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Harvest Festival at UCSC this weekend

The UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Life Lab presents the annual Fall Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the campus farm. There will be apple pie and salsa making contests, apple pressing, hands-on workshops, wagon rides and live music. Additionally, local food vendors like My Mom’s Mole and Fonda Felix will have items for sale. Admission is $5 for the public or free for children under 12, UCSC and Cabrillo College students with student ID, and Friends of UCSC Farm & Garden members. See agroecology.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/harvest-fest.html.


New salad at Erik’s DeliCafé

Castroville Queen Salad is a new offering at Erik’s DeliCafé locations across the county and will be available in the coming months. It includes sliced ​​salami over mixed greens and romaine along with artichoke hearts, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, clover sprouts, sunflower seeds and a balsamic vinaigrette. To locate an Erik’s DeliCafe or get contact information, visit eriksdelicafe.com.


Gayle’s adds dishes for dinner

Gayle’s Bakery (504 Bay Ave., 831-462-1200, gaylesbakery.com) is offering a new multi-course dinner menu. In addition to the single “hot blue plate” which is already available each evening, Gayle’s has started doing burgers, Reubens and a few other items. You can find each week’s menu by visiting the homepage and clicking on “Menus” and then Hot Menus. Plus, pumpkin pie is back for the season.

In other news, Gayle’s is preparing a Rosh Hashanah dinner (available cold at 7 a.m. and hot at 4 p.m.) for pickup on Sunday. Order early; quantities are limited. Additionally, they have a la carte selections such as Matzo Ball Soup and Rugelach for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur available September 25-24 and October 4-5.


Tickets on sale for the Bookshop Santa Cruz au Soif event

The Santa Cruz Bookstore and the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting an appearance by wine expert Karen MacNeil on October 13 at Soif Restaurant and Wine Shop (105 Walnut Ave.). This celebrates the fully updated new edition of MacNeil’s “The Wine Bible”, which is America’s best-selling wine book. Advance tickets are available for the event only, or for the event plus a copy of the book. The 7:00 p.m. program will include a book talk, book signings, and Q&A. Wine and small plates will be available for purchase. Visit bookshopsantacruz.com/wine-bible.


New chef at Bad Animal

Bad Animal (1011 Cedar St., 831-900-5031, badanimalbooks.com) has announced that its new “Food Artist in Residence” is Lalita Kaewsawang of Hanloh Thai Food (visit hanloh.com or IG @hanlohthaifood). Kaewsawang, who starts Bad Animal on October 6, is a Thailand native whose professional experience includes two years at Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos. More recently, she has been doing pop-ups and restoration. As we reported earlier this month, chef Katherine Stern and her company The Midway, who provided food to Bad Animal last year, recently ended their residency. Bad Animal’s restaurant and bar will be closed until October 6, but the bookstore remains open from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

From October 6, the restaurant/bar is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday to Saturday.


Mr. Z’s adds breakfast on weekends

Mr. Z’s Crepes and Teas (45 Aviation Way, 831-228-1588, mrzsteas.com) just started serving breakfast on weekends at its Watsonville-only location. Hours for breakfast items such as egg/cheese pancakes with optional bacon or avocado are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday through Sunday (and the creperie stays open until 9 p.m. two days). Mr. Z’s, which is also open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, serves acai bowls, bubble waffles, smoothies, and boba tea. There is a second location in Aptos (7518 Soquel Drive, 831-661-5167) open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.


The Brunch Shift arrives at the Apero

Chef Jessica Yarr of Chicken Foot recently launched a new popup, The Brunch Shift. Their first appearance was last month at the Apéro Club (402 Ingalls St. at Swift St. Courtyard). They make a second appearance at the Apero from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Menu selections include The Hot Mess (hashed potatoes, peppers, cheese, kimchi, fried egg and more) Rainbow Bowl (ingredients include quinoa, pickled red onion and avocado), cookies homemade with pork gravy and gluten-free mochi donuts. Other upcoming appearances include the Scotts Valley Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market on October 1 and 15.


Food trucks at Skypark Friday

The Scotts Valley Food Truck Friday monthly series continues from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Skypark (361 Kings Village Road). Participating food trucks will be Pana, Saucey’z, Epoch Eats, Cuevas Mexican Food, Cracked Cookies and Aunt LaLi’s. The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation is hosting a beer/wine garden to raise money for schools in Scotts Valley. Cringe will play live music. Dogs on a leash are welcome. For seating, there are picnic tables or participants can bring lawn chairs or blankets. Visit facebook.com/events/1018225268838894.

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 the Sentinel catering team on Twitter @santacruzfood.

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