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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day 11: Locale

A box of Locale goodies, photo courtesy of Locale

The next “12 Days of Christmas Giveaway” prize is a $50 gift card from online food delivery business Locale. Read below to learn more about Locale and to find out how to enter the prize drawing.

Locale offers weekly delivery of food, with a unique set-up: customers get to choose products from dozens of businesses all over the Bay Area when they place orders, and it all arrives in one box for a flat fee. There is everything from fresh juice, produce and meat/seafood to ready-to-heat food to frozen selections.

In the mood to plan ahead and buy a different food for every day of next week? Locale has you covered. You can get avocados from Brokaw Ranch; pastries or sweets from bakeries like Manresa Bread, Ono Bakehouse, and Fleur de Cocoa; cheese from Cowgirl Creamery and Belfiore; Middle Eastern food from Oren’s Hummus (I had never tried their products before ordering from Locale, and I can highly recommend them); pizza from San Francisco’s Pizzeria Delfina (another product that was new to me, that I loved); Indian food from Curry Up Now, or Singaporean food from Straits—just to name a few! 

Los Gatos-based Locale delivers every Saturday to customers in Santa Cruz County, San Jose and Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, San Francisco, and the Peninsula. They even recently expanded to L.A.—that’s a different site, la.shoplocale.com, with L.A. county businesses providing items for sale.

Jonathan Friedland and Chris Clark co-founded Locale during the pandemic, in May 2020. They created the business after noticing that residents in their Los Gatos community were often waiting a long time for food and that people didn’t want to travel far with shelter in place, etc. The business soon expanded to nearby cities, and it’s grown exponentially since then, continuously adding more partners and products. Locale donates any extra food to Los Gatos’ Live Oaks Senior Center.

Need a gift idea? Locale offers gift cards in any amount.

Information: shoplocale.com, IG @localemarket.



One lucky reader will win a $50 digital gift card to Locale.

To enter, email your name to tara@santacruzfoodie.com by Friday Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. with the word “Locale” in the subject line. The winner will be notified via email.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Day Nine: Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria

Bûche de Noël (Yule log), photo courtesy of Gayle’s

The next “12 Days of Christmas Giveaway” prize is a $50 gift card from beloved Capitola institution Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria. Read below for how to win.

Gayle’s Bakery is popular any time of year, and during the holidays it’s especially busy. Although advance online orders have closed for Dec. 21-24, Gayle’s will have limited availability for certain popular items for walk-in customers on those days. These products include holiday appetizers like Deviled Eggs; Gayle’s Basil Torte (layers of sundried tomato & pesto, cream cheese and provolone with chopped pistachios outside—after ordering one of these tasty crowd-pleasing appetizers last year for the holidays, I am getting it again this year); and Creamy Brie Bake (Kalamata olives, sauteed mushrooms and scallions are encased in Gayle’s own Capitola Sourdough bread). Holiday dinners include Roast Turkey with housemade gravy and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and green beans with fresh thyme. Side dishes include scrumptious garlic bread loaves. Cakes include Mini Bûche de Noëls, Winter Princess Cake, and Flourless Snowy Forest Cake. Pies include Pumpkin, Apple Crumb, and Olallieberry.

Of course, we have to talk about Gayle’s pastries, including their amazing almond croissants, decadent cinnamon rolls, and savory ham and cheese croissants, all available year-round. They always have a variety of fantastic cookies, and during the holiday season they have specialties like red and green checkerboards (almond shortbread) which comes in individual pre-made cookies or a slice-and-bake log you can make yourself at home.

Although the pastries are a popular breakfast item, Gayle’s also makes wonderful hot breakfast foods like individual quiches (I tried the tomato & spinach one the other day and it was divine) and breakfast burritos (vegetarian option or with bacon). And of course, you can’t go wrong with one of the bakery’s many signature bread loaves, to have at home with butter and jam or whatever your heart desires. These include Joe’s Bread (wheat sourdough), Organic Old World Raisin Walnut Loaf, and Challah.

If you’re not aware of the bakery’s awesome Blue Plate offerings, here are details: every week Gayle’s creates five dinners. You can buy any of them as “cold plates” from Monday-Sunday (until they sell out). Each weekday, there is one Blue Plate special that you can purchase hot after 4 p.m. Recent ones have included Chicken Schnitzel with bacon pepper gravy, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Buttered Green Beans, and Shrimp Scampi with garlic & white wine Linguine, Fresh Asparagus and Rio Baguette. Other dinner ideas include lots of items in the cold case like their fabulous Salmon Niçoise salad. Note these salads won’t be available Dec. 23-24 when there is a limited menu.

