Santa Cruz Good Times

Saturday
Jan 31st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Waddell Creek, Al Fresco

fd waddellRoute One Summer Farm Dinner

You’ve been buying their insanely fresh produce for years now at farmers’ markets. Right? So now why not become more familiar with the gorgeous Waddell Creek farmlands of Route One Farms?

Experience the terroir of Route One—visually and orally—translated into plein air flavors by chef Damani Thomas of Oswald. Quick now! Make a reservation to join the al fresco Farm Dinner at Rancho del Oso (a half hour north of Santa Cruz) on June 29 starting at 4 p.m. The afternoon will start with a welcome reception and a walking tour with farmer/owner Jeff Larkey. Dinner will be served family style near the orchard. Expect to be dazzled by the sweeping views, and of course by the freshly harvested flavors. To register for the $100 per person dinner visit the Route One website, route1farms.csaware.com.

Odonata buys River Road winery

Congratulations to Denis Hoey, winemaker of Odonata Wines, who just bought five acres with a winery and tasting room ready to rock on River Road in Salinas. Hoey has been making his sensuous wines—his Syrahs are perfection—in one of the Surf City Vintner facilities on Ingalls Street, with a handsome tasting room a few blocks away near Companion Bakeshop.

But this summer he hopes to open another new tasting room out on the River Road property followed by a production facility and vineyards to expand the Odonata line. Luckily for Santa Cruz fans, Odonata’s Westside Tasting Room will remain in the act. Can’t wait to tour the new Odonata later this summer.

Summer Fun @ Live Earth Farm

While we’re talking country, imagine that you and your young ones are spending time out at a real working farm, making friends with the chickens and goats, harvesting and cooking fresh veggies from the fields. Live Earth Farm offers a summer camp program for young farmers and emerging cooks. In fact, the farm offers three different weeklong summer camps this year for kids of all ages to engage in “farm to fork” learning experiences. Young ones will be able to get their hands dirty in the garden and animal pens, learn to prepare foods and expand their senses—and have a lot of fun doing it. Check out the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program Facebook page and website for complete details about these innovative and delicious programs—help a young person you love grow their appetites and imaginations in a local farm environment.

Tiny Tips

Louie’s Cajun Kitchen doesn’t just stock more than 55 bourbons and ryes, the popular downtown watering hole also offers flights of ryes and bourbons, 1-ounce pours, to help inquiring palates discover new favorites.  Templeton Rye, Buffalo Trace—these are some favorites at Louie’s. Get on down to 110 Church St. in Downtown Santa Cruz and learn more about America’s number one liquor … Chef Katherine Stern was on a duck kick last week, just in time for my buddy Renee and I to enjoy a fabulous dinner at La Posta that featured the delicious game meat. My entree of seared duck breast arrived on a bed of braised little gem lettuces and snap peas, garnished with the tangy sweet flavor of braised kumquat. Incredible pairing! 

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Throwing It All Away

Everybody’s for recycling, right? So why are we all doing it wrong? Our reporter gets down and dirty to uncover 10 secrets that will finally make the recycling process make sense

 

Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius (11th sign after Aries) is the sign of service—serving one another, building community. Aquarius is fixed air, stabilizing new ideas in the world. When new ideas reach the masses the ideas become ideals within the hearts and minds of humanity. Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are mental. They think, ponder, study, research, gather and distribute information. For air signs, education and learning, communicating, writing, being social, tending to money, participating in groups and creating sustainable communities are most important. One of the present messages Aquarius is putting forth to the New Group of World Servers is the creation of the New Education (thus thinking) for humanity—one based not on commodities (banking/corporate values) but on virtues. Humanity and Aquarius Aquarius is the sign of humanity itself. We are now at the beginnings of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Humanity (rising). The “rising” is the Aquarian vision of equality, unity, the distribution and sharing of all resources and of individual (Leo) creative gifts for the purpose of humanity’s (Aquarius) uplifting. This is the message in the Solar Festival of Aquarius (at the full moon) on Tuesday, Feb. 3. We join in these visions by reciting the World Prayer of Direction, the Great Invocation.Tuesday’s solar festival follows Monday’s Groundhog Day, or Imbolc (ancient Celtic fire festival) the halfway mark between winter solstice and spring Equinox). The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) during these two days are preparing for the upcoming Three Spring Solar Festivals: 1. Aries Resurrection/Easter Festival (April); 2. Taurus Buddha/Wesak Festival (May); and 3. Gemini’s Festival of Humanity (June). Aquarius and the new and full moons together are the primary astrological influences behind all of humanity’s endeavors. The NGWS are to teach these things, calling and uplifting humanity. Join us everyone. (301)

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Job Insecurity

Woman fights for her job in thoughtful, life-sized ‘Two Days One Night’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Jeffrey’s Restaurant

Why quick and friendly service matters at a local diner.

 

If you didn't live in Santa Cruz, where would you be living?

I would live in Kauai because the water is warmer, and I just love it there. Maureen Niehaus, Santa Cruz, Dental Assistant

 

Clos LaChance Wines

Pinot Noir 2012

 

Striking Gold

A taste of Soquel Vineyards’ five gold medal-winning Pinots