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Restaurants gather for Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center

2010’s Soupline Supper – credit to Red Bat Photography via Soupline web site

2010’s Soupline Supper – credit to Red Bat Photography via Soupline web site

The community is invited to eat unlimited soup from dozens of local restaurants, caterers, and other food businesses on Thursday April 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to benefit Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center.

The 16th Annual Soupline Supper benefit is at the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. For $30 per person or $55 for two, you receive soup, salad bread, and dessert. Kids’ tickets are $15. As the event tagline says, you can simultaneously “Feed Your Family. Feed Your Community. Feed Your Philanthropy.”

More than 40 participating restaurants in 2015’s Soupline include new participants Assembly, Tramonti, Cremer House, and The Hideout, plus past participants The Art Bar & Cafe at the Tannery, The Bagelry, Bittersweet Bistro, Café Cruz, Chaminade, Charlie Hong Kong, Crow’s Nest, Dharma’s, India Joze, La Posta, Manuel’s, Sawasdee, Shadowbrook, Soif, The Walnut Ave Café, and Zameen. See full restaurant list at souplinesupper.org/restaurants.

At the event there are different tables around the perimeter of the room, all with large containers of homemade soup, with about a dozen available at any one time (selections rotate throughout the evening). Attendees walk around and choose which ones to sample. Public officials and other community leaders serve the soup. This year’s “Celebrity Ladlers” include local politicians David Terrazas, Cynthia Chase, and John Leopold; pastor Rene Schlaepfer (Twin Lakes Church), business owner Larry Pearson (Pacific Cookie Company), and arts leader Nina Simon (Executive Director MAH).

There are lots of tables set up in the dining room where you can relax and enjoy your meal. There is also a raffle and silent auction. Buy tickets and read more information online at the site souplinesupper.org.

Free parking after 4 pm is available at the Boardwalk lot across from the Cocoanut Grove.

The Homeless Services Center is a community-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the coordinated provision of services for homeless persons. The goal of the Homeless Services Center is to provide both emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals that will enable clients to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Two Santa Cruz area food events this weekend: A Taste of Soquel & Sausagefest

scmb aleI want to share the news about two fun food events this weekend that benefit great causes: A Taste of Soquel Saturday (late morning through the afternoon) and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s Sausagefest Sunday afternoon. More details are below; remember that Saturday is also the always-wonderful festival “Gourmet Grazing” that benefits Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group. Read details in my Sept. 11 article.

A Taste of Soquel: Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The sixth annual “A Taste of Soquel,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, takes place in the courtyard of the Congregational Church of Soquel (4951 Soquel Drive). The theme is “Food & Music for the Common Good.” Read more about the Food Bank at thefoodbank.org.

There will be lots of live music, including Nina Gerber & Chris Webster headlining at 12:25, and the Steve Abrams Latin Jazz Quartet “Chile Con Soul.”

Attendees can enjoy food from restaurants and vendors such as:
Café Cruz, Carpo’s, Fogline Farm, Jeff Walls’ Family Honey, Fish Lady, Aldo’s Bakery, The Kitchen at Discretion Brewing, and Sawasdee

Plus, beer and wine from:
Discretion Brewing, Soquel Vineyards, Bargetto Winery, and Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery

There will also be coffee from the Ugly Mug, plus tea, lemonade, water, and more from The Bagelry and Donut Station. A kids’ area will feature free activities such as miniature golf, crafts, and dancing. More than 60 local businesses participate in the raffle, featuring prizes such as Weber BBQs from Home Depot; gift certificates from Tortilla Flats, El Chipotle, The Little People’s Store, and Safeway; and a produce basket from Everett Family Farm.

Tickets are $25 for adults (includes music, food, wine) and $10 for youth 12-20 (includes music, food). Kids under 12 are free. Call 831-475-2867 or see ccsoquel.org for details. Advance tickets are available at the church or at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s Sausagefest: Sunday, Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m.

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing is hosting the 8th annual Sausagefest which includes sausage from vendors el Salchichero, Freedom Meats and Corralitos Market, and homemade sauerkrauts, relishes, pickles, and mustards. Additional food will be available from vendors including Buttercup Cakes, Penny Ice Creamery, Companion Bakeshop, and Firely Coffee House.

There will also be lots of organic ale from SCMB, plus beverages from locals including Santa Cruz Cider Co., Uncommon Brewers, and Hallcrest Vineyards. San Francisco punk/polka band Polkacide is performing for the second consecutive year.

The festival has an admission fee of $10 for adults and teens, and it’s free for kids under 12. Food and beverages will be for sale; event proceeds benefit Friends of Santa Cruz Parks. There will be “Radical Redwood Rootbeer” and other non-alcoholic drinks, and some kids’ activities.

