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Alderwood hosts Teen Kitchen Project benefit
Alderwood (155 Walnut Ave., 831-588-3238, alderwoodsantacruz.com) is hosting an event on March 29 with a silent auction and five-course menu with wine pairings in support of the Teen Kitchen Project ( TKP, teenkitchenproject.org). There are only 40 tickets available and the cost is $200 per person. Participating TKP teen chefs will receive mentorship from Alderwood chefs. Visit exploretock.com/alderwood/event/329391/teen-kitchen-project-alderwood-collaboration-dinner for tickets and details. Nonprofit TKP helps teens learn how to create nutritious meals in commercial kitchens that are then delivered to people in crisis due to serious illness.
Chicken Foot launches relief services in Ukraine
Chef Jessica Yarr, with her company Chicken Foot (IG @_chickenfoot_, website at chickenfootsc.com), is doing “the first of many fundraisers for relief efforts in Ukraine this weekend.” This time, she will prepare two soups: a vegan borscht and a shchavel (sorrel) soup which contains chicken broth among its ingredients. She will also make pompuski (Ukrainian garlic bread). A combo with bread and your choice of soup is $25; all proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization Sunflower of Peace (sunflowerofpeace.com). Pre-orders go live Wednesday and will run through Saturday; pickup will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at his commercial kitchen, 100 Enterprise Way. Yarr, who launched Chicken Foot in December 2020 to showcase his Ukrainian culinary heritage, pops up and appears regularly at the Westside Santa Cruz Saturday Farmer’s Market with selections including pierogi, knishes and pelmeni. Visit IG to stay up to date.
The weekend brunch buffet returns to Chaminade
Chaminade Resort & Spa (One Chaminade Lane, chaminade.com) is bringing back its popular brunch buffet starting this weekend, and it will be available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Buffet selections include breakfast specialties, fruit, prime rib, salmon, and custom omelettes. There are indoor and outdoor seats. Reservations are required at 831-465-3452 or OpenTable.com.
Additionally, reservations are being accepted for the Easter Brunch which takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 17. It’s $85 for adults, $30 for kids 3-12, and free for kids under 3. There are several Easter egg hunts between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: 30 p.m.
Food trucks, pop-up pressure market on Sunday
Sunday is the next installment of the free monthly Westside Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Wrigley Building parking lot (2801 Mission St.) co-hosted by Food Trucks A Go Go and the Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market. The food trucks/vendors will be Saucey’z, Cuevas, Pana, Aunt LaLi’s and Three Waves Coffee. Over 30 vendors will be selling products including honey, candles, and more. Cement Ship plays live music from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit facebook.com/events/2848774428749027.
Agriculture Day dinner tickets on sale
The Santa Cruz County Agricultural Bureau, in conjunction with Agri-Culture, will host the National Agriculture Day Spring Luncheon on March 16 at Heritage Hall at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. The cost is $50 per person. Learn more about the event at sccfb.com/news/national-agriculture-day-spring-luncheon and purchase tickets at eventbrite.com. Call Agri-Culture at 831-724-1356 for details.
Pelican Ranch Hosts Pizza and Wine Pairings Saturday
Pelican Ranch Winery (2364 Bean Creek Road, 831-332-5359, pelicanranch.com) offers March Madness Reserve Wine and Gourmet Pizza pairings from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the vineyard garden. Cost is $15 or free for wine club members. Winemaker Phil Crews creates pizzas with flavors designed to match wine varieties. Veggie Pizza will be paired with Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Margherita Pizza with Dry Gewurztraminer, Hawaiian with 2019 SC Mt. Pinot Noir and Pepperoni with 2016 Pinotage. Reservations by phone or SMS are mandatory.
Clam Chowder Cook-Off Results
The annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off drew crowds last weekend, and there were plenty of local winners. While Midgley’s Public House in Stockton took first place from the judges in the Professional Manhattan category (and has received that honor more than once), the local East Side Eatery run by Derek Rupp took second place and also won won the People’s Choice Award for Best Manhattan. ESE and Rupp, who regularly receive prizes in this annual competition, also received second place in Boston’s professional category. The judges selected Wharf’s Ideal Bar & Grill as third place for Best Boston and Ideal also won Best Boston-People’s Choice. The judges selected Martinez-based Wilma Lott Catering (featuring the “Clamdestine” team) for first place in Professional Boston. Read the list of all winners, including amateur categories, at beachboardwalk.com/clamchowder.
Homeless Garden Project event focuses on CSA
Homeless Garden Project (HGP, homelessgardenproject.org) is hosting First Friday: Dive into Community Supported Agriculture at the HGP store (1338 Pacific Ave.) from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Attendees will learn about the history of the ASC and have the opportunity to register for the next season of the HGP ASC. Megan Wetersund, Nutrition and Recipe Specialist, will provide farm-fresh Lemon Lavender Cookies and attendees will receive the recipe. There will also be a raffle.
Perséphone launches second Sunday wine tasting
Starting March 13, Persephone (7945 Soquel Drive, 831-612-6511, persephonerestaurant.com) is offering wine tasting with snacks on its patio on the second Sunday of each month. The March event, from 3-6 p.m., has a Greek theme. It offers four Greek wines, including Oenops Rawditis 2018, as well as Greek-inspired bites from chef Cori Goudge-Ayer. Tickets are $35; visit the website for more information or to purchase.
Santa Cruz Bookstore Hosts Virtual Tea Table Event
Santa Cruz Bookstore is hosting a free virtual event at 6 p.m. on March 23 with chef Karen Anne Murray, owner of Eddison & Melrose tea shop in Pacific Grove. The event will focus on Murray’s recent cookbook “Tea Table, Inspiring Teatime Creations from California’s Central Coast.” She is a member of the Dames d’Escoffier International. Visit bookshopsantacruz.com/tea-table to register for the event or to purchase the book.
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