Saturn Cafe closes permanently
Last week, Saturn Café announced on social media it would not be reopening its 145 Laurel St. location, which had been closed since late last year after pandemic restrictions were tightened. The restaurant had been serving customers at Laurel Street for 20 years after moving from the original Mission Street spot which opened in 1979. Saturn is keeping its Los Angeles location (1958 Colorado Blvd., 323-274-4728), which opened in 2020. The Saturn’s owners said they are interested in opening a location elsewhere in Santa Cruz in the future, but for now they are relocating to L.A. to be near that restaurant.
Golden Roots Kitchen expands offerings
Organic food delivery service Golden Roots Kitchen recently added new products to its offerings, which regularly feature frittatas, soups, salads, and entrees including many vegetarian options. Last week, GRK launched its own in-house juice and beverage line with low-glycemic fresh juice blends, lemonades and teas. In the near future, flowers will be available each week from Spade and Plow Farms, who already offers arugula and other lettuces through GRK. Weekly menus are released on Thursdays, with a 2 p.m. Friday ordering deadline for pickup or delivery the following Tuesday. Also, GRK just widened its delivery zone to Los Gatos. Visit goldenrootskitchen.com for menu and details. Stay up to date with GRK by following on IG @goldenrootskitchen.
New hours for East End Gastropub
East End Gastropub (1501 41st Ave., 831-475-8010, eastendpub.com) has new hours. The restaurant is now open for lunch noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, for dinner 4-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday plus 4-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and for brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. East End is offering both indoor dining and dining out front in a covered patio. Also, happy hour is 3-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. There are several new dishes on the menu. Follow East End on IG @eastendgastropub.
Chefs collaborate for vegan popup
The women chefs/owners from Areperia 831 and Cali Dawg are partnering to present a vegan “street style food” popup from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday outside of The Slough Brewing Collective and Santa Cruz Cider Co. (65 Hangar Way). Beer and cider will be available for purchase from the Slough and SCCC. Vrinda Quintero and Maria Gonzalez will offer selections like Loaded Pepito Sandwich (Venezuelan-influenced with ingredients including vegan meat and grilled peppers and onions), and Perro Caliente Caribeño (Cali Dawg vegan sausage, plantains, black beans and more). For full menu, see Cali Dawg’s IG @calidawgvegan. Stay in the loop with Areperia 831 on IG @areperia831.
Food trucks at Skypark Friday
Food Trucks A Go Go is presenting the first installment in the 2021 Food Truck Friday series at Skypark (361 Kings Village Road) from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Participating food trucks will be Nomad Momo, Pana, Taquizas Gabriel, and Aunt LaLi’s. Local band Cringe will be performing. Visit facebook.com/events/867818360465311/.
Soif announces seasonal wine six-packs
Soif Wine Bar & Merchants (105 Walnut Ave., 831-423-2020, soifwine.com) just announced its new six-pack of wine. Each six-pack is $100 plus tax, which is a 15 percent discount off the regular retail price. Three of the wines are 2019 Scala Cirò Bianco Greco (Calabria, Italy), 2017 AT Roca Rosat Reserva Macabeu/Garnatxa (Penedes, Spain), and 2018 Castelvecchio Carso Vitovska (Friuli, Italy). To order email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the website (where you can view the full list of wine), or stop by the wine shop which is open 1-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Empire Grille supports SLV Elementary Bobcat Club
The Empire Grille is hosting a Dining Out fundraiser to support the San Lorenzo Valley Elementary parent-teacher organization, Bobcat Club, on April 21. The Empire Grille will donate 10% of every dinner bill to the Club; service is from 4-9 p.m. Proceeds will support SLVE’s music, science, Life Lab and art programs For details contact the Bobcat Club’s Jenn McIntyre at email@example.com. To make reservations, call 831-704-2130. The Empire Grille is at 6155 Highway 9.
Chaminade hosts Sip & Shop in May
Chaminade Resort & Spa (One Chaminade Lane, 831-475-5600, chaminade.com) is offering a Sip & Shop event at its Courtyard Terrace from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1. The spring marketplace will feature Santa Cruz and Monterey County artisans selling wares such as olive oil (Big Paw Olive Oil), soy sauce and salts (Shiroyama Sushi Co.), and CBD pet products (Golden Pet Life), plus several booths with jewelry or art. Admission is complimentary for browsing and shopping, and there will be wine, craft beer and small bites from Chaminade’s restaurant The View available for purchase. Most vendors will be outside, with a few inside; social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Read more at facebook.com/events/151155803582574.
Pelican Ranch hosts cellar wine tasting Saturday
Pelican Ranch Winery (2364 Bean Creek Road, 831-332-5359, pelicanranch.com) is requiring customers to make reservations for a special 30-minute tasting, which will be available from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The event in the Wine Cellar Cave will answer the question “Does wine taste different directly from a barrel or after being bottled and aged?” Attendees will taste four wines: a 2020 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir still in the barrel, a 2018 vintage Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, a just-bottled 2020 Santa Cruz Mts. Chardonnay, and a pre-release bottle of 2019 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc. Reservations are mandatory; text of call winemaker Phil Crews at 831-332-5359.
La Posta continues virtual wine series
“La Posta @Home series No. 5,” a virtual four-week series, begins from 6-7 p.m. April 28 and features Italian wines. Cost is $170 which includes wine and the four-Wednesday Zoom series. Organizers say that attendees will taste “two very well-known types/varieties, Valpolicella and Sauvignon (bianco),” plus two that are “…virtually unknown in these parts, Mayolet and Cesanese del Piglio.” Session organizers introduce each wine with suggested menu items from the wine’s region, and La Posta offers a specific wine-matching dish on their menu each week for those who wish to eat during the class. The four-pack of wines may be picked up at la Posta or Soif Wine Bar or delivered for an additional cost. The deadline to register for the series is April 25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register.
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