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SANTA CRUZ

¡Vámonos! doors openning

¡Vámonos! Comida Mexicana will begin serving customers Friday in Abbott Square. The menu, featuring homemade enchiladas, chile relleno, tacos and quesadillas, was created by local chefs Anthony Kresge and Brooke Johnson. On social media, the restaurant describes itself as a “sister restaurant to Belly Goat Burger” (another Abbott Square restaurant whose menu was created by Kresge). Follow them on Instagram @vamonoscomida.

WATSONVILLE

Second Harvest Food Bank Dinner Tickets On Sale

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County (thefoodbank.org) is hosting an event to commemorate its 50th anniversary and honor retiring CEO Willy Elliot-McCrea. The reception and dinner will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 21 at the Fairgrounds (2601 E. Lake Ave., Crosetti Building). Tickets are $50; learn more at www.thefoodbank.org/50th. There will also be a free open house at Second Harvest Food Bank that day, which will include tours that require pre-registration. Founded in 1972, Second Harvest Food Bank is the second oldest food bank in the United States. Each month, she helps around 85,000 local adults and children in need.

CAPITOL

New hours at iCrave

iCrave has new hours: it is now open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and closed from Sunday to Monday. Previously, it was closed on Saturday and Sunday. Family-run creperie and tea shop Boba (1601 41st Ave. Ste. Q, on the same plaza as Palace Arts, 831-515-7578) has many varieties of sweet and savory Japanese crepes on its menu. Customers can choose from around 50 Boba (bubble) teas; other items include coffee, espresso, and milkshakes.

APTOS

Persephone Winemaker Dinner with Big Basin

Persephone (7945 Soquel Drive, 831-612-6511, persephonerestaurant.com) is hosting a Vintner’s Dinner with Ridge Vineyards at 5:30 p.m. on July 24. The cost is $200 in advance. The menu includes six wines with six dishes such as Calabrian chili honey burrata, prosciutto and arugula paired with 2020 Ridge Estate Chardonnay; and Scotch Mushroom Duck Egg with Duck Tartare and Blackberry Gastrico paired with Ridge Geyserville 2014.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Tickets available for the Winegrowers’ Festival

More than 30 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries will be featured at the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Festival on August 13-14. Some of these wineries, such as Fellom Ranch, Naumann Vineyards, and Sandar & Hem Wines, are not generally open to the public. The festival is by reservation only. Tickets are $45 for one day or $80 for two days. At each stop, guests enjoy a flight of three to five wines poured by staff who will discuss each wine’s specific winemaking process. Call 831-685-8463 or visit winesofthesantacruzmountains.com/events/vintners-festival/ for more details (including a full list of wineries) and to purchase tickets.

APTOS

Nicholson Vineyards hosts food trucks, music

Nicholson Vineyards recently launched two summer series: “Food Truck Saturdays” and “Live Music Sundays”. From Saturday to August 27, spinning trucks will be at the winery selling food from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The next vendor on July 16 is Mattia Pizza. The following week is Dos Hermanos Pupuseria on July 23. From Sunday to August 27 there is live music. The next performer is Tom Jacobs on July 17. The winery is at 2800 Pleasant Valley Road. Call 831-724-7071 or visit nicholsonvineyards.com. Reservations are recommended.

WATSONVILLE

Tickets available for dinner at the Fall Farm

Tickets are on sale for Farm Discovery at Live Earth Farm’s annual benefit dinner from 4-8pm on September 24 at Live Earth Farm (172 Litchfield Lane). Tickets are $200 and up at farmdiscovery.org/event/mesa/. The family meal using LEF products will be prepared by Chef Diego Felix (Fonda Felix and Colectivo Felix) and Chef Jessica Yarr (Chicken Foot). The event includes local artisans, winemakers, brewers and distillers. There will be live music as well as silent and live auctions. Proceeds go to Farm Discovery’s environmental and nutrition education programs for area youth.

WATSONVILLE

Maine Lobster Fundraiser for Watsonville Rotary

The Rotary Club of Watsonville Foundation is hosting a Maine Lobster “Claws for a Cause” fundraiser on August 13 at the Watsonville Elks Lodge (121 Martinelli St.). Food is provided by the New England Lobster Company. Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $85 and include lobster, shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage, artichokes, potatoes, garlic and sourdough baguette, in a steamer pot for you to cook at home. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com/e/2022-watsonville-rotary-claws-for-a-cause-maine-lobster-to-go-fundraiser-tickets-291025815047. Proceeds benefit low-income, high-risk children and youth in the Pajaro Valley through local nonprofit programs. Last year’s event raised close to $30,000.

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.

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