Author Archive | Amber Turpin

Bad Animal Sneaks Up on Santa Cruz

May 14, 2019 – I would imagine that choosing a name for a hybrid independent used bookstore, natural wine bar and California-French restaurant would be challenging. With so many literary and culinary references, the options are potentially endless. But for lifelong friends Jess LoPrete and Andrew Sivak, who have joined forces to open such a place on Cedar Street in Santa Cruz, the title of their dream project is a perfect fit.

“The name Bad Animal is an homage to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, ecstasy, and partying,” explains LoPrete. In Euripides’ The Bacchae, King Pentheus tries to suppress the worshipers of Dionysus. He calls them animals and issues a ban on their sacred Dionysian rites, which typically involve loud music, heavy drinking, and getting it on. Sure … Read More

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Chef Dante Cecchini Settles in at La Posta

April 23, 2019 – When news broke that longtime La Posta chef Katherine Stern had left the beloved Santa Cruz restaurant, there were ripples of apprehension by many regular patrons of the place. Stern had built up a robust following in her time there, which was almost as long as the restaurant has been open itself. But today, about a month after San Francisco chef Dante Cecchini stepped into the job, folks are reassured by his rustic Italian cooking.

“So, do you plan to find a place here or continue to commute?” I asked Dante Cecchini, the new chef at La Posta in Seabright, who has been driving over three hours multiple days a week from San Francisco to Santa Cruz since the end of March.

“It’s well worth the … Read More

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SF Rising Star Chef Joins La Posta

La Posta’s new chef Dante Cecchini

April 9, 2019 – We all know that change can be bittersweet. And for many of us who recently learned about the changes happening at La Posta in Santa Cruz, a little bit of remorse might be felt at the thought of seeing chef Katherine Stern’s delicious food go away.

Stern, who helmed the local gem for almost a decade, and whose dishes transformed many patrons into regulars over that time, has left the restaurant to pursue her own next steps. But the shift has been amenable and the departure was on very good terms.

She says, “I am grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to serve as head chef at La Posta for the last nine years. I was fortunate … Read More

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Kids get to have all the fun at these food-focused summer camps

Three months of summer seems luxuriously long when you’re a kid. The days stretch out ahead in a vast calendar of sunny days, fun activities and no classrooms. For parents, summertime speeds by as we continue to march along to the daily grind, but all of a sudden we need to add childcare to the list of things to take care of. Thank goodness we live in a place where an array of high-quality summer camps exists, and we can pick and choose from programs that span many interests and ages. But the camp registration hustle is no joke, and it begins now. So read below for our standouts, and rest assured that the bounty of farm-based, garden-based … Read More

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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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