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Santa Cruz’s Chaminade celebrates Oktoberfest with Beers, Brats, & Blues

Enjoy Beers, Brats & Blues on the terrace at Chaminade Oct. 20, 2013

Enjoy Beers, Brats & Blues on the terrace at Chaminade Oct. 20, 2013

In honor of Oktoberfest, Santa Cruz’s Chaminade Resort & Spa is hosting Beers, Brats & Blues on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3–6 p.m. The all inclusive cost is $30 per person; you must be 21 years old to attend. Call (831) 475-5600 to make reservations, which are recommended.

The event takes place on Chaminade’s beautiful courtyard terrace. Since the weather is starting to cool off in Santa Cruz, it might be one of the last Sunday afternoons for a while to enjoy this great location. Gregory Henderson and the Greyhound Blues Band will provide music.

Participating local breweries include Seabright Brewery (serving oatmeal stout), Santa Cruz Aleworks, Discretion Brewing (serving Shimmer Pils), West End Tap & Kitchen, and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.

Here is Sunday’s food menu:
• Assorted sausages including Bratwurst and Kielbasa
• Sauerkraut and caramelized onions
• Homemade flavored mustards
• Pan-fried potatoes with fresh herbs and onions
• Hot soft pretzels
• German potato salad
• Homemade coleslaw
• Cucumber dill salad
• Black Forest tartlet

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The Details
Beer, Brats & Blues
Sunday Oct. 20, 2013 from 3-6 p.m.
Courtyard Terrace at Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz 95065
(831) 475-5600
$30 per person

Santa Cruz fests: 300 bottles of wine at Oktoberfest, food and drinks at Sausagefest

Sausage from Freedom Meat Lockers, a participant in Saturday’s Santa Cruz Sausagefest

The many food-related fun activities this weekend in Santa Cruz include two fests, Sausagefest on Saturday and Oktoberfest on Sunday, and each benefits a worthy local organization. And Oktoberfest includes the opportunity to bid on 300 bottles of wine!

Saturday’s Sausagefest details:
The event is Oct. 6 from 5-9 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Homeless Garden Project, and it’s recommended you go early as it’s likely to sell out. Also, you’re encouraged to bring “kids, dogs, blankets, and chairs.” There is a $5 entry fee (free for kids) and there will be live music. Expect handcrafted sausages from El Salchichero, Freedom Meat Locker, and Corralitos Meats, homemade sauerkraut, pickles, and mustards, sweet and savory treats from Penny Ice Creamery and Nut Kreations, and wine from folks including Odonata. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is hosting the sixth annual festival and there will be $5 draft beers from SCMB, Uncommon Brewers, and Sante Adarius. For more information call (831) 425-4900.

Location: The corner of Mission Street Extension and Western Drive (same site as the Westside Farmers Market which is earlier that day and every Saturday)


Sunday’s Oktoberfest details:

The event is Oct. 7 from 12-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Cruz County. Admission is free. Lunch is available for purchase from 12-2:30 p.m. Items include kielbasa, sauerkraut, potato salad, and apple strudel prepared by Five Star Catering. Beverages available will include soft drinks, beer, and wine.

The program includes live music and both silent and live auctions; the silent one is from 12-3 p.m. and the live one begins at 3:30 p.m. Also, tickets will be sold for a drawing with cash prizes (and you don’t need to be present to win). Auction items include vacations and weekend getaways to places such as Hawaii and San Francisco, the aforementioned 300 bottles of wine, sports and other event tickets, jewelry, artwork, and restaurant gift certificates. If bidding for prizes isn’t your cup of tea, you can peruse the “cash and carry” tables and purchase products including holiday items, and browse the large assortment of garden items such as flowering plants and ornamentals. For more info call (831) 430-3033.

Location: Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell Street (off Graham Hill Road), Santa Cruz

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el Salchichero butcher shop opens in Santa Cruz with local handmade charcuterie

The long-awaited el Salchichero butcher shop, operated by Chris LaVeque, opened Saturday in Santa Cruz at Swift Street Courtyard.

LaVeque’s mission is to provide “the best meat products using locally sourced, humanely raised animals.” Selections on opening weekend included pork, beef, rabbit, goat, lamb, and sausage (such as sweet Italian, breakfast links, and merguez), and prices on average were $10-20/pound. el Salchichero uses pasture-raised animals from N-A Ranch, Devil’s Gulch Ranch, Gleason Ranch, Claravale Farm, and Ratay Ranch. You can find out what’s fresh each week at the el Salchichero web site.

LaVeque has spent the last eight months working on his butcher shop, making sure everything met his high standards before he opened. Before that, you could find LaVeque selling his handcrafted charcuterie and traditionally butchered meats to loyal fans at several Santa Cruz area Farmers Markets, and participating in local events like the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company’s Sausagefest. Now that the Westside Santa Cruz shop is open, el Salchichero is returning to the markets and will be selling products including sausages and bacon. Find el Salchichero at the Scotts Valley Market on Saturdays from 9am-1pm (beginning February 19) and at the Live Oak Market on Sundays from 9am-1pm (beginning February 20).

What can you expect from el Salchichero in the future? The company plans to provide both food and education regarding locally and sustainably raised animals, and will utilize recipes that rotate depending on seasonal availability (LaVeque only uses local farm ingredients). Current ingredients include fire-roasted and dried chilies and produce from organic Lindencroft Farm in Ben Lomond.

LaVeque’s background includes a degree from San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, an apprenticeship with Severino’s Community Butcher, an internship at renowned Los Gatos restaurant Manresa, and positions at local restaurants Cellar Door and Gabriella Cafe.

The Details

(831) 423-MEAT (6328)

402 Ingalls, Suite 5 (Swift Street Courtyard in Westside Santa Cruz)

Open 10am-7pm Tuesday-Sunday

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