Need a gift idea? Gayle’s offers gift cards in any amount.

Regular hours: Daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Holiday changes to hours: Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25

Information: gaylesbakery.com, IG @gaylesbakery, 504 Bay Ave., Capitola, 831-462-1200



One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria.

To enter, email your name to tara@santacruzfoodie.com by Wednesday Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. with the word “Gayle’s” in the subject line. The winner will be notified via email.

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Manresa inspires Los Gatos bread venue: products also available at Verve Coffee in Santa Cruz

Handcrafted, small batch products from ManresaBread  Photo credit: Joyce Oudkerk Pool

Handcrafted, small batch products from ManresaBread
Photo credit: Joyce Oudkerk Pool

ManresaBread opened its first retail storefront a couple weeks ago; inspired by the bread program at the two-Michelin-star restaurant Manresa, ManresaBread in Los Gatos offers hand-crafted, small batch breads and pastries by Manresa head baker Avery Ruzicka.

The hours are currently Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (or earlier if they sell out). The venue will eventually be open daily.

On March 1, Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters began providing customers with the opportunity to purchase ManresaBread pastries and breads at their three retail Santa Cruz/Capitola locations. As you may recall, ManresaBread was available in Santa Cruz via POPUP last fall.  ManresaBread continues to be available at the Campbell and Palo Alto farmers markets on Sundays.

Co-founded by Ruzicka, partner and Manresa chef/owner David Kinch and partner Andrew Burnham, the company will look to expand to other retail locations in the South Bay and eventually online sales. “Avery took the bread program at Manresa to the next level and being able to share that outside of the restaurant happened naturally for us,” says Partner David Kinch. “We grew from one to two farmers’ markets to the Santa Cruz popup and a brick and mortar was the next step. We’re excited to start out with a smaller scale retail space in Los Gatos and see where we go from there.”

ManresaBread focuses on hands-on techniques and high-quality ingredients. The retail shop stocks a rotating selection of breads and sweet and savory pastries including Manresa Levain, Sour Baguette, Pumpernickel Rye, Fruit and Nut Loaf, Polenta Whole Wheat, Red Fife Whole Wheat, Hazelnut Brown Butter Cake, Caramelized Apple Buttermilk Coffee Cake, Chocolate Brioche, Kale and Parmesan Scones, and more.

Ruzicka has a degree from the French Culinary Institute and experience working with Master Baker Ben Hershberger of Per Se Restaurant and Bouchon Bakery. “I love the whole process  of working with bread – cultivating the starter, tweaking a recipe, working with the dough, and using all of my senses to gauge if it’s time to bake,” he says.

Location: 276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., downtown Los Gatos, 408-402-5372

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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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Organic Happy Girl Kitchen Co. housewarming party and sale at SF Ferry Building

A few of Happy GIrl Kitchen's beautiful and delicious products

Organic Happy Girl Kitchen Co. has a new spot in the popular San Francisco Ferry Building (an absolute mecca for foodies), and it’s celebrating with a big shindig Friday April 20. Its new location is closer to the center of the building, and HGK is neighbors with Cowgirl Creamery and Acme Bread.

The event lasts from 5-7pm with live music, HGK cocktails (think Kimchee-nis, housemade lavender lemonade, mint-marmalade mojito), and prizes. Plus you get 15% off all products, including workshop registrations, and there will be samples from Taylor’s Tonics and Nana Mae Organics. In addition to creating scrumptious products and fun pop-up events, Happy Girl Kitchen offers workshops in topics like cheesemaking and tomato-preserving.

The following morning (Saturday April 21), visit the HGK Ferry Building kiosk for a special “brunch pop-up” with b. patisserie. Note that the last b. patisserie event at the Ferry Building sold out in 35 minutes, so you’ll want to arrive as close to the 10am starting time as possible. Here is the pastry menu for that morning, which will feature HGK artisan jams and marmalades.

*Kouign Amann with Strawberry and Happy Girl Kitchen Raspberry Jam

*Sugar Brioche Tarts with Happy Girl Kitchen Plum Jam and Vanilla Cream

*Macarons with White Chocolate and Happy Girl Kitchen Grapefruit Marmalade

*Lemon Tarts with Happy Girl Kitchen Meyer Lemon Marmalade

*Orange-Passionfruit-Almond Bostock with Happy Girl Kitchen Orange Marmalade

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SF Ferry Building: The Ferry Building Marketplace is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. For more info, see the Visitor Info section of the Ferry Building web site.