Welcome to Lily Belli on Meals, a weekly food-focused e-newsletter from Lookout’s food and drinks correspondent, Lily Belli. Hold studying for the most recent native meals information for Santa Cruz County – plus just a few enjoyable odds and ends from my very own life and across the internet.
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… I used to be fortunate sufficient to snag a reservation for Cavalletta’s one-night-only opening final Saturday. The true opening is coming mid-February, however the staff, headed by restaurant companions and cooks Shawn Ryberg and Nick Sherman, proprietor of Trestles in Capitola, couldn’t wait to flex all the pieces they’ve been engaged on. The menu is made up of recent, trendy takes on Italian and Italian American classics. I’ll be again as quickly as potential for the focaccia, beef carpaccio and wood-fired pizzas. Read my review on Lookout.
… Calling all guide nerds and aspiring cooks: World-renowned chef and Santa Cruz resident David Kinch is promoting his private library of culinary books at Dangerous Animal in downtown Santa Cruz this weekend. “Books shouldn’t collect mud,” Kinch mentioned in an Instagram submit asserting the sale. “They’ve served my objective and right now in my life they should be within the palms of those that will use them to be impressed, to tell and to teach.” The sale will happen on Saturday, Feb. 3, and Sunday, Feb. 4, with new titles showing each days. Learn more here.
… Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen is celebrating Dungeness crab season with a weekly particular at each the Aptos and Westside places. On Thursdays from 5 p.m. to sellout, they’re providing half ($22) and entire ($32) crab dinners with coleslaw, french fries, cocktail sauce and drawn butter, so long as crabs can be found.
And VSCK Beachside in Aptos is launching weekend lunch on the patio and on the bar this Saturday, Feb. 3. The kitchen staff has put collectively a “small however mighty” lunch menu that includes a few of the restaurant’s basic snacks, salads, soups and sandwiches, plus a brand new fish sandwich served with a salad and house-made tartar sauce, obtainable on Saturdays and Sundays. Extra data at venusspirits.com.
… Mark your calendars: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is that this Saturday, Feb. 3. You may be questioning, is that actually a factor? Sure, it’s very a lot a factor, in keeping with native ice cream store Penny Ice Creamery. On that day, the Penny is providing a menu of breakfast treats beginning at 9 a.m. in any respect of its places, together with breakfast sundaes with lemon morning cake and Verve coffee-and-praline ice cream; Goldilocks porridge topped with brown sugar, walnuts and scoops of ice cream; plus bacon and pastries. You can too simply seize a cone of your favourite scoop, if that’s your jam. The Penny has places in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Scotts Valley, Los Altos and Palo Alto.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
In her newest column, Lookout wine author Laurie Love profiled Ken Swegles, one of the revered viticulturists within the space and co-owner of Madson Wines in Santa Cruz. Swegles has develop into a significant participant in our native wine trade and instantly influences the expansion and harvest of vineyards all through the Santa Cruz Mountains by his enterprise, Rhizos Viticulture. And, he and his spouse, Abbey Crystal, are rising uncommon Burgundian varietals at their winery residence on the Summit, a few of which have by no means been grown within the space earlier than. Swegles is a reputation to know within the native wine trade – read the story here.
This Saturday, Feb. 3, mushroom chef and cookbook writer Chad Hyatt is getting ready a five-course feast celebrating the bounty of the mushroom kingdom, paired with winemaker-select wines from Beauregard Vineyards. The lunch takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the property vineyard up the highway from the tasting room in Bonny Doon. Solely 40 seats can be found, $180 every. View the total menu, which options wild mushrooms in each course, at BeauregardVineyards.com.
LIFE WITH THE BELLIS
Certainly one of my expensive pals is having her second child in just a few weeks, and on Sunday I threw her an informal “child sprinkle” – relatively than a full-on “child bathe” – to rejoice her and the arrival of the brand new infant. Whereas I used to be planning it, I had a tough time discovering a location. Neither of our properties was an choice. I needed an indoor location, with sufficient house for as much as 15 folks, open within the afternoon. A sit-down meal at a restaurant would have been outdoors of my price range. After wracking my mind, I remembered the proper answer: Fruition Brewing in Watsonville. We held the bathe within the spacious taproom with a big nook all to ourselves. I ordered plated appetizers from Fruition’s kitchen – an enormous hummus and veggie platter, burrata and prosciutto, mushroom and artichoke grilled cheese sandwiches, and an enormous autumn salad with pomegranate seeds and delicata squash. Company ordered beer, wine or home made ginger lemonade on the bar, and Fruition kindly supplied plates, napkins and forks for a home made chocolate cake I introduced with me. If you happen to’re searching for a location for just a little gathering, I extremely advocate reaching out to them. Thanks, homeowners Tallulla Preston and David Purgason, on your hospitality!
FOOD NEWS WORTH READING
➤ My month of sharing vegan eats all through Santa Cruz County wrapped up on Friday with a superb meal at Namaste Indian Delicacies in Santa Cruz. The kadai bhindi ($15.50), a dish of fried okra, tomatoes, lime and mango powder, was everybody’s favourite – smoky, earthy and coated in a heat, tangy-sweet sauce. (Lookout)
➤ Chef Lance Ebert’s pop-up, SC Bread Boy, has discovered a home at Humble Sea Tavern in Felton. There, Ebert is the “pop-up in residence” three days every week, providing a menu of his decadent smash burgers, French classics like croque monsieur, tater tots and extra. Humble Sea Brewing Co. manages the bar and entrance of home. (Lookout)