New Leaf Community Markets celebrates its 30th anniversary with a block party this weekend. Co-founder and president Scott Roseman talks about how he set out to change the world, and the changes in his own life after New Leaf’s sale
In our last issue of Dilated Pupil, things got kind of … weird. I mean, we interviewed the UCSC banana slug mascot, and he talked about how living on campus helped him to come out as a hermaphrodite—“twice the junk at half the speed” is I believe how he put it.
515 Cedar St., Santa Cruz
For Restaurant Week, 515 is taking the local ingredients they already use and making entirely new menu items. Sous chef Jessica Carlson explains, “We are going to have fun, while staying true to ourselves. We want our regulars to be excited about trying new stuff.” Carlson recommends such unique dishes as the saffron seafood risotto, with sustainable prawns, mussels and calamari; and the grilled New York strip steak, which will feature a demi glaze.
Hard economic times make for a lean dining scene, but by the same token, the seeds of recovery usually take root in the restaurant landscape before they can be seen in other sectors. When people have money to spend again, their hunger for interesting tastes returns as well, and in Santa Cruz, empty spaces are being filled and local favorites are expanding to meet this budding demand. Christina Waters documents these changes in this issue, and local foodies will be happy to see the spaces vacated by Benten and Louie’s Cajun Kitchen opening again with concepts that will add new dimensions to Santa Cruz dining.