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Fundraiser for baked goods for Ukraine on Saturday
BobbyBaker invites the community to a Patio Party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Beach (31 Sunset Drive) to raise funds for Ukraine. All proceeds will benefit Direct Relief (directrelief.org), an organization that applies 100% of all donations to humanitarian relief. There will be sweet and savory treats, including “his unique take on traditional Ukrainian dishes, including Ukrainian Pierogi and Ukrainian Beet Cake, as well as iced tea and lemonade.” All treats are free and donations are gratefully accepted. There will also be a raffle, with a prize of a dozen cinnamon rolls; this is one of BobbyBaker’s most popular items.
After 40 years as a schoolteacher, Bobby launched his artisan bakery business (facebook.com/profile.php?id=100073957025765) last year baking sweet potato pies for his Sunset Beach neighborhood. Every week he cooks on Friday and sells baked goods on Saturday. “I started my baking career in the classroom baking apple pies with my students every Pi day with exactly 3.14 apples.” Email [email protected] for directions and parking information.
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The Lunch Buffet Returns to Scotts Valley’s Ambrosia
Ambrosia India Bistro in Scotts Valley (6006 La Madrona Drive, D, 831-713-5594, ambrosiaib.com/scotts-valley) is bringing back its popular buffet lunch starting Friday. The buffet was unavailable for the past two years due to the pandemic. The regular buffet will be offered from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and a weekend brunch buffet (includes additional dishes, which rotate, plus a drink) is served from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday – Sunday. The dinner menu is available from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday.
Ambrosia India Bistro in Aptos (207 Sea Ridge Road, 831-685-0610, ambrosiaib.com/aptos) is also starting on-site dining on Friday (but no lunch buffet yet). Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, plus 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday.
Tickets available for Wine Walk
The 2022 Spring Downtown Santa Cruz Wine Walk will take place May 1 from 3-6 p.m. and you can get tickets at eventbrite.com/e/downtown-santa-cruz-spring-wine-walk- may-2022-tickets-228510650507. Confirmed winemakers are Bargetto Winery, Big Basin Vineyards, Birichino, Burrell School Vineyards, El Vaquero Winery, Mia Bea, Muns Vineyard, Quintessential Wines, Random Ridge, Roudon-Smith Winery, Travieso Winery, and Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery. Prices are $40 in advance or $45 at the event if not sold out. Participants must be 21 years of age and present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
Easter at the Buttery
The Buttery (702 Soquel Ave., 831-458-3020, butterybakery.com) offers special baked goods and treats for the Easter season. These include almond, cherry, raspberry, marionette berry and bear claw rings; Apricot Cheesecake and Blueberry Cheesecake Braids; buns (French, potato, sourdough or sourdough with seeds); and several pies and pies. Easter Shortbread Cookies, Easter Egg Cakes, and French Macarons are only available for pickup April 16-17. All can be booked through the website. The Buttery will close early at 3 p.m. on April 17.
Food trucks, pop-up market on the bridge
Sunday is the next episode of the free monthly Westside Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2801 Mission St., co-hosted by Food Trucks A Go Go and the Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market. The food trucks will be Pana, Mattia Pizza, Taquizas Gabriel, Aunt LaLi’s and Three Waves Coffee. More than 35 vendors will sell products including honey, bottled juice, flowers, handbags, candles, and more. Papiba & Friends plays live music from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit facebook.com/events/728038185245653.
Easter and Passover pre-orders at Manresa Bread
Manresa Bread, owned by Santa Cruz resident and renowned chef David Kinch, is accepting pick-up pre-orders at https://www.manresabread.com/preorder-1. Pickup dates are April 15-17. Special selections include macaroons (box of 6: two strawberry guava, raspberry lychee and passion fruit), large carrot cake, large blueberry rye tart with almonds, extra Kouign Amann -large and a whole quiche.
Additionally, Manresa Bread now offers at-home baguette baking kits. Each kit includes the dry ingredients and tools you’ll need to make eight French baguettes. Additionally, customers receive a link to a 60-minute private lesson with bakery founder Avery Ruzicka as an instructor. Visit exploretock.com/manresabreadlosgatos/experience/320176/bake-with-avery-baguettes.
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