Buy tickets at the SCMB taproom, Discretion Brewing, 99 Bottles of Beer, or online at eventbrite.com. Doors open at 12:30pm and the event is at the location of the Westside Farmers Market at the corner of Mission Street Extension and Western Drive. Call 831-425-4900 or see scmbrew.com for details.
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Local restaurants cook up soup benefiting Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center

A volunteer preparing dessert at Soupline 2010 – credit to Red Bat Photography via Soupline web site

A volunteer preparing dessert at Soupline 2010 – credit to Red Bat Photography via Soupline web site

Eat a variety of delicious soup from dozens of local restaurants and shops on Thursday April 24—the event benefits Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center.

The 15th Annual Soupline Supper and Benefit Auction is at the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz boardwalk from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For $25 per person or $50 per family (up to 4 individuals), you receive soup, salad bread, and dessert. Purchase tickets.

The event is set up with different tables where chefs serve their homemade soup, with about a dozen available at any one time (selections rotate throughout the evening). Attendees walk around and choose which ones to sample. Public officials and other community leaders serve as “Celebrity Ladlers.” There are lots of tables set up in the dining room where you can relax and enjoy your meal. Buy tickets and read more information online at the special Soupline site.

More than 40 participating restaurants in 2014’s Soupline include Aquarius, The Art Bar & Cafe at the Tannery, The Bagelry, The Buttery,  Café Cruz, Chaminade, Charlie Hong Kong, Crow’s Nest, Gabriella Café, Hula’s, Laili, La Posta, Manuel’s, Sawasdee, Shadowbrook, Soif, The Walnut Ave Café, and Zameen. See full restaurant list.

There is free parking after 4 pm at the Boardwalk lot across from the Cocoanut Grove.

The Homeless Services Center is a community-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the coordinated provision of services for homeless persons. The goal of the Homeless Services Center is to provide both emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals that will enable clients to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Family-friendly A Taste of Soquel: Restaurants, wineries benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

Attendees enjoying a previous Taste of Soquel

Attendees enjoying a previous Taste of Soquel

The fifth annual “A Taste of Soquel,” with delicious food from local restaurants plus local beer and wine, will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

The event is Saturday September 28 from 11a.m.-4p.m. at the Congregational Church of Soquel (the Church and the Capitola/Soquel Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsors). Local restaurants, wineries, breweries and musicians come together to throw a party for a very worthy cause. With a $25 admission, adults receive a souvenir glass as well as food and wine tastings at festival booths. Buy tickets online or at the event. Attendees ages 12-20 pay $10 and receive food booth tastings. Kids under 12 are free.

There will also be live music all day emceed by KPIG DJ Ralph Anybody—see schedule below—and a raffle with prizes from more than 60 local businesses. For more information see event web site.

Participating Soquel restaurants and food businesses are Aldo’s Bakery, Café Cruz, Carpo’s, Cherryvale Farms, D’Anna’s Deli, The Fish Lady, Fogline Farm, Jeff Wall’s Family Honey, Main Street Garden & Café, and Sawasdee. Participating local breweries and wineries are Discretion Brewing, Bargetto Winery, Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery, and Poetic Cellars.

There will be children’s activities such as miniature golf, other games, crafts, and dancing. A hospitality table is serving up complimentary coffee from Ugly Mug, tea, lemonade, ice water, and food from the Bagelry and Donut Station.

Music
11a.m. Farmers Market String Band
12:25p.m. Bryn Loosley and the Back Pages
1:40p.m. McCoy Tyler Band
3p.m. Flor de Caña

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The Details
A Taste of Soquel
Sat September 28, 2013 — 11am-4pm
Congregational Church of Soquel, 4951 Soquel Dr, Soquel, 95073 (in the courtyard – and there’s free parking)
$25 Adults, $10 Kids 12-20, under 12 free

New restaurant option for Santa Cruz Thai food fans: Sawasdee by the Sea

Delicious Pad Thai at new Santa Cruz restaurant Sawasdee by the Sea

Delicious Pad Thai at new Santa Cruz restaurant Sawasdee by the Sea

It is with great jubilation that I share this news: the owners of Soquel’s Sawasdee Thai Cuisine recently opened a second restaurant! It’s called Sawasdee by the Sea and you can find it between the Boardwalk and the Wharf, in the former location of Casablanca Bistro (the Casablanca Inn is still open, but the restaurant is gone).

The Soquel location of Sawasdee serves excellent Thai cuisine with very fresh ingredients, and owners Bill and Dee Hongmanee are doing the same at the new oceanfront location. The menu includes vegan and vegetarian-friendly selections. I ate lunch there the other day. I had a $7.95 lunch special and it came with an entrée plus choice of soup or salad. I chose green curry and my friend had Pad Thai; we both thoroughly enjoyed our dishes. Can’t wait to go back!

Sawasdee by the Sea offers Peet’s coffee in both the bar and the restaurant. Bill shared that he wants people to have a second convenient venue to get this tasty and popular beverage, since there is only one main Peet’s coffeehouse in the downtown/mid-town vicinity.

For now, the upstairs restaurant hours are 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily and Sawasdee’s full bar downstairs is open until 11 pm or midnight. The plan is for bar hours to extend until 1 a.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend. Everything is evolving since Sawasdee by the Sea just opened in late April. There is a happy hour Mon-Fri from 3 – 6 p.m. with $1 off all drinks.

Stay in touch with the new restaurant via its Facebook page.

Location: 101 Main Street, Santa Cruz (831) 466-9009

Parking: Avoid the hassle of street/metered parking by driving up Beach Street from Main and looking for the special Sawasdee lot, which is free (you’ll drive by the Casablanca Inn lot first, on the left, then the next driveway is the Sawasdee one).

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Local restaurants join forces for Soupline to benefit Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center

Soupline 2010 at the Cocoanut Grove

Soupline 2010 at the Cocoanut Grove

Eat a variety of delicious soup from more than 30 local restaurants on Thursday April 25, and you will benefit Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center.

The 14th Annual Soupline Supper and Benefit Auction is at the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Thursday April 25, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For $25 per person or $50 per family, you receive soup, bread, and dessert. The event is set up with different booths where chefs serve their homemade soup, so you can choose which ones to sample. Public officials, top executives, and other community leaders serve as “Celebrity Ladlers.” There are lots of tables set up in the dining room where attendees can relax and enjoy their soup and other goodies. Buy tickets and read more information online at the special Soupline event site.

More than 30 participating restaurants in this year’s Soupline include Sawasdee, La Posta, Manuel’s, The Buttery, Soif, Charlie Hong Kong, Walnut Ave Café, Zameen, India Joze, Crow’s Nest, Shadowbrook, and Aquarius. See full restaurant list.

The event also includes live music by local jazz duo NoNette, and a silent auction. Auction items include restaurant and spa gift certificates (such as Café Cruz, Linda’s Seabreeze Café, and Well Within), wine, performance tickets such as the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and passes to places like Disneyland.

The Homeless Services Center is a community-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the coordinated provision of services for homeless persons. The goal of the Homeless Services Center is to provide both emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals that will enable clients to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Santa Cruz February 2013 restaurant news includes second Sawasdee location

Representatives from award-winning Ideal Bar & Grill at the 32nd annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off and Festival

Representatives from award-winning Ideal Bar & Grill at the 32nd annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off and Festival

Here are some highlights of recent restaurant news for Santa Cruz and nearby neighborhoods, which includes several changes and a near-future opening: a second location for the owners of Sawasdee Thai Cuisine.

Opening Soon

Sawasdee in Santa Cruz

Soquel restaurant Sawasdee serves excellent Thai cuisine with very fresh ingredients, and I’m thrilled to hear that owners Bill and Dee Hongmanee are going to be opening a second location. They’re taking over the former space of Casablanca (101 Main Street in Santa Cruz), across from the beach near the Boardwalk. Bill hopes to be open by late March. Some of my favorite dishes at Sawasdee are fresh spring rolls, tom kha soup, pumpkin red curry (with succulent scallops plus tender prawns and chicken), and to finish a meal, dessert of sweet rice and mango.

Changes Hula’s – expanded lunch & happy hours

On February 19th, downtown Santa Cruz restaurant Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Room expanded its lunch service. It’s now open for lunch six days a week: Tuesday-Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The restaurant describes its cuisine as “tropical dining…a menu infused with Asian, Latin, and Caribbean touches, all with a Hawaiian inspiration.” Hula’s also just increased the length of its happy hour; it’s now FOUR hours long, on Tues-Sun from 2-6 p.m. Promotions still include $5 pupus (including coconut shrimp rolls) and $5 tiki drinks.

221 Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 426-HULA

Vasili’s – now open daily

Greek restaurant Vasili’s in Westside Santa Cruz, formerly open Wed-Sun, is now open daily.

1771 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 458-9808

Pizzeria Avanti – expanded menu

Pizzeria Avanti now has a “pizza slice bar” at its restaurant. Cheese and pepperoni slices are available for $2.50 and $3. In the past, the only pizza option available to customers was whole pizzas (both small and large) with lots of different topping combinations.

