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Malik Williams restaurant is now open

Chef and owner Malik Williams, a native of Santa Cruz, began serving customers at his namesake restaurant last weekend. Malik Williams Restaurant (9067 Soquel Drive, former site of Rio Mar Mexican Cuisine, 831-251-0676) is in a soft opening phase and will soon have its grand opening. Williams, 21, a Culinary Institute of America graduate whose background includes working at famed Manresa in Los Gatos, created a menu featuring locally sourced Ocean2Table risotto dishes (with seasonal foraged ingredients) and the title playful “Chicken or egg?” (includes shaving of dried egg yolk). Learn more about IG @restaurantmalikwilliams. Visit opentable.com/r/pepper-reservations-aptos for online reservations. The opening hours are from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.


Rosie McCann is back

Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (1220 Pacific Ave. Level 2, 831-426-9930, rosiemccanns.com/santacruz) resumed serving customers March 1 after a two-year closure. He’s hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday with the Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the grand reopening. Regular hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday. The pub serves dinner every night, with selections including skirt steak salad.


La Patrona adds two desserts

La Patrona Taqueria (500 CA-1 Ste. B, 831-201-4533) recently added two desserts to the menu: chocoflan and strawberry flan. They’re both homemade by owner Bernadette Delgado, who opened the taqueria in October 2020. The menu includes the popular signature Patrona Burrito. “I made this burrito for my son who doesn’t eat beans; it contains everything but beans,” says Delgado. “I think what makes it are the homemade sauces we season the cabbage with. Like the unique flavor of our homemade toum (garlic spread) that we put together with the crunch of fresh cabbage. Another popular item is the Cali taco with homemade chipotle guacamole salsa. In total, there are four salsas available, two mild and two hot, all homemade. Other selections include breakfast burritos, tortas, and burgers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.


New schedule for Full Steam Dumpling

Full Steam Dumpling (IG @fullsteamdumpling) is at Santa Cruz Food Lounge (1001 Center St., also known as Santa Cruz Art Center), weekly from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with rotating menus. Beer, wine, and accompanying cocktails are available after hours at the 11th hour. Recent dishes include Steamed Prawn Dumplings, Singaporean Noodles and Chashu Pork Wontons. Thursday is Izakaya night (Japanese tapas and Donburi rice bowls) and Friday is Ramen night, which offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Also, customers can usually pick up frozen bao and dumplings (subject to availability) Wednesday through Friday at the Food Lounge. Text or call (626) 549-5574 for more information.


Birthday party at Discretion Brewing

Discretion Brewing (2703 41st Ave., 831-316-0662, discretionbrewing.com) is hosting a ninth-anniversary party from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. There will be bands playing live music in the expanded beer garden (which is dog and family friendly), two special beer releases and food for sale from Sugo at Discretion.

Discretion will launch two beers, both in 16-ounce cans: Anniversary 2022, described as “a Belgian-style table beer,” and Submarine Canyon, a lemon and Meyer sea salt IPA with a portion of the proceeds going to Save our Shores. Sugo menu items will include roasted nuts, Margherita or pepperoni pizza, Panini sandwiches (Caprese, Polpette, roast beef) and gluten-free chocolate cake.


Charming popup at Cantine

Charmant Vineyards (charmantvineyards.com), based in Aptos, offers wine flights from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cantine Winepub (8050 Soquel Drive, 831-612-6191, cantinewinepub.com). The winery will pour flights of current releases and sell bottles. Wine by the glass will also be available, as will the full Canteen menu with tapas, charcuterie, cheese, local beer, and more.


Delicious Fish & Chips pop-ups on tap

Scrumptious Fish & Chips will be at the Downtown Farmers Market from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday and back March 23-30. They’re at Humble Sea Brewing Co. at various times and days, including 4-8:30 p.m. every remaining Thursday in March. . Scrumptious will be at Steel Bonnet Brewing Co. from 4-8 p.m. Friday, returning March 18 and 25. Other appearances include the Sunday Live Oak Farmer’s Market. See the full schedule at scrumptiousfc.com.


Cabrillo Culinary offers St. Patrick’s Market Box

Chef/instructor Andrea Mollenauer and her culinary catering class Cabrillo offer a St. Patrick’s Day themed culinary market box. Boxes will be available for pickup March 18 and 19 at the Pino Alto Restaurant (Cabrillo College’s Sesnon House, 6500 Soquel Drive, 831-479-6524) with advance ordering required. Quantities are limited and feature handcrafted items made by students, local produce, and selections curated by chefs. Content will be announced soon; see pinoaltorestaurant.org/culinary-market-box.

West Cliff events at the rendezvous

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, Union Foodie, Three Waves Coffee, Foxy’s Toffee and Adobe To Go will be selling items. Go to brotherspromotions.com/event/west-cliff-food-truck-series-2022/.

The West Cliff St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lighthouse and Surfer parking lots on West Cliff. This market will feature the products of local artisans. Local Spice it Up and Union Foodie trucks will be serving food and there will be live music. Go to brotherspromotions.com/event/west-cliff-st-patricks-day-outdoor-market-march-12-2022.


Grand Wine Tasting tickets on sale

Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains is hosting a grand wine tasting on April 24 at the Mountain Winery. The event showcases 150 wines from more than 40 winemakers from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Early bird ticket prices end March 15. Tickets are currently $60 for general admission and $95 for VIP, which includes a box of cheese and charcuterie snacks, access to a VIP lounge, and half-hour early entry. After March 15, prices are $68 and $105. Visit https://bit.ly/3t5aH7U for tickets. Members of the quarterly Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Club receive exclusive prizes for all events.

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 or on Instagram @santacruzfood.

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