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Eat soup Thursday & help Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center

A scene from the 2017 Soupline Supper (courtesy of Soupline web site)

Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center (HSC) invites the community to eat unlimited soup from dozens of local restaurants, caterers, and other food businesses from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Cocoanut Grove.


The 19th annual Soupline Supper assists HSC as it helps families and individuals in our community find safe, permanent homes. Last year’s dinner helped 249 people find a permanent home. For $50 per person, attendees receive soup, salad, bread, and dessert. Wine is available for an additional donation. Kids’ tickets are $20. Buy tickets online.


Participating restaurants in 2018’s Soupline include 99 Bottles, Assembly, The Bagelry, Café Cruz, Erik’s Deli, Gabriella Café, India Joze, Kelly’s French Bakery, La Posta, Manuel’s, Oswald, Shadowbrook, Soif, and Walnut Ave Café. See full restaurant list at souplinesupper.org/restaurants.


The usual set-up is this: there are different tables around the perimeter of the room, all with large containers of homemade soup, with about a dozen available at any one time (selections rotate throughout the evening). Attendees walk around and choose which ones to sample. Public officials and other community leaders serve the soup. This year’s “Celebrity Ladlers” include local politicians Mark Stone, Richelle Noroyan, Cynthia Chase, Zach Friend, Ryan Coonerty, and John Leopold; and arts and community organization leaders such as Keisha Frost (United Way), Nan Mickiewicz (Dominican Hospital), Susan Nemitz (SC Public Library), Susan True (Community Foundation SC County) and Nina Simon (MAH).


Buy tickets and read more information online at souplinesupper.org.

Free parking after 4 pm is available at the Boardwalk lot across from the Cocoanut Grove.

HSC is a non-profit organization that partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing. HSC’s vision is that homelessness in Santa Cruz County should be rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Event location: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz

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Last-minute Santa Cruz food-related New Year’s information — plus contest

Seafood ravioli at Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria



Here are some details on Santa Cruz restaurants and food-related venues, plus a contest where you can win a food-related prize (see end of article for details).



Refer to my articles on selected Santa Cruz and San Jose restaurants open on New Year’s:

A few more restaurants open for New Year’s:

  • Bantam
  • Crow’s Nest
  • Gabriella Café
  • Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria
  • Shadowbrook


Closed for New Year’s (Eve and/or Day):

  • Casablanca (re-opening Jan 4)
  • Charlie Hong Kong (re-opening Jan 2)
  • Mission Hill Creamery (open until 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve until early morning New Year’s Day; closed the rest of New Year’s Day)
  • Kelly’s French Bakery (Open New Year’s Eve regular hours; closed New Year’s Day)
  • Tramonti (closed both NYE and NY Day)

Adjusted Hours:

New Leaf Community Markets – all locations are open both New Year’s Eve and Day, with shortened hours. See web site for exact hours (varies by location).




1) If you are one of the 12 people who won a prize during my recent “12 Days of Christmas” promotion, you are ineligible for this contest.

2) Pick contest A or B to enter – you can only enter one!

Contest AMichael’s on Main has graciously donated a certificate for two people to enjoy its Tuesday night food, wine & beer pairing series. The normal price is $25/person, so this certificate is worth $50. These events include live music and occur throughout the year on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The next series starts Jan. 8 and lasts through March 26. Here is the January line-up:

  • 1-8 We love Pork! In all it’s goodness….bring a bib for juicy pork spareribs, pork sliders, wedge salad with Corralitos bacon and more. Soquel Vineyards will be pouring and Ken Constable will be playing. Don’t miss it!
  • 1-15 Crab Feed with Guest Chefs Paul and Terry Gregory Quick! Before the season ends…Who can be satisfied with just one crab dinner? Not us. Reservations are required to be sure we have enough crab for everyone. Wines will come up from Monterey County’s Scheid Vineyards and music from Jay Alvarez.
  • 1-22 Cioppino – Soquel’s own Pinky Gilmore is known for her famous Cioppino. You usually have to wangle an invitation to her house for some but tonight she will make it at Michael’s. If you haven’t tried the Renwood Zin, now’s your chance. Also pouring the Lee Family Farms Verdelho. And they both go great with cioppino. Kevin McDowell will play guitar.
  • 1-29 Grandma’s House Come on down for some meatloaf, mashed potatoes and all the cozy comfort foods from Grandma’s kitchen. An old-time Soquel favorite, Bargetto Winery will be pouring and David O’Connor will play.

