purchase. The food vendors are offering “small plate” menus so that guests can sample lots of different items; see below for highlights.

Event Santa Cruz’s Matthew Swinnerton will moderate a short panel discussion at 6:45 p.m. Panelists include David Dennis (Ventana Surfboards & Supplies), Doug Erickson (Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup), Sally Kane (Santa Cruz Food Lounge), Monica Karst (Santa Cruz Socialites) and LaLi Kates (Food Trucks A Go Go).

Food vendors & menu highlights

Ate3One, Santa Cruz & Monterey County – A truck with delicious “modern street food” by a husband and wife team. Friday’s food will include:

  • Mini Poke “Nachos”
  • Mini Naughty Fries (I’m not sure if they’re the same every time, but last fall I had this at a Food Trucks A Go Go event and it included bacon, garlic confit, Parmesan and cheddar cheese, sour cream, house aioli and scallions)
  • “CBC-P” Corralitos Brewing Co. draft beer-braised Pork Sando
  • Bavarian Cream Stuffed Churro

Aunt Lali’s Mobile Cafe, Scotts Valley – A fabulous ice cream truck. Friday’s food will include:

  • organic espresso drinks
  • affogatos
  • scooped ice cream
  • your fave ice cream truck treats
  • ‘Nawlins-style organic iced coffee
  • made-to-order ice cream sandwiches

Tacos Las Varas Nayarit, Watsonville – It’s been described as a “gigantic taco truck” and I haven’t had the opportunity to try their food yet. Friday’s food will include:

  • tacos
  • tortas
  • quesadillas
  • plates with rice, beans, salad
  • meat choices: asada, pastor, carnitas, pollo, chile verde & birria

Kickin Chicken, Santa Cruz – This local business first got famous for their scrumptious fried chicken and waffles. Friday’s food will include:

  • Fried chicken sandwiches
  • Strawberry snap pea salad
  • Succotash

Event Santa Cruz produces monthly events that showcase thriving local businesses and the people behind them.

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Trio of food events in Santa Cruz & Scotts Valley this Friday

Tacos and cactus/kale salad from My Mom’s Mole

Tacos and cactus/kale salad from My Mom’s Mole

There are many food events occurring this weekend in the Santa Cruz area—here are details for three events Friday, April 15: two in Santa Cruz and one in Scotts Valley.

Tacos & Waffles at POPUP

My Mom’s Mole and The Green Waffle are partnering for dinner at POPUP from 5-9:30 p.m. (or earlier if the food sells out). Customers get their choice of waffle (cauliflower, blueberry or yam) and their choice of mole tacos: My Mom’s Mole traditional sauce with pork and garnished with persimmon; My Mom’s Mole with roasted vegetables (brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and green beans) and garnished with persimmon, or mole verde with chicken and garnished with cranberry. You can also add cactus/kale salad as a side. I went to last month’s My Mom’s Mole popup and tasted this salad—plus roasted vegetable mole and chicken mole verde—and highly recommend all. Cesario Ruiz, founder of My Mom’s Mole, describes the salad–with nopales, kale, red onion, tomato, jalapeño & cilantro in a citrus dressing—as having “an acidity and tartness that balances well with the flavorful moles…this is a must-try that we often sell out of first!” Ruiz recently won a 2016 NEXTies award for “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Unfamiliar with The Green Waffle? Like My Mom’s Mole, they are a small local food business that does their production at Watsonville’s El Pajaro Commercial Kitchen Incubator. All waffles are made with oats, egg whites, spinach, and banana. You can also find the waffles at Staff of Life in Santa Cruz, Deluxe Foods in Aptos, and GNC and Second street cafe in Watsonville.
Location: POPUP, 1108 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz

Indian cuisine at Food Lounge
Karma Khana will be hosting a dinner pop-up at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge from 5 to 9 p.m. Dishes available—with prices from $4.50 to $7—will include chundal chaat, paneer-stuffed peppers, rockfish biriyani, turkey and lamb kebabs, and Gobi Manchurian. I had the opportunity to taste founding chef Varun Raghavan’s delicious food when he collaborated with LionFish Supper Club for their popup series “A Taste of India” last November at the Food Lounge.
Location: 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz

Food Trucks a Go Go And Beer & Wine Garden
Food Trucks A Go Go, a food truck event company, is hosting its next food truck event at Skypark in Scotts Valley, with dinner and drinks being served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees can choose from seven local trucks, and there are picnic tables at the park. Participating food trucks are Ate3One, Zameen Mediterranean, The Choke Coach, Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café, Carmona’s BBQ, Zocalo Tamales and G’s Tacos #2. Profits from a beer and wine garden, sponsored by the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation and the Mountain Charlie Challenge (the latter is happening the following weekend), will benefit the four Scotts Valley public schools.
Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

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Scotts Valley Beatles-themed Sunday brunch with Food Trucks A Go Go

Acai Cup by Aunt LaLi, a featured item at Sunday’s Beatles Brunch

Acai Cup by Aunt LaLi, a featured item at Sunday’s Beatles Brunch

Food Trucks A Go Go is hosting a Beatles Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Skypark in Scotts Valley. It’s the latest installment for the fun monthly food truck series that LaLi Kates of Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Cafe launched in September. Save the date for February’s event—it’s going to be Sunday brunch on Feb. 21 at Skypark. Details will be announced soon.

On Sunday, Jan. 10, brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Food vendors include Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café, Ate3One, G’s Tacos, and India Gourmet. In case of rain, the event will be canceled and rescheduled.

When asked what her inspiration was for creating this month’s new theme, Aunt LaLi replied, “I wanted to create a twist (and shout) for this month’s Go Go Brunch and pairing Beatles music with delicious brunch items seemed like a good fit!” She says that the food vendors are excited and are creating unique items for Sunday. Want a preview? How about cold poached salmon with champagne dill sauce, cucumber, local mixed greens and a buttermilk biscuit; a Huevos Rancheros sandwich; breakfast burritos; a bacon-eggs-pancake combo; samosa sliders; a large selection of naan (garlic, onion, and more) served with garbanzo beans and chutney; chai tea, and mango lassis.

Aunt LaLi’s will be selling espresso drinks, affogatos, and acai cups (see photo above). Aunt LaLi says these cups contain strawberries and bananas mixed with acai (from delicious Brazilian Amazon fruits packed with powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas), then topped with strawberries, bananas and granola.

There will be lots of seating available at picnic tables throughout Skypark. Attendees can enjoy Beatles music while they dine. LaLi says the playlist with “classics” will include Loaf Me Do, Lucy in the Fries with Diamonds, I Wanna Hold Your Ham, Lettuce Be, and Ate Days A Week.

Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

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