Quick bites | Soul Sweets adjusts its schedules for the summer – Santa Cruz Sentinel
Soul Sweets extends summer hours
Soul Sweets (222-K Mount Hermon Road/King’s Village Shopping Center, 831-454-8172, soulsweets831.com) is now open 30 minutes earlier and closes 30 minutes later, effective until the end of august. They serve customers from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Saturday. The shop specializes in homemade Asian-style soft serve ice cream, fresh ice cream waffles, boba tea, and Japanese waffle-like cakes called Taiyaki. Follow on Instagram @soul_sweets831.
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The winning sandwich now available at Erik’s DeliCafé
The North Beach, a customer-designed sandwich, is on sale at all Erik’s DeliCafé outlets (eriksdelicafe.com/locations) until at least early September. The North Beach offers salami, ham, provolone, basil pesto dressing, arugula, tomatoes, red onions and pepperoncini on a ciabatta bun. Creator and customer Justin F. won the finals of the Sandwiches with Character contest at the end of 2021, beating two other successful finalists out of 150 original sandwiches.
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Glaum Eggs are now available at local Safeway stores
Glaum Egg Ranch (glaumeggranch.com) recently advertised it as “the local egg farm on Safeway’s shelf”. The first local Safeway stores to sell Glaum eggs are those on 41st Avenue (Soquel), Mission Street (Santa Cruz) and Rancho Del Mar (Aptos). More Santa Cruz County Safeway stores and multiple Monterey County locations will soon carry them. All Glaum eggs are cage-free and offer organic and non-organic varieties. The ranch has been supplying eggs since 1921. You can buy Glaum eggs at many local stores, including New Leaf and Staff of Life, and the Glaum Barn store (831-688-3898, 3100 Valencia Rd., Aptos). The barn store is home to the kid-popular egg vending machine with dancing chickens and rotating holiday decorations, including the current 4th of July theme.
Thirst announces food pop-up schedule
Soif Wine Bar & Merchants (105 Walnut Ave., 831-423-2020, soifwine.com) is hosting a series of culinary popups with local guest chefs hosted by Wine Director Alexis Carr and Sommelier Dede Eckhardt. Upcoming program: June 17 – Oyster and shucked and sauced wine tasting with former Soif team member John Bates helping to shuck oysters as well as muscadet, sparkling wine and other wines; July 8-Off the Hook (Japanese cuisine by Aaron Robertson of Akira), July 23-Full Steam Dumpling and July 29-Pare (modern Filipino American pop-up). “Dede and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with so many incredible culinary talents,” Carr said. “The restaurant industry has always been difficult for small independent businesses to open up and remain financially viable (even before the pandemic had such a devastating effect). Pop-ups are a way for passionate chefs, who may not have the resources to open their own physical store, to share their food with the community. We love being able to be part of it. Pouring flights of wine alongside a variety of different cuisines is a real treat.
Tickets on sale for Foodways Benefit with Alice Waters
Culinary icon Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse, is the special guest at a benefit dinner on July 15 at UC Santa Cruz. The university’s Center for Agroecology hosts the “Foodways Dinner for Student Success” which includes a tour of the UCSC farm, a silent auction, and a five-course meal served at Cowell Ranch Haybarn. Tickets are $225 per person, $825 for groups of 4, or $1,200 for groups of 6, and proceeds benefit the Foodways Fund, which aims to “…foster a nurturing environment that allows students to eat and to succeed”. Learn more and buy tickets at agroecology.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/foodways-dinner.html.
New hours at the Big Basin Tasting Room
New hours began this week at the Big Basin Vineyards Tasting Room & Wine Bar (525 Pacific Ave., 831-515-7278). Hours are now 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Reservations are recommended.
In addition, the next monthly winemaker’s evening will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 16. Winemaker Blake Yarger will be in attendance and will serve a specialty wine flight. Read about these events and more, and make reservations, at exploretock.com/big-basin-vineyards-santa-cruz-tasting-room-wine-bar/.
Roaring Camp Beer Train for Father’s Day
The Father’s Day Brew Train returns to Roaring Camp Railroad on June 19, with departures from the boardwalk. There will be beer from Humble Sea Brewing Co. and live music. Once you arrive at Roaring Camp there will be a BBQ lunch for sale, more live music and beer for sale. Visit roaringcamp.com/events.
Beer and cider festival on tap next month
The 12th Annual Hop N’ Barley Beer Festival, a dog-friendly, family-friendly event that benefits the Homeless Garden Project, will be held July 9 at Skypark. There will be over 100 beers available, live music and food for sale. About sixty breweries and cider houses take part. Tickets are on sale for $45 at hopnbarley.org.
Santa Cruz breweries join the Monterey Beer Festival
New Bohemia Brewing Co. and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing are among breweries featuring hundreds of beers at the Monterey Beer Festival on July 30. Tickets are on sale now ($60 general, $25 designated driver) for the 19th annual festival to be held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. You must be 21 to attend the event, which benefits the nonprofit Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation. There will be live entertainment, a DJ and food for sale. Visit montereybeerfestival.com.
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.