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Enjoy delicious food & drinks at A Taste of Santa Cruz Thursday

The Point Chophouse serving food at a previous “A Taste of Santa Cruz,” Photo credit: A Taste of Santa Cruz, used with permission

The 13th annual “A Taste of Santa Cruz” (ATOSC) at the MAH on Thursday, Nov. 9, features more than 15 participating restaurants plus 16 wineries and two breweries. The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. and benefits first-time home buyers. Tickets are $45 in advance or $55 at the door if it’s not sold out. The cost includes a commemorative glass plus tantalizing tastings from 30-plus vendors. Buy tickets online, or visit atosc.com or call 831-464-2000 for more information.

 

This year’s event is at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History for the first time, and attendees can enjoy the museum’s three floors of exhibits before or after their refreshments. There is also a “tasting garden” on the rooftop where attendees can purchase glasses of wine and beer and purchase wine to take home. All proceeds from the event benefit the grant assistance program of the Santa Cruz Association of Realtors Housing Foundation, which provides closing costs for first time, low-income home-buyers in Santa Cruz County. Also, Habit for Humanity Monterey Bay is collaborating with ATOSC this year.

 

Selected Bites at the Nov. 9 event

Splash!
Trout Bruschetta – House smoked trout with a tomato confit

Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Two items: Ruben Rolls with corned beef on an egg roll with sauerkraut & dipping sauces, and traditional Irish Bangers

Persephone
Budino (savory Parmesan custard with balsamic glaze and fried sage)

Michael’s On Main
Two items: Smoked Pork Belly Sliders-Chipotle aioli, pickled slaw, crème fraiche on Hawaiian sweet rolls, and Spicy Tuna Spring Rolls with avocado, shitake mushrooms and wasabi mousse

Pour Taproom 

Maine Lobster Rolls (with fresh lobster flown in from Maine)

Hula’s Island Grill – Santa Cruz 
Hawaiian Ceviche with fresh white fish, cooked in citrus with coconut milk, chili, cilantro & garlic

The Turkey Boat

“Thanksgiving Dinner in a Bowl” and dessert

The Jerk House

Jerk House Wings  with sweet Hibiscus Glaze or Jerk Glaze plus Sweet Fried Plantains

Buttercup Cakes & Farmhouse Frosting
Dessert Buffet of holiday treats and cupcakes

Other participating vendors include Akira, The Point Chophouse, Marini’s Candies (assorted chocolates), Aldo’s Santa Cruz, Percy’s Pies, Makse Bars, Oasis Tasting Room (El Salchichero cured meats and accompaniments), Woodstock Pizza and Cowboy Bar and Grill (pulled pork). Wineries include Alfaro Family Vineyards, Bargetto, Burrell School, Clos Tita, Equinox Wines & Bartolo Winery, Kings Mountain Vineyards, Loma Prieta Winery, McHenry Vineyard, Odonata Wines, Roudon-Smith Winery, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Ser Winery, Villa del Monte Winery, Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery and 37th Parallel. Breweries are East Cliff Brewing Co. and Uncommon Brewers.

 

Other highlights at the event: live and silent auctions with items from local businesses and individuals. Prizes include stays at an oceanfront home in Aptos plus homes in Donner Lake, Puerto Vallarta and Maine; a wine lovers package; restaurant gift certificates; family-friendly activity tickets; shopping and wellness packages; and outdoor experiences.

Location: MAH, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz

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Tickets available for Friday farm to table wine dinner at Chaminade

Wrights Station is one of three wineries being featured at the Chaminade dinner July 8

Wrights Station is one of three wineries being featured at the Chaminade dinner July 8

 

The second installment of Chaminade Resort’s annual Farm to Table Dinner summer series is Friday, July 8, and there are still some tickets available for this event with local libations from Summit to Sea Wineries and fresh ingredients from Fiesta Farm. In case you missed it, here is my preview article which describes the series in more detail. You can also visit the Chaminade web site for more information.

 

The cost is $110 inclusive per person and this includes hors d’oeuvres (served at the 6 p.m. reception with wine), a multi-course family style dinner with wine pairings (6:30 p.m.), and dessert. Call (831) 475-5600 for reservations.

 

For this Friday’s dinner, Executive Chef Nicholas Church is utilizing produce from Fiesta Farm; see menu below. Three wineries from the Summit to Sea wine group will be featured: Burrell School Vineyards, Loma Prieta Winery and Wrights Station.

July 8 menu

Reception:

Flat Bread

Crostini with Grilled Vegetables and Fava Bean Puree

Bacon wrapped Figs

Pork Satay

Wines:

2013 Burrell School “Teacher’s Pet” Estate Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

2012 Wrights Station Unoaked Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

2013 Loma Prieta Pinotage, Amorosa Vineyard, Lodi

2013 Wrights Station Pinot Noir, Arena Block, Santa Cruz Mountains

 

Starter:

Seared Day Boat Scallop with a Prosciutto and Mango Relish

Wine: 2013 Loma Prieta Viognier, Amorosa Vineyard, Lodi

 

Appetizer:

Crispy Pork Belly with Quail Eggs

Apple Puree

Wine: 2013 Wrights Station Pinot Noir, Arena Block, Santa Cruz Mountains

 

Salad:

Grilled Romaine with Smoked Pork Loin and Peaches

Ancho Vinaigrette

Wine: 2012 Burrell School Estate Cabernet Franc, Santa Cruz Mountains

 

Entrée:

Pork Osso Bucco

Soft White Polenta

Roasted Vegetables

Wine: 2013 Loma Prieta Pinotage, Amorosa Vineyard, Lodi

 

Dessert:

Cherry Bombe

Cherry Mousse, Almond Genoise

Salted Caramel

 

The Details

Farm to Table Dinner

July 8, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Courtyard Terrace at Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

(831) 475-5600

$110 per person

 

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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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