1771 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 425-1807

Awards/Accolades

The 32nd annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off and Festivalwas held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. There were more than 70 contestants competing in individual (amateur) and professional categories, for either best Boston style or best Manhattan style chowder. Three local restaurants did very well: Ideal Bar & Grill (chef Jesus Garcia) won the People’s Choice award for Best Professional Boston, while official judges awarded Best Professional Boston to South Beach Pizza (chef Dany Pena) and Best Professional Manhattan to Severino’s Bar & Grill (chef Miguel Perez).

A Taste of Soquel: Restaurants and wineries benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

Food booths from A Taste of Soquel in 2009. Photo credit: Hillary Nicholson

The third annual “A Taste of Soquel,” with plenty of food from local restaurants plus wine and music, will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year’s Taste of Soquel raised enough money to provide meals for over 20,000 children in Santa Cruz County.

The event is Saturday, September 24 from 11am-4pm at the Congregational Church of Soquel. Local restaurants, wineries, and musicians are joining together for a very worthy cause. Adults pay $20 and receive a souvenir glass as well as food and wine tastings at all festival booths. Attendees ages 12-20 pay $10 and receive food booth tastings (there will be complimentary kids’ beverages). Kids under 12 are free. There will also be live music all day. For more information see event web site.

You can buy tickets at the door or in advance via the church (4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel, (831) 475-2867). There will be a raffle with more than 50 prizes from local businesses– these tickets will only be sold at the event. Prizes include gift certificates to Safeway, Little People’s Store, Aldo’s Bakery, and Home Depot and items from businesses such as Starbucks and Everett Family Farms.

Participating Soquel restaurants are Aldo’s, Carpo’s, El Chipotle, D’Anna’s Deli, The Fish Lady, Main Street Garden & Café, Sawasdee, Michael’s on Main and Tortilla Flats. Soquel’s Fogline Farm will also provide food. Participating local wineries are Bargetto Winery, Hunter Hill, Poetic Cellars, and Soquel Vineyards.

KPIG DJ Ralph Anybody is emceeing the live musicians: Celina and the C Monkeys, Farmer’s Market String Band, Brian Quinn Group, and Bryn Loosley & the Back Pages.

There will be children’s activities such as supervised games and crafts, face painting, and music. You’ll also want to stop by the hospitality table – it offers complimentary coffee, tea, lemonade, ice water, and food from the Bagelry and Donut Station.

The Details

A Taste of Soquel

Saturday September 24, 11am-4pm

Congregational Church of Soquel, 4951 Soquel Dr, Soquel, 95073 (in the courtyard – and there’s free parking)

$20 Adults, $10 Kids 12-20, under 12 free

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Eat soup from local chefs and restaurants & benefit Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center

This Thursday, April 14, you can eat lots of great soup from local chefs and restaurants and benefit the Homeless Services Center (HSC) in Santa Cruz.

The 12th Annual Soupline Supper and Benefit Auction is at the Cocoanut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (400 Beach St.), Thursday April 14, 2011 from 5-7pm. For $25 per person or $50 per family, you receive soup, salad, bread, and dessert. The event is set up with different booths where chefs serve their homemade soup, so you can choose which ones to sample. Buy tickets by phone (831) 458-6020 x2101 or online at www.scshelter.org (click on Donate Now! and choose “Soupline” for the designation).

More than 40 restaurants are participating including La Posta, Gayle’s, Sawasdee, Hindquarter, Nuevo, Manuel’s, Zoccoli’s, Cafe Sparrow, Saturn Cafe, Erik’s DeliCafe, The Buttery, Stagnaro Bros, Laili, Pearl of the Ocean, Clubhouse Kitchen, Pacific Cookie Company, and India Joze.

There will be both silent and live auctions, all benefitting HSC. Silent auction items include stays at Esalen Institute and Bayview Inn plus Hearst Castle tours and beautiful products from Annie Glass, Artisans Gallery, and EcoGoods. Live auction items include

  • A week at the beautiful Nihi Kai Villas on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, rated in the Top 10 2010 Vacation Villas by Islands Magazine
  • A three-night stay in a gorgeous cabin in Tahoe Donner
  • A private plane ride from Jeremy Lezin, who will take winners from Watsonville up to the San Francisco Bay, stopping for lunch in Half Moon Bay
  • Dinner and drinks at the Aptos home of Rowland & Pat Rebele, with some of the best wines from Santa Cruz County and after-dinner entertainment
  • Tickets to the sold-out April 16th Santa Cruz Derby Girl bout, including private side-entrance, seat-service from Derby Girls, and limited edition merchandise
  • A gourmet dinner for 8 prepared by Santa Cruz Sentinel food columnist Donna Maurillo at the Scotts Valley home of art collector Dorothy Wise

The Homeless Services Center is a community-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the coordinated provision of services for homeless persons. The goal of the Homeless Services Center is to provide both emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals that will enable our clients to achieve self-sufficiency.

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