Rita and I made our IPO (initial public outing) to Assembly last week for a late lunch, joined by an inquiring crowd of fellow foodies. In addition to those antler chandeliers (shades of True Detective!), and an inviting front bar, the uncluttered interior is equipped with urban sleek and plenty of light. Banquettes line the…
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Felton Gets a New Brew Spot
A vintage 19th-century hotel in Felton will soon find a new batch of patrons thanks to Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing‘s Emily Thomas, who is teaming with SLV New Leaf entrepreneur Bob Locatelli on The Cremer House project. The partners plan to transform the former 1880s lumberjack boardinghouse into a purveyor of craft brews wrapped around…
India Joze’s Persian New Year
In what could well be the culinary deal of the season, the inimitable Jozseph Schultz will finesse the annual India Joze Now Rooz Festival, Sunday March 23. To celebrate the Persian New Year, the master chef unleashes one-seating-only of dish after dish of flavors that launched a thousand and one nights. It starts at 5pm,…
Local Classes Promote Alternative Diets
PALEO PROLIFIC: You might want to check out the Spring Paleo Cooking demos presented by licensed nutritionist Rebecca Hazelton at the Westside New Leaf Community Market starting March 19 from 6 to 7:30pm. Surely you’re familiar with the “Paleo” food phenom? Think of it as a “back to the future” backlash against all things dairy…
Iconic Santa Cruz Alt-Journalist Buz Bezore Dies
The longtime Santa Cruz alternative journalism pioneer and founding editor of Santa Cruz Weekly passed away on March 6, at age 68.
Some Important Scoops on the Food Scene
Dave Kumec, entrepreneur of Mission Hill Creamery artisan ice creams, is launching the second annual Scoops for Schools program benefiting Santa Cruz City Schools.
Preview: The 2014 Oscars
Almost nothing is as commercial as an Oscar-nominated film—except in the case of the nominees that frankly aren’t. This year’s nominees are as eclectic a marginal mix as anyone can remember: a grumpy alcoholic mumbling his way through a high plains road trip, an elderly British woman tracking the baby she gave up for adoption,…
A Dynamic Duo of Local Pinots
It was a charmed week in which I was able to discover not one, but two of the best Santa Cruz Mountain appellation pinot noirs I’ve ever tasted. The first was a 2008 Miller Hill Vineyard pinot from Silver Mountain Vineyards ($38). Made from Dijon clones 115 and 667, this gorgeous creation had been aged…
Team Behind Assembly Announces New ‘Pop Up’ Spot
Assembly Team Pops Up: Sleep is not an option for Kendra Baker and Zach Davis, who have launched yet another in an endless string of big ideas in food performance even as the dishes are barely dry from their gala preview event at the Del Mar Theatre last week.
Surfing the Westside’s Wine Wave
The name Surf City Vintners is the branding umbrella for a dozen limited-production wineries clustered at the industrial edge of town. Neither surfers nor city dwellers, these folks are all vintners all the time.