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A Taste of Santa Cruz 2016 with 30 restaurants, wineries and breweries

A Taste of Santa Cruz includes lots of bites from local restaurants

A Taste of Santa Cruz includes lots of bites from local restaurants

The 12th annual “A Taste of Santa Cruz,” at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove Thursday, Nov. 10, features 30 restaurants, wineries, and breweries. The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. and benefits first-time home buyers. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Buy tickets online or at the Santa Cruz Association of REALTORS (2525 Main St., Soquel). For more information, visit the site atosc.com or call 831-464-2000.


Attendees sample food and drinks, and all proceeds from the event benefit the Santa Cruz Association of REALTORS Housing Foundation grant program that provides closing costs for first time, low-income home-buyers in Santa Cruz County. Several hundred people attend this event, raising approximately $30,000 annually. Over the years, more than $430,000 has been awarded to 200 families and individuals. Purchasing your tickets in advance is recommended.


Participating food providers include Home (the new restaurant from chef Brad Briske, in the former Main St. Garden location), The Hideout, Aldo’s, Café Hanna, Paradise Beach Grille, Hula’s, Burger, The Point, Little Owl Italian Kitchen, Ristorante Italiano, and Woodstock’s Pizza. Breweries include Santa Cruz Ale Works.


Other highlights include more than 100 silent and live auction items from local businesses and artisans. Prizes include a San Jose Giants package (10 general admission tickets plus a family pass for two adults & two kids); tickets to places like Gilroy Gardens and Winchester Mystery House; wine including bottles from Beauregard; and handcrafted wood pieces by artist Andy Orsini. There is also live music with the Jazz Birds & Friends.

Event location: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz


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Food Truck Friday with Food Trucks A Go Go in Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley Educational Foundation hosts a food truck event June 17

Scotts Valley Educational Foundation hosts a food truck event June 17

Food Trucks A Go Go is participating in an event Friday, June 17 at Skypark in Scotts Valley.

The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation is hosting this 5-8 p.m. event. There will be drinks for all ages, including water, sodas, regional wines and craft beer from Santa Cruz Ale Works. Net beverage sales support Scotts Valley schools.

Food vendors include eight food trucks such as Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café, Ate3One, G’s Tacos, India Gourmet, The Choke Coach, Pastime Meats & Eats, Zameen Cuisine and Zocalo Tamales.

Skypark has many picnic tables, plus several play structures for kids.

Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

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Food truck/family film event & Jamaican restaurant opening in Scotts Valley & Santa Cruz

Made to order ice cream sandwich from Aunt LaLi's

Made to order ice cream sandwich from Aunt LaLi’s

Here are details on a couple restaurant events occurring Friday, Oct. 23: a Scotts Valley food-truck-and-film event and a Jamaican restaurant opening in Santa Cruz.

Dinner and Movie in the Park
After a very successful debut event in September with 400-500 attendees, food truck event company Food Trucks A Go Go is hosting its second food truck event at Skypark in Scotts Valley Friday night. This time, it’s even bigger: there will be seven food trucks instead of four, and a free family-friendly movie—Monsters, Inc.—will be shown! The film will be aired on the big outdoor screen via Scotts Valley Recreation, who is partnering with Food Trucks A Go Go this time. Participating food trucks are Ate3One, Zameen Mediterranean, and Aunt LaLi’s Mobile Café (these three were all at last month’s “a Go Go”), plus event newcomers Carmona’s BBQ, G’s Tacos, Mariscos San Juanito, and Zocalo Tamales.

Ate3One really enjoyed participating in the September event. “We felt honored to be invited and share our food with so many of the folks that attended,” says co-owner Jonathan Smith. “It was great to see the excitement on people’s faces as their food came out.” When asked what they’d be selling at the Oct. 23 event, Ate3One replied that they will have staples such as Philly cheesesteaks and garlic shrimp tacos plus a few additions. “We will also be featuring some new menu items that will highlight locally harvested, seasonal produce,” said Smith. “ These include the ‘harvest hog sandwich’ with slow roasted pork tenderloin and a veggie salad featuring roasted butternut squash, apples, and pomegranate,” she added.  Smith looks forward to seeing “another great turn out of awesome foodies and their families.”

Aunt LaLi’s owner, LaLi Kates, is the Food Trucks A Go Go founder. She’s thrilled that the community has embraced these events. I asked her to tell readers a few of the things her truck will be stocked with on Oct. 23. “Our signature Nawlins’-style organic iced coffee, which has become quite popular…our Affogatos, which have a strong following: double shot of organic espresso poured over ice cream, with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle …made-to-order ice cream sandwiches…cones/cups of scooped ice cream…and hand-crafted Italian sodas,” shared Kates. Remember to save the date for the next Go Go Gathering: Friday, Nov. 13.

Date/Hours: Friday, Oct. 23, trucks start selling at 4:30 & film starts at 6:30 p.m. Trucks will stop selling at 7:30 (or earlier if they sell out)
Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

Restaurant Opening: The Jerk House
Jamaican restaurant The Jerk House is officially open for business as of Oct. 23, 2015 — they had a soft opening on Wed., Oct. 21. One of their specialties is grilled dishes. The menu’s “small plates” include tacos with choice of shrimp or tofu; Jerk burger; and roasted root salad featuring roasted yam, onion, carrot, potato, turnip, and beets; glazed walnuts; spinach; and cilantro-lime vinaigrette. “Big plates” include spicy jerk chicken (slow-cooked organic Mary’s chicken); Caribbean chicken; hibiscus-glazed ribs; blackened snapper (from local Stagnaro’s) with mango salsa; pineapple yellow curry (vegan); and shrimp skewers. Big plates come with beans, rice, cucumber salad, and sweet fried plantains. The restaurant serves beer on tap from local breweries such as Santa Cruz Ale Works and Discretion Brewing, and bottled beer including Red Stripe. Visit The Jerk House’s Facebook site for the most current information.

Location: 2525 Soquel Drive (near Upper Crust Pizza), Santa Cruz, 831-316-7575

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Soquel benefit features 30 beers from nine Santa Cruz area breweries

Soquel beer event proceeds will be donated to the employees of Boulder Creek Brewery and Cafe

Soquel beer event proceeds will be donated to the employees of Boulder Creek Brewery and Cafe

The 2nd annual Locals Only Tap Takeover is Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Beer Thirty in Soquel.

This event features 30 local brews on draft from all nine Santa Cruz County breweries—see full list below. All proceeds will be donated to the employees of Boulder Creek Brewery and Cafe. As you may recall, a fire at the popular brewery/café destroyed the venue in March.

The Tap Takeover is from 5pm until closing. Free Agents will perform live music from 7-10pm. Call Beer Thirty at 831-477-9967 for more information.

Participating breweries:

  • Boulder Creek Brewery and Cafe
  • Corralitos Brewing Co.
  • Discretion Brewing
  • New Bohemia Brewing Co
  • Santa Cruz Ale Works
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
  • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
  • Seabright Brewery
  • Uncommon Brewers

Event location: Beer Thirty, 2504 S. Main St., Soquel

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