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Homeless Garden Project food events in Santa Cruz

Tomato, Thai basil & mozzarella bites will be available at HGP’s Pop Up Store Sept. 1. Photo credit- HGP Facebook page

Homeless Garden Project has two Santa Cruz events coming up that sound positively delicious.


Friday, Sept. 1, 5:30-8 p.m.: Tomato & Friends HoeDown

Homeless Garden Project invites the community to its Pop Up Store for a “taste of the Farm.” Attendees can taste—fresh from the vine—goodies like tomatoes, tomatillos and padron peppers. There will also be special treats created by HGP’s Enterprise Manager, Angie Smith, including tomato, Thai basil & mozzarella bites and blistered padrons with avocado crema. Plus, enjoy live music by Anthony Reyes. In addition to being HGP’s Farm Manager, Reyes is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who plays traditional roots/ Americana inspired music while incorporating elements of classical, jazz, and blues. Read more on HGP’s Facebook page.
Location: 30 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz


Saturday, Sept. 16, 3:30-7 p.m.: Homeless Garden Project benefit dinner

HGP is holding an organic benefit dinner at its farm, the latest in its Sustain Farm Dinner series. Sustain is a seasonal gourmet dinner series featuring organic produce from the farm, wine pairings, and guest speakers discussing sustainable topics. This time the keynote speaker is Tom Steyer, founder & president of NextGen America. The admission fee, $150, benefits HGP. Read more and purchase tickets online.

A different chef will prepare each of the dinner’s four courses. Derek Rupp, Owner and Chef at East Side Eatery, will prepare flatbread pizza appetizers. Sara LaCasse, Chef Consultant for Earthbound Farms, is preparing Farm lettuces and herbs with pickled farm vegetables in ginger vinaigrette, while Passionfish owner/chef Ted Walter will create an entrée of chili-lime chicken served with grilled corn, Early Girl tomatoes and Cotija cheese. Aubergine pastry chef Yulanda Santos is providing dessert: zucchini cake with roasted strawberries and lavender-lemon cremeux.

In 2007, Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, founded Beneficial State Bank, an Oakland-based nonprofit bank that invests any profits back into the community. They are committed to sustainable farming practices through Pescadero’s TomKat Ranch, an 1800-acre cattle ranch that produces grass-fed and finished, pasture-raised beef. “Programs like the Homeless Garden Project are crucial to combating homelessness and ensuring all Californians have access to educational opportunities, job training and stable housing,” says Steyer. “In California, we have a responsibility to care for our most vulnerable communities, and that’s why we must continue to fight for progressive policy solutions.”

Location: HGP Farm, Shaffer Road at Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz


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Flavors of Pacific Grove features local chefs, restaurants, wineries

Flavors of Pacific Grove boasts many chefs, restaurants, and wineries

Flavors of Pacific Grove boasts many chefs, restaurants, and wineries

The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce hosts “Flavors of Pacific Grove: A Celebration of the Great Chefs of Pacific Grove” on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Inn at Spanish Bay.

The event is $50 per person and attendance is limited to 300. Tickets must be purchased and picked up prior to the event, which is projected to sell out. There will be live music from The Money Band.

Chefs and restaurants will be serving appetizers, and wineries will be pouring tastings. Featured chefs include Cindy & Ted Walter (Passionfish), Marietta & Pierre Bain (Fandango), Briana Sammut & Guillaume D’Angio (The Beach House Restaurant), Mark & Julie Davis (Vivolo’s Chowder House), Jeff Weiss (jeninni kitchen + wine bar), Gina Juntaradarapun (Pacific Thai Cuisine) Danny Abbruzzese (Asilomar Conference Grounds), Jordan Champagne (Happy Girl Kitchen Co.), Tamie Aceves (Crema), and Dory Ford (Point Pinos Grill). Wineries include Cima Collina, Percherone McFarland, and Pierce Ranch Vineyards.

There will be silent and live auctions—prizes include trips, restaurant certificates, accommodations and golf packages. Proceeds will benefit the Chamber of Commerce & Tourist Centers.

For details and/or tickets see www.pacificgrove.org or call 831-373-3304.

Event location: The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach