The Hideout reopens after 2019 fire
The Hideout (9051 Soquel Drive, Ste. K, 831-688-5566, thehideoutaptos.com) is now open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, no reservations. There is limited indoor dining plus 10 tables for outdoor seating. The menu includes housemade potato chips, soup, a variety of salads, sandwiches and burgers, and entrees like Bucatini with housemade meatballs and New York Strip. There is also a full bar. After a May 2019 fire caused significant damage to the restaurant, the owners faced a long rebuilding process which was exacerbated by the pandemic. The Hideout reopened early last week.
Soul Sweets holds grand opening Thursday
The owners of Soul Sweets (222-K Mt. Hermon Road in King’s Village Shopping Center, soulsweets831.com) will have a grand opening at noon Thursday. They specialize in homemade Asian style soft serve ice cream, fresh ice cream waffles, Marianne’s ice cream, and Japanese waffle-like cakes called Taiyaki. The latter are fish-shaped and filling choices include red bean, chocolate, and custard/cheese. Husband and wife Chase Park and Esther Lee, who own and operate Soul Sweets Tea House in Camp Evers, decided to open this new spot—at the former location of Rita’s Italian Ice—after Rita’s closed during the pandemic. Different from their Camp Evers Tea House, this Mt. Hermon Road venue will be more dessert focused.
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Ocean2Table adds new partners
Community supported fishery Ocean2table (getocean2table.com), which offers weekly pickup and delivery of local sustainable seafood, has added new partners and products to its offerings. Although they originally started with seafood only, for a couple years Ocean2table has also been stocking sustainable products from local farms and businesses such as Garden Variety Cheese and Far West Fungi. New selections include Manresa Bread loaves, eggs from Corvis Farms (Ano Nuevo) and vegetables from Mariquita Farms (Corralitos). “We’ve been slow to add new partnerships as we like to apply all the same principles on traceability and sustainability that we’re known for in regard to fish, to everything else we work with,” says Ian Cole, who co-owns Ocean2table with Charles Lambert. “Recently we began tending Monte Verde Orchard on Ocean St. Extension,” adds Cole. They just wrapped up winter citrus which included Bearss limes, and Meyer and Eureka lemons. Soon they’ll be harvesting plums, apples and avocados, followed by chestnuts and persimmons. Every Tuesday, Ocean2table sends out an email with which products are available. Customers can place online orders for later in the week. Anyone can subscribe to emails, with no obligation to purchase.
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New hours for Shadowbrook, Steamer Lane Supply
Shadowbrook Restaurant (1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 831-475-1511, shadowbrook-capitola.com), which reopened earlier this month, has new hours. The Rock Room and the outside roof-top terrace, where seating is first come, first served (no reservations), opens at noon daily. From noon to 4 p.m. daily, the Rock Room menu is available—this includes wood-fired pizza, sandwiches, and light entrees. The main restaurant is open for dinner 4-8:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2-8:45 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are accepted online and by phone up to 30 days in advance for dinner service. Because of capacity limitations, reservations are strongly encouraged for dinner.
Steamer Lane Supply (across from Steamer Lane in Lighthouse Field, Santa Cruz, 831-316-5240, steamerlanesc.com) recently extended its hours and is now open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. The menu includes made-from-scratch items like pastries, breakfast tacos, quesadillas, and sandwiches; bowls featuring tofu or salmon poke; and daily specials.
Pelican Ranch hosts outdoor wine tasting Saturday
Pelican Ranch Winery (2364 Bean Creek Road, 831-332-5359, pelicanranch.com) invites customers to come visit for wine tasting in the garden from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. They are featuring a “Hello Spring” flight with Zinfandel Rose (Dry), a unique Pinot Noir-Pinotage Blend and more. Attendees can enjoy the winery’s pretzels and pizza muffins or bring their own cheese and crackers. Phone reservations are highly encouraged.
Popup market, food trucks on deck Sunday
This Sunday is the next installment of the Westside Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Wrigley Building Parking Lot (2801 Mission St.). A collaboration between Food Trucks A Go Go and the Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market, the event has free admission. There will be four food trucks (Nomad Momo, Pana, Drunk Monkeys, and Aunt LaLi’s ice cream), 30-plus vendors, and live music. All vendors and attendees are required to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Westside Marketplace will be held the first Sunday of each month for the foreseeable future. Visit facebook.com/events/170470481551895 for details.
Advance Easter ordering at Soif, La Posta
Soif Restaurant and La Posta are doing takeout-only multi-course Easter menus. Advance payment is required. Dinners will come fully cooked but cold, with reheating instructions.
Soif (105 Walnut Ave., 831-423-2020, soifwine.com) has a $65 menu, to be picked up 2-5 p.m. Saturday. If desired, Soif’s wine team is available to create a custom pairing to accompany the meal. Customers pick specific dishes. The full menu is on the website; entrée choices are asparagus, morel and green garlic galette or herb, fennel, garlic-crusted Llano Secco (pork leg). To order, email email@example.com by Thursday.
La Posta (538 Seabright Ave., 831-457-2782, lapostarestaurant.com) has a $60 menu, with pickup from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Entrée choices are Agnello (lamb scottadito and lamb sausage, fried polenta, artichokes, mint and pistachio salsa verde) or Lasagnette (housemade ricotta, mushrooms, nettles, asparagus and cream sauce). View full menu on website. To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday.
Chaminade continues weekly food events, offers discount hotel rate
Chaminade Resort & Spa (One Chaminade Lane, 831-475-5600, chaminade.com) is continuing its weekly food and drink events at The View, the restaurant and lounge that opened in 2020. Events include Sunday Funday brunch, Tapas Tuesdays (with a special tapas menu plus live music), and Wine Down Wednesday movie night. The View is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
Also, Chaminade recently announced two limited-time discount rates. The first, for those 65 and older, is a $65 daily rate for weekday overnight stays. The second, for those under 65, is an “up to 50% off” rate for nightly accommodations on weekdays, and an “up to 25% discount” on weekends. All rates are valid (while supplies last) until May 27.
Casa Nostra’s Scotts Valley location expands hours, seating
Last month, Casa Nostra opened a second location in Scotts Valley (next to Zinnia’s in Graham Plaza at 219 Mt. Hermon Road, Suite F, 831-225-0590). Originally open with limited hours and takeout food only, the restaurant now has both indoor and outdoor seating available—plus takeout and delivery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Lunch items include panini and burgers. The original Ben Lomond location (9217 Highway 9, 831-609-6132) is also open for takeout, delivery, indoor and outdoor dining. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Saturdays and Sundays, this location opens at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast. The dinner menu includes fried calamari; pasta such as meat or vegetarian ravioli, pesto gnocchi, and seafood cannelloni; and entrees including veal Parmigiana. Reservations are needed for parties of five or more. Visit ristorantecasanostra.com.
Virtual cooking class next week
Denise Ward and Mirella Savegnago will lead a virtual Mediterranean cooking class 6-7 p.m. April 8. Participants are encouraged to cook during the session. The menu is Santorini shrimp with tomato and feta served over Greek-style rice pilaf. Cost is $50 which includes ingredients from Seascape Market for two servings. Registration is available through Eventbrite until April 4; search “Cooking with Denise and Mirella” or “Santorini shrimp.” For details, contact 831-600-5794 or email@example.com.
Two West Cliff events this weekend
The West Cliff Food Truck Summer Series launches its season with a 4-8 p.m. event Friday at the Lighthouse Field parking lot. Five food trucks will sell food to go: Nomad Momo, Scrumptious Fish and Chips, Pana, Taquizas Gabriel and Drunk Monkeys. The Penny Ice Creamery will sell dessert . At the market all vendors and attendees are required to wear face masks. Visit facebook.com/events/392767011787202.
The West Cliff Outdoor Market begins its event series 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lighthouse and Surfer’s parking lots on West Cliff Drive. This market will feature items from many local artisans including jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, pottery, art and items. Local food trucks Scrumptious Fish & Chips and Taquizas Gabriel will sell takeout food, and Mac Doogles Old Time Kettlekorn will sell dessert to go. There will be social distancing in place, plus sanitization stations. Visit facebook.com/events/384921765917215.
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