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Buzz Sushi opens its doors
Buzz Sushi (1010 Pacific Ave. Suite F, 831-201-4212, www.thebuzzsushi.com) recently opened on the former site of Sweet Curls. The menu, which includes vegan and vegetarian options, offers nigiri sushi, sushi rolls, sashimi, poke salad, donburi. Signature salads include ‘Vegetable Buzz Salad’ with a choice of plant-based tuna or salmon, tofu or shiitake mushrooms, greens, avocado, and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Learn more at facebook.com/The-buzz-sushi-106544228779586.
Musubi’s stall expands at the Farmers’ Market
At the weekly Aptos Farmers Market on Saturdays (8 a.m. to noon, Cabrillo College, montereybayfarmers.org/aptos-farmers-market), Zen Natural Foods’ musubi booth is expanding its offerings. Starting Saturday, customers will have a choice of traditional musubi (Japanese rice balls coated in seaweed, made with organic Koda rice, sea salt and sesame seeds) or bowls. Topping choices include wild salmon, crab, chicken, and spam. Vegan options include a miso combination of Japanese sour plums and chickpeas. Zen Natural Foods owner Lisa Koda has had a stall at Aptos Market since March. Learn more about his company at www.zennaturalfoods.com.
Draft beer and cider festival
The 12th Annual Hop N’ Barley Beer Festival, a dog-friendly, family-friendly event with live music, runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Skypark. There will be over 100 beers available, as well as local food and crafts for sale. About sixty breweries and cider houses take part. Tickets are on sale for $45 at hopnbarley.org. This year, proceeds go to the Homeless Garden Project (homelessgardenproject.org).
New hours at Trestles
Trestles (316 Capitola Ave., 831-854-2728, trestlesrestaurant.com) recently announced new hours. The restaurant is now open from 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday and from 4:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday. New additions to the menu include an asparagus and green dandelion Caesar with pecorino, fresh pear, pistachio and dried egg yolk. Follow on Instagram @trestles_capitola.
Lillian’s adds happy hour
Lillian’s Italian Kitchen started “Happy Hour (and a half)” this week, which ran from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. There are new appetizers as well as discounted wine and cocktails, and all beers are 30% off. Also, the 4th of July was the restaurant’s 15th anniversary.
Farm to Fork Dinner Supports the Community
The seventh annual Community Bridges Farm to Fork Gala, from 4-8 p.m. on July 16 at Cabrillo College’s Sesnon House, will be an outdoor, socially distanced event on the lawn. A multi-course meal as well as local beer and wine will be served. There will be a live and silent auction, live music and a keynote address from Representative Jimmy Panetta. Cost is $150 per person at communitybridges.org/events or $900 for a six-person VIP table. Proceeds from the event benefit 10 Community Bridges programs, which serve thousands of children, families and seniors each year.
Extended opening hours in Barceloneta
Restaurant Barceloneta (1541B Pacific Ave., 831-900-5222, eatbarceloneta.com) has extended its hours of operation for the summer. The hours are from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Friday to Saturday. Reservations are recommended. Additionally, recent additions to the menu include vegan gazpacho and Samfaina, which the restaurant describes as a “Catalan ratatouille of roasted peppers, zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes…we add a crispy free-range egg cooked in olive oil on top”.
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Three upcoming Colectivo Felix events
Colectivo Felix is hosting a five-course dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ser Winery (10 Parade St., Aptos). Tickets are $120; visit checkout.square.site/buy/YXJZY2M2ZPEKDOAXAOYRQCYN. On Sunday, they will be at Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery (Los Gatos) for “Argentinian Asado en el Bosque” (Roast in the Forest). Highlights on the menu include chicken thighs marinated in Peruvian yellow chili. Tickets range from $30 for children under 10 to $85 for adults; see wrightsstation.com/visit/#Roast for full menu and details. Additionally, tickets are on sale for their next monthly dinner at Swift Street Courtyard (402 Ingalls St. Santa Cruz). Held on July 23, this one features chef Diego Felix in collaboration with guest chef Jessica Yarr. Tickets are $95 at checkout.square.site/buy/2KZP2BO4EVLKN3WRPJCM7ZWN.
Offerings at the Gabriella Café
Gabriella Café (910 Cedar St., 831-457-1677, gabriellacafe.com) hosts live music with the Kaethe Hostetter Trio on July 15 and with her quartet on August 11. prosciutto; Stackhouse Farm grilled peaches stuffed with burrata; and cobbler strawberry rhubarb with Strauss vanilla ice cream.
Two West Cliff events this weekend
The West Cliff Food Truck Series continues with an event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lighthouse Field parking lot on West Cliff Drive. Local food trucks and vendors Taquizas Gabriel, Epoch Eats, Three Waves Coffee and Adobe To Go will sell items. Go to brotherspromotions.com/event/west-cliff-food-truck-series-2022/.
The next West Cliff outdoor market will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the lighthouse and surfer parking lots in West Cliff. This market will feature products from local artisans and businesses, as well as food trucks. See brotherpromotions.com/event/west-cliff-outdoor-market-july-9-2022/.
Quick Bites, compiled by Tara Fatemi Walker, is your weekly serving of Santa Cruz County restaurant, food and drink news. Send articles to [email protected] (Sunday 7:00 p.m. deadline for this week’s column). Want local food and drink news as it happens? Follow Sentinel’s catering team on Twitter @santacruzfood.