Contest BKelly’s French Bakery has generously donated a $25 gift certificate. Choose sweets, savories, or anything in between!

To enter, email your name to tfatemiwalker@yahoo.com and include the words “Contest A” or “Contest B.”

Entry deadline is Sun. Dec. 30 at 6 p.m.

The drawing will take place that evening; the winner will be notified via email.

Christmas gift ideas for Santa Cruz foodies during holiday season 2012

South Indian Lemon Rice prepared at Indian Cuisine 101 at Let’s Cook! cooking school

It’s four days ‘til Christmas, time to keep shopping…below are a couple gift possibilities. And if you’ve missed some of my other ideas in the last several days, here are a few links:

Know someone who likes to cook? Try a Let’s Cook! gift certificate for a fun gift. The cooking school has lots of great classes, and they’re for cooks of all levels. Most classes cost $65, so that’s what the standard gift certificate costs – if your gift recipient chooses a higher or lower-priced class, details can be worked out when they call the school to register. Order online.

A pound of coffee or a tin of tea, or a coffee/tea-related gift, is often a good bet for friends or family. I recently tried a few holiday offerings from Peet’s and enjoyed them greatly. The 2012 Holiday blend coffee ($16.95/lb.) is robust and flavorful. Each year, Peet’s uses “the best of the best” crops from that particular year. This year’s blend highlights coffee from Kenya. Special holiday teas include Holiday Breakfast Blend ($11.95/tea tin, $9.95 tea bags), a strong black tea that features Darjeeling and other varieties, and Good Hope Spice Blend ($6.95/tea bags) Peet’s first new herbal blend in more than 12 years (and only available during the holidays). I find Good Hope to be sweet in a balanced way; it includes South African honeybush, orange peel, and allspice. Other choices in Santa Cruz and nearby include Verve, Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co., and Starbucks.

Kelly’s French Bakery in Westside Santa Cruz has a few selections that are good for either gifts or for adding to your holiday meal. These include Buche de Noel ($22), strawberry rhubarb pie ($21), Stollen ($16), gingerbread or chocolate loaves ($8), and cookies (sable, gingerbread, prices vary). To guarantee availability, call (831) 423-9059 by Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. to place an order. Or you can walk in and hope for the best – just be sure to visit before 2 p.m. on Dec. 24, that’s when Kelly’s closes on Christmas Eve (and it’s closed Christmas Day).

Lastly, Fresh Prep Kitchens is having a holiday gift certificate sale: Buy two, get one free. They are available in $35, $50 or $100 denominations through the web site, or call (831) 435-9260. The venue provides fresh, easy-to-prepare meals and you can pick them up in Capitola, or have them delivered (for no additional fee) to your door.

News about Westside Santa Cruz restaurant Café Iveta

Westside Santa Cruz's Cafe Iveta is a pleasant and affordable venue with delicious offerings

Since Summer 2010, family-owned-and-operated Santa Cruz restaurant Café Iveta has provided locals with great coffee, tea and espresso, a variety of lunch items such as sandwiches and soups, and many pastries including scones (interesting fact: scones are how Iveta first started, as a food company with products including baking mixes with scone mixes as its specialty). I am a fan of Café Iveta and want to share some of the changes at Café Iveta that have occurred in the last few months.

