Prices so low, aliens must be in charge. Photo by Christina Waters.
Roswell Hour @ Le Cigare Volant Getting Doon cheaply is what's in store if you stop by the Tasting Room from 3pm to 6pm, any day but Saturday. During those hours you'll be able to savor a glass of Bonny Doon Vineyards wine at half price—51 percent off, to be precise. It doesn't take a conspiracy theorist to know that this is a bargain of extraterrestrial proportions, and another reason to consider the Ingalls Street watering hole as Santa Cruz' answer to Area 51.
Updates, updates, updates While it's true that the all-new Ristorante Avanti isn't quite finished yet, owner Paul Geise is busy adding landscaping and greenery to spruce up the view for future patio diners. Soon, folks. That's the operant term here.
Solaire Rising Over on Ocean Street, at what once was a Holiday Inn, Chef Ross McKee is readying his menu for the Solaire Restaurant + Bar. The dining room and lounge will be housed within the any-minute-now boutique Hotel Paradox, located at 611 Ocean Street, which will offer stylish accommodations, swimming pool and all the amenities, in addition to McKee's new American cuisine. If the chef's name sounds familiar, it should. McKee was Executive Chef at Capitola's landmark Shadowbrook Restaurant before opening Aquarius at the Dream Inn Santa Cruz several years ago. McKee is a master of classic comfort food, and plans to cram his new menu with local and sustainable ingredients, as well as locally-produced artisan beers and wines.
Denevan Cooks at Fairytale Farm Hurry and make plans for this Friday, June 29, when globe-trotting al fresco chef Jim Denevan returns to one of his old organic haunts to whip up a sit-down, full-course feast to benefit Micah Posner's city council campaign. Expect organic food from the garden at 728 Riverside Avenue, as well as other local farms—$100.00 suggested donation. Practically toppling over from the magnitude of his fame on both culinary and artistic fronts, Denevan will take time from creating his super-sized sand paintings, and from touring with his wildly successful Outstanding in the Field series, to return to the urban farm where he once harvested ingredients for his gig as chef at Gabriella Cafe. On Friday, June 30th at 5:30PM, Denevan returns to cook in support of Posner, one of the first volunteers for bicycle advocacy group People Power, which that Jim and Jessica Denevan started in 1991. “I’m very supportive of the idea of Micah being on city council,” says Denevan. “He'll bring a great combination of vision and hard work to the job.” For dinner tickets see: www.micahforcouncil.org. Or call Fairytale Farm at 831.706.7162.
Hot Wok Tireless wokmeister India Jozseph Schultz will improvise a "Cooking with Joze" meal to remember at the highly interactive Museum of Art & History tonight, Wednesday, June 27. You bring a veggie or meat, and India Joe will channel his spice muse. Seriously, if you haven't watched this man cook, you're in for some genuine eye dazzle. $10, starts @ 5:30.