October 6, 2020 – Apéro is French slang for an alcoholic beverage served before a meal, formally known as an apéritif, but the recently opened Apéro Club in Santa Cruz expands the term to include community, connection and fun times. “It’s that mellow, slower-paced time of day that’s pre-dinner, late afternoon,” says manager Kara Kellam
October 6, 2020 – Some who may have visited their tiny spot on Cannery Row pre-Covid, already know about this little gem with the cobalt blue bottles. Winemaker/owner, Edward Lovaas, whose heritage is Norwegian, named the brand, which he started in 2012 after many years of winemaking consulting, figured he couldn’t put
September 29, 2020 – Talented Santa Cruz chef Santos Majano will leave his restaurant The Kitchen at Discretion at the end of January and owners of the Soquel brewery where it is located are searching for someone to replace him. “I just realized I need to spend more time with my family,
September 29, 2020 – There are a number of crucial ingredients that go into a Holey Roller bagel. Those ingredients are helping turn the pop-up treasure into a Surf City institution. Like the flour from Keith Guisto Bakery Supply in Petaluma, which goes into bagels boiled and baked for an oh-so-New York-style
September 22, 2020 – The violent and racist events that transpired at Alderwood Restaurant in Santa Cruz last June left a bad taste for all those involved. Now Alderwood leadership is ready to re-engage with its customers and staff with renewed depth—and extend best practices that should really be part of employee training
September 22, 2020 – Popular late-night spot Nacho Bizness is on the move. Owners Steb Montez and Brittani Reid-Bristol are relocating their cheesy concept to downtown Monterey. Next month, the new Nacho Bizness will start slinging its signature chips and cheese—and more—in the space vacated by Boardwalk Sub Shop on Alvarado Street.
September 22, 2020 – Whoever thought that blue skies would actually excite Californians who are used to seeing them pretty much year round? After weeks of smoke, it surely was a relief to have the skies clear last week, enabling many wine tasting rooms to reopen. This outdoor only tasting thing has
September 15, 2020 – Emma Magelssen has a 284-square-foot “processing plant” (that’s its technical title) where she can fill direct orders for her increasingly popular made-in-Surf-City beef jerky. Soon she will be selling her original, hot and “sweet heat” Local Jerk at the downtown Santa Cruz farmers market near her tiny headquarters.
September 15, 2020 – At last, the Sante Arcangeli tasting room has reopened in Aptos, after a six-month hiatus due to Covid, not to mention the hellish heat, the relentless smoke, and the continuously unfolding series of mind-bending disasters that 2020 has wreaked upon us. Just when you think….um, never mind. Winemaker
September 8, 2020 – A soufflé is a famously fickle dish. Most chefs agree achieving a perfectly puffed soufflé is an art. It’s a dish that can’t be rushed and patience turns out to be the most important ingredient. Lisa Foreman knows a thing or two about patience. For more than 20