Author Archive | Amber Turpin

Primal Santa Cruz Ready to Open

December 11, 2018 – If you are curious about what will be on the menu at Primal Santa Cruz—the new restaurant opening in the next few days on the corner of Mission and Laurel Street—take a look at the photo gallery on its website or Instagram feed. A rainbow of colors, textures and bountiful plates of food will greet your eye. You might not even notice that there is zero gluten pictured. In fact, this is Santa Cruz’ first 100% gluten-free, organic and non-GMO restaurant.

“Our vision is to provide a place that embraces healthy eating, fosters interaction and movement in our community, and follows an intuitive approach,” explains owner Jason Morgan. “We want to inspire people to think about what they are putting in their body and where … Read More

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Now in its 42nd year, Redwood+Vine is a place for do-it-yourself winemakers


“Wine made among friends” is how Mike Kubo describes the guiding principle of the Redwood+Vine wine co-op, for which the NASA scientist has served as head winemaker since 2004, leading the Santa Cruz Mountains-based group of do-it-yourselfers from sourcing and crushing fruit to bottling and aging their vintages. “What is best for each other is best for the wine.”

There is a longer and deeper story here that pre-dates Kubo by almost 30 years, beginning in the 1970s when a bunch of UC Santa Cruz grad students in astronomy, including David Soderblom and Jesse Bregman, started going to a wine shop at the Cooper House (demolished following the Loma Prieta earthquake) for the weekly … Read More

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Ristorante Avanti Sells to Chef Jonathan Glass

November 13, 2018 – After 31 years in business, Cindy and Paul Geise—owners of beloved Ristorante Avanti in Santa Cruz—have sold the restaurant to chef Jonathan Glass. The sale was set in motion about two months ago and closed last week, surprising legions of long-time customers.

“I’ve spent more than half my life behind bars here,” jokes Paul. “You’ve gotta retire at some point, that’s basically it. ” 

Indeed. “A whole lifetime of service,” he reflects. And while they are ready to let go, it is still hard to imagine what will come next. For the Geises and also for the public. “Most people don’t realize how emotional this is, not just for me, but for my customers. I mean people have been coming here for a long time. All

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Are they born with a discerning palate?
Or are the children of local chefs
just luckier than other kids?


It’s back-to-school season, which means it’s back to lunch packing as well. We all have our own strategies and opinions when it comes to whipping up that school lunch day after day after day after day. And that is just one small part of the kid + food equation—a demanding and ever-evolving issue. The conundrum of what to prepare for kids also pertains to chefs, who, despite their expertise in the kitchen, have the additional burden of usually being at work during mealtimes. We spoke with several local chefs who have kids, to find out what really goes on in their home kitchens and … Read More

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New DIY Classes With Farmers’ Market Produce

April 24, 2018 – Three years ago marked an exciting marriage for our community. The union that took place in the early wedding season of 2015 did not feature cake or champagne. Instead, when the Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Market (SCCFM) tied the knot with Mountain Feed & Farm Supply, the collaboration that has followed every year since is a loving example of solid partnership.  

And luckily for all of us, these free market classes that we have grown to expect and look forward to at various market locations throughout the summer, all taught by long-time Mountain Feed super star Jessica Tunis, will continue. Expect high amounts of wit and wisdom while getting some schooling on everything from fermentation to preservation to dehydration. The classes take place in … Read More

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