It’s no surprise that Tabitha Stroup is cooking up something new, different and delicious. Stroup is one of the longtime culinary queens of Santa Cruz. She started her career in the Dream Inn kitchen in the early ’90s, then to other venues and projects—notably Friend in Cheeses Jam Company. But Stroup is moving on from…
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According to Bon Appetit magazine, we have even more reason than ever to be culinarily smug. Santa Cruz resident David Kinch’s Manresa in Los Gatos, which has collected two Michelin stars, has now also been named among the twenty “Most Important” restaurants in the country. In fact, it was ranked # 5 (even above the hallowed Le Bernardin in New York). The editorial staff of the magazine chose these restaurants as defining how we eat out. “They’re the fearless spots that drive chefs to innovate, restaurateurs to imitate, and the rest of us to line up.”
More and more, Santa Cruz is a hotspot for locally grown food: the county is dotted with small farms and farmers markets, it seems every third lawn has been ripped out to make space for growing food and our elementary schools are surrounded with edible gardens.
It looks like a tomato. It’s red and round and a little sweet, with a bitter, savory aftertaste. Underneath its thin skin is fish DNA to prevent it from freezing prior to harvest. Is it a tomato? Mary Graydon-Fontana wouldn’t say so. “I don’t think that’s a tomato,” she says. “That’s a different species that they’re taking it from.”
The California Beer Festival, your basic craft beer extravaganza, is coming to Aptos Village Park this Saturday, July 28. Let’s see, that’s 70 craft brews on tap, three live bands including “Foreverland”—an unforgettable tribute to Michael Jackson—plus mouthwatering food and bocce ball. Michael Jackson and bocce ball in one afternoon—life is good! CBF sounds like hog heaven for any beer aficionado, especially fans of handcrafted suds. Know that this event will sell out, space is very limited. Proceeds will benefit student athletes in Santa Cruz County.
One reader connects an agricultural cover story to Watsonville’s developing plans. Others shed light on possible water supply solutions and the best way to study them.
These fragrant, succulent strawberries from Swanton Berry Farms are just some of the many indicators of warmer weather and lengthening growing conditions. Our farmers markets are now loaded with strawberries, asparagus—delicious pencil-thin asparagus this week from Hog Farms—young red onions with long slender leaves, broccolini, tiny zucchinis and of course fava beans, the ultimate herald of springtime.
You don’t have to go to the Santa Cruz farmers markets if you don’t have time. Now the farmers markets can come to you.
“CSAs make it doable for farmers,” says Chris Menge of Tierra Madre Farm, a Santa Cruz County nursery operation that is offering its first Community Supported Agriculture program this spring.