Lunch offerings have always included several tasty sandwiches served on local fresh bread. There is a BLT (Iveta’s best-selling sandwich) with crispy hardwood smoked bacon, fresh Bibb lettuce, and homemade spicy mayonnaise. Some customers add soft-poached egg or avocado. Or Tunisian Tuna with white albacore tuna, red and green bell peppers, and hot giardiniera, and Caprese with fresh mozzarella, homemade pesto, and tomatoes. Now the café also has a lunch combo for $8, which is perfect if you’re in the mood for something lighter. You get a half-sandwich plus a cup of homemade soup or a half Italian salad. Soup choices vary and have included roasted eggplant and cream of mushroom. The salad features mixed greens, garbanzo beans, tomato, shaved Parmesan, and homemade croutons.

Another new lunch choice: “quick-grab sandwiches,” perfect if you’re on the go or want a small sandwich for any other reason. These are Salami and Provolone ($3.25) and Imported Prosciutto and Brie ($4.95).

In recent months, Café Iveta has done some successful remodeling. Now there is an expanded gift shop and a very pleasant large patio. The retail shop has items like scone and muffin mixes, tins of tea, and bakeware. Also, the café has an upstairs area available for rental if you are in need of a Westside Santa Cruz space for a work meeting or a small party. It’s about 300 square feet; contact ivetaloft@gmail.com or (831) 234-5653 for more information.

Location: 2125 Delaware Ave Suite F (near Swift), Santa Cruz 95060, (831) 713-0320
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

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Dinner Market at Kelly’s Bakery: a bounty of local restaurants & wineries gather for one night

Ceviche taco made by Nuevo Southwest Grill at a previous Dinner Market

Kelly’s French Bakery and the Swift Street Courtyard are hosting a community dinner market this Saturday, June 25, from 5:30-9pm, and several restaurants and wineries gather for a unique experience. This is the fourth Dinner Market; the first took place in June 2009.

Folks get to choose from a variety of foods and drinks at affordable prices, then sit outside at tables set up just for the occasion and enjoy their purchases plus live music (folk, jazz, and swing). Before selecting which food and drink to buy, each adult pays a $5 admission fee which benefits Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group, which has worked since 1995 to raise money for organizations (such as Hospice of Santa Cruz County and WomenCARE) and fund new research. Kids 12 and under are free. With each ticket purchased, attendees receive a complimentary raffle ticket for prizes including a Ward Coffey surfboard and a $300 Southwest Airlines gift card. You can also buy extra raffle tickets if you want to increase your odds.

Restaurants, stores, caterers, and wineries will all have booths at the Dinner Market. The six wine vendors include Vine Hill Winery and Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. The brewery Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing will be selling organic beer. Food vendors include Feast for a King Catering (Saturday’s choices include Pomegranate Chicken and Strawberry Lemonade), Cafe Ella (selections include Savory Bread Pudding), Nuevo Southwest Grill (Ceviche Tostada and more), and el Salchichero (Brisket Tacos is one offering). el Salchichero is Swift Street Courtyard’s newest retailer; read about the butcher shop that opened in February 2011.

For full list of vendors and selections, see Kelly’s Bakery web site. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own plates, utensils, and glasses from home – and cloth napkins if possible – to save on waste.

The Details:

June 25, 2011


Swift Street Courtyard parking lot (402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz)

$5 Admission; food and drinks for sale

For more info call (831) 423-9059 x102

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Kelly’s Bakery ice cream window re-opens with free ice cream Friday

Kelly's Ice Cream Window at Swift Street Courtyard

The ice cream window operated by Kelly’s French Bakery, first opened in June 2010 but closed for the fall/winter seasons, is re-opening today with free ice cream!

To get free ice cream on Friday, April 8, 2011, you need to name owner Kelly Sanchez’s favorite ice cream, which is Caramel Almond. With this information you receive a free ice cream cone (your choice of flavor).

The ice cream window is located in the same courtyard as the bakery (called Swift Street Courtyard, it’s located on Ingalls & Swift), and now offers milkshakes and malts. When the ice cream window is closed, during the colder months of the year, you can still buy it – you just have to go into the bakery itself. To learn details and the history of Kelly’s ice cream and sorbet, which is made on-site at the bakery, read my comprehensive article from last summer.

Location: Swift Street Courtyard, 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 423-9059

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