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New Leaf offers birthday discounts & party plus employees get raises

Limited edition “Dirty 30” ice cream from New Leaf & Mission Hill Creamery

Limited edition “Dirty 30” ice cream from New Leaf & Mission Hill Creamery

New Leaf Community Markets is celebrating its 30th birthday with lots of discounts through Sunday, Oct. 25, at its stores in Santa Cruz, Capitola, Half Moon Bay and Pleasanton. Also, the Westside store will hold a community block party on Saturday, Oct. 24. Visit Visit New Leaf’s 30-year anniversary site  for details on events and promotions.

Discounts & More
Through Sunday, there are 30 different product lines being sold at 30% off—choices vary each day. There are three or four on each weekday, and 14 Saturday/Sunday specials. For Oct. 20, selections on sale included packages of fresh pasta and ravioli from Pasta Mike and raw organic sauerkraut from Farmhouse Culture (both wonderful Santa Cruz area companies). Thursday’s discount items will include all bulk items except for coffee, tea, and herbs. The weekend deals include all New Leaf-brand cheese, organic local apples, and Talenti gelato.

The store created a few fun “30th anniversary exclusive products” including limited edition stainless steel pint cups (Klean Kanteen produced them) and a limited edition “Dirty 30” ice cream made by local Mission Hill Creamery. Only 1,000 pints of this delicious-sounding dessert are being made. It features organic vanilla MHC ice cream made with Straus Family Creamery dairy as the base, infused with a generous caramel swirl made with organic ingredients. The ice cream is blended with deluxe rich chocolate cake donated by Black China Bakery (a family-owned wholesale bakery in Santa Cruz), and chocolate Newman-Os, chocolate cream-filled cookies made with organic flour and organic sugar by Aptos-based Newman’s Own.

Birthday Party
New Leaf’s birthday party, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Westside New Leaf (1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz), has free admission. It features music by The McCoy Tyler Band and the Painted Horses band, an in-store tasting fair, kids’ arts and crafts, and lots of food and drinks for sale. Food vendors include Uncie Ro’s, Mission Hill Creamery, Beckmann’s Bakery, and Farmhouse Culture. Drink vendors include Uncommon Brewers, Bonny Doon Vineyard, and Hallcrest Vineyard. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, a longtime New Leaf partner. If you donate a can of food to SHFB during the party, you’ll get a free raffle ticket (prize to be announced).

History and recent news
New Leaf has accomplished a lot over the years. When their very first store opened, it stocked produce from local Route 1 Farms—and Route 1 vegetables are still found at New Leaf today (in the regular produce bins and in the store’s popular, ready-to-eat Coastal Kale Salad). This is just one of the many local produce growers that New Leaf carries. In 2002, New Leaf became the first retail partner with non-profit marine conservation organization FishWise and launched a sustainable seafood labeling program.

In 2013, Portland-based New Seasons Market purchased New Leaf Community Markets. New Seasons was the first grocer in the world, and New Leaf the second, to become certified B Corporations, which recognize businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. In late September 2015, New Leaf announced that effective January 1, 2016, it’s increasing the starting wage for all store staff from $10.30 to $12/hour. The pay rate for any staff whose rate falls below the new scale will move to the scale’s minimum, and any staff who have been with the company for more than two years will receive an additional adjustment based on tenure.
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Santa Cruz’s Chaminade serves up new season of Farm to Table Wine Dinners

A scene from Chaminade’s 2014 Farm to Table Dinner Series. Photo credit: Chaminade Facebook page

A scene from Chaminade’s 2014 Farm to Table Dinner Series. Photo credit: Chaminade Facebook page

Chaminade Resort’s annual Farm to Table Dinner series, which features very fresh items from local farms plus delectable libations from Central Coast wineries, is starting soon. Want to whet your appetite? Read my recap of 2014’s opening night feast.

2015 Chaminade dinner dates:

  • June 26: Martin Ranch Winery, Coke Farms, Black Hen Farm
  • July 24: Storrs Winery, Fiesta Farm
  • August 21: Morgan Winery, LeftCoast GrassFed
  • September 25: Summit to Sea Wineries, Everett Family Farm
  • October 30: Alfaro Winery, Route 1 Farms

The cost is $110 per person and that includes hors d’oeuvres (served at the 6 p.m. reception), a seated five-course dinner at 6:30 p.m., and wine (served at reception AND dinner). Tax and gratuity are excluded. Call (831) 475-5600 or visit web site for details, including links to the wineries and farms that are being showcased. The specific menu is posted as each event draws near.

Chef Kirsten Ponza promises an exciting season. “We are very excited to be welcoming a new farm Pescadero called LeftCoast GrassFed,” says Ponza. “Also, Rebecca King will be coming back this year with her Garden Variety Cheeses.” I’m a big fan of Garden Variety Cheese; if you haven’t yet tried King’s products, or even if you have, I can only imagine the scrumptious and creative ways that Ponza will incorporate them into her menu! Chef Ponza hasn’t yet decided which night she will feature these, but when she does, it will be posted on the Chaminade site.

For people visiting from another town who want to stay overnight—or for locals interested in a fun “staycation,” the Chaminade offers Farm to Table culinary packages that include overnight accommodations for two, Farm to Table dinner for two, and breakfast for two.

Chaminade’s first Farm to Table Wine Dinner was held in 2008 with only a dozen guests. Now each event draws dozens of guests, and usually sells out quite a while ahead of time.

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The Details
Farm to Table Dinner Series
Monthly, June through October 2015: Selected Fridays at 6 p.m.
Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz
(831) 475-5600
$110 per person

Santa Cruz’s Chaminade: food, wine, and beer events during September

A selection by Chef Kirsten from Chaminade’s July 2014 Farm to Table dinner, courtesy of Chaminade Facebook page

A selection by Chef Kirsten from Chaminade’s July 2014 Farm to Table dinner, courtesy of Chaminade Facebook page

Santa Cruz’s Chaminade Resort & Spa is offering several opportunities to feast and indulge during the month of September.

Saturday, Sept. 6: Beer, Brats & Blues
At the 2nd annual Beer, Brats & Blues, from 5-8 p.m., reps from local breweries including Discretion Brewing and Santa Cruz Aleworks will be pouring brews. The food will include sausages (such as kielbasa and bratwurst), a variety of housemade mustards, Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut, coleslaw, cucumber dill salad, warm pretzels, German potato salad, and apple strudel bites. Carie & the SoulShakers will provide live music.
Cost: $40 adults, $18 kids 6-12, free for kids under 6

Friday, Sept. 12: Farm to Table Wine Dinner Series
At this month’s Farm to Table Dinner, Route 1 Farms and Morgan Winery will be featured during a five-course meal. The annual series, which began in June and ends Oct. 10, showcases local wineries and local farms through dishes prepared by skilled Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza. Diners also get the chance to meet farmers and winemakers. Read about my memorable experience at the June Farm to Table Wine Dinner, which includes food details.

Want to make it a complete Chaminade experience and stay overnight? Visit this link; the hotel offers special packages with accommodations plus the Farm to Table dinner for two and breakfast for two.
Cost for dinner (no accommodations): $80, includes five-course dinner and endless wine, excludes tax and gratuity

All month long: California Wine Month
September is officially California Wine Month, and Chaminade is celebrating with three special offers.

  • The Grape Escape Package: Enjoy wine tasting at one of Chaminade’s preferred wineries, 10% savings on overnight accommodations, breakfast for two and waived corkage fee when you have dinner at Linwood’s Bar & Grill.
  • California Wine-down at The Spa at Chaminade: The Spa at Chaminade has packaged their 80-minute Aromatherapy Massage (your choice of aromatherapy blend) with an afternoon of tasting at one of Santa Cruz County’s premier vineyards. The package is available for the entire month of September for $189, which includes a 15% savings. For this package, call 831-465-3465 to schedule appointment—make sure to mention the special offer.
  • Price “Crushing” Bottles of Wine All September Long: Linwood’s Bar & Grill at the Chaminade, open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily, serves a variety of California wines alongside their all-day-fare menu. Select bottles of wine will be half-off their normal price during the entire month of September.

Make reservations for any or all events (except the spa promotion, see separate number above) at 831-475-5600, and visit chaminade.com for more information.

Location: